At the end of a long day, when we retire into the warm embrace of our blankets, pillows and comforters, why is it we sometimes wake up more tired or sore than when we first lay down? How dangerous can a set of springs or space-age foam really be? To continue reading more of Issue 3 download here
Registered Massage Therapy and Your Immune System Cold and flu season is upon us in full force, the cold and dreary months of January and February tend to drag down our defenses and leave us feeling less than great. Did you know that receiving regular Registered Massage Therapy treatments can help to increase your body’s ability to fight off colds and viruses? Well they can! Massage Therapy helps restore the body to its optimal functioning, which in turn allows the immune system to do its job. Here’s how it works… First let’s look at a few of the causes of decreased immune function:
- Chronic stress: This is caused by long-standing stressors in life such as work. Over time, chronic stress increases the levels of a hormone called cortisol. Increased cortisol levels decrease the body’s ability to produce key hormones that act to support the immune system.
- Simple stress and rushing: In our world today, we consider it “normal” to rush from here to there. For many of us, this type of stress seems to be unavoidable, but it takes its toll and your body doesn’t get the chance to rest. Rest is a key factor for the body to be able to rejuvenate and repair itself.
- Lack of sleep: Sleep helps the body`s immune system to rebuild and repair.
Now, let’s look at how Massage Therapy can help!
- Massage helps to alleviate stress (both chronic and simple): Studies have shown that people who receive massage therapy regularly show a decrease in stress hormones (like cortisol) as well as an increase in immune system cells such as lymphocytes. This increase has been shown to happen even after just one massage!
- Massage helps you sleep: Massage causes the parasympathetic division of the nervous system to kick in; this helps to promote relaxation and sleep. Sleep encourages the repair and rebuilding of the immune system.
- You “feel good” after a massage!
Cold and flu season is approaching and it’s more important than ever to keep your appointments and stay healthy this winter! Our Langley chiropractic care can actually help you during this time of year! The flu season typically begins in November and is expected to affect approximately 1 in 5 people in North America this year. The flu is caused by the influenza virus and is considered contagious, infecting the respiratory tract, often producing fevers and severe aches and pains. Sometimes, symptoms of a cold can be mistaken for the flu. Colds are usually caused by bacteria which ultimately overwhelm the body resulting in sneezing, coughing, mucous build-up, fever and fatigue. Are you prepared this season? It is a well known fact that the secret to fighting the flu is a healthy immune system. The most effective method is a well rounded approach that involves exercise, stress management, diet, nutritional supplementation, and chiropractic care. Chiropractic care may be able to help you this season. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown in research studies to improve the function of the body’s immune system. Chiropractic adjustments remove nerve interference which allows your body to function better, including your immune system. So, when your immune system is healthier, it is better able to fight off infections. Helping to prevent the flu is just one benefit to regular chiropractic care. Call us today and make an appointment with one of our Langley chiropractors – deal with your health and wellness the natural way! You may also be interested in seeing one of our Langley massage therapists, shockwave therapists, laser therapists, or foot orthotic specialists. We look forward to treating you!
We’re happy to welcome Marianne Cottingham to the Lifeforce Proactive team! Marianne, graduated from the 3000 Hour Registered Massage Therapy program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy. This program is the most comprehensive study of soft tissue manipulation in North America. She is a member in good standing with the COLLEGE OF Massage Therapists of British Columbia. Through the program, and extra-cirricular body work, Marianne gained experience with a wide variety of health conditions and ailments. Some of these include chronic pain, car accident injuries, athletic injuries, neurological conditions, arthritis, post surgery rehabilitation (scar tissue breakdown) and many more. She had the opportunity to work at GF Strong, British Columbia’s biggest rehabilitation centre for spinal cord and brain injuries, Vancouver General Hospital (Burns, plastics and trauma ward), multiple care centres for the elderly and general public, and athletic events such as the BMO Vancouver Marathon. Marianne has competed at the national level in ice hockey, ball hockey, and officiating ice hockey, as well as some international competition in these sports. With this elite experience, she has first hand knowledge of an athletes journey throughout training and competition. Contact us to book an appointment with Marianne for massage therapy in Langley today! Read more about our other Registered Massage Therapists too.
Snow Shoveling Safety Presented By: Dr. Amit Sharda
Before picking up your snow shovel, recognize snow-shoveling for what it is – strenuous exercise. It makes great demands on your heart and the rest of your body for two reasons; its hard work and it’s done in the cold. But a little planning and prudence can reduce the risk. Try the following stretches for major muscle groups.
1. Knees to Chest – Lie down with feet flat on the floor and both legs bent, bring the right knee to chest and hold for 15 seconds; then do left leg; then both legs together.
2. Pelvic Tilts – Lie on your back with knees bent and lower back flat on the floor; squeeze tight your gluteus maximus and stomach muscles and pus the small of your back down gently to the ground and hold for five seconds.
3. Spinal Twists – Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, hands on hips and gently twist first left, hold for 15 seconds, then right, hold for 15 seconds.
4. Quadriceps Stretch – Stand with feet shoulder width apart; lift leg bending at knee and bring heel to buttocks. Keep your balance by bending supporting leg or hold onto a railing.
5. Calf Stretch – With one foot in front of the other and both feet flat on the floor, bend toward the wall and stretch the back of your lower leg.
6. Hamstring Stretch – Sit with left leg fully extended and right foot is bent in front of you so that it is almost touching your knee. Bring head down to left knee and hold for about 15 seconds. Then do right leg.
7. Shoulder Stretches – Clasp both arms behind you, pull back and hold when you get a stretch. For shoulder shrugs, bring your shoulders up to your ears, hold for 10 seconds, then slowly relax.
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HOT OFF THE PRESS – Recent news results in the same conclusions as the old news: chiropractic is the most effective tool for neck pain! According to a recent study1, published in the Annals of Internal Medicineinflatable water slides for sale, chiropractic is still head and
shoulders above medical options when it comes to the treatment of neck pain. To read more of this months issue click here
As springtime approaches, weather warms up and leaves turn green, many people will spend more time outside planting bulbs, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. Gardening can provide a great workout, but with all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling, your body may not be ready for exercise of the garden variety.Inflatable Games Gardening can be enjoyable, but it is important to stretch your muscles before reaching for your gardening tools. The back, upper legs, shoulders, and wrists are all major muscle groups affected when using your green thumb. A warm-up and cool-down period is as important in gardening as it is for any other physical activity,” said Dr. Scott Bautch of the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) Council on Occupational Health. “Performing simple stretches during these periods will help alleviate injuries, pain and stiffness.” To make gardening as fun and enjoyable as possible, it is important to prepare your body for this type of physical activity. The following stretches will help to alleviate muscle pain after a day spent in your garden. Garden Fitness Stretches
- Before stretching for any activity, breathe in and out, slowly and rhythmically; do not bounce or jerk your body, and stretch as far and as comfortably as you can. Do not follow the no pain, no gain rule. Stretching should not be painful. While sitting, prop your heel on a stool or step, keeping the knees straight. Lean forward until you feel a stretch in the back of the thigh, or the hamstring muscle. Hold this position for 15 seconds. Do this once more and repeat with the other leg.
- Stand up, balance yourself, and grab the front of your ankle from behind. Pull your heel towards your buttocks and hold the position for 15 seconds. Do this again and repeat with the other leg.
- While standing, weave your fingers together above your head with the palms up. Lean to one side for 10 seconds, then to the other. Repeat this stretch three times.
- Do the “Hug your best friend.” Wrap your arms around yourself and rotate to one side, stretching as far as you can comfortably go. Hold for 10 seconds and reverse. Repeat two or three times.
Finally, be aware of your body technique, body form and correct posture while gardening. Kneel, don’t bend, and alternate your stance and movements as often as possible to keep the muscles and body balanced. When the Bulbs Are Planted… If you already feel muscle aches and pains and did not complete the warm-up and cool-down stretches, there are ways to alleviate the discomfort. Apply a cold pack on the area of pain for the first 48 hours or apply a heat pack after 48 hours, and consider chiropractic care. 2012 American Chiropractic Association Contact us to book an appointment with one of our Langley chiropractors today! You may also be interested in reading about what to expect when you visit our Langley chiropractic clinic. Need a massage? Read more about our Registered Massage Therapists (Langley RMTs) too!
Ah Movember… the month formerly known as November is upon us. What is Movember? Movember is a 30-day moustache-growing contest armed with the goal of raising funds to support prostate cancer research, prevention and awareness. Wanting to make a difference, in 2003, a group of young Australians got together over a few beers and hatched up a moustache growing event. Little did they know their friendly competition would be the start of an international men’s health movement Module Art Panels. From its conception to its first year raising money in Australia (a total of 55,000 dollars), Movember has grown to include participating countries all around the world raising a total of 176 million dollars to date. Men are finally talking about our health issues Unfortunately as early death rates show, we men tend to wait until the last minute to get anything checked out. This is a bad habit Movember is helping to kick. It is becoming more commonplace for men to speak openly about health issues and regularly scheduled visits to doctor’s offices are now part of our yearly routines. This is a good thing because 1 in 6 Canadian men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in Canada alone this year. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to afflict Canadian men and this year alone 4400 men will die as a result of the disease. How can you get involved?
- If you’re a guy- grow a moustache. The rules are simple: start November 1st clean-shaven and for 30 days thereafter grow a moustache. Goatees or beards are prohibited.
- If you don’t feel like participating or can’t grow a moustache support your buddies as they grow there’s. Men are actively taking donations in support of their efforts to grow a moustache for 30 days.
- If you’re a girl- you can help by raising awareness/funds and lend support where you can by putting up with men and their new upper lip.
To support me (Doctor Landry) on my quest to help raise awareness- visit my page hereand donate what you can or leave a message of encouragement. Visit Movember.com for more details on how you can get involved. Movember wrap up This November when you’re out walking around and notice the moustache is making a come back, you know it’s not a coincidence. Be sure to encourage the men you cross on the street, in stores or out on the town. Every moustache makes a difference.