Thursday, November 24, 2022

7 Tips For Smart Hiking

Hiking is a great way to get exercise outdoors; socialize with friends, family, or coworkers; and celebrate Canada's parks. 🍁
Here are some quick tips to add to your checklist for a hike that is safe, smart, and fun!
1️⃣ Know the trail, and stick to it: Get to know your trail before you set out. Review the map. Get to know the entrances and exits to the trail. Let someone know where you’ll be hiking and when you plan to be back. Don’t venture off the plotted route. 🗚
2️⃣ Choose an appropriate hike: Know your fitness level, and choose a hike that’s suited to your abilities, and the abilities of those in your group.
3️⃣ Dress appropriately: This includes checking the weather and dressing appropriately or bringing along any necessary gear to accommodate an expected shift in sun, rain, or other weather patterns.. ðŸ§Ĩ
4️⃣ Pack wisely: Pack light and strategically. Try to pack the heavier items (food and water) close to the centre of the pack and higher up to help maintain your centre of gravity. Other essential packing items include a flashlight, extra batteries, a map, compass, whistle, and a first aid kit. 🧭
5️⃣ Wear it right: This is important for your back. If you have a pack with hip and chest straps, put on the backpack, loosen all the straps, and tighten the hip belt at the hips (not above) before tightening the shoulder straps. Tighten the strap across your chest for shoulder support last. 🎒
6️⃣ Walk and talk: When you hike, make sure you have enough energy to chat with your hiking partner. If you’re out of breath or breathing deeply, you might be pushing too hard. You know you have a good pace going if you can carry on a conversation with the person you’re hiking with. ðŸĨū
7️⃣ Take breaks: Don’t let your initial excitement get the better of you. Take a break for ten minutes every hour. Take that time to have a snack and drink some water. Make sure to keep your body fueled before, during, and after your hike. ðŸ’Ķ
If you have any concerns about carrying your pack, or about what physical activities are right for you, visit your family chiropractor.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Custom Orthotics

Interested in Custom Orthotics but not sure what that involves?

Read on...

To help determine whether or not an individual is a suitable candidate for custom orthotics, the following steps are taken at our centre.

  1. An Advanced Computer Gait and Orthotic Analysis is performed.  During this procedure, a computer scan is done of your feet on our foot-plate. The foot-plate has over 4000 sensors that can accurately detect what your feet are doing at every part of the gait (walking) cycle in terms of time spent in different parts of the cycle and pressure points. The static (standing) and dynamic (walking) scans give the doctor information about the mechanical functioning of your feet and how it may be causing undue stress on different parts of your body.
  1. History and Physical Examination is performed.  A history of occupational, recreational or sporting activity is recorded. In addition, any pain symptoms are noted and then investigated through a physical examination involving muscular assessment and ranges of motion. A postural exam will also be performed to assess your overall alignment. Critical information gathered from the Computer Gait Analysishistory and physical examination, gives the doctor a good idea as to the suitability of a candidate for orthotic therapy. 
  1. Those suitable for orthotic therapy and wishing to have custom orthotics constructed for them will then have a foam impression of their feet taken. The foam impression is the final step involving the patient, and allows the orthotic lab to have additional information about an individual's arch and heel specifications. The foam impression is shipped to the lab along with the order sheet, which has any specific modifications or additions made by the doctor for a particular individual. The computerized gait analysis is also e-filed to the lab to complete the order.

This specialized and comprehensive process allows for the construction of an orthotic that is unique to the individual. It has been our experience that this standardized and systematic approach to custom orthotic prescription yields excellent results and high consumer satisfaction.




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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

How Chiropractic Care Promotes Healthy Aging

In Canada, the average life expectancy is increasing, and active living is crucial for healthy aging, maintenance of quality of life and independence. ðŸ‘ĩ🏞

Preserving fitness and mobility can help prevent and manage chronic conditions that too frequently impact seniors. In fact, even a moderate level of physical activity can improve balance, endurance and bone strength. ðŸĶī

As we age we are generally more susceptible to develop injuries, aches and pain. Canada’s chiropractors are committed to helping Canadians live healthy lives by reducing the risk of falls, injury and disability. ✅

Chiropractors can help in testing your strength, mobility, function and balance, as well advise on exercise, nutrition and preventative strategies. ðŸ‘Ļ‍⚕️

Aging populations are more likely to suffer from:

▶ Osteoarthritis – deteriorating cartilage in the joints

▶ Spinal stenosis – narrowing of the canal in the vertebrae impinging on the nerve roots causing pain and numbness

▶ Degenerative meniscal tear

▶ Repetitive strain injuries

▶ Osteoporosis – a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue


✔ Pain management

✔ Increase range of motion and function

✔ Decrease progression of degeneration in the joints

✔ Correct posture

✔ Increase balance

✔ Reduce risk of falls

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Preventing Falls

Anyone can fall, but the risk of slips and trips increases as you get older. 🧓

DYK - Every year 1 in 3 Canadians over 65 will fall – often with serious consequences. ⚠ Hip, wrist and pelvic fractures are common in this age group and can take a toll on independence and quality of life. ðŸĨ The good news is there are many simple things you can do to prevent a fall.

Check out these tips for simple things you can do to stay safely on your feet:

▶ Remove your reading glasses when you are walking. Always slip them off before you take a step. 👓

▶ Never climb on a chair or stool to reach something. Always ask for assistance. 🊑

▶ If you have a pet such as a cat or dog, consider putting a bell or reflector on its collar. It’s easy to stumble across an affectionate or sleeping pet that’s in your path. 🐕

▶ Take your time. If you frequently find yourself rushing to pick-up the phone, consider investing in a cordless phone that you can keep near you. Don’t rush to answer the door. The visitor will wait. 🚊

▶ Always sit down to put on or take off shoes and clothing. Place a chair or bench near the entranceway. 👞

▶ Keep hallways and stairs free of children’s toys. ⚽

▶ Wear shoes or slippers with non-slip soles indoors. That means you might have to give up that pair of loose, comfy slippers with the worn soles. ðŸĨŋ

▶ Ask for help if you need it. Most people like to lend a hand. ✋

Canada’s chiropractors are committed to reducing injury and disability from falls. A Doctor of Chiropractic can test your strength, steadiness and balance – and give you advice on exercise, nutrition and falls prevention.  👍

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