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If you or someone you know is suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you know how painful and challenging it can be. Stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation and other similar impacts can make life almost unbearable. However, the good news is that simple dietary changes can actually help combat the effects of IBS. Here are a few suggestions:   EAT MORE PROBIOTICS: Probiotics are a type of bacteria found in a number of foods, such as yogurt, that help reduce the growth of harmful bacteria in the digestive tract. Eliminating this harmful bacteria may help reduce diarrhea symptoms in certain people.…

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Are you suffering from muscle pain that just doesn’t seem to want to go away? Well, you’re not alone. Commonly known as “muscle knots” this type of pain is a fairly common condition. However, while most of us tend to accept muscle knots as part of the aging process that simply must be endured, despite how painful they can actually become, the fact is that muscle knots can be treated.   UNDERSTANDING MUSCLE KNOTS: A muscle knot, or “trigger point” as it is medically known, is an area within a muscle that becomes highly sensitive. In many cases, a trigger…

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For many of us, the arrival of spring means a return to a more active lifestyle. For those of us who have been active throughout the winter, it’s about transitioning from winter to spring/summer activities. In either case though, one of the keys to avoiding injury and maximizing enjoyment is stretching properly before and after being physically active.   WHAT STRETCHING DOES & WHY IT MATTERS: Stretching loosens and increases blood flow to tight muscles, which increases their overall range of motion and prepares them for periods of sudden or extended expansion and contraction. As we age, our muscles become…

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When it comes to static stretching, the key is to make sure to use proper form to isolate & effectively target specific muscles or muscle groups. However, if you really want to maximize the impact and really increase your overall mobility, consider adding “reciprocal inhibition” (a contraction of the muscle opposite to the one you’re looking to stretch) to more effectively relax the target muscle which allows for a more complete stretch.   Here’s a video from Dr. Jason Lemieux of Physiomed Oakville that demonstrates how to incorporate reciprocal inhibition when static stretching key muscle groups:    

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Diabetes is a very serious and potentially life threatening condition that affects over 9 million Canadians. While over 90% of people with Diabetes have Type 2 Diabetes, the good news is that it is largely preventable. In fact, if you don’t already have Type 2 Diabetes, making simple modifications to your diet can help actually reduce your chances of getting it. And, even if you already have it, these same changes can not only make it easier to manage the condition, they can also help to reverse some of its effects. So, what are those changes? Here’s a quick overview:…

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Recovering from a motor vehicle accident can be a very lengthy and challenging experience, even under the best of circumstances. However, if you have a pre-existing injury or medical condition and you fail to disclose it to your healthcare provider, or if your provider otherwise fails to identify it, you’re likely to find your road to recovery significantly more complicated. In fact, because both your treatment/recovery plan and your insurance company settlement are likely to be insufficient for supporting your actual recovery needs, you may well find your overall experience to be even more traumatic and damaging than the accident…

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For many people, hitting middle age is often accompanied by a noticeable drop in energy levels. If you find yourself feeling “tired and run down”, don’t worry, you’re not alone and there is something you can do about it. The first thing to do is see a health professional for a quick check up. While fatigue is associated with aging, it can also be the result of various health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or even a food intolerance. However, if it is age related, here are a few tips that should help to put the bounce back in…

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2014

When it comes to protecting our spine, strengthening the muscles that support it is key. An excellent exercise for this is Hard Plank or Plank performed “hard style”. When doing this, the most important position we need to find is “neutral spine” – once there, we begin strengthen the muscles supporting our spine using some simple techniques while making sure not to deviate from this “neutral spine” position.   Here’s a video from Dr. Jason Lemieux of Physiomed Oakville that demonstrates plank exercise performed “hard style” to help strengthen the muscles that support your spine:    

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Now that the ball drops and champagne pops are distant memories and with the first month of the New Year now behind us, you may find yourself struggling to stick to your resolutions. The first thing you should know is that it’s okay. Most people find themselves struggling after the first few weeks – so you’re not alone. The good news is that, if you are struggling or even if you’ve relapsed, there’s still reason to hope. The fact is that when it comes to achieving New Year’s resolutions, having the right approach can make all the difference. Here are…

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There’s no doubt that being involved in a car accident can be a very traumatic experience. However, if you’ve been in an accident, the key to ensuring the quickest and most complete recovery possible, with the necessary compensation from your insurance company, is seeking a proper health assessment and obtaining proper legal advice – specifically in that order – immediately following the accident.   ONSET OF SYMPTOMS & INSURANCE CLAIM DEADLINES: Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of people recover from motor vehicle accidents and the fact is that pain, discomfort and other symptoms often do not appear immediately after…

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