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Take a break from the old standard, and let HealthView offer a few ways to pamper yourself and your sweetie this Valentine’s Day with gifts that won’t leave you with regret or wilting flowers a week later.
If you or your partner are active – you know how tight and tense your muscles can get. Sometimes a massage is just the perfect solution to ease a tired body and mind. Not only is it a great way to relax, but it could increase his/her performance in the gym. If you aren’t as active as you like, a massage by an RMT will help to loosen those muscles and make you feel a thousand times better! A HealthView gift certificate is the perfect solution for it! Our Registered Massage Therapists will find the best way to ease those aching muscles! Why not consider a couples massage? You could BOTH walk out feeling relaxed and energized. Call us at 905-634-VIEW to find out how you can get one!
Now, this is only meant with the best intentions! For a lot of people, fitness trackers are a good way to monitor your journey and help you understand just how active you are. They don’t have to be expensive – and can assist you in keeping “track” of your steps, calories burned and even the amount of restful sleep you are getting.
Consider something as simple as a nice meal – prepared at home. Perhaps something a little more special than the usual fare though. Some nutritionists suggest you go “lean & green” – meaning a meal consisting of a lean protein like salmon or flank steak, coupled with some broccoli, green beans or cauliflower.
The couple that stretches together – stays together? Studies show that yoga can increase your flexibility, strength and cardiovascular function. It can also improve your mood – which is NEVER a bad thing, especially when the February blues start to set in.
Sure it can be cold outside, but there is no better time to find a local skating rink and take part in a great low impact workout together! Make sure you stretch beforehand, and dress according to the conditions – but its a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and each others company. And afterwards – make sure you grab some hot chocolate with a few extra marshmallows!
Sometimes we tend to think that orthotics are used by just an older population, but the fact is – ALL AGES can benefit from them!
Custom orthotics are different than the ones you typically buy over-the-counter in a store, because they are specifically made for YOUR unique feet. They are a simple insert that can be placed in your footwear with ease.
If it hurts to walk, we have a problem. When serious issues have been ruled out, orthotics can help, by taking the stress off painful areas of your feet.
Orthotics can’t fix a fallen arch, but they CAN reposition your foot to make it easier to walk and reduce the chance of injury.
If you stand for long periods of time, you need the extra support because your muscles get sore. Orthotics are a helpful way to give your feet a break.
Believe it or not, if you suffer from diabetes you have an increased risk of corns and calluses. Those ailments hurt your skin and if left untreated, can lead to bigger problems. Orthotics can ease the pressure on those areas.
Don’t worry – it doesn’t hurt! We examine your feet, legs, hips and lower back to determine if there are any underlying problems. We then take a computerized scan of your feet to see how you walk. And finally, we take a foam impression of your feet to make sure the orthotic is tailored to YOU.
Here are some frequently asked questions from our patients:
Will I have to get new footwear?
Fall is a beautiful time of year with all the incredible colours around us, but it can also be a painful time for a lot of people – as they hurt themselves trying to clean up the leaves. Raking is a physical activity that can help people stay active, but it can also lead to pains and strains if you don’t do it right.
So we have some simple ways to take the pain out of raking:
Warm Up – A simple 10 minute walk around your house, neighbourhood or on the spot will get your muscles warmed up and ready to go!
Stretch – Easy stretches of your arms, wrists, sides and legs can go a long way to getting you ‘raking ready’. Remember to relax, and don’t overextend yourself.
Keep Moving – A lot of people plant their feet, then twist, turn and overreach in different directions to get those pesky leaves. This can lead to strains in your mid and lower back. Keep the rake handle close to your body to help maintain good posture throughout.
Take Breaks – You don’t have to rake the whole yard in 20 minutes. Listen to your body. Take frequent breaks and keep your body hydrated. The discs in your spine need water to keep them cushiony and functioning properly.
And remember when bagging those leaves – make it manageable! Keep your back straight and use your legs to do the lifting. If the leaves are wet, it will make the bag deceivingly heavy and awkward to lift. When it’s all done, take a few moments to cool down and the same light stretches you started with!
Custom foot orthotics are custom made inserts that go into your shoes to address many types of foot disorders. They provide support, correction, and cushioning to improve food performance and comfort.
If required, all ages can benefit from a custom foot orthotic. From discomfort of the foot, to severe problems such as diabetic foot ulcers – a foot orthotic can help a wide range of patients.
There are 4 key reasons for orthotics:
If you suffer from diabetes, you have an increased risk of corns and calluses especially if your foot alignment is altered. These corns and calluses can impact your skin integrity and if left untreated can result in diabetic wounds. Orthotics can be helpful in reducing these key pressure areas of the foot.
To determine the right orthotic for your foot, Dr. Rob will perform a thorough examination using the following assessment techniques:
-A foam impression of your feet in a neutral position.
Winter means snow. And for many of us, it also means pulling the shovel out, to get rid of it.
A lot of us are quick to get outside and propel that snow as far and as fast as we can. But the truth is, we’re not doing ourselves any favours that way. In fact, it’s probably making it worse.
We have a saying: LIFT LIGHT TO SHOVEL RIGHT!
The Ontario Chiropractic Association has a few tips to make it easy on you and your back this winter:
Using these tips should help you to avoid injury, while you clear your sidewalks, stairs and driveways of the snow. Also, make sure you remember a few more things before you even step out the door: stay hydrated (you are exercising after all), dress in layers and make sure your footwear has a good grip, so you don’t slip on any ice under the snow!
Be Well. Stay Well.