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Change Of Season – Change Of Habits

As we ease into the winter months, it’s easy to throw your hands up and say “forget it, I’m packing it in!” to our exercise routine and even healthy eating. After all, don’t we all just crave comfort food and the coziness of our couch when the temp drops?

Really, what this comes down to is changing your frame of mind & creating habits. Treat each new season as a way to hit the restart button. We’re human – over time even with good intentions we pick up bad habits, like those evening sweets or skipping our scheduled exercise time.

Here are some things you can do to break old habits and kick off winter in the right way!

Set Small Goals

Setting big goals is exciting but starting with small, boring goals is more likely to lead to success. A small goal, for example, would be to meditate for 10 minutes, or replace one unhealthy snack with raw veggies, or walk 15 minutes per day. Taking small actions tricks your brain. Your subconscious likes to be in control—it doesn’t like change. A big change often sets up subconscious resistance, but you can sneak a small change by it.

Use Triggers

A trigger is something that leads you to automatically doing something else. Many smokers, for example, are often triggered to smoke after a meal. Use triggers to your advantage. If you commit to always meditating after breakfast, then after a few weeks you’ll automatically think about meditating after your morning meal. Visual triggers work well, too. Laying your workout clothes on the bed in the morning will encourage you to work out when you get home from work.

Do It Early

Exercise or meditate in the morning when your willpower […]

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 […]

Lakefield Physio Fights For One Of Their Own At Mudmoiselle

Exactly one month ago today on July 8th, some of our amazing clinic staff at Lakefield Physio competed on Devil’s Elbow Ski Hill in the Mudmoiselle cancer fundraiser.

Many of us are touched by cancer in one way or another, but we asked participant Kim Payne what specifically motivated the Lakefield Physio team to enter this year. Kim said:

“We have former colleague diagnosed with cancer and she is fighting the fight of her life. This was a women’s race that included 5 km of mud, obstacles and hill running. We also had several of our kids compete in the Mini Mudder – 1 Km obstacle course mud race.”

Participants included: Glynda Linney,Sarah Martens,Patricia Dalliday, & Kim Payne.

Everyone at LTW is so proud of these ladies, who perfectly represent what our clinics are all about.

5 Ways To Stay Injury Free During A Workout

We’ve all heard the phrase “no pain, no gain”. When in fact pain should not be a part of any good workout.
Here are our 6 ways to stay injury free during a workout!
 
1) PLAY AT THE RIGHT SKILL LEVEL
 

 
It is always important to train or compete at the right skill level and build your way up to a more intense level.
 
2) WARM UP & COOL DOWN
 

 
No matter what activity you’re participating in, every workout regimen should include a proper five minute warm-up and cool-down period to elevate the heart rate and keep muscles warm and flexible to prevent injury
 
3) WEAR THE RIGHT GEAR
 

 
Make sure you wear sports gear that fits correctly and isn’t worn-out.
 
4) DRINK TO PREVENT HEAT ILLNESS
 

 
It is important for people to stay hydrated to prevent muscle cramps and fatigue that can hinder performance, especially in the summer.
 
Before: 7 to 20 oz. of water two hours before a workout
During: 7 to 10 oz. of water or sports drink every 10 to 20 minutes of activity during a workout
After: 16 to 24 oz. of water for every pound of body weight lost after working out (it’s a good idea to weigh yourself before and after your workout)
 
5) REST REST REST
 

 
It is important to take care of injuries as soon as they happen. Many overuse injuries, if caught early, can be healed with rest and time off from the sport or activity.

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 […]

Top 4 Awesome Outdoor Spaces To Keep Fit In PTBO

For those of us who live, work and play in Peterborough,it can be very easy to take our beautiful surroundings for granted. We drive by them on our way to work, or if you are our clinic staff at Trent Health In Motion, you are greeted each morning by any number of wildlife that inhabit the area.

So, it’s no surprise that when we talk to our clients, family and friends, many supplement their gym time with some serious outdoor time when planning their workout schedule (or visa-versa). With so many open spaces at our disposal, it just makes sense to soak up the beauty while breaking a good sweat.

On that note, if you are reading this and aren’t familiar with the Peterborough area, but plan on making it this summer – these are our Top 4 Awesome Outdoor Spaces To Keep Fit In PTBO!

Jackson’s Park

Jackson park has 2 entrances; one located at the Monaghan Road and Parkhill Road intersection and the other located at the corner of Parkhill Road and Fairbairn Street. There are washroom facilities, picnic tables, benches, shaded areas, a creek, and a large wooded area behind the park. There is an excellent trail running through the wooded area used frequently by walkers and bikers. This is a very picturesque park that provides a wonderful place to spend the day outside.The lower area of the Park near the Pagoda Bridge is very popular for small weddings. Permits are required for all events that are booked. Permits are not required for groups that would just like to take wedding pictures in the park.

Rotary Greenway Trail

This former rail line was developed through the fundraising efforts of the Rotary Club of Peterborough.

The trail […]

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    Life at Trent Health in Motion – Working In A Multi-Disciplinary Clinic

Life at Trent Health in Motion – Working In A Multi-Disciplinary Clinic

I often get asked, ‘what’s it like working at Trent Health in Motion?’ My simple and short answer is, ‘it’s great! I love my job, where I work, and the people I work with.’ For a more in depth response, I will usually reflect on how I ended up where I am, working with the amazing team that I work with now and how the facility itself has evolved over the years to become such a great, state of the art, leading multidisciplinary clinic that it is today. That response usually looks a bit like the following……
 
Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside some excellent Massage Therapists, from whom I’ve learned a great deal from and shared a wide range of ideas and techniques towards providing effective treatments for our clients. Coming out of my schooling, I was eager to put my education and newly acquired skills to use, treating athletes and members of the general public within Peterborough and the surrounding area. I began my practice with a local Massage Therapy clinic close to downtown. Four Registered Massage Therapists under one roof, all working together, providing our clients with the best hands on care that we knew how to provide. Looking back on it now, it seemed like an ideal situation for a Massage Therapist starting out………….working alongside other experienced Massage Therapists. And it certainly was a great start to my career. We shared treatment options, different approaches to achieve better results for our clients, and I learned a great deal from my more experienced peers. It worked out well and we got along great! For a Massage Therapist new into the profession, it was the perfect scenario to get […]

30 Physio Tips To Keep You Working Smarter Not Harder

Every Wednesday for the past 30 weeks, we’ve been spreading #wednesdaywisdom love on our social channels with weekly Physio tips. Some just for fun, some informative & inspirational. If you’ve been missing out, well, let’s catch you up!

In no particular order, here are our 30 Physio Tips To Keep You Working Smarter Not Harder.

The Dave Kervin Report: The Therapist/Athlete Relationship.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been passionate about sports and all that encompasses them. From learning new skills on skates with the puck, to seeing how far I can push my body into the red zone on the bike, all the way to the ongoing battle of mastering those first 25 meters out of the starting blocks in the sprints. It’s what fuels my interest in sport and how we put our bodies to the test. It’s been an incredible driving force behind learning not only how my own body functions, but how the bodies of each athlete I’ve worked with over the years and continue to work with today, operates and maintains optimal performance. I consider myself lucky to be working in a profession, where not only do I get to assess and study the biomechanics of the human body and how it manages itself, but I get to see how individuals push it to its’ limits, demanding the very most from it, often day in and day out, time after time again. The really cool part is, I get to be a part in maintaining that optimal performance they seek from it, or in rehabilitating or repairing it when it breaks down on them. Either way, whether it’s maintaining or rehabilitating, as a Massage Therapist, I get to play an integral part of it all coming together, and personally I think it’s the greatest job in the world! I’ve decided to share a few general pieces of information for not just other therapists looking to work within the sport community, but for athletes looking for further gains or tips to help in […]