There can be nothing more satisfying then biting into a handmade sandwich with all your favorite toppings. Whether it be meatless or full of meat a sandwich is never just a sandwich. The toppings are what makes a sandwich. Your choices are endless; you have your typical lettuce, tomato and onion but more recently sandwiches have become more… elevated.
Stress. Five little letters is all it takes to make a word so full of meaning that few of us really know how to get to the bottom of it. Stress: is it that feeling you get when a deadline is looming, or is it what we feel when the chicken roast burns, the movie didn’t record, or we forgot to pick our mother-in-law up from the airport? Possibly, but could it be that it’s more than that? What if you haven’t been able to pay your mortgage for a few months, if a family member has been diagnosed with an illness, or if you simply can’t keep up with the pace at work? What if you don’t know how to cope anymore? Stress is all this and, perhaps, a whole lot more. In this blog, we’re talking about all things stress-related: what it is, what it can be, how it ultimately affects not only your mental health, but your physical health as well, and, finally, what you can do about it. Keep reading, because even if you think you don’t have stress, that ache in your lower back might very well be saying something completely different(...)
Have you ever wondered why your neck always hurts? What about why there is that nagging discomfort in your upper and lower back? How about the nagging pain in your shoulders, hips, or even feet? Well, all of those aches and pains could be down to one very important aspect of your life: your posture. Yes, that’s right. For those of you who have never considered your posture important, or who haven’t really given the way you sit, stand, or walk much thought, we’re giving you some advice: it’s time to take notice. Your posture affects almost everything about your body, from muscle health through to bone structure and overall mobility. It’s no wonder, then, that today’s blog is all about posture. So, get ready, sit up straight, and start diving into why your posture matters. [...]
Back pain is one of the most debilitating injuries out there. We don’t say this lightly. It really is one of the injuries responsible for the most heartbreak and sadness. From shooting pains, to chronic, unrelenting, searing pain, for those of us who suffer from back pain, the reality of dealing with its symptoms can be overwhelming at times. It is easy to lose a lust for life. The good news is that we’re about to tackle two of the most common back injuries: herniated discs and bulging discs. We look at why one may be confronted with these injuries and, better still, what one can do to get back to a normal pain-free life… we know how much this means to you. [...]
The sacroiliac joint, or SI joint as we’re going to call it from now on, is probably not something you’ve considered much, is it? Right now you’re probably thinking, “is it somewhere in my neck, my knee, or my shoulder?” If so, you’re probably also wondering why this fairly obscurely named joint is important enough for a blog post? Well, we’re here to tell all! In this post we’re going to give you the scoop on SI joints, tell you why you should be more aware of them, and what can be done if they’re giving you trouble. Ready? Let’s go! [...]
Summer’s coming to a wrap which makes me really sad :-(
I LOVE the sun, LOVE the beach, LOVE the water, LOVE the kids being home from school and LOVE the relaxed schedule. Needless to say, it’s quite a transition to get back into the school and sport schedule for me.
There’s just something about the water that’s calming, relaxing, meditative and freeing. Yesterday, I did a quick swim at the pool while my kids were playing and kept thinking about all the patients I have worked with in the past year who swim and are plagued with shoulder or shoulder blade pain during or after their swim. Shoulder pain isn’t just limited to the swimmer. It’s widely prevalent amongst humans due to the nature of their sitting desk jobs.
Here’s my top 5 exercises I like to recommend for my patients with shoulder or shoulder blade pain. If you’re a swimmer, it’s key to supplement your swim training with dry land training to build up the muscles in your upper back and around your shoulders to prevent injury but also to improve your speed and performance. If you’re not a swimmer, these are the top 5 exercises to do to counteract the effects of your desk job. [...]
Neck pain and upper back pain may be two of the most common ailments people experience.From struggling to move your neck, to worrying about the position you sit in on your favorite sofa, pain in the upper torso is debilitating. Yet,many of those who experience these kinds of issues haven’t suffered a fall, twisted their necks unnaturally, or been on roller-coasters since their pain started. For most people, the cause of neck pain or upper back discomfort can’t be pin pointed: there is no single unique moment in which their backs or necks could have been injured. What then? How did they come to be in so much pain? And if you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking the same thing about yourself. Fear not, however, because we’re here to help. In this post, we’ll be investigating the hidden causes that have led to your neck and upper back pain. We’ll also be looking at what to do about it and which steps to take next. [...]
Back pain: very few people go through life without feeling its debilitating effects. From dull aches to sharp, stabbing sensations, back pain can afflict many of us in various ways. For a some people, back pain is a prolonged struggle that can strike at any moment, the intensity and heartache of which seems to increase over time if left untreated. For others, however, back pain seems to appear later on in life, and the predominant assumption is that it is therefore age related. Here’s the thing, though: it isn’t necessarily true. Yes, that’s right. Back pain – especially when you’re older – actually has very little to do with your age and a lot more to do with your lifestyle. In this post we look at why we often mistake middle-age back pain for something “normal” or “natural”, and we discuss some of the ways in which you can overcome the pain and get back to the active, mobile lifestyle you deserve. [...]