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Skate Safe!

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Learn how to keep you and your family safe this skating season. Ice skating is a favourite Canadian pastime and can be a great family activity for the winter, whether indoor or outdoor. Here is a list of tips to skate safe! Dress warm! Layers are important. Make sure they are breathable, easy to move in, and can be removed as needed. Waterproof gloves and thick socks will help keep fingers and toes warm. Make sure skates are the right fit. When purchasing a new pair of skates, make sure you try them on with the same thickness of socks you will be wearing while skating to avoid buying skates that are too tight. Maintain your skates. Skating on dull skates can increase the risk of injury. Have them sharpened by a professional prior to your first skate of the Read More

4 Ways to Keep Your Family Active this Winter

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Our healthcare practitioners at the Health Centre of Milton agree that staying active is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. The latest recommendations suggest that children age 5-17 should spend at least 60 minutes per day participating in a variety of aerobic activities (like running, skipping, swimming) at a moderate to vigorous level (enough to start breathing heavy and get your heart beating faster), in addition to several hours of light physical activity (structured or not)1. However, we understand that when the cold weather comes, it can be challenging to find ways to keep your family active. Therefore, below are a few ideas of how you can stay active and have some family fun close to home this winter season: Outdoor skating – grab your skates and wear lots of layers! Skating outside is a great aerobic activity Read More

When Should you Stretch?

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Static Stretching Before Exercise and Activity: Good or Bad? It was previously believed that static stretching (stretching to the point of resistance and holding for a specific amount of time) prior to exercise would result in improved performance and reduced risk of injury. A review completed by Simic et al. in 2013 examined the effects of pre-exercise static stretching on activity performance. One of the most significant findings of the study was to avoid the use of static stretching as the only warm-up activity as a negative relationship exists between stretch duration and muscular performance. On the other hand some studies have shown that static stretching during warm up may increase range of motion and reduce the occurrence of muscle strains. Given the potential effects of static stretching as well as the negative effects it is suggested that static stretching Read More

Canadian Winters. How do you keep your Family Moving?

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Yes it’s true; it’s been a long cold, snowy winter in Milton. Lack of activity, sunshine (vitamin D), and social activity can take their toll. I know that hibernating with hot cocoa and warm cookies in the cold weather are tempting. And trust me we all deserve to indulge once in a while. But the cold weather doesn’t have to stop your family from staying active. If you have a young family home for a week from school over March break, cabin fever can set in pretty quickly. So, how are you going to beat the winter blues and keep your family moving? Here are some of the activities the Health Centre of Milton team  took part in this year to stay physically active and we encourage you to do the same. First there are the typical winter activities like Read More

Pack it Light. Wear it Right.

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Three tips to follow when packing your back pack. Our chiropractors, physiotherapist and massage therapists all agree that the back pack can add unwanted stresses to our bodies. To avoid unnecessary strain follow these simple tips below: 1) Get a backpack that has many compartments to balance the load. 2) Fill your pack at table level or get someone to help put it on you 3) Wear both your shoulder straps and your waist belt. Remember pain is not normal and is a way of your body communicating to you that something is wrong. If you child is experiencing any back pain with their back packs feel free to book an appointment with one of our practitioners today.  

What is Laser Treatment?

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Learn What Low Level Laser Therapy Treatment Can Do For You: What is it? Low Level Laser Therapy is the use of therapeutic (or cold) laser light to provide relief from pain, eliminate inflammation, and repair damaged tissue. The laser system can penetrate up to 4 inches into tissue, to promote cellular regeneration at the source of injury. How Does it Work? Specific wavelengths of light are absorbed and transformed into chemical energy to accelerate the natural healing processes in the body. Laser jumpstarts the healing process by stimulating the mitochondria in the target cells causing an increased production rate of ATP, which provides cells energy to heal tissue at accelerated rates. Benefits of Laser Therapy Drug free, non-toxic, and non-invasive Extremely safe and virtually painless Easy to apply with no side effects Decrease/eliminate pain and inflammation Reduced formation of scar tissue Read More

Top 3 Tips to Improve your Workspace

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Office work causing you pain? Try some of these following tips to ensure your workspace fits your needs! 1) Chair Set-Up: Set chair height to a height in which the desk is level with your elbows when they are bent to 90° by your side (if you have a keyboard tray, set the chair height so the tray is level with your elbows). Use a foot rest as needed to ensure knees and hips are both at 90° angles. Allow three finger widths between the edge of the seat pad and the back of your legs. Choose a chair with good lumbar support and adjust the backrest up or down to support your lower back. Raise or lower arm rests on the chair so they are 2 centimeters above elbow height with elbows at 90° by your side. 2) Desk Read More