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Shoveling snow; a health hazard or a safe physical activity?
Winter has arrived; some people will say too soon, while others are ecstatic. With February-like weather in November, we might be looking ahead to a longer winter than what we’re accustomed too. Shoveling snow will become part of our regular routine for the next several months. Should we be looking forward to it or concerned (i.e. pain)?
Shoveling is certainly a type of exercise that requires some physical strength and cardio...
Posted on 2018-12-07
Do you really know concussions?
Concussions are currently a hot topic in the media. For example, the NHL and NFL players associations talk about it a lot and we can now watch plenty of documentaries on that topic. Even though people are better equipped and aware of the signs and symptoms of this health problem, there are still some preconceptions. Let's test your knowledge!
Q: You must experience loss of consciousness to sustain a concussion?A: FALSE
Did you know that 90% of cases of concussi...
Posted on 2018-11-29
This command seems simple enough doesn’t it? But many of us go throughout our day paying no attention to our breath. Why would we since it is an automatic process that our body does unconsciously for us? This is true, but breathing can have much more profound effects on the body then just bringing essential oxygen to our tissues for survival. Studies has shown that bringing conscious awareness to breath and deepening your breath can help decrease stress, have positive effec...
Posted on 2018-11-14
Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV)
What does benign positional paroxysmal vertigo, commonly known as BPPV, mean?
As its name suggests, BPPV is a:
Benign: Although the episodes are very unpleasant and disabling for the person suffering, it is not an infectious, progressive or worrying disease
Positional: associated with position or position change (getting up, bending over, turning in bed or looking up)
Paroxysmal: Intense, violent, but short episode (usually less than 1 minute pe...
Posted on 2018-11-05
"OMB!"- Oh My Back!.
The fall season is probably the most beautiful time of the year; leaves change to bright colors, weather is ideal for outdoor activities, and no mosquitoes to swat. However, we all know that fall brings one definite chore to most of us...racking leaves! This daunting task can take several hours or days to complete, especially if you own a large lot with plenty of trees (and not to mention the leaves that the wind blows over from your neighbor's side).
Many folks do not l...
Posted on 2018-10-08