Posts by Leo Quan

What is the Difference Between Sprains and Strains?

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on What is the Difference Between Sprains and Strains?

What is the Difference Between Sprains and Strains?

It’s about that time where a lot of us emerge from hibernation and get back into shape. Maybe you have have already brought out the bicycle for the first ride of the season? Or started some house cleaning, decluttering or home improvements? How many of you have started hitting the gym or joined a sports league? As we get active again, we sometimes will overdo it and get injured. I’m a shining example of this having played my first volleyball game after a very long break from the sport. I had so much fun, I played hard like it was playoff season. Over the next 2 days, I paid the price with many body aches and pains. Some of you may have already experienced this, yes? Maybe you’ve been wondering if there’s an easy way to distinguish between different injuries. For example, is it actually a muscle in pain or something else?  What does a chiropractor mean when they say a strain or a sprain, and how is that different than a pull or a tear? What’s the chiropractor’s perspective on this? While a chiropractor knows best if you’re dealing with a strain or a sprain, there are some simple things to know. A strain is an injury of a muscle or the tendon that attaches a muscle to the bone. This is usually the same as saying a pull or a tear. In reality a strain involves varying degrees of tearing of the tissues (microscopic, a partial tear of some of the fibres, or a full tear across all the fibres). A sprain is an injury to the ligaments that attach bones to bone. It can also be an injury to a joint between two bones. Both sprains and strains can feel similar so usually some additional checks by a chiropractor are needed to know if it’s a muscle, tendon, ligament or joint that is injured – or a combination. Do you have any questions about your injury? Or sprains and strains in general? Please chat with me on Twitter or Facebook! Yours in health, Dr. Leo The chiropractor without the...

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How This Chiropractor Helps with Pain: Getting to the Source

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on How This Chiropractor Helps with Pain: Getting to the Source

How This Chiropractor Helps with Pain: Getting to the Source

As a chiropractor, I hear many different stories about the health challenges that people face. Some describe symptoms like pain, muscle tension and headaches. Others talk about muscle strains, pinched nerves or sciatica. So many different conditions, and yet there is one thing in common with all of them. It’s escalating tension. But not just the muscle tension that many think of. Did you know that tension gets stored in our bones, joints and nervous system? When we face a stressful situation and are unable to resolve it in the moment, the thoughts and emotions get stored not just in our brain but also in our muscles, bones, nerves and other tissues. When someone is telling me about their symptoms be it pain, numbness, weakness or stiffness, I can usually trace it back to stored tension. Why is tension such an important factor in pain and other symptoms? Tension goes hand in hand with relaxation. We need both. Imagine the simple movement of bending your elbow. As your bicep muscle shortens and tenses up, the opposing tricep muscle must relax and lengthen. This is true when looking at our body as a whole. Tension and relaxation are different sides of the same coin and our bodies function best when a balance is maintained between both. When tension escalates, our bodies resort to storing the tension away in bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues. When tension goes up, pain and other symptoms predictably increase to match. Even more, accumulating tension in our bodies is much like adding straws to the camel’s back. If we keep adding tension to our bodies like straws to the camel’s back, tissues will ultimately weaken, strain and tear. Now that sounds like a painful situation! In short, pain and many other symptoms are often rooted in a buildup of tension. If you’re experiencing symptoms like pain, stiffness or weakness, you might want to find out how much tension you’re holding. Yours in health, Dr....

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New Years Resolution from the Network Chiropractor

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Featured, Health, How-To's, Short Entries | Comments Off on New Years Resolution from the Network Chiropractor

New Years Resolution from the Network Chiropractor

It’s a blank canvas ready for the first stroke of paint. It’s a novel waiting to be written. It’s a brand new year, and this Network Chiropractor has simple recommendations to make it the year for health and well-being. These new year’s resolutions will help you feel more connected, extra limber, and brimming with energy in 2015. Check your stress levels We get checked for blood pressure, cholesterol, dental cavities, vision and more. But do we get checked for stress and tension? Stored stress and tension can cause and worsen 95% of illness and disease. And it is definitely the root for most aches and pain. A Network Chiropractor is an expert at checking stress and tension levels. Check your posture and alignment Same goes for posture and alignment. A posture check is a very powerful tool to see the effects of stored stress and tension. Seeing your posture can help both you and the Network Chiropractor know if a back injury is still lingering, if the office job is taking its toll, and so much more, A picture is worth a 1,000 words, and a photographic evaluation of your posture is priceless. Learn new strategies to reduce stress We know that a healthy diet and daily exercise do wonders for our health. So then why are most people not doing it? What is often missing is that, while we know the benefits, we don’t feel the urge in our bodies to get the right nourishment and adequate movement. What’s missing is a strong mind-body connection. A Network Chiropractor is a great way to get that connection between the body and mind so you eat the right foods and get adequate exercise easily and naturally. Here’s to a healthy 2015! Dr....

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Appreciation Made Practical and Easy

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Featured, How-To's | Comments Off on Appreciation Made Practical and Easy

Appreciation Made Practical and Easy

When was the last time you showed appreciation for someone? At Source Centre, it’s something we strive to do on a moment by moment basis. You’ve probably noticed the difference in your body, emotions and thoughts when you show appreciation. Maybe it’s the same when someone appreciates you? It turns out that the positive emotions experienced with appreciation are beneficial to your health. A recent study (click for link) saw that positive emotions improved physical health. Not surprisingly, greater physical health also had a positive effect on emotions. It’s called the Upward Spiral and you can start practicing it right away for the benefit of all.   Some simple guidelines and ideas: No matter what, add a verbal or written expression of appreciation. It really helps someone to see or hear your thoughts of gratitude. For example, you could say why you’re thankful. Or what you’re thankful for. A few words spoken or written can make a world of difference. You may have heard of the Five Love Languages (click to learn more). Consider showing appreciation using the one language that is most strongly experienced by the other person. The five languages are: gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, and physical touch Simple gifts include things that can be touched or tasted. Seen or smelled. Even heard. Ever wonder why flowers work so well? They are so beautifully experienced by touch, sight, and smell. My all time favourite expression of appreciation is all at once a gift, quality time spent, an act of service, and usually involves words of affirmation and physical touch too! What is it? A simple slow meal. It amazes me how one can nourish the mind, body and soul with a humble plate of food. I’m looking for more ways to show appreciation and I think you are too. Please join us on facebook and share your ideas.   Yours in appreciation, Dr. Leo   Reference: http://twileshare.com/uploads/Psychological_Science-2013-Kok-0956797612470827.pdf   Tweet...

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Easy Ways to Improve and Maintain Your Health

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Featured | Comments Off on Easy Ways to Improve and Maintain Your Health

Easy Ways to Improve and Maintain Your Health

If you could do something fast and easy twice a month and experience long-term health and wellness benefits as a result,  would you do it? It’s what a recent study from SPINE (click for link) concluded about what seeing a chiropractor can do for lower back pain sufferers1. Twice a month is not much time or effort compared to other healthy habits, right? Brushing your teeth is a twice daily affair. Most experts agree we should eat 3 healthy meals and take in 2 litres of fluids each day. And exercise 30 minutes 4-5 times a week. So what exactly can a chiropractor do for you? Some of the health benefits to seeing a chiropractor regularly: Prevent Injuries and Disability4 Less chance of re-injury4 Less need for drugs for pain relief 2 Better overall health3 Freedom to have a more active lifestyle2 Fewer allergies and infections2 There’s never been stronger evidence that seeing a chiropractor can make a difference for your health. The research literature supports chiropractic. My patients tell many stories of how their health improved from Network Spinal Analysis Chiropractic (click here for link). Are you the next person to see a chiropractor and get amazing results? Click here to learn more about Network Spinal Analysis. Not sure if a chiropractor can help you? Please email me at drleoquan@sourcecentre.ca or call us at 416-923-4325 to learn more.   References 1 Does maintained spinal manipulation therapy for chronic nonspecific low back pain result in better long-term outcome? Spine 2011 Aug 15; 36(18): 1427-37. 2 Chiropractic Patients in a Comprehensive Home-Based Geriatric Assessment, Follow-up and Health Promotion Program. Topics In Clinical Chiropractic 1996 (Jun): 3 (2): 46–55. 3 A Comparative Study of the Health Status of Children Raised Under the Health Care Models of Chiropractic and Allopathic Medicine. Journal of Chiropractic Research 1989; 5 (Summer): 101–103. 4 Health Maintenance Care in Work-Related Low Back Pain and Its Association With Disability Recurrence. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2011 (Apr); 53 (4): 396–404. Tweet...

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