Flip-flops and foot problems?

The heat is on this week with temperatures soaring to an average of 32 °C/ 91 °F not including the humidity. That being said, everyone is looking to find ways to stay cool. I recommend water for hydration, and if you have to be outside working, to take it easy and frequent breaks if possible. I personally enjoy being indoors in the air conditioning. If I have anything I need to do outdoors, it is done early morning or evening when it is cooler.

One way that people use to stay cool is to wear shorts, t-shirts and even by wearing the flip-flops. Here is a link from the Huffington Post that shows some reasons that flip-flops are not the best choice for shoes even though they help people stay cool. 

Huffington Article about Flip-Flops

If you don’t follow the link to the article, here is the pertinent information: 

“This summer staple might be a real health flop. Aside from the obvious lack of protection (meaning you’re more vulnerable to dropped objects, stubbed toes and the like), your favorite pair could be seriously damaging your feet. “The feet are the foundation of your whole body. This is the base of the skeleton,” says Jackie Sutera, a podiatrist in New York City. “It’s a domino effect… the rest of your joints and bones have to compensate.” Like anything else, moderation is key: Slipping flip flops on by the pool or for a short jaunt likely won’t cause any harm — the problems arise when your thongs become your go-to summer shoes. Sutera, along with Cary Zinkin, a podiatrist in Deerfield Beach Fla., and a spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association, break down exactly what’s happening to your foot when you slide into a pair”.

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10 Tips For Keeping Your Back Health

This is from the Ontario Chiropractic Association.

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Happy Groundhog Day!!

Oh yes, one of the most exciting and anticipated days of the year…Groundhog Day!  HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY!

Many have coined the term, “Groundhog Day Syndrome,”( SEE: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201202/groundhog-day-syndrome-why-time-goes-faster-we-age)  as a feeling of repetition, boredom, stuck-in-a-rut type behaviour. Another way that this can be described in being “stir-crazy” or “the winter blues”.   I am the first to admit it, there has been A LOT of SNOW, which we are NOT used to in Windsor.

Many patients, come to us because they feel like they are stuck living uncomfortable, painful and generally unhealthy lives. They take over the counter pain medications and prescriptions to mask the symptoms and pain, but unfortunately, it just keeps coming back again. That’s where chiropractic/acupuncture/massage treatments come in.

The benefit of chiropractic is to find the cause of the problem and care for you accordingly.

We are here to provide a lasting source of health and wellness, not a simple quick fix that will leave you living a “Groundhog Day” kind of life.

Dr. Reena Pathak adjusts and cares for your body in a way that allows the nervous system to work properly and the end result is that you should see improvement and health, rather than uncomfortable pain day after day.

So this year, the famous groundhog “Wiarton Willie” proclaimed that even for himself, it was time to do something for his health! “This year, I’m getting adjusted!”

PS- Let’s hope that Willie does not see his own shadow 🙂

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Thank You

Since I have been in practice, I have had the opportunity to work with many patients  who suffer from pain, injury and even those who seek chiropractic care, acupuncture treatment, massage therapy for health and wellness. 

I want to take this opportinity to THANK each of you for allowing me to be part of your life, and health and wellness.  I also want  to THANK each of you for your trust in me, for the lessons you have taught me, and for allowing me to be there with you through your struggles and pain and also in your wellness.

I am also THANKFUL for each of you that follow the facebook group, blog,  Twitter and website, and supporting me as a chiropractor.

THANK YOU!
Happy Thanksgiving!

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It’s that time of year again….

It’s that time of year again. The children are heading back to school and that means stocking up on supplies. But amongst all the pencils and notebooks, arguably the most important item your child needs is the right backpack.

Increasingly, children are suffering from back pain at an earlier age, and at least part of the problem is improper utilization of backpacks. Children are habitually carrying backpacks with loads that exceed 20% of their body weight–well above the recommended weight.

In an attempt to compensate for this load, postural deviations occur in the neck and trunk, rendering the body more vulnerable to fatigue and injury, such as: muscle spasms; neck, shoulder, and back pain; and neurological dysfunction. Factors in addition to excessive load that contribute to these issues include:

  • inappropriate carrying methods (i.e. using only one shoulder strap),
  •  poor position of the load, and poor load distribution

 Some backpack safety tips that can help reduce the stress on your body are listed below.

 

BACKPACK SAFETY TIPS

  • Choose a pack that is proportional in size to the wearer
  • Reduce weight on the shoulders by ensuring the backpack does not hang more than four inches below the waistline
  • Choose a pack with wide, padded, adjustable shoulder straps; a waist strap is also beneficial
  • Use both shoulder straps, and waist strap to help distribute load
  • Pack heavier objects closest to the body & odd shaped objects away from the back, using multiple compartments to allow better load distribution
  • Pack only essential items to ensure the  load does not exceed 10% of the wearer’s body weight

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It is never normal for you or your child to experience pain. Early detection and treatment of spinal or other health-related problems can help prevent progression of these problems and/or future incidences.  For more information about backpack safety, please see :“Pack it Light, Wear it Right” from the Ontario Chiropractic Association.

What is Chiropractic Medicine?

Hi everyone!

Since this is my first blog, the first topic I would like to address is: Chiroprctic Medicine. I know most of you, if you are reading this, probably have some sort of idea, but here is some information that I had written on my website (http://www.HandsOnHealthChiropractic.ca)

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system. Chiropractors practice a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.

Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.

For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the neuromusculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions. According to patient surveys, by treating the neuromusculoskeletal elements of such disorders, chiropractic treatment has been shown to improve the general well-being of the patient.

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Whiplash
  • Strains and sprains
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Work and sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs
  • General health and well-being

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History of Chiropractic

Chiropractic is the largest  form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in the United States. It is highly regulated. Spinal manipulations or “adjustments” were discovered by David D. Palmer in 1895 and have been safely used for over a century to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

The purpose of an adjustment is to restore muscular balance to a joint that is not moving correctly or causing pain. This imbalance in the muscles surrounding a joint is sometimes called “dysfunction” or “fixation”. If the imbalance in the joint is significant enough, it can even cause nerve injury in the area.

Thorough Examination

First, we analyze your spine. This usually involves a case history, examination and possibly x-ray pictures of your spine. We may have you turn and bend to feel how your joints move. We may also check your posture, alignment, balance and leg lengths.

If a vertebra in the spine is noted to be out of alignment, the mis-alignment can affect more than just your spine. The health of your spine directly affects your nervous system, which in term affects the functionality of muscles, organs, and other systems in the body.  A vertebral subluxation, also known as the vertebral subluxation complex, is the improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine causing nervous system interference, thereby compromising the body’s self-healing and self-regulating potential.Image

There can be many causes of subluxations

Physical causes are acute trauma to the body or repetitive motions that affect the spine. These could include slips and falls, accidents, poor posture, improper workstation habits, repetitive motions, poor sleep positions and improper lifting.

Emotional causes refer to stresses such as grief, anger, anxiety and fear. Excessive stress and inadequate stress management have been shown in research to have significant effects on the immune system.

Chemical causes include poor diet and nutrition, alcohol or drug use, pollution and/or chemical toxins ingested in foods, air, and water.

The Adjustment

With the dysfunction of one or more joints identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that we use are the results of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of body’s mechanics. Sometimes, the energy delivered during the thrust produces a slight “popping” sound from shifting gas and fluids in the joint. This sound is not an indicator of the value or effectiveness of the adjustment. While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce pain, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.

After Your First Adjustment

It is normal to feel anywhere from slightly sore to entirely pain-free after your first adjustment. Your body has been through a dramatic alignment change and may take some time to relax. For minor discomfort, we suggest taking a hot shower or using an ice pack on the area. However, if your pain becomes severe or unusual, please call our office or receive emergency medical attention.

My Goals

I like to focus treatment on both the neuromuscular and skeletal systems by using chiropractic manipulation, stretches, exercises, Graston Technique, KinesioTaping and acupuncture to lessen pain. Through these alternative healthcare measures, I believe that most people can avoid the dangerous side effects of drugs and surgery.

My goal is to find the root of the issue, and to improve your quality of life by treating underlying conditions, not just symptoms. I will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will provide relief and heal your current condition. I will also counsel you in preventative care and work with you to develop an on-going program to lessen pain and promote good health.

I have a true passion for what I do, and I am always learning.  I have continued my education by attending seminars and acquiring post-graduate certifications:

Yours in Health,

Dr. Reena

PS: I hope that explains things, as always if you have questions, please feel free to contact me via http://reenapathakdc.webs.com/apps/contactme/sites/show or comment below on the blog