With the holidays fast approaching, many people are going to holiday work parties, Christmas gatherings with friends and family and a lot of good food are around to tempt us to overindulge. Of course we do need to enjoy ourselves over the holidays but incorporating some healthy habits will help curb any excessive weight gain and also help you feel better overall. Here are some helpful dietary tips: [Read more…]
This really depends on your specific condition, and everyone is different. Bracing can help with minimizing pain, improving function, or earlier return to sports. There are 3 goals of bracing or taping: [Read more…]
It’s safe to say most of us are more active in the summer months. Whether it be jogging, soccer, baseball, golf, hitting the mountain bike trails or just hanging out with our four-legged friends. With cooler temperatures around the corner, fall and indoor sport activities start up again for people of all ages. It’s important to plan and incorporate healthy nutrition to optimize your work out benefits and promote muscle recovery.
Here are some basic tips to keep in mind: [Read more…]
As the days start getting shorter and the weather starts to get colder it could only mean one thing…….hockey season starts! For us Canadians hockey is almost a religion. Whether it’s in the driveway with your kids or in a beer league with your buddies. It’s safe to say many of us Canadian dad’s play some form of hockey in the winter. As dad’s start to gather their equipment from last year, they may have not been as active as they would have liked to over the spring and summer months. This may cause muscular imbalances that will affect the efficiency of a player’s stride, which is crucial when wanting maximum agility, speed and acceleration during play. [Read more…]
As the weather warms up, trees start budding and grasses turns green. For many, this signifies spring and more outdoor activities, but for others, this brings about uncomfortable symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and throat. More than 1 in 6 Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies or hay fever and symptoms can last anywhere from March to November. Everyone’s immune system will react to different allergens and for someone who are susceptible or allergic to certain seasonal pollens/weeds/grasses/trees, exposure to these allergens will trigger an immune reaction. Antibodies are first produced and they migrate to mast cells lining the eyes, nose and lungs. Subsequent exposure will cause these mast cells to release chemicals including histamine, which irritate those mucosal membranes and produce allergic symptoms. Conventional treatment mostly involves anti-histamines which block this inflammatory response. [Read more…]
Sleep is a very crucial part of life. It provides rest, relaxation and rejuvenation for the body and mind, and is also involved in hormone regulation, stress management, detoxification and many more vital functions for the person to be at optimal health. Whenever someone has problems with sleep quality and/or quantity, it can drastically affect many aspects of health.
Some general statistics (1):
- 1 in 7 Canadians (aged 15 and older) have insomnia (issues falling asleep or staying asleep)
- Insomnia is linked to chronic diseases, stress and many conditions with pain
- A 2002 Canadian Community Health Survey found that over 20% of Canadians with asthma, arthritis or rheumatism, back problems or diabetes reported insomnia, whereas only about 12% of those without these issues reported any sleeping issues
- Insomnia also increases with age, with about 10% of people reporting this aged 15 to 24, and almost 20% for people aged 75 or older