While digestion is a simple concept, it’s also a complex network of organs that work together to break down food and absorb nutrients. When your digestive function is impaired, it can seriously impact your quality of life! This is far too common of a problem, with approximately 20 million Canadians experiencing some form of digestive disorder each year (according to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation.) While medical treatments can be effective for some individuals, many are turning to natural approaches to help restore digestive function. In this post, we'll explore how improving nervous system function with chiropractic can have a positive [...]
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Posture and Spinal Health Imagine this: It’s been a long day of work and you’ve been hunched over, staring at a computer for hours. After sitting at a desk all day (for years!) you find that you have a sore back and neck. Over time, you find that not only does the discomfort stay with you, but other issues have crept in to lower your quality of life. This is because posture is important in maintaining your muscular system, nervous system, and overall spinal health! Poor posture puts the body in abnormal positions that the body has to hold by compensating. [...]
Imagine you’re carrying some boxes down the stairs when you trip and fall on the last step. After picking yourself back up, you notice that your right ankle hurts, you look down and see that it’s completely swollen and red. You hobble to the freezer and grab an ice pack then sit down on the couch to rest. The ice feels good against your injured ankle but it still takes several days for the pain and swelling to go away. After a week or two, you’re able to use your ankle like normal. This is the process of inflammation reacting to [...]
What is TMJ and how does it relate to chiropractic? TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint and it’s pretty important in talking, chewing, and opening our mouths. You probably want to do all of those motions every day! 😉 In this joint in the jaw, is a little articular disc that moves as you open and close your mouth. Sometimes this disc can move incorrectly and cause a snapping or popping sound as well as a lot of pain and discomfort. It can also cause your jaw to freeze and lock. No fun at all. Issues in this joint can also disrupt [...]
There’s no better time to get a chiropractic adjustment than during pregnancy. Chiropractic care is a natural, gentle and non-invasive way to support a woman’s body in multiple ways. 4 ways that chiropractic can help women throughout their pregnancy and labor Improved nervous system function Optimized pelvis mechanics/alignment Helps set up the structure for an easier labor Relief of discomfort Pregnancy is no easy task! As the baby grows, the mother’s body must change with it; their center of mass shifts anteriorly, the lower back curve increases and the round ligament becomes stretched and tight. These changes cause instability in the [...]
How is chiropractic different than physiotherapy or osteopathic manipulations? This is a frequently Googled question that I wanted to address. First, these fields can all be very complimentary. Second, chiropractic could be the missing part of the puzzle for you! So why are chiropractic, physiotherapy, and osteopathy different fields? Let’s define these, as manual practitioners certainly have some similarities and overlap in what they practice. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) offer a wide spectrum of care, looking at the body on a cellular level. In some places, DOs may be considered primary care physicians. Osteopathic manipulation is a hands-on treatment, which [...]
If you’re like me and you love a lifestyle of wellness, you have various health goals. Is your brain health at the top of the list? That may seem like a silly question; of course, we know the brain is important! While we can survive having an appendix or gallbladder removed, or even have a heart or lung transplant, our brain remains absolutely essential. However, we may be spending more time caring for and maintaining the parts of our body that call for attention urgently, rather than focusing on what is overall vital to our existence. For example, we brush our [...]
You stand up, rubbing your lower back, leaning back slightly trying to stretch it. But the ache of lower back pain continues throughout your day and into the night. An estimated 4%-25% of adults worldwide suffer from chronic low back pain. Understanding the possible causes can help you take steps to find relief naturally. Causes of Lower Back Pain: A variety of elements may come together, increasing the likelihood of discomfort in the lower back. Your genetics could be a factor, combined with posture and trauma. As you can see in the list below, your career can also be a factor [...]
Headaches are a part of life for far too many people. Headaches may keep us from doing our jobs or doing them effectively. They may hinder our relationships as our emotional fuse shortens with this discomfort. They may also slow us down from being active and reaching other health goals. So WHY do people get headaches, and what can we do about them when we want to live a vibrant, natural life? (There are many more possible causes and triggers, but let’s focus on these six.) Common Causes & Triggers of Headaches Chemical - You may have heard someone say that [...]
During the winter, it’s all too easy to settle into a more sedentary lifestyle. As a Toronto chiropractor, I want to give you some tips and encouragement. Let’s talk about simple ways to stay active and counteract busy school or work schedules or extreme weather. Get Moving It doesn’t have to be a complicated workout, but get your body moving often. Staying active during this season has multiple benefits: Improves mood with endorphins Improves or maintains flexibility Improves heart health Increases or maintains muscle strength Stimulates brain function Movement is vital for us physically and mentally! “90% of the stimulation [...]