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[…]

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[…]

World Spine Day — Get To Know Your Spine

Happy World Spine Day!  Yes, October 16th is the annual day of the Spine. This year, as part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week, the focus has been placed squarely on “Your Back at Work”. The idea of having a day designated to a cause like this is three-fold: Increased awareness of spinal Read more about World Spine Day — Get To Know Your Spine[…]

Cervicogenic Headaches

Your Headache: A Real Pain in the Neck Your head hurts — the consistent ache, the vice-like pressure around your forehead, the boring pain behind your eyes, or the spreading pain from the back of your skull across the temple — what gives? These are just a few examples of how headaches present for some Read more about Cervicogenic Headaches[…]

Morning Coffee (caffeine) to Relieve your Pain?

Astringent, tangy, nippy,  delicate, or (if you’re really into coffee) piquant; Everybody loves their own, perfect, morning java. And if you’re familiar with the Specialty Coffee Association of America, you’ve got a million ways to describe that exquisite blend! But is it just improved alertness that we use our caffeine source for? Could it be Read more about Morning Coffee (caffeine) to Relieve your Pain?[…]

Physical Activity and You: Do you have time?

How much physical exercise is enough? Where am you supposed to find time to exercise every day? Do you really need to run / lift weights / climb stairs? These are all common questions, some of which can be answered with some new and exciting (aren’t you excited??) research! You’re probably most familiar with the Read more about Physical Activity and You: Do you have time?[…]

Static vs Dynamic Stretching: Your Performance

So you want to get out and do something. Great! How will you start? If it’s something you’ll be doing with your arms, will you shake them out? Cross one arm over the other shoulder and hold it there for 10 seconds? Swing them in large circles to get ready for your activity? Or what Read more about Static vs Dynamic Stretching: Your Performance[…]

What are you (back) Packing?

Backpacks are something that most children in developed countries use and wear — it’s essentially a requirement for modern schooling systems. How to properly wear these backpacks has been a topic of discussion for many years, but I still find people are generally confused about what solid principles to use that help improve personal safety when wearing a backpack Read more about What are you (back) Packing?[…]

Simple Lifting: Stay Close, Be Happy, & Work as a Team

With teachers on the mind, I had a follow-up thought as they prepare to set-up or move into new classrooms for the year. Proper lifting can seem both confusing and impractical at times, but it is an important concept to master in order to maintain a pain-free back, and make sure you start the year off right. With Read more about Simple Lifting: Stay Close, Be Happy, & Work as a Team[…]