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Back pain is a potentially debilitating condition that affects a remarkably high percentage of Canadians. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, 4 of every 5 Canadian adults will experience back pain at least once in their lives and, according a 2012 survey conducted by the Ontario Chiropractic Association, almost 20 per cent of Ontarians reported that their back problems were chronic. While back pain is most often caused by muscle/ligament strains or disc degeneration, there are a number of other possible causes. However, regardless of the cause, pain is the common denominator. If you or someone you know is suffering…

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Every New Year, many of us make a renewed commitment to changing our lives for the better; which often means an increased focus on our health. However, while we’re all increasingly aware that some combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise is key to improving our overall health, the fact is that some of us simply can’t commit to doing both. Whether it’s because eating healthier seems too complicated or because exercising regularly feels too far from our natural comfort zone, the inevitable question that follows, and one we often hear from patients, is which is more important, diet…

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One of the most common causes of non-traumatic low back pain that we see in our clinics comes from quadricep or thigh muscles that have become too short or too tight. When the rectus femoris muscle, a muscle of the quads which attaches to the pelvis, becomes too short, it creates a forward tilt to the pelvis and compresses the nerves in the lower back. In the following video, Dr. Jason Lemieux of Physiomed Oakville demonstrates a quick test you can do at home to see if your quadriceps are too tight as well as some exercises for loosening up…

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In the past, we’ve talked about the many benefits of exercise. It’s great for our cardiovascular system, it keeps our muscles strong & flexible and, for many of us, it provides a great opportunity to socialize. However, while we all know that exercise keeps us strong and healthy, some people believe that exercise can make us smarter too. Is it true? Does exercise really make us smarter? The short answer is…yes! WHAT SMARTER REALLY MEANS: Okay, before you start rolling your eyes, let’s be clear, exercise does not raise your IQ. If you weren’t a genius before you started working…

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Given the amount of time we spend in front of a computer or looking down at a smart phone, it’s not surprising that many of us suffer from tightness/pain in our neck and shoulders. Tight muscles in the front of the shoulder & upper neck, when combined with weak postural stabilizers and deep neck flexors, is what’s known as Upper Cross Syndrome. This is a condition which has reached near epidemic levels in North America and can lead to an impingement which, in turn, can lead to rotator cuff tears or, even worse, a frozen shoulder. In the following video,…

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We’re all becoming increasingly aware of the importance of exercise for maintaining optimal health and wellness. However, for those with Type 2 Diabetes, exercise is not just important, it’s essential. Together medication and a healthy diet, regular exercise is critical for keeping blood sugar low and controlling your weight. It also helps builds muscle strength, lowers blood pressure, cuts bad cholesterol and improves blood circulation along with providing a wide variety of other benefits. If you have Type 2 Diabetes and are looking to add regular exercise to your routine, here are some tips to keep in mind:   TALK…

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In many cases, neck pain and headaches are caused by excess tension in the upper back and neck – often caused by spending too much time in front of a computer or looking down at a smart phone. A quick way to determine if the pain you’re experiencing is related to tension in your neck and upper back is to stand tall and, with your mouth closed, see if you can touch your chin to your chest without experiencing pain. If not, you’ve likely got tension in your upper back and neck. In the following video, Dr. Jason Lemieux of…

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There’s no doubt that, for many of us, life just keeps getting busier. However, skipping meals or eating nutritionally empty foods just leaves us feeling tired, irritable and less able to cope. With a little bit of little planning and simple substitutions, we can ensure that our bodies have the energy we need to get through the day with a greater sense of energy and excitement.       BREAKFAST: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, too many of us skip breakfast in our rush to get out the door (loading up on coffee and sugary…

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Have you ever found yourself experiencing periodic feelings of anger, depression, fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite/digestion and other typically stress-related symptoms; despite the fact that there was nothing particularly upsetting or stressful going on in your life at that time? If so, you might have experienced what’s known as second hand stress – a very real, but often overlooked form of stress that comes from absorbing the negative emptions of others and that, like second hand smoke, can have a profound impact on our health.   HOW SECOND HAND STRESS WORKS: While it might seem strange to think that stress…

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If you have custom orthotics, you’re probably already well aware of their many benefits. They help ensure correct positioning of the bones in your feet, ankles and knees which helps to alleviate and, in some cases, eliminate foot, ankle and knee pain. They also reduce the likelihood of injury by improving muscle performance/reducing muscle fatigue and can help realign your spinal column which reduces pain in your lower back and other parts of your body.   OTHOTICS ARE LIKE GLASSES AND OTHER PROSTHETICS: However, did you know that it’s important to get your orthotics prescription reviewed at least once per…

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