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Holiday Headaches: Break out the Peppermint?

Peppermint for your Headache? In the spirit of holiday-themed writing, let’s address one of the inconveniences of stress and anxiety that sometimes accompanies holiday activities — headaches. Peppermint — that classic candy mint flavouring — appears to have some benefit for people suffering headaches. This came to my attention by virtue of some family and Read more about Holiday Headaches: Break out the Peppermint?[…]

In the Toolbox: Laser, Acupuncture

What’s with all the Tools? Chiropractic treatment involves a lot of hands-on care — stretching, massage, guided exercise, and joint adjustments are frequent tools used to decrease pain, improve mobility, and return patients to their activities. Using these tools has frequently allowed me to achieve great outcomes with patients — but if you know me Read more about In the Toolbox: Laser, Acupuncture[…]

Snowshoeing: Stomp your way into their hearts

In need of a last-minute gift idea, something different nobody else is looking for, and friendly to people who want to enjoy the wintery outdoors? I have a suggestion: Snowshoes. Now hear me out — this obviously isn’t a gift-advising site, but since snowshoes double as vehicles to increase activity, promote exercise, and enjoy the Read more about Snowshoeing: Stomp your way into their hearts[…]

Musculoskeletal Disorders and You

What is a Musculoskeletal Disorder? “Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders” make up most of what I treat. To borrow from Ergonomics Plus, this means “injuries and disorders that affect the human body’s movement or musculoskeletal system (i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, blood vessels, etc.)”. So back or neck pain, shoulder or hamstring strains, knee or ankle Read more about Musculoskeletal Disorders and You[…]

Your spinning head: Vertigo and BPPV

“It feels like everything is spinning.” If things are spinning, you might be suffering from vertigo — and more specifically, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). BPPV can present as dizziness, unsteadiness, the sensation of nausea or the need to vomit, and of course spinning. Usually, this condition is considered “idiopathic” — which means in most cases no single Read more about Your spinning head: Vertigo and BPPV[…]

Reinforcing the Truth: BMI Lies

Refreshing an old topic: BMI This is not really new information, but it’s worth addressing again. BMI lies. Regularly. In a few ways, actually. And it’s probably better to monitor “central obesity” — the fat we carry around the mid-section — because that is more closely related with health hazards. So let’s discuss: BMI, that Read more about Reinforcing the Truth: BMI Lies[…]

Utility of Advanced Imaging

Why your “problem” might not be your problem. Lots of different body regions can hurt (necks, shoulders, elbows, wrists, spines, hips, abdomens, groins, knees, ankles, etc.), and in cases where the discomfort starts limiting our lives, sometimes the next step to be recommended is to get “advanced imaging”. Advanced imaging is a term that encompasses Read more about Utility of Advanced Imaging[…]

Raking Tips for Autumn

Safety in Autumn – Raking Leaves The winds are up; the leaves are down. Unless you plan to collect mushy leaves following the spring thaw of 2016, you’re facing the undesirable task of raking up your annual collection of leaves! Here are a FIVE (5) keys and tips I think will help you get through your Read more about Raking Tips for Autumn[…]

Pt Q’s: Treadmill Running

Treadmill Running vs Outdoor Running  The Q: Is there a difference in how I run outdoors compared to on a treadmill? It was a question from a patient of mine, and certainly with the changing temperatures outdoors, a reasonable one. Before I started studying seriously in this field, it’s also I question I used to Read more about Pt Q’s: Treadmill Running[…]

Blue Jays and Speedy Ways: Better Baserunning

This worked out pretty well for Game 5, didn’t it? I thought I’d try it again before Game 6! Last time we talked about core stability and how it can influence swing power. This time, what about running speed? Baseball occasionally depends on “beating out throws to first” — using your speed to put pressure on the Read more about Blue Jays and Speedy Ways: Better Baserunning[…]