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In This Issue:

Motor Vehicle Accidents
Sunscreen and Sun Safety
Do You Have Pain in Your Buttock?
Complimentary Stretching Workshop
Have You “Liked” Us?

July 2013

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Motor Vehicle Accidents

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

dr shima shahidyWhile I hope you never have this experience, this article will touch on some important things you should know if you or a loved one is in an accident. The majority of patients that I see after a car accident tend to have what we call "minor injuries". This includes whiplash, sprains or strains of ligaments or muscles and or partial tears of muscle and tendon. For more on whiplash please read the following www.yourback-health.com/tips/health-tips/whiplash-recovery/.

I highly recommend reading through your insurance policy and understanding exactly what your coverage entitles you to. This Accident Worksheet (download here) will help you get all the necessary information from everyone at the scene of the accident. A copy should be kept in all your vehicles in case of an accident. It's very important that you remain calm and not argue with others at the scene. Save your story for the police and make sure you wait in a safe area away from traffic.

It's important that you see a healthcare practitioner to ensure you did not sustain any injuries. If you receive any kind of impact, such as hitting your head or arms on the steering wheel, hitting your head on the seat or the airbags, or if you may have lost consciousness or experience progressively worsening pain, it's important that you at least be examined. Having a healthcare provider speak to you about what you're feeling can be very helpful as there are often feelings of fear, anxiety and even depression associated with this kind of trauma. We can provide you with advice on how to cope with any physical or psychological side effects of your accident.

Drive safely this summer!

 

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Sunscreen and Sun Safety

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

Dr Samantha RistimakiMost of us have been indoctrinated to believe that if we wear sunscreen we are safe from the sun’s damaging rays. However, melanoma rates are increasing and, according to the Environmental Working Group’s 2013 report on sunscreen, there is a consensus among scientists that sunscreen alone will not reverse the growing trend. While sunscreen can protect you, it must be used correctly.

The rates of skin cancer have tripled in the past 35 years, according to the National Cancer Institute and what is more alarming is the melanoma death rate has escalated just as sharply. The FDA has recently made the decision to allow the makers of sunscreen to claim their products prevent cancer. However, this is not necessarily the case. The plain fact is that sunscreen products are not as protective as they claim to be; sunscreens were invented to stop sunburn and are indexed by an SPF rating, which describes the products ability to prevent burning and protect from UV damage.

Marketing of sunscreen products with SPF values of 50 to 100 cause consumers to increasingly and unknowingly select products with less proportional UVA protection. Further, consumers under the assumption that they are protected stay in the sun longer without reapplying sunscreen, or they reapply less often.

So what can you do to protect yourself from the sun? First, it starts with what not to do: don’t use sunscreen as a tool to prolong your time in the sun. Reapply every few hours, or after vigorous activity, sweating or swimming. Do not use a tanning bed or sunbathe, even if you’ve applied sunscreen. There is no such thing as a healthy tan.  Make sure to use a sunscreen with strong UVA protection as well as UV and UVB protection, this will ensure you get the broad spectrum of protection.

Sometimes fashion can be functional, so cover up! Hats, shirts and sunglasses are the best protection from the sun’s rays. This can be applied particularly to children as early life sunburns are the worst. Keep little ones out of the hot sun and covered up. In cases of babies and infants under 18 months, it is not advised to use sunscreen.

Studies show Vitamin D can also help protect you from the harmful rays of the sun. There is speculation, but not proof, that adequate levels of vitamin D can reduce the risk of melanoma. It is known that vitamin D is good for combating other types of cancer as well. Additionally, it triggers feel good hormones in the brain.

Finally, one of the most important ways to protect yourself from the development of melanoma is to examine your skin on a regular basis. Check skin for new moles that are tender or growing. Ask your primary care doctor if you should see a dermatologist, and always ask about suspicious marks or moles on your body.

 

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Do You Have Pain in Your Buttock?

Gabriella Tozser, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Gabby Tozser RMTMany clients who visit me often complain of sore buttocks or shooting pain, numbness and tingling going down their legs, ankles or feet. Most of these clients work in an environment where there are long sitting hours involved. When there is little or no movement for extended periods of time while they sit, the muscles that connect to the hip bone will get over used and stretch causing muscle tension and soreness. In some cases after I perform a couple of simple tests to try and differentiate the root cause of the problem I find tight knots (trigger points) of contraction in the piriformis muscle.

The piriformis muscle attaches from the triangle like pelvis bone called a sacrum to the hip bone (femur). This muscle rotates and moves your hip bone away from your midline. Extensive sitting, bending and lifting, forceful rotation with the weight on one leg, during pregnancy, jogging, using step machines or squatting while holding weight, sitting on one foot or driving a car for prolonged periods with a foot on the accelerator, could also overuse this muscle and triggers symptoms.

In most cases it is hard to differentiate Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome as they have very similar symptoms. Sciatica is the irritation of the sciatic nerve caused by compression of nerve roots in the lumbar region due to disc herniation, or degenerative disc disease (DDD). This is “true” Sciatica. On the other hand Piriformis Syndrome called “false” Sciatica mimics the symptoms of Sciatica. The piriformis muscle could compress the sciatic nerve that may run underneath or even through the middle of the muscle causing shooting pain, numbness and tingling going down the leg, ankle or foot when it contracts. The testing is important because the two conditions require different methods of treatment.

Needless to say when clients have very tight and sore buttocks they should not shy away from a gluteal massage as it would greatly benefit them if it was done by a Registered Massage Therapist. The gluteal region could be best massaged if the client was not wearing undergarment. The therapist could carefully undrape the sheets and secure it without exposing the gluteal cleft (buttocks opening line). If the client is not comfortable exposing the buttocks the treatment could be performed through the undergarment or sheets alternatively. The therapist must ask for the verbal and/or written consent before treatment begins. This consent is requested at all times as it is a very sensitive and private area. It can be a painful treatment but there are great benefits in reducing the symptoms and alleviating the nagging pain.

Clients can ask any questions about the treatment to feel more comfortable and stop the treatment at any time as they wish. This treatment on the buttocks is recommended twice a week for a few weeks initially or alternatively once a week for four to six weeks followed by a reassessment. After the treatment it is important to follow the therapist’s homecare advice such as the stretches and strengthening exercises that clients should do at home for a faster recovery.

References: Clinical Massage Therapy, by Fiona Rattray, RMT & Linda Ludwig, B.A., RMT; Sciatica vs. Piriformis Syndrome, by Dr. George Best

 

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Complimentary Stretching Workshop

Stretching Workshop with Andrea Nederveen, RMT - Sat July 20th 8:30-9:30am

A complimentary workshop provided by Wellness for the Body

Hosted by: Belly Up BellyDance Studio - 2318 Lakeshore Rd, W., Unit 3, Oakville

Learn How to Stretch from Head to Toe - Join Andrea on July 20th

Feeling sore on a regular basis? Are you active and noticing muscle restrictions? If you would like to prevent them all together, then this workshop is for you!

As a group, you will learn the benefits of stretching along with proper techniques. We will discuss which muscles are best to stretch for different types of sports and activities while targeting specific muscles.

We can all benefit from proper stretching of our bodies. Comfy loose clothing is recommended. All ages are welcome.

For more information and to sign up call us at 905.465.4595 or visit http://wellnessforthebody.com/events.html.

 

 

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