Winter weather can pack a punch and, with the season’s heavy snowfalls, injuries often result. Improper snow shoveling is often to blame. The Ontario Chiropractic Association has outlined some key tips to help prevent injury –
But shoveling out after a storm doesn’t have to leave you stiff and sore. With a little know-how, you can clear your driveway without the all-too-common back, neck and shoulder pain cramping your style. Here’s how:
Before You Start
- Drink plenty of water. Dehydration is just as big an issue in the winter months as it is in the summer.
- Dress in several layers so you can remove a layer as you get warm.
- Wear proper footwear. Shoes and boots with solid treads on the soles can help to minimize the risk of slips and falls.
- Pick the right shovel. Use a lightweight, non-stick, push-style shovel. A smaller blade will require you to lift less snow, putting less strain on your body. An ergonomically correct model (curved handle) will help prevent injury and fatigue. Also, if you spray the blade with a silicone-based lubricant, the snow will slide off more easily.
- Before beginning any snow removal, warm up for five to 10 minutes to get your joints moving and increase blood circulation. A brisk walk will do it.
All Set to Go – Push, Don’t Throw
Push the snow to one side and avoid throwing it. If you must throw it, avoid twisting and turning — position yourself to throw straight at the snow pile.
BEND YOUR KNEES.
Use your knees, leg and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting while keeping your back straight.
WATCH FOR ICE.
Be careful on icy walkways and slippery surfaces. Intermittent thaws and subsequent freezing can lead to ice building up underfoot, resulting in nasty slips and falls. Throw down some salt or sand to ensure you have a good footing.
Once you’ve mastered safe snow shoveling techniques, you’ll be free to have fun and stay fit all winter.
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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
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!
At the Johnston Health Center, we use the BioFlex Professional Laser Therapy System exclusively. The BioFlex system utilizes three stages of treatment, red, near-infrared and a near-infrared laser probe. It is this combined effect of three different wavelengths of light that contributes to the system’s effectiveness. Learn more about the recent case studies highlighting the success that this treatment has on the treatment of concussions.
The Aftermath. Concussions and Phototherapy.
It’s Not Just For Boxers – by Robbie Adams August 31 2017, taken from www.bioflexlaser.com
WIN THE BATTLE. LOSE THE WAR.
Whether you made $300 million dollars fighting or you just fell off a bike; a blow to the head may affect your brain’s white matter and impact cognition, memory and thinking abilities.
HERE ARE 5 FACTS ABOUT CONCUSSIONS
- You do not need to lose consciousness in order to experience a concussion.
- A concussion rarely has ‘visible’ brain structural injury.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a period of near full cognitive rest in the first 3 to 5 days after injury.
- People who have suffered a concussion in the past are more susceptible to experience severe symptoms following an additional episode such as dizziness, insomnia, Photophobia/hyperacusis, diplopia, chronic encephalopathy, and termed dementia pugilistica.
- Repeated concussions increase a person’s risk for dementia, Parkinson’s disease and depression, in later life.
WHAT IS IT?
Phototherapy is the use of light in the treatment of physical or mental illness.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
An overall protective response is thought to occur with repeated light treatments. In addition to increasing cerebral blood flow, some researchers believe these light treatments reduce the oxidative damage and chronic inflammation that occurs in the brain after a concussion.
CONCUSSIONS AND PHOTOTHERAPY:
Preliminary scientific research, including animal studies and case reports, along with the case studies suggest that Phototherapy or Cold Laser Therapy may be an effective treatment option for patients with post-concussion syndrome. However, larger controlled studies are warranted to establish this therapy as a viable option for some of the symptoms that patients experience following episodes of trauma to the brain.
While experimental at present, this technology may provide a therapeutic treatment option to a condition that is in dire need of a solution.
For more information regarding BioFlex Laser Therapy, book your free consultation by calling the office.