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In This Issue:

A Small Act to Improve Your Health!
Staying Healthy and Fighting the Infamous "Flu"
Now Available - Organic Hypoallergenic Pillows

Have You “Liked” Us?
Health & Wellness: Shop In-Store or Online!

January 2015

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A Small Act to Improve Your Health!

Dr. Shima Shahidy, (Hon) B.Sc., DC
Doctor of Chiropractic
Acupuncture & Graston Technique Provider

dr shima shahidyAt the end of the day, we are truly a culmination of our actions and thoughts. Repetition and consistency are the keys to making a habit stick. If you are on the path to achieve health and wellness (or even thinking about it a little), here is a small act that can help you by forming a daily habit. Canada's chiropractors have developed a FREE app to help you straighten up and improve your spinal health! It's an easy to perform posture program that you can do in 3 minutes. Think of all the hours you spend sitting, reading, using a computer, driving and watching TV. All those activities have an impact on your posture and your health! Did you know that low back pain and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions account for 1/3 of missed work in Canada? The consequences of this kind of pain and disability are far reaching. Not only are you in pain, but you also miss work, you may suffer financially, it may become chronic and debilitating, and it can affect your emotional health and personal relationships. For the majority of us, we can help ourselves by forming consistent healthy habits, starting with MOVING more!

The Straighten Up Canada program can be practiced almost anywhere and is a great warm up, cool down, stand-alone routine or ergonomic break.

Good posture will help you to:

  • Look and feel even better than you already do
  • Prevent back aches and muscle pains
  • And decrease wear and tear on your joints

Straighten Up Canada app features:

  • 12 unique posture exercises with adult and youth options
  • Easy to follow image stills and video content
  • Tracking function
  • Set personal reminders and track your progress
  • Learn about your back and common back-related problems
  • Find a Chiropractor in your area quickly and easily
  • Read the latest blog posts on MSK health
You can download the app for free at http://www.chiropractic.ca/straighten-up-canada/

If you cannot use the app, the videos for youth can be found here: http://www.chiropractic.ca/resources/straighten-up-canada-video-series-for-youth/

The videos for adults can be found here: http://www.chiropractic.ca/resources/straighten-up-canada-video-series/

 

Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information and to book your appointment.

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Staying Healthy and Fighting the Infamous "Flu"

Kristine Haemel, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Kristine Haemel RMTIt is that time of year again…when our greatest fear infiltrates our streets, work, school, and our home. The infamous "flu", also known as influenza, strikes back. It is a seasonal and yearly occurrence in our community, with a life span of between two and three weeks and lasting up to five or six weeks. As most of us know, the most common symptoms we may experience are coughing, sneezing, sore throat and runny nose. This is due to the virus depositing itself on the lining of the recipient’s respiratory tract. In some severe cases it may cause elements of fever, chills, headaches, muscle pain, and a decrease in appetite. Those most at risk include children, seniors, and immunocompromised individuals due to the decreased strength of their immune system and exposure to environments such as nursing homes, daycares and communities.

The virus is transmitted by the spread of infectious droplets produced by coughing or sneezing (within 1 meter) and hand contact of surfaces that have been contaminated. Here are a few preventative strategies to help avoid the infamous “flu”:

Washing your hands thoroughly after touching surfaces in public areas is important in preventing transmission of the flu, especially after using public restrooms. Make sure you lather for 10-20 seconds or the length of the happy birthday song. Use warm water and ensure all surfaces are covered including thumb, web spaces, palms, and wrists. The diagram below shows areas commonly missed, the darker the area, the more frequently missed.

hand washingUtilize appropriate coughing and sneezing etiquette while covering your nose and mouth with a fascial tissue (Kleenex) to help capture the secretions. Disposal of the tissue and then washing your hands immediately using the washing method as indicated above is also important.

If you are already experiencing signs or symptoms of this virus please continue the preventative methods as indicated along with additional sleep, fluids, cleaning surfaces, and hand washing. Decreasing your activity level if you are a person who participates in regular activity would also be helpful. Being infected and active increases the shedding (contagious) period of the virus and can extend the recovery period as a consequence.

Lastly, throughout this season, you can increase the strength of your immune system with regular exercise, an optimal diet and sufficient rest. You may also consider getting the flu shot (at your local community health centre), or an alternative immune booster (provided by a Naturopathic Doctor). This will decrease the likelihood of becoming infected with the infamous virus and passing it on to others.

References:
Hand Washing Image http://www.bhrhospitals.nhs.uk/Downloads/services/bhrut-infection-hand-washing-0712.pdf

 

Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information and to book your appointment.

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Now Available - Organic Hypoallergenic Pillows

Sleeping takes up a large majority of your life. And while you are sleeping, there are chemicals present. A simple way to avoid these chemicals is by replacing your pillow with an organic one. Wellness for the Body is proud to now offer you two Canadian-made pillows. Certified Organic rubber latex is the best core material, resistant to mold, mildew, bacteria and dust mites. Organic wool is also resistant to dust mites, can lower your heart rate, and control uncomfortable humidity. Whether you are interested in a cleaner environment or improved health for you and your family, an organic pillow is essential to a good night’s sleep. 

dream mate pillowDream Mate Contour Pillow - Certified Organic Shredded Latex

The Dream Mate Contour Pillow is not only hypoallergenic, it is also ergonomic. A side zipper allows for a customized fill (to adjust your pillow's firmness and support) and centre baffles create a contour ergonomic shape for optimal neck and spinal support. Certified Organic latex is a renewable resource with many benefits:

  • Stays naturally clean, fresh and dry for its entire life.
  • Non-allergenic, anti-bacterial, fungus free and a natural dust mite repellent.
  • Conforms to your body’s contours, thus eliminating pressure points while promoting normal blood circulation.
  • Resilient, cuddly and totally mouldable.
  • Covered in 100% organic cotton and filled with organic rubber, these pillows will maintain their shape for a very long time. 

epic pillowEpic Regular Loft Pillow - Certified Organic Wool and Alpaca

The Epic Pillow wicks away moisture to maintain a fresh, dry sleep environment that naturally eliminates the growth of harmful bacteria, dust mites and other allergens. The Epic pillow also has many benefits:

  • Provides amazing support and the best moisture control available for warm sleepers.
  • The fill is a combination of Organic Wool and Alpaca (50/50 blend).
  • No chemicals, dyes or bleaches are used when the fibre is processed.
  • The 100% cotton cover is breathable and soft to the touch.

 

The Dream Mate and Epic Pillow are both on sale now. For pricing and more information, click here.

 


 

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Health & Wellness: Shop In-Store or Online!

Gift Certificates
Now purchasing the gift of health couldn't be any easier! Gift certificates may be purchased over the phone or online for any dollar amount, and can be sent to you by regular mail or email within 2 business days. Click Here!
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Dream Mate Contour Pillow - Certified Organic Shredded Latex
The Dream Mate Contour Pillow is not only hypoallergenic, it is also ergonomic. A side zipper allows for a customized fill (to adjust your pillow's firmness and support) and centre baffles create a contour ergonomic shape for optimal neck and spinal support. Click Here!
organic latex pillow

Epic Regular Loft Pillow - Certified Organic Wool and Alpaca
The Epic Pillow wicks away moisture to maintain a fresh, dry sleep environment that naturally eliminates the growth of harmful bacteria, dust mites and other allergens. The Epic pillow provides amazing support and the best moisture control available for warm sleepers. Click Here!

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