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Because many of us spend an average of 6.5 hours per day sitting, our hips tend to become very stiff and the muscles in the back of our hips, namely our glutes, tend to become fairly weak. As a result, we end up with increased stress on our lower back and knees as our bodies try to compensate. To avoid longer term pain and a reduced quality of life, it’s important that we pay particular attention to our hips.   Here’s a video from Dr. Jason Lemieux of Physiomed Oakville that demonstrates some exercises for loosening & strengthening your hips:…

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Okay, so the title sounds like a statement of the obvious but have you ever thought to yourself “since I’m going to be drinking tonight, maybe I’ll just workout hard today to make up for it”? If so, you’re not alone. At Physiomed, we treat a number of athletes and highly active individuals who, like most people, like to let loose every once in a while when out with friends or while visiting family. So, not surprisingly, we’ve heard this idea expressed many times before. However, while we all know that excessive alcohol consumption is unhealthy for a variety of…

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Recently, we recommended the Gourmet Nutrition cookbook from Dr. John Berardi and Precision Nutrition. We’ve had great feedback from patients who enjoyed the information so much that many actually bought the book. This month, we’ve got another great tip from the folks at Precision Nutrition. To help keep our metabolism up, it’s recommend that we eat every 2-3 hours we’re awake. However, while bringing fruits and veggies to work is easy enough for most of us, the preparation required for ensuring you have the necessary protein in each of those meals or snacks can be challenging.   LEVERAGE YOUR WEEKEND…

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Now that the summer has finally arrived and golf season is in full swing (pun absolutely intended), it’s time to once again look at ways we can improve our game. Maximizing distance is definitely one of those ways. However, when it comes to maximizing distance, if you don’t start in a good position, you’re not going to be able to create the force you need to hit the ball far.   THE PHYSICS OF MAXIMIZING DISTANCE: Physics dictates that for a ball to travel far, we need higher club head speeds with efficient energy transfer from the club to the…

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Earlier this month, we talked about what your core is, why it matters and how to strengthen it using basic core stability exercises. However, for those more active or athletically inclined individuals, these basic exercises may not be enough. While you can certainly get more from them by simply increasing the intensity, you may find that you want to progress to some more advanced exercises.   Here’s a video from Dr. Jason Lemieux of Physiomed Oakville that demonstrates some more Intermediate-Advanced Core Stability Exercises:    

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We all love our screens. From televisions and computers to cell phones and tablets, many of us, both adults and children alike, spend a significant amount of our waking hours sitting in front of screens – often at the expense of spending time outdoors. While some might argue that this is simply an evolutionary feature of life today, the fact is that too much screen time can have a negative impact on our health.   THE DANGERS OF TOO MUCH SCREEN TIME: Studies have shown that as children and teenagers spend more time in front of screens, they tend to…

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One of the things we often hear from patients looking to lose weight is that they’re trying to eliminate fat from their diet completely. While this may seem to make intuitive sense, the fact is that we actually require some degree of fat in our diet in order to stay healthy. Of course, since some types of fat can lead to serious health issues, the key is recognizing the difference between “good” and “bad” fat. Here’s a quick overview. Essentially, there are three different types of fat, trans fat, saturated fat and unsaturated fat. Trans fat and saturated fat is…

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By now, you’ve probably heard that having a “strong core” is important, but if you’re like most people, you may not know exactly what that means, why it’s important or what to do about it. Here’s a quick overview.   FINDING YOUR CORE: Essentially, your “core” is located in the middle section of your body. While most people think of it as just the abdominal muscles, it actually includes your diaphragm (lower chest), abdomen (belly), mid-lower back, obliques (sides) and lower pelvic muscles. All in all over 25 different muscles make up your core.   WHY YOUR CORE MATTERS: Your…

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2014

While spring officially arrived last month, our longer than usual winter and colder than usual spring has pushed the start of spring allergies from April to May. For many people, actually one in six Canadians, this means itchy or runny eyes, sneezing, headaches, a stuffy or runny nose and a variety of other symptoms that can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months (depending on the type and amount of pollen released and how hot & dry the season ends up being). If you’re a long time allergy sufferer or if you’re allergies are just developing, here…

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For decades, we’ve been taught that applying ice (cryotherapy), was one of the most important things to do immediately following a soft tissue injury (a sprain or strain). However, over the past 2 years, there has been a complete 180 degree turn in this thinking. Not next to no research to support the benefits of using ice, we now recognize that its use may actually delay healing.   NEXT TO NO RESEARCH TO SUPPORT ICING: A 2004 review in the Journal of Athletic Training concluded that while ice is effective in decreasing pain, the other supposed benefits of using ice…

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