Andrea Lee- Clinic Founder & Osteopathic Manual Therapist
Andrea Lee- Clinic Founder and Osteopathic Manual Therapist & Stacey Kerslake- Writer
As you prepare to hit the slopes this winter, it is extremely important to be aware of the physical demands that snow sports have on the body. Although, skiing and snowboarding can be safe, unexpected injuries can occur if you are not properly prepared. Each year our clinic sees an increase in patients with ski and snowboard related injuries, and many injuries can be prevented with proper physical preparation, proper, well-fitted equipment and of course a little common sense.
Andrea Lee, Osteopath M.OMSc & Stacey Kerslake
We experienced our first snowfall of the winter last week, and now that the dreaded Canadian winter is here, we are digging out our winter gear, and dusting off our snow shovels. Many people underestimate how strenuous shovelling can be, however, every year, our clinic sees an increase in shovelling related injuries, with low back strain being the most common of injuries. Other snow shovelling injuries include sore muscles, herniated disks, broken bones, and even heart attacks, especially in adults over 55.
It is extremely important that you are warmed up and prepared before heading out to move the white stuff. We have broken down the steps you need to take before, during and after snow shovelling to ensure you are taking the best care of your body, while preventing injury.
Andrea Lee, Osteopath M.OMSc
It is 3pm... we are 3 coffees in and slowly starting to feel sluggish and slightly unproductive. Aside from indulging in those sugary-delicious holiday cookies that have been taunting us in the lunchroom all day, what else can we do to increase our energy levels and gain focus?
Andrea Lee M.OMSc, Osteopathic MT, Yoga Instructor
Charu Shankar Yoga Instructor
Have you ever noticed the amount of tension that our bodies hold due to stress? You may have noticed after an exceptionally stressful day, that you have a headache or are fatigued, but did you notice any physical pains that may have increased due to your stress? Our body often tenses up after a stressful experience as part of a psychosomatic stress response. This is a normal response to stress and is often paired with a typical sympathetic response such as increased respiratory rate, increased heart rate, or increased sweating. There are a few key areas of the body that are most affected by this psychosomatic response:
1) Shoulders, neck, and jaw
3) Hips and pelvic floor
Andrea Lee M.OMSc Osteopathic MT, Yoga Instructor
According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), a restful night sleep plays an important role in our overall physical and mental health. However, millions of people world-wide do not get enough sleep and suffer with symptoms associated with lack of sleep. A survey conducted by NSF (1999-2004) revealed at least 40% North Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders, and that 60% of adults report having sleep problems two or more nights per week. A large percentage of these sleep related problems remain undiagnosed and untreated.
Nupur Panchal BPT – Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist
When we hear the term Pelvic floor related concern, we often associate the problem with pre/post pregnancy. Although pelvic floor therapy is very helpful for pre/post pregnancy, there are several other areas of focus that Pelvic Floor therapy can effectively address. Reliable and accurate information is essential as it can help dispel myths about the pelvic floor.
Read on to learn about the 5 most common pelvic floor myths and the truth about them.
Did you know that stroke has become the third leading cause of death in Canada, and the second leading cause of death globally? It is also a leading cause of adult disability with over 400,000 people in Canada living with the effects of having had a stroke.
According to a poll commissioned by heart and stroke, less than half of Canadians were aware of their specific risk factors to strokes. Those who were poled recognized poor diet, smoking and lack of exercise as primary contributors to stroke. Only 10% of Canadians recognize high blood pressure as a risk, even though it is one of the most significant risk factors for these conditions.
You’re pitching the bottom of the 9th inning, your team is up by 1 run, bases are loaded, one out to go, and you’re literally holding the ball that can be the difference between winning or losing. You throw your first pitch…it’s a ball. Another pitch…another ball.
How do you maintain focus, and perform the skills you have practiced countless times before? Regardless of your opponent or the playing field, how do you bring your A-Game every time you step into your ‘field-of-play’?
Understanding sport-psychology is similar to understanding behavioural-psychology. How do we control our thoughts of fear, self-doubt and failure to allow us to achieve our goals? First we must understand where these thoughts are coming from, and why we choose to pay attention to them.
If one structure is out of alignment, It can affect all the surrounding structures.
If you have ever been to an advanced yoga class where the instructor launches their class into a series of deep back bends, forward folds and exaggerated spinal twists, you may have found yourself mesmerized by the body’s ability to contort into pretzel- like positions and hold for extended periods of time.