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How To Shovel Snow Without Hurting Your Back

It’s the most injury prone tiiiime of the yeeearrrrrr! My version of that song probably isn’t as appealing to most as the original. But it is that time of year again. When you have to be ready to leave the house a little bit earlier in the morning to make sure you have enough time to clear the snow off your driveway. The positive side of this is that mother nature has essentially forced you to get more exercise than might be your natural inclination. The down side of this is that it also leads to many low back and shoulder injuries due to shovelling snow. Back pain can be very limiting for people, so here are a few tips on how to prevent it:

Lift with your butt, not your back:

Your gluteal muscles (or “glutes”) are some of the most powerful muscles in your body. When people say “lift with your knees”, it’s essentially your glutes they are referring to. If you make extra effort to bend your knees, and keep your low back arched (curved forwards. not rounded/slouched), that will help you to get your glutes more involved in the lift.

Step into it:

Use momentum to help you shovel. Step forward as you drive the shovel into the snow and as you toss the heavy snow onto your lawn.

Switch sides:

Alternating between left and right hand being the lead hand on the shovel will allow you to use the muscles in your back and shoulders in a more balanced way. This will help prevent you from getting as tired, and reduce the risk of muscle […]

7 Healthy Body & Mind Tips For Students

In the midst of studying, exams and an active social life, it’s no wonder so many college & university students neglect their mental and physical health.

We collected some ways for students to keep illness at bay & keep their mind sharp!

Vary your meals.

When the cafeteria has your favorite foods daily it can be easy to return to those old favorites every day. Changing up your diet from day to day is an important part of good nutrition so take advantage of the variety of selections available to you

Eat breakfast.

Start your day off right with a good meal when you get up. Whether you’re rolling out of bed at noon or up at the crack of dawn for class, make sure you start your day with a balanced, healthy meal.

Take a nap.

If you have the time during the day, a short nap can do wonders for your energy levels. Just make sure not to nap too close to bedtime or for too long, and a nap will do your body good.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Many people feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help with their depression but this is unnecessary as it’s a common and treatable problem that you don’t have to deal with alone. Tap into campus resources to find help or tell a friend how you’re feeling.

Learn time management skills.

Time management skills will make everything from getting assignments done to managing work a lot easier. Read a book or check out advice on the internet, to help you better manage the hours of your day.

Take advantage of campus programs.

Many campuses are equipped with programs that can help students get a release from their […]

The Dave Kervin Report: KEEP MOVING!

I’m sure most of you have heard the expression or term, ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it.’ Well, there’s actually quite a bit of truth to that when it comes to the functional movement that our bodies provide us. Our bodies are designed for mobility, they are built to move, so each time we’re sedentary or inactive for extended periods of time, we’re actually denying our bodies of what it naturally needs in order to keep us healthy, not only for short term gains, but for maintaining long term health.
 
Unfortunately for a large percentage of the North American population, between the ages of 25 and 65, when it comes to a career, many are working at a desk, or somewhere that doesn’t promote a great deal of mobility throughout our day. With our bodies thriving off mobility, this only places added stress to our health, again, not only with short term ailments such as muscle cramping, a sore/stiff back, headaches, and conditions such as sciatica, but also with long term problems such as arthritic conditions, high blood pressure or heart disease, and osteoporosis, just to name a few. Now, while there are many acute conditions that do require immobility for a certain period of time for proper healing, you’d be surprised at how many conditions actually improve from added or continual mobility. For example, think of the joints in your body and the fluid movements that they provide like a sponge in a bucket of water. The more we move, the more fluid we provide our joints with, therefore the healthier they maintain and the more smooth range they provide us with……..much like providing water to the sponge, if there is ample […]

Dr. Dan Calow: What Do Chiropractors Do?

Ontarians utilizing chiropractic care as a form of health care is steadily gaining in popularity, and it seems to bring along the question: “what do chiropractors do?” Unfortunately, this would depend on which chiropractor or patient you ask. There are many different technique styles utilized in chiropractic care that serve to fit to the needs, lifestyles, and conditions of varying types and ages of people. One thing does remain true, they use some form of manual medicine to help patients decrease pain to work towards living a healthier lifestyle.

Every treatment plan will differ in techniques, frequency, invasiveness, and rehabilitation choices…

If you ask THIS chiropractor that same question, I can answer that a little more specifically. I meet with my patients for a thorough, detailed examination outlining their specific health concerns, lifestyle, and previous or current injuries or areas of pain to help us come up with a specifically tailored plan of care to help them move more, feel better, and get back to or push towards that healthy active lifestyle they so enjoy. Every treatment plan will differ in techniques, frequency, invasiveness, and rehabilitation choices to address individual goals and needs or areas of concern. The conditions I treat range from things like back and neck pain, headaches, muscle strains and joint sprains of various body areas, foot and ankle pain like plantar fasciitis, knee/hip/and shoulder pain syndromes from injury or overuse, or simply working on moving better overall to avoid any of these conditions.

I am a firm believer that not one single technique is best suited for every single individual.

Another question I seem to hear a lot is “ You’re a chiropractor, do you do ______?”
As mentioned there are a […]