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In This Issue:

Get Up, Stand Up!
Understanding Osteoarthritis and How Massage Therapy Can Help
Food for Thought - Things That You Thought Were Good For You, But May Not Be
Now Available - Organic Hypoallergenic Pillows

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March 2015

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Get Up, Stand Up!

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

dr shima shahidyA recent article in the globe and mail has further highlighted something we have always discussed with our patients: that movement is the key to health! Excessive sitting has been linked to disease and premature death, even for those who exercise regularly. Sitting itself is the problem! You can read the entire article here, but the essential take away is that our sedentary behaviours are just as influential as maintaining a regular exercise routine. If you spend many hours of the day sitting, then you need to get creative!

Many patients tell us that it's just impossible to get up and move because they are so busy at their desks, but we have a few suggestions to help you reduce sedentary habits and increase movement at work. I recommend that you try some of the following ideas for a week or two to see what is doable for you:

  • Ensure the most ideal ergonomic setup at your desk. Bring in a photo of your workstation and we will give you some personalized tips. Follow this link for more information on office ergonomics from the Ontario Chiropractic Association: http://www.chiropractic.on.ca/ergonomics#.VMWogf54qZ4
  • When the phone rings, stand up while you answer and, if possible, during the conversation.
  • If you're thinking about something, but not actually using your computer or writing, then stand up and think - it burns more calories too!
  • Schedule a pop up on your screen that reminds you to get up every 30 minutes for a quick stretch. The Straighten Up Canada app can help you schedule these reminders: http://www.chiropractic.ca/straighten-up-canada/
  • If you have the flexibility, convert to and use a sit-stand workstation.
  • Have face to face meetings; in some cases it's actually more efficient and it requires you to walk over to someone's desk or office. Better yet, have a walking meeting and take a walk together while you discuss an issue. 
  • If you work at home, don't slouch on the couch with a laptop. Instead, create a proper office or work space and get up to stretch every 30 minutes.
  • Replace every urge to check Facebook with a quick stretch session!
  • Take your lunch break and make it a walking lunch. In the winter, use heated malls for a brisk walk with a coworker, or dress warmly and go outside. 

If you have specific questions about increasing movement for your specific job, talk to us and we will help you brainstorm tactics.

 

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

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Understanding Osteoarthritis and How Massage Therapy Can Help

Evgenia (Jenny) Haugen, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Evgenia Haugen RMT Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. OA is caused by the breakdown and eventual degeneration and loss of the cartilage of one or more joints in the body. Cartilage is an important structural component of the joint as it cushions the bony surfaces and supports pain free movement. 
 
In the later stage of OA, the surfaces of the bones that make up a joint become inflamed due to friction, loss of cushioning and contact of bone on bone.  
 
Symptoms of this condition include pain in a joint during or after use (with minimal movement and even rest), tenderness in the joint when you apply local light pressure, stiffness in a joint that you may notice in the morning, swelling, loss of flexibility and bone spurs, or osteophytes that change the shape of a joint. 
 
The causes of Osteoarthritis include many factors such as:

  • The natural aging process
  • Trauma, either acute (fracture) or chronic (repetitive, long term overuse and stress)
  • Genetic predisposition and being overweight 
  • Altered biomechanics, such as muscle incoordination, joint hypermobility, leg length discrepancy

If you have been diagnosed with OA, there are natural modalities available to help you manage your pain and maintain the health of your joints. Massage Therapy is a valuable addition to traditional treatments and is effective at reducing pain, rebalancing muscle tissue and improving joint health. The goal of a massage treatment is to reduce stiffness, inflammation and spasm, to increase range of motion and to maintain tissue health. Massage can increase blood flow to areas affected by arthritis, which brings in oxygen to promote healing. 
 
Massage is a non-invasive and safe therapy for osteoarthritis. With regular treatments, massage can decrease pain and inflammation as well as help to reduce the effects of stress on the body. Along with Massage Therapy, I suggest visiting your Chiropractor and Acupuncturist for additional regular treatments, and also discuss natural pain management alternatives with your Naturopathic Doctor. 

 

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

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Food for Thought - Things That You Thought Were Good For You, But May Not Be

Dr. Samantha Ristimaki, BSc, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

dr ristimakiI can’t tell you how many people come to see me and think that they eat healthy up until they start to write everything down and we discuss some of their choices. We don’t have to be perfect, but here are a few things to watch out for that are not as healthy as they seem.

Extra Light Olive Oil
Did you know that extra light olive oil isn't "light" like the light we talk about when we're cutting back fats? Extra light in this instance refers to how processed the oil is, and extra light olive oil is one of the most refined olive oils you'll find. You can recognize it from other types of olive oils because it is the lightest in color and has the mildest flavor. Pale and buttery, or green and fruity - olive oil is still oil, and every tablespoon of it contains 120 calories.

Wheat flour
If a product is made with wheat flour, it might as well be white. Most wheat flour is just enriched white flour. The wheat was stripped and bleached to make white flour and then a few nutrients were added, making it much less nutritious and more likely to spike your blood sugar levels. Unless the products you are buying says “100% Whole Wheat” or “Whole Grain”, steer clear.

Sports Drinks
After a workout, I see a lot of people at the gym reaching for sports drinks. After you’ve burnt some unwanted calories, why add the extra sugar? Powerade contains 125 calories and 34 grams of sugar, which is about 8 teaspoons of sugar. In 20 ounces of Gatorade there are 130 calories and 35 grams of sugar, which is about 8.3 teaspoons of sugar; you can see why nutritionists recommend water over sports drinks. Sports drinks are designed for replenishing the bodies of athletes; if you're not engaged in high-intensity activity, you can skip them.

Low Fat
Fat-free, low-fat and reduced fat foods may sound like a good idea. While less fat in your diet can be a good thing, products with these labels usually come at a price. When the fat is removed from a product, its sodium and sugar content often increases, as does the thickener and chemical content, all in the name of trying to mimic full-fat flavor and mouth-feel.

Vegetarian Foods
There is a lot of research to support that a plant-based diet is extremely beneficial for your health. Many people that jump on the vegetarian bandwagon start relying on more processed food like fake veggie meat, tofu and other soy-based products and tend to eat more pasta and cheese. Regardless of whether you eat meat or not, if you eat processed foods, you add unnecessary salt, sugar and fats to your diet, which are not great health choices.

 

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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. 

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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.

 

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Dream Mate Contour Pillow - Certified Organic Shredded Latex
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Epic Regular Loft Pillow - Certified Organic Wool and Alpaca
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