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.
While GYROTONIC exercise is popularly used as a cross-training exercise for athletes or individuals who work in strenuous and physical jobs, it’s health benefits extend to anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability.
Feeling constipated or strained with bowel movements? Do you frequently need to urinate or find urination uncomfortable? Is sexual intercourse painful? Are you suffering from ongoing discomfort in your pelvic region or lower back that can’t be explained by other causes?
Have you heard of “tennis elbow” before?
It’s characterized by pain or soreness in the muscles and tendons around the forearm and elbow. It’s also one of the most common injuries we see here at the clinic every spring as the weather warms up and people get back to their favourite outdoor activities and sports.