When you hear the term registered dietitian, most people imagine weight loss assistance. However, not only do such professionals help maintain an optimal weight goal, the work of a dietitian actually encompasses a much wider scope than just that. Here are a couple important services that registered dietitians offer to improve your health in big ways. Personalization and Tailoring When it comes to healthy nutrition, there’s no “one size fits all” solution. A registered dietitian will analyze health and individual preferences, then base a highly-customized meal plan on this information. In many ways, dietitians are like investigators. They’ll take a complete medical history, ask lifestyle questions and even request bloodwork to determine the specific needs of a client. A person who suffers from insulin resistance doesn’t have the same nutritional needs as someone with a fast-metabolic rate. Optimal nutrition is all about providing the body with the necessary nutrients and Continue reading →

Whiplash injuries cost Canadians approx. $600 million dollars each year, with much of that money going towards medical care. If you have been in an accident and are dealing with neck pain from a whiplash injury, you may benefit from chiropractic treatment. About Whiplash Whiplash injuries occur when the neck is moved backward and forward violently. The backward and forward motion causes hyperflexion and hyperextension in the neck, which can cause damage. Nerves and muscles may be injured along with ligaments and discs. The discs may shift, because of damage to the ligaments that hold them in place. Shifted discs can irritate nerve roots and impair the function of body parts that these nerves control. What Causes Whiplash? Whiplash is most commonly associated with automobile accidents, though they can occur frequently in a wide range of other activities. Athletes can get whiplash as can people on amusement park rides. In Continue reading →

A hot stone massage is the perfect ways to melt away your tension and stress, ease muscle pain and even increase your circulation. This type of massage therapy will give you a deeper sense of relaxation because water-heated stones are placed on key points of your body. How it Works With a hot stone massage, the direct heat of the hot stone will relax the muscle right where you need it. This allows your therapist to access deeper muscle layers in your body, giving you more relief. The Benefits There are many benefits to any type of massage, and hot stone is no different. Here are top 6 reasons to get a hot stone massage: 1. Relieves muscle pain and tension: Heat is often used to reduce muscle tension and soreness because it helps increase blood flow to the affected areas. Heat can also help improve flexibility and range of Continue reading →

Spinal injuries are one of the most devastating injuries out there. Pain in affected limbs, numbness, loss of motor control, paralysis and even death can occur when the spinal cord is injured. Even though recovery from some spinal injuries is possible, the person suffering from one will often have weakness, numbness and lasting pain. To prevent spinal injuries from happening, take a look at the most popular causes, the signs and symptoms of them and how to safeguard yourself from suffering one. Causes Spinal injuries can be caused in a multitude of ways. The group at highest risk is men followed by persons between the ages of 14 to 30 years old. People over age 65 or have existing medical conditions are also at high risk. Anyone who partakes in risky activities like sports also raises their chance of a spinal injury. Common Accidents Resulting in Spinal Injury • Falls Continue reading →

Building strong, healthy bones while you’re young is important, but as you get older there are steps to improve your bone health at any age. Here are a few ways to protect your bones from becoming brittle as you age. Increase Your Calcium Intake Taking a daily calcium supplement is a good start to any health regime. Consider also adding more calcium-rich foods into your diet. Food high in calcium include dairy products, dark leafy green vegetables, and oily fish like sardines and salmon. Other calcium-rich options include fortified tofu, almonds, dried figs, and soy milk. Take Vitamin D Supplements Most people in northern climates don’t get enough vitamin D the natural way (from the sun). Vitamin F is a necessary ingredient to helping the body absorb calcium properly, which you need more and more of as you age. It’s recommended that adults take 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin Continue reading →

The Graston Technique is a type of manual therapy that utilizes specialized instruments to gently scrape or massage the skin. The therapy is practiced by physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, licensed massage therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers to break up painful scar tissue and restore mobility to soft tissues. While there are no peer-revised clinical studies regarding the Graston Technique’s effectiveness, research suggests that the therapy can improve success rates for patients with acute and chronic pain caused by soft-tissue injuries. When Graston Technique is Applied When injury to soft tissues occurs, the affected area can repair itself in an irregular fashion, which creates scar tissue. While the scar tissue itself might not cause pain, it can reduce range of motion, leading to stiffness that results in chronic pain. The Graston Technique is effective in treating chronic and acute conditions such as: • Lower back strain or sprain • Carpal Continue reading →

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful medical condition that affects thousands of people every year. The primary symptom of this condition is severe pain in the foot, particularly the heel area. Typically, it’s painful when getting out of bed in the morning or getting up after sitting for a long time. For some, the pain goes away after a few minutes of walking, however the pain could also persist for hours to an entire day as well. There are many plantar fasciitis treatment options available, but one that is becoming increasingly popular is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT). ESWT Therapy ESWT is a medical treatment option that uses shock waves to treat various musculoskeletal ailments, such as tennis elbow, tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis. There are two types of ESWT treatment options, including low energy and high energy. Low energy uses a lower level of pressure waves, so the patient feels little Continue reading →

Your spine supports your entire body, and when everything is working the way it should, you barely notice it’s there. However, that all changes if neck pain enters the picture. If you’ve suffered from neck pain before, you know how hard it is to function when it flares up. Neck pain treatment is available, but there are some treatment options you may not have considered yet. Cellphone Usage The way you hold your cell phone could be a contributing factor to your neck pain. In fact, there’s even a medical “condition” referred to as text neck. Since cell phone usage requires you to look down all the time, whether it be to texting, sending emails or surfing the web, this causes stress on your neck. Craning your neck or looking down consistently and for prolonged periods of time is torture for your spine. Fortunately, you may be able to help Continue reading →

Posture is much more than the way you look and the way you move around. The term refers to the position of your body when standing, walking and sitting down. Good posture maintains bodily alignment and lowers stress on tendons, ligaments and muscles. That’s why having improper posture often results in pain and even injury. If you’re experiencing posture problems, a professional chiropractor can help accomplish the goal. Reasons Why You Need to Improve Posture Poor posture comes with a number of risks. For starters, an abnormal amount of stress is placed on your muscles, tendons and ligaments when you’re slouched over or not sitting with proper back support. There’s also evidence that poor posture can worsen breathing, digestion and even your circulation. Poor posture keeps the abdominal organs from assuming their natural position. Therefore, the gastrointestinal tract will have trouble functioning properly. People who don’t stand up straight are Continue reading →

When you’re struggling with chronic pain, an inactive lifestyle can worsen muscle or health issues. That’s why a level of activity is instrumental in maintaining your health and aiding in recovery. Fortunately, there are 10 small and easy steps you can take to leading a more active lifestyle. Take it Slow Rome wasn’t built in a day. Going out and training for a half-marathon may be a little much. Instead, try incorporating a light exercise activity such as a daily walk outside at a manageable distance. Start Early Even if you’re not traditionally a morning person, doing physical activity in the early AM has many benefits beyond exercising in the evening. Rising early and heading to yoga or the gym gets your endorphins moving and sets the tone for the rest of your day. Know Your Limits Right out of the gate, you might be tempted to push yourself to Continue reading →