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APRIL 2018

In This Issue:

Spring Has Sprung

Spasms and Massage Therapy

 



 

Spring Has Sprung

Dr. Tara Brown, (Hon) BA Kin, DC, ART®, D.Ac - Doctor of Chiropractic

The arrival of spring often brings the task of spring-cleaning! Whether it be around the house or around the garden, it is important to keep these tips from the Canadian Chiropractic Association in mind.

1. Warm up

Before engaging in any physical activity, it is always a good idea to warm up the body. Doing simple stretches or taking a walk around the house can help prepare your body for the activity you are about to perform.

2. Divide heavy loads

Splitting heavy loads into smaller, more manageable piles to decrease the risk of injury may be beneficial. Carrying a large load of laundry or groceries into the house may be tempting to get the task done all at once, but you may also be putting your body at risk of injury.

3. Leaving too much for one day

This is one of the most common reasons people end up in my office. They often leave all their chores for one day, which ends up being more strain on their body than it is used to having. One way to prevent this is to make a weekly list and break the chores down into daily goals. Spending 20-30 minutes every day accomplishing a few tasks will help lower the stress on your body. This will also leave more free time for your family and friends on the weekend!

4. Maintain proper posture

Certain chores put more strain on the body than others. Vacuuming, mopping and gardening encourage excessive bending and stooping, putting a lot of strain on the neck and back. With respect to vacuuming and mopping, one tip to decrease the strain on your body is to hold the handle close to your body and walk back and forth with it in front of you. Any time you can keep a neutral spine, avoiding excessive bending or twisting, you will be doing your body a favour.

5. Switch hands

Whenever possible, try using both sides of your body to complete your tasks. This prevents unwanted strain on your shoulders, neck and back. While this may be challenging on the brain, it can really help to prevent repetitive strain injuries to your dominant side.

spring cleaning

And of course, if you find your body in need of Chiropractic Care, we are always here to help. Call us at 905.465.4595 to book an appointment or free 15 minute consultation. Happy spring!

 

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Spasms and Massage Therapy

Jason Li, RMT - Registered Massage Therapist

A spasm is an involuntary contraction of a voluntary muscle due to stress, injury or chronic tension. It causes nerve compression and ischemia due to lack of blood supply and forms a pain → spasm →pain cycle. The severity of these episodes depends on how much of the muscle is involved.

Spasms are considered to be low-grade, long lasting contractions. It can be painful and involve whole muscles or muscle groups. This situation can persist without any real relief until the circle of pain is interrupted.

Massage is a much-used strategy to manage long-term, low-grade muscle spasms. Stretching along with massage at attachment sites of contracting muscles are often effective strategies for reducing muscle tension.

Muscles that have been in involuntary contraction respond well to massage, which can reduce residual pain and improve local circulation. Massage can help to re-establish efficient movement but this is best done incrementally to avoid the risk of re-injury.

Muscle spasms may also be treated with heat, ice or local applications of ointments that create hot and cold sensations to alter local blood flow.

muscle spasm

If you are suffering from muscle spasms, please contact us at 905.465.4595 to make an appointment with one our talented registered massage therapists.

 

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