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Highlighting the Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy (BioFlex Laser) Available at Johnston Health and Laser Centre

BioFlex Laser Therapy (a form of Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy [LLLT]) treats many conditions by promoting healing at the cellular level.

Retired NBA athlete, Antonio Davis, swears by BioFlex Cold Laser Therapy. When he played for the Toronto Raptors, he strained his triceps. Though some people doubted that he could play so soon after injuring himself, he returned to the basketball court with a stellar performance after using Cold Laser Therapy for just two days.  Several MLB baseball players have been instructed to use Cold Laser Therapy for 10-20 minutes before and after pitching. The therapy results in a reduction of inflammation and pain, and production of collagen, cartilage and muscle cells.

Whether you’re a professional athlete or weekend warrior, consider using BioFlex Cold Laser Therapy to treat your muscle strains and sports injuries!

You can learn more about this therapy HERE
or book a consultation with our office at 705-728-3070

4 Ways to Manage Stress

In a world that never seems to stop, the Canadian Chiropractic Association has outlined 4 techniques to help manage stress. In a recent publication, the CCA has shared that according to the World Health Organization, stress, particularly work-related stress, is the second-most common health problem.  Chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure, increased cholesterol, diabetes, headaches, musculoskeletal pain, and clinical depression, just to name a few.

It is important to take a bit of time out of your busy schedule to unwind and relax, otherwise, your body will suffer both physically and mentally. Learning how to manage stress can take time, and everyone usually has their own unique way of relieving it. Here are a few ways to help get you started:

  1. Yoga: Yoga is not only used for pain management—studies have shown that practicing yoga regularly can help reduce stress and decrease the risk of injury in the workplace.
  2. Belly breathing: “Belly breathing” (or deep breathing) has been shown to reset the nervous system. Studies have shown a decrease in fatigue and anxiety with deep breathing exercises. In order to see the benefits of deep breathing, it should be done 3–4 times per day for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR): This technique involves engaging the muscles—actively contracting (for 10 seconds) and relaxing (for 20 seconds) muscles of the legs, arms, and abdomen with the eyes closed, focusing separately on each muscle group as you move up (or down) the body in full.1When practising PMR, it is important to mentally focus on contraction and relaxation. To maximize on its benefits, try doing the exercise 2–3 times per day (for as much as 15–20 minutes, if you can manage it). Studies have shown a decrease in stress hormones, anxiety, and blood pressure with the use of this technique.
  4. Meditation: Mindfulness meditation is a common technique used to combat stress, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, and headaches. Check out this blog to see some tips on how to add mindfulness to your everyday routine.

Stress, although often viewed as a negative entity, can often be managed appropriately. Keep these tips in mind to help with your stress management and self-care routine. Should you want further tips, please consult Johnston Health & Laser Center  the office or book a consultation.

Source – https://www.chiropractic.ca/blog/4-techniques-to-help-you-manage-stress/

Stress Less – Enjoy More – Taking the Stress Out of the Holidays

During the Holiday Season, do you feel overwhelmed or stressed?
You are NOT alone!

Join us on Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 PM where we will provide you with tips to get through the holidays with reduced stress and a healthy state of mind.

Join Dr. Will & Dr. Erin, along with special guest Annemarie Sier, a registered psychotherapist,  and learn some of the tools that you can use to enjoy the holiday season stress free!

Friends and family are welcome!  Call Wendy or Jess at 705-728-3070 to register.  Space is limited.

Are The Foods That You Are Eating Causing You Pain?

In an article by Dr. Mercola,  we review a recent study looking at extreme longevity confirms this view, concluding that having very low levels of inflammation in your body is the most potent predictor for living beyond 100 years of age. Inflammation levels also corresponded to people’s ability to live independently and maintain cognitive function throughout their life. Chronic inflammation can be the result of a malfunctioning, over-reactive immune system, or it may be due to an underlying problem that your body is attempting to fight off. But many of these “problems” are actually rooted in an unhealthy (inflammatory) diet and lack of exercise.

Dr. Merocla goes on to say that “Your diet will also wield a significant influence over the level of inflammation in your body, as most food will either promote or deflect it. Recent research also shows that both deficiencies and excesses of certain micronutrients (such as folate, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin E, and zinc) can result in an ineffective or excessive inflammatory response.”

What is in your diet?

Dr. Mercola also gives tips on what to include in your diet to help reduce inflammation:

By replacing processed foods with whole, unprocessed, and ideally organic foods, you will automatically eliminate several of the most inflammatory culprits in your diet, including:

  • Processed fructose and refined sugar and grains
  • Oxidized cholesterol (cholesterol that has gone rancid from exposure to heat)
  • Vegetable oil (such as peanut, corn, and soy oil), which degrade into toxic oxidation products when heated. One category called aldehydes are highly inflammatory
  • Trans fats
  • Synthetic chemical additives such as preservatives, stabilizers, colors, and flavors, etc.

For Dr. Mercola’s full article read HERE.  

For more information regarding healthy living and healthy eating for your family, book a consultation with the office!

Happy Healthy Halloween!

Halloween is just around the corner!!

It is the time of year that children live for! Getting dressed up, gathering up loads and loads of treats! And while the evening is a great deal of fun, the aftermath is often hard to handle!
Below you will find an article from Hillcrest South Dietitian Nasrin Sinichi, providing some great ideas for parents and how to handle the over abundance of Halloween treats –
Have a safe and moderate Halloween!
From the Team at Johnston Health and Laser Center

Parents – Tips for Managing Halloween Candy Overload

Hillcrest South dietitian Nasrin Sinichi, MS, RD/LD, talks about a healthy way to approach Halloween and all that candy!

For health-conscious parents, Halloween can be tricky. Do you set limits? Do you let kids decide how much to eat?  There isn’t just one right answer. Instead, use your best judgment given what you know about your child’s personality and eating habits.

Kids who generally eat just a couple of pieces and save the rest might be trusted to decide how much to eat. But if your child tends to overdo it, consider setting limits.

Tips for handling the Halloween treats

Before kids go trick-or-treating, try to serve a healthy meal so they’re not hungry when the candy starts coming in.

Consider being somewhat lenient about candy eating on Halloween, within reason, and talk about how the rest of the candy will be handled. Candy and snacks shouldn’t get in the way of kids eating healthy meals.

Encourage your kids to be mindful of the amount of candy and snacks eaten and to stop before they feel full or sick.

If a child is overweight or you’d just like to reduce the Halloween stash consider buying back some or all of the remaining Halloween candy. This acknowledges the candy belongs to the child and provides a treat in the form of a little spending money.

Let them trade in their Halloween candy for something they have been wanting, like a video game, book, toy, trip to the movies, etc. or for fewer pieces of their favorite candy or treat.

Know how much candy your child has collected and store it somewhere other than the child’s room. Having it so handy can be an irresistible temptation for many kids.

Parents of young children should also remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies and small toys.

Prepare a healthier alternative to the Halloween candy that they will bring home, including fruits, sugar-free treats, etc.

Tell children not to accept, and especially, not to eat anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.

Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.

The day after Halloween, set limits for kids, say three pieces of candy after school each day, and then ask them to eat or do something related to health after they’ve met that share.

Be a role model by eating Halloween candy in moderation yourself. To help avoid temptation, buy your candy at the last minute and get rid of any leftovers.

When to Throw Away

An unusual appearance or discoloration

Tiny pinholes or tears in wrappers

Spoiled or unwrapped items

Homemade items or baked goods should be discarded unless you personally know who gave them.

When in doubt, throw it out.

Candy Alternatives
You also can offer some alternatives to candy to the trick-or-treaters who come to your door. Here are some treats you might give out:

Promote a healthy Halloween in your neighborhood by handing out alternatives to candy such as party favors or trading cards, non-food treats, like stickers, pencils, toys, temporary tattoos, false teeth, little bottles of bubbles and small games, small boxes of raisins, healthy popcorn and sugar-free candy.

Give out individually packaged healthy treats like nuts, small bags of pretzels, sugar-free gum, trail mix, raisins, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, cashews, whole grain crackers, little bags of microwave popcorn or small boxes of cereal.

Have some treats available for children who may have allergies to peanuts or other nuts.

Skip the Halloween candy sale on November 1st. Cheap bags of candy may seem like a good buy, but you don’t need the extra sugar and calories.

However, there are some kids who need to be extra careful. Children with diabetes, for instance, may have to follow strict guidelines as to how much candy they can have, if any. If your child has a health condition that could be exacerbated by a spike in blood sugar, definitely talk to your doctor for guidance on how to handle Halloween treats.