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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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Having a baseline level of rotation is one of the keys to preventing many upper body injuries and to improving performance in rotational sports such as golf, tennis and squash.   In the following video, Dr. Jason Lemieux of Physiomed Oakville demonstrates how to check the range of motion in your thoracic spine:       Here, Dr. Lemieux demonstrates how to improve the range of motion in your thoracic spine:    

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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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