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Category: Chiropractic Tips

Chiropractic Tip of the Month: SHOVEL SAFE!

  To help keep your back in shape and your driveway clear, King West Chiropractic offers the following preventive tips: 1. Warm up. Before beginning any snow removal, warm up for five to 10 minutes to get the joints moving and increase blood circulation. To do this, march on the spot, climb the stairs, or go for a quick walk around the block. Follow this with some gentle stretches for the back (knee to chest), arms and shoulders (body hug), and legs (forward bends from a sitting position). This will ensure that your body is ready for action. 2. Don’t let the snow pile up. Removing small amounts of snow on a frequent basis is less strenuous in the long…

Vertebrae of the Day: Cervical Vertebrae 5 (C5)

  Body Parts Affected: Vocal cords, Pharynx, Neck Glands, Nerve to Lower Neck and Upper Shoulder Possible Symptoms: Sore Throat, Laryngitis, Diabetes, Hypoglycemia, Referral pain from neck to upper shoulder

FIVE HEALTH HACKS FOR PAIN RELIEF

  Let’s face it. Between dropping the kids off to soccer practice and being swamped with work assignments, it can be difficult to find time to manage lingering aches and pain. If you’d like to avoid a trip to the doctor’s office or spending money on workout equipment, here is a low cost approach to solving discomfort using items lying around your house. Golf Balls It turns out that these petite dimpled balls can be used for more than a game-winning putt. Just roll the ball under your foot while seated to help relieve tension in sore feet. Tennis Balls Standing against a wall, place a tennis ball between your back and the wall. Slowly move up and down or…

Kamboucha

Kombucha seems to be everywhere. Majority of grocery stores and markets carry multiple brands and numerous flavors. Restaurants and bars are now offering kombucha on tap. You can even go to some weddings and see kombucha being offered to guests in addition or lieu of alcohol. So, is the popularization of this beverage worth all the hype? I am nodding my head in an enthusiastic yes! In a culture where caffeinated, sugar-laden and alcoholic drinks have been monopolizing the market it is refreshing to see a healthy, low-sugar, probiotic-rich powerhouse beverage gaining popularity among the masses. From energy drinks to coffee-latte-cold-brews, to high sugar sodas and the never-ending plethora of alcoholic beverages, it is time that we see these beverages…

Yes, Texting can lead to Neck Pain

As you read this article, more than likely on your phone or tablet, take a moment to notice your posture. There’s a good chance that your back is hunched, your head is tilted forward and your shoulders are rounded. Many of us spend a large portion of our day looking at a screen as we text friends, scroll through social media and respond to emails. Be sure to keep an eye on your posture during these activities. Your back and neck will thank you.   Did you know that bending your head to look at your phone can put up to 60 pounds of pressure on your spine? A 2014 study in Surgical Technology International showed that even a 15-degree…

7 Tips to Keep Kids’ Backs Healthy

We all worry about our kids’ health. Cold and flu, cuts and bruises are all normal parts of childhood that we stay on top of. But how often do you think about your child’s back health? Research shows that more than half of younger Canadians experience at least one episode of low back pain by their teenage years. (I remember once in high school carrying the vacuum cleaner down the stairs and experiencing such terrible and sudden back pain that it took an hour before I could even stand up again. I wish I had listened to what I had been taught about proper lifting!) There are a number of factors that can affect children’s back health, and fortunately we…

Quick and Easy Stretches to Prevent Golf Injuries

The strain and effort required to play golf should never be underestimated. Forgetting to warm up can cause unnecessary injury and an unwanted visit to a health professional. Here are a few easy stretching techniques that can be done in 5 minutes to help you get in the game without the pain.

FIVE HEALTH HACKS FOR PAIN RELIEF
Posted on July 25th, 2017

Let’s face it. Between dropping the kids off to soccer practice and being swamped with work assignments, it can be difficult to find time to manage lingering aches and pain. If you’d like to avoid a trip to the doctor’s office or spending money on workout equipment, here is a low cost approach to solving discomfort using items lying around your house. Golf Balls It turns out that these petite dimpled balls can be used for more than a game-winning putt. Just roll the ball under your foot while seated to help relieve tension in sore feet. Tennis Balls Standing against a wall, place a tennis ball between your back and the wall. Slowly move up and down or side…

Concussions
Posted on June 20th, 2017

Concussions are called an ‘invisible injury’ because its symptoms aren’t always easy to recognize and even MRI imaging isn’t perfect at identifying a concussion. But with this kind of brain trauma, the effects are all too real. According to Scientific American, one blow to the head may increase your risk of a mental health disorder. We’ll cover some steps you can take to reduce your chances of suffering long term effects after a hard hit. What is a Concussion? A concussion is traumatic brain injury caused when the brain is shaken inside the skull, which can cause damage to blood vessels in the brain or even injury to the brain tissue itself. All it takes is a hard tumble on…

Stretches for reducing Stress
Posted on May 23rd, 2017

Small doses of stress help us rise to challenges by making us more alert, focused and energetic. But trying to balance our personal and professional lives sometimes throws things out of sync and causes negative symptoms such as aches, pains and stiffness. Research has shown that people in high-stress environments experience chronic shortening of neck and shoulder muscles from holding their bodies tensely. Free your body of stress with these easy stretches: Neck release Begin sitting tall with your back and neck straight. Slowly tilt your head towards your left shoulder hold the stretch for 10 seconds. Repeat on the right. Shoulder rolls Stand with your arms hanging limp at your sides. Slowly trace large circles with your shoulders by…

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