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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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How Acupuncture Treatments Changed a Man’s Life

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on How Acupuncture Treatments Changed a Man’s Life

How Acupuncture Treatments Changed a Man’s Life

While most people associate Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with the treatment of pain, it can also be a very effective treatment for internal conditions. Randy started acupuncture due to constant upper back pain. He also suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As a university professor who focuses in research, Randy spends most his hours in front of a computer. While assessing his posture, it’s clear that a few minor posture changes would make big difference for him. We decide to put most of the focus on his digestive system while checking if posture changes would alleviate the upper back pain. The digestive system symptoms are mostly bloating, gassiness, and urgent “explosive” stools. All medical tests had come back negative, and couldn’t provide him any solution for this condition. While examining his diet and eating habits, 3 main trends became clear to me. Randy comsumes a lot of “cold” and uncooked food (smoothies, salads, sandwiches…); He often skips meals due to his very busy schedule; He always eats while he’s working or reading. This is a classic case that is described in Chinese Medicine as “weak digestive system.” The digestive system, in the eyes of Chinese Medicine, enjoys regularity. In the 5-element method, it belongs to the Earth element. Earth is stable, steady and moves in regular rhythm. Therefore, regularity in eating hours is very important. Another very important aspect of healthy digestion is that eating is a full body activity. It is recommended not to eat while working, reading, watching TV etc. When we eat, we need to eat! Above all, the most important guidance I could give Randy was to consume more warm and cooked food, and stop the cold raw foods, including ice cold drinks, smoothies, ice-cream and salads. The cold slows digestion and “allows” food to rot in our body. The digestive system is a system that prefers heat, and dislikes cold. In Chinese Medicine, this is the most important aspect of healthy digestion. It is now known that most digestive enzymes function better at temperature of 38-42 degrees… After a 6 week treatment plan that consisted of weekly acupuncture with a focus on digestive health, along with close monitoring and guidance with his diet, all symptoms have been resolved. His bowels are normal and in good consistency. He is no longer gassy or bloated. And his upper back pains are no longer an...

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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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Losing 20lb is Easier Than You Think With a Nutritionist

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Losing 20lb is Easier Than You Think With a Nutritionist

Losing 20lb is Easier Than You Think With a Nutritionist

Patient stories from Tanya Schultz, Holistic Nutritionist   As a holistic nutritionist, I often find that clients need help correcting digestive and intestinal issues. A common intestinal problem is Candidiasis, or Candida. Tracy was a client I addressed these issues with to assist in her weight loss goal. Sick of yo-yo dieting, she wanted to lose 20 pounds and keep them off. Our first focus was on digestion, a key factor in health goals such as weight loss. It’s crucial to have the digestive system in good working order first and foremost when embarking on a nutritional makeover. Tracy had low stomach acid (hydrochloric acid), a common condition. I determined this by using a specific testing method. To improve this I had Tracy increase her stomach acid levels by drinking 8 glasses of water per day, adding the juice of ½ an organic lemon to her morning glass, and consuming 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar before meals. Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar are both potent stomach acid boosters. We’ve all heard that 8 glasses of water a day is imperative, but what many of us don’t know is that these should be consumed away from meals. Drinking liquids with foods dilutes stomach acid and delays digestion, even in those of us without low acid levels. Always consult with a registered nutritionist before making any changes – digestive symptoms can be very deceptive so professional consultation is a must! Next we addressed Candida. Candida is an overgrowth of yeast in the intestinal tract with many causes. These include sugar consumption, stress and antibiotic use. It causes bloating and strong cravings for sugary, processed foods, making it an enemy of weight loss. Food sources of probiotics include fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir and kimchi. There are many probiotic supplements available as well, but Tracy preferred to use food sources. These, eaten daily and in combination with a reduction in sugar, significantly reduced her Candida overgrowth by restoring healthy gut bacteria. Tracy has now reached her weight loss goals using these and other recommendations I provided her with in our consultations. She averaged a loss of one pound per week. This is a good rate for healthy weight loss, making it the kind of weight that will stay off. In addition, Tracy reports higher than ever energy levels and she no longer suffers from bloating and sugar cravings. Holistic nutrition is a mind/body/spirit philosophy and a healthy and effective way to meet your health goals. Tanya Schultz is Source Centre’s registered holistic nutritionist. She is available for personal consultations Thursdays between 2pm and 8pm. Click here for more information about Tanya....

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Training for a Half Marathon with Network Chiropractic Care

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on Training for a Half Marathon with Network Chiropractic Care

Training for a Half Marathon with Network Chiropractic Care

I love running. I love the freedom of starting my exercise regime as soon as I leave the house. It’s also a gratifying way to explore Toronto’s neighbourhoods in a way I would never have the patience for while commuting from place to place. I used to run regularly – my favourite route was through the Wychwood Park neighbourhood and around Casa Loma. That is, until I got injured. One day, I ran too far too fast after a brief hiatus with a worn out pair of old running shoes and I got a major case of shin splints. Running was never the same after that. Every time I ran, I developed aches and pains that made me feel too old for my age – like lower backaches, sore knee joints and even numbness in my limbs. I stopped running and opted for “lower impact” exercise like cycling, rowing and yoga. This summer, my good friend asked me to run a half marathon with her in Nice, France this upcoming November. It was a “bucket list” item we’ve been talking about for years and the opportunity was serendipitous so I took on the challenge. Luckily for me, since the time I stopped running regularly, I discovered the benefits of network chiropractic care. Before training for my half marathon, I would typically see my network chiropractor for a general tune-up once a month as a part of my personal stress management regimen. It feels like the combined effects of a relaxing deep tissue massage and invigorating 1hr yoga class. I started training at least once, sometimes twice a week, after seeing my chiropractor. I find it a vital part of my training regime to help keep me injury free. It’s also helpful to talk to my chiropractor about specific aches and pains – he gives me specific stretches to do at home so they don’t escalate to bonifide injuries or even permanent damage over time. I feel great. I feel invigorated to go for a two-hour run after a session with my network chiropractor. It also feels great after a particularly painful run to speed up my recovery. I’m so glad I’ve rediscovered my love for running. Network chiropractic care is my key to staying injury free and optimizing my performance for my half marathon!...

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