February is known as the month of love—a time when we put extra effort into caring for the hearts of our loved ones by showering them in Valentine’s Day themed goodies. But how often do you care for your own heart?
Nothing quite describes January like the word “change.” The promise of a fresh start from a new calendar year has many of us eager to change old habits and adopt new ones—and it’s no secret that many of those resolutions have to do with our health.
Let’s address the elephant in the room here. There are several misconceptions about chiropractic treatments that may leave some people feeling uneasy about the prospect of getting adjusted. While more and more Canadians are beginning to include regular visits to their chiropractor in their healthcare regimen, there are many more who would greatly benefit from chiropractic care, but may be hesitant to give it a try.
For those who have made a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, the holiday season can feel like temptations are waiting around every corner. Staying healthy between Thanksgiving and the New Year is as simple as changing the way you think about the season. Rather than feeling like you have to say no to dessert or a glass of wine, try asking yourself: How will this impact my health? And note that sometimes, a slice of pie is good for your mental well-being!
When most people think of physiotherapy, they think of rehabilitation for acute and chronic injuries. But there is much more to the practice—as our physiotherapist Jonathan D’Sylva explains, “There are a lot of different things physio can help with. Physio can help with balance, breathing issues, and even boring stuff like improving your gait pattern.”
We’ve heard it time and again: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But we don’t get as much advice on what foods offer the greatest benefits to our health. Incorporating these foods into your morning routine will give you more focus and energy, while helping you make better food choices throughout the day.
When you’re working through a training program or fitness routine, some muscle soreness is completely normal. This tenderness is known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – though you might hear it referred to as ‘The DOMS’! – and is caused by micro damage to the muscle fibres.
“Any time you’re doing resistance training, but also running because running is catabolic in nature, you’re breaking down proteins,” explains Align chiropractor and crossfit trainer, Dr. Alli Cain. “Your body needs time to allow that muscle to repair itself.”
Recovery is key to better training and better health. Here are some of the things you should and shouldn’t do when you want efficient recovery:
Many people are only aware of one of their brains, but scientists have established that humans actually have three brains: the head, the heart, and the gut.
The first, what we’re usually referring to when we talk about the brain, is the one in our heads – master of psychological processes like thinking and perception.
Next is the the heart – the little, or moral, brain. This is where we process emotions, it’s why we say things like “follow your heart.”
Finally, we have the gut brain, where the majority of neurotransmitters are created. It helps keep us safe. The gut is both responsible for immune health and where our instincts lie. Consider the phrase “go with your gut.”
These three parts of the body have their own nervous systems and can process information to adapt – that’s how they become categorized as brains.
“It’s only by honouring these three brains of the body that we can overcome mental health challenges and achieve optimal health,” explains Dr. Khosroshahi, ND at Align.
Here are some of the ways you can improve your brain health:
Did you know we offer reflexology at the clinic? Reflexologists believe certain points on the body reflect – or reflex – other parts. Applying focused pressure to these points on the hands and feet affects the nerves, sending signals to other parts of the body.