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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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The talocalcaneonavicular joint (TCN), a ball and socket joint located in the middle of each foot, stabilizes our arches and allows us to generate maximum torque/power. In order to minimize pain and ensure maximum benefit from exercise and everyday activities, it’s important to ensure you have a neutral posture with your TCN (as well as your hips and shoulders – our body’s other ball and socket joints). In the following video, Dr. Jason Lemieux of Physiomed Oakville demonstrates how simple external rotation of your TCN joint can help create greater stability:    

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Part of what makes the late summer so enjoyable is the opportunity we get to enjoy a slightly more relaxed work schedule, a few extra late nights at home or with friends and maybe even an out of town or extended cottage vacation. Unfortunately, when it comes time to make the annual Fall “back-to-school/back-to-work” transition, many find that returning to a more hectic and faster paced lifestyle, along with the return of cooler weather and daylight savings time, wreaks havoc on their ability to get a good night’s sleep. If you’ve been struggling with getting enough sleep lately, here are…

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September can be a very stressful time of year for many people. With kids heading back to school, work schedules getting busier and winter on the horizon (even distantly), our busier and more hectic lives can often result in significantly increased levels of sustained or chronic stress. While most of us handle temporary or acute stress without any noticeable impacts, chronic stress can often lead to headaches or migraines (in more extreme cases, it can even result in potentially more serious health conditions). If you’ve been experiencing stress-related headaches or migraines, the key to managing this pain is focusing on…

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The posterior oblique sling helps maintain core stability and facilitates the generation of strength & speed; particularly when it comes to rotational movement (especially important for golfers, tennis players & hockey players, for example). In the following video, Dr. Jason Lemieux of Physiomed Oakville demonstrates a variation of the standard bridge exercise for targeting the muscles of the posterior oblique sling:     Here, Dr. Lemieux targets this same muscle group with a half-kneeling row/pulling exercise:    

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  After decades of health warnings, awareness campaigns and media exposes, most of us finally get the message that smoking is not only bad for us, it kills. Unfortunately, even as cigarettes have begun to lose their appeal, many teens and young adults are now being drawn to tobacco through other equally dangerous products.     HOOKAH SMOKING – WORSE THAN CIGARETTES: Hookah is tobacco pipe with a long, flexible tube draws and cools smoke through a bowl of water and students are being increasingly drawn to its use. In fact, a study recently published in the journal, Pediatrics, showed…

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When we analyze the performance of the two of today’s best golfers, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy, we can see that a big part of their success comes from their ability to create separation from their upper and lower body – what’s commonly referred to as the “X factor”. By stabilizing and maintaining great posture with their lower body while simultaneously incorporating a significant range/amount of motion through their upper body, they’re able to generate tremendous power and consistently hit the ball farther than most others.   THE “X FACTOR” IN ACTION: In the picture below, Jamie Sadlowski (former World…

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As you’ve probably heard, Health Canada recently came out with a series of proposed changes to the structure and content of food labels. While some might argue that this is long overdue, it’s at least a clear indication that with an aging population, rising health care costs and an increasing body of scientific evidence linking diet and disease, Health Canada is taking the subject of dietary wellness more seriously.     YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: While this is an important wake-up call for the food industry, it’s also an important one for us as well. The fact is that,…

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