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Compression Stockings

More than just a treatment for Varicose Veins!

Compression Stockings

I have worn compression stockings for most of my career as a chiropractor because my feet are always cold and I usually get achy feet after working on them all day. I do not have varicose veins or any other circulatory issues but the stockings simply help to keep my legs and feet happy!

For those of us who are currently working from home and sitting for long hours, compression stockings can prevent aches and swelling in the feet. For all those who stand for long periods of time like myself (nurses, hairdressers etc.), compression stockings can help with circulation, providing comfort and helping to avoid tired feet at the end of a long day. For all the pregnant mammas, compression stockings can help avoid swelling in the legs and feet that sometimes happens during pregnancy. For the athletes who are trying to improve their recovery times and performance, compression stockings can also help!

Compression stockings provide effective relief for a wide range of conditions, from tired, achy legs, cold feet, swollen ankles and of course varicose veins. They work by gently squeezing your legs to move blood up your legs. The noticeable compression it exerts improves circulation in the legs, reduces muscle vibrations and speeds up recovery. Its light, breathable material is very comfortable on the skin. This makes it the ideal support. The stocking’s taping zone helps to create a greater feeling of stability in the ankle, while its muscle-toning zone specifically stimulates the calf muscles during movement.

At Edgar Family Chiropractic, we carry a very high-quality brand of compression stockings called Bauerfeind (Bauerfeind is a German health care equipment company, one of the largest manufacturers of orthopaedic stockings and braces in the world) We offer a variety of different styles depending on the patients’ lifestyle:

compression stocking

Business Style / Sports Performance / Discreet Style

Each style comes in various color options and are custom-fitted and measured. The best part is that these stockings are usually covered under most insurance policies!

Call your insurance company and see if you are covered OR give us a call at 289-337-1202 if you want to get started with your measurements and order!

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Staying Healthy and Pain Free while Maintaining your Yard

The first day of fall has come and gone so we can start that the leaves will start to fall and many of us will be doing some serious raking. With bone and muscle health in mind, this blog will give you ideas on how to rake without hurting yourself!

By following these five simple tricks, yard maintenance will cause minimal discomfort:

1. Stretching

a. Before you even pick up the rake make sure to properly prepare your body and warm up. These are good stretches to practice:

stretches to practice

2. Hydration

a. Drinking lots of water before, during, and after putting your body to work helps promote healthy muscles and bone strength as well as helps with recovery post activity.

3. Use the Whole Body

a. Changing positions while raking will help ensure that not only one side of your body is working (this can lead to fatigue, discomfort, possibly inflammation, and pain). For example, do ten raking pulls with your left leg in front and then switch to the right leg for the next ten!

4. Bend at the Knees

a. Make sure to bend at your knees rather than your lower back while raking and lifting.
b. Pivot your entire body when moving leaves around rather than twisting only your upper body (this is VERY important)

5. Frequent Breaks

a. Take a break every 15 minutes! Giving your soft tissues (muscles and ligaments) a break will ensure that they are not being overused and will decrease your chances of an overuse injury. Remember the leaves can still be raked after a 10-minute rest and your body will thank you for it!

Muscle and bone health does not have to be jeopardized just because the leaves are piling up. By following these tips your yard and body can be in great condition!

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Tips for Keeping Your Back Healthy While Gardening: Part 2

In this video, Dr. Maja Edgar continues to give tips on how to save your back while having fun in your garden. One of the main reasons why people end up seeing their chiropractor after gardening is because they spend too much time bent over in one position. When you are bent over for long periods of time, it causes the muscles and ligaments to overstretch. This weakens the muscles and other soft tissues (like ligaments) and makes them vulnerable to injury. The soft tissues such as our muscles and ligaments are responsible for stabilizing our bones and joints and if they are not doing their job (because they are overstretched), then this can ultimately lead to an injury in our joints as well. All of this results in lots of inflammation and pain.

One way to avoid overstretching your soft tissues is to avoid being in one position too long or repetitively doing one action. Using different types of tools can help to make sure that you are not overloading your muscles. For example, knee pads or foam can help you to get into a kneeling position, a stool can help you to sit a bit more comfortably while planting and long handle weeder can help to keep you more upright so that you are not performing repetitive bending.

If you start to feel sore while gardening, it is very important to stop and wait 24 hours to see how you feel. If you still feel pain and discomfort, give your chiropractor a call and see if they can assess the injury and treat it.

Also Read: Part – I Tips for Keeping Your Back Healthy While Gardening

Drs. Maja and Cameron are chiropractors and clinic owners in downtown Burlington. They work with a great team of physiotherapists and massage therapists and often see patients after gardening injuries in the spring time and early summer. They are able to assess the injury and properly treat the root cause of it. The treatment usually involves muscles therapy, joint mobilizations, exercise prescription and advice on how to avoid further injury.

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Tips for Keeping your Back Healthy while Gardening

Gardening can be a great way to keep fit and relax. However, it can also be very difficult on the back if proper techniques are not used. In this video, Dr. Maja (Chiropractor in Burlington and co-owner of Edgar Family Chiropractic) gives some simple tips on how to keep your back healthy while gardening.

Keep the following tips in mind:

  1. Always warm up. This can be a brisk walk or run around the neighborhood, it can be some light exercises in the backyard (like jumping jacks) or some yoga stretching. This will ensure blood flow to the muscles and will prepare the muscles for work.
  2. Bring lots of water. Hydrating muscles is very important as dehydrated muscles can be susceptible to injury.
  3. Take lots of breaks. This will ensure that you are not over-loading the soft tissues such as muscles and ligaments. When muscles and ligaments are over -stretched due to being in one position for too long, they can more easily sprain or tear.
  4. Break up your loads that you are carrying. Instead of carrying heavy bags of soil, break it up into smaller loads by using buckets.
  5. Use protective equipment like knee pads or a stool to help you so that you are not bent over for long periods of time.
  6. Breathe. It is important to keep breathing so that your lungs and muscles are getting adequate oxygen.
  7. Vary your tasks. This is a great way to avoid using one muscle group for too long. You can try digging for a while, then weeding for a bit, and then trimming the hedges or trees. This will ensure you are bent at times but also standing straight at other times.
  8. Listen to your body. If you start to feel soreness, it is a good idea to stop and rest for 24 hours to see how you feel after a period of rest. It is also important to remember that sometimes soreness does not come until the next day, so pacing yourself is very important.

Also Read: Part – 2 Tips for Keeping Your Back Healthy While Gardening

Tips for Keeping your Back Healthy While Gardenin

Some of the most common injuries with gardening are low back sprain/strain and sciatic pain. Patients often come to their chiropractor with a very high level of pain and discomfort and an inability to move and function. They may also have leg pain/sciatic pain. Sciatic pain is usually as a result of pressure on the sciatic nerve from inflammation around the nerve (due to an inflamed or herniated disc). The key is to reduce inflammation as quickly as possible so that the nerve can being to function properly once again.

Drs. Maja and Cameron are chiropractors and clinic owners in downtown Burlington. They work with a great team of physiotherapists and massage therapists and often see patients after gardening injuries in the springtime and early summer. They are able to assess the injury and properly treat the root cause of it. The treatment usually involves muscles therapy, joint mobilizations, exercise prescription and advice on how to avoid further injury.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Important Update

Covid-19

As COVID-19 continues to make headlines, we want to ensure you that your health and safety remain our number one priority. The situation with COVID-19 is quickly changing, and we are trying to keep as informed as possible.

At this time, we have made the difficult decision to CLOSE the clinic as of March 17th in order to protect our patients, our staff and ourselves. Given the nature of our job, it is difficult to maintain the recommended social distancing and we feel that this decision is the socially responsible thing to do.

Patients will be getting a call to reschedule their appointments for the week of April 6th and we will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as per the advice of health authorities.

IN THE MEANTIME:

  • We will be available for emergency/acute visits. These appointment times will be preceded by a deep clean and will be spaced out to minimize contact with others.
  • Also, if you are looking for guidance on what you can do at home for your condition, please leave us a voicemail or email us at info@edgarchiropractic.ca and we will happily provide you with direction on what you can do to help yourself.
  • We are asking that patients who have any signs of illness, have recently travelled outside of Canada, or have had contact with someone who is showing symptoms or has travelled outside of Canada to not book emergency appointments at this time.

What You Can Do at Home:

  • Take care of yourself. Eat well (lots of veggies and fruits), take your supplements
  • (especially Vitamin C and D), sleep well, and try to remain calm and positive
  • Make sure to wash your hands often (for at least 20 seconds)
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth
  • If you are sneezing, do so into a tissue or your elbow

Let’s all work together to stay healthy and safe.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What You Can Do?

As COVID-19 continues to make headlines, we want to ensure you that your health and safety remain our number one priority. As health care professionals, we feel an even bigger obligation to do all that we can to slow down the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable members of our community.

The clinic will remain OPEN for the time being but we are certainly taking extra measures to make sure that the clinic is a safe environment so that we can continue to offer you our care and services for as long as possible.

What We Are Doing:

  • We are increasing the frequency of disinfecting the treatment rooms and equipment before and after each use.
  • We are using hospital-grade disinfectants on all beds and furniture, effectively killing 99.9% of germs and bacteria
  • There are significant shortages of hand sanitizer and therefore we are asking all patients coming into the clinic to wash their hands in the bathroom before seeing their practitioner.
  • We are asking patients to re-schedule their appointments if they have any signs of illness, have recently travelled outside of Canada, or have had contact with someone who is showing symptoms or has travelled outside of Canada

What You Can Do:

  • Take care of yourself. Eat well, sleep well, and try to remain calm and positive.
  • If you are feeling unwell, stay home
  • Make sure to wash your hands often (for at least 20 seconds)
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth
  • If you are sneezing, please do so into a tissue or your elbow

Let’s all work together to stay healthy and safe.

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Best 3 Stretches for Neck Pain and Headaches

Chin Pro / Retraction Seated

Retraction Seated

Sitting tall with neutral postural alignment. Poke chin forward then slowly pull it back into chin tuck position. Keep head level, as if balancing a book on top of the head. Keep shoulders down/ avoid shrugging shoulders. Mantain an abdominal hollow throughout. Stop if the exercise causes pain.

Sets 4-3
Reps: 5-20
Weight:
Hold: 4-10 sec
Rest: 30-60
5 x/week

Chin Pro / Retraction Seated

Postural Relief Position

Sitting tall with neutral postural alignment. Poke chin forward then slowly pull it back into chin tuck position. Keep head level, as if balancing a book on top of the head. Keep shoulders down/ avoid shrugging shoulders. Mantain an abdominal hollow throughout. Stop if the exercise causes pain.

Sets 4-3
Reps: 5-20
Weight:
Hold: 4-10 sec
Rest: 30-60
5 x/week

Download our Guide! - Best 3 Stretches for Neck Pain and Headaches

Chin Pro / Retraction Seated

Pectorals - Wall

Sitting tall with neutral postural alignment. Poke chin forward then slowly pull it back into chin tuck position. Keep head level, as if balancing a book on top of the head. Keep shoulders down/ avoid shrugging shoulders. Mantain an abdominal hollow throughout. Stop if the exercise causes pain.

Sets 4-3
Reps: 2x
Weight:
Hold: 15 sec
Rest: 5
2 x/week

In this video, Dr. Maja talks about the knee and leg pain and explains a few exercises that can help to strengthen the muscles.

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How to Prevent Injury from Raking Leaves

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How to Prevent Injury from Raking Leaves

Fall is Here!

Which means the leaves
are falling! It is important
to be mindful when raking
leaves to prevent injuries
or muscle strain from
occurring.

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Important to Consider when Raking Leaves:

Warm Up: Although it may not be a high-intensity workout at the gym, raking is a physically demanding activity. In order to prevent muscle strain and tearing, it is important to stretch and warm up before raking leaves. Here are some helpful warm up tips!

  • Go for a quick walk before raking. This will warm up your muscles and engage your heart rate as well.
  • Stretch! It is important to stretch your muscles before any activity. Raking has the most impact on your back and sides, your arms and shoulders, and your legs. So, we suggest to focus on these areas when stretching.

Posture: It is critical to maintain proper posture when raking leaves. Improper stance and posture can be damaging to your body, especially your back.Raking Leaves

  • Your stance should be grounded with your feet wide apart.
  • Hold the rake slightly toward the end of the handle with one hand. Position the other hand three- quarters of the way down the handle.
  • Do not twist your spine while in this position. Instead, move your whole body. Keep your back naturally aligned and stand comfortably.
  • Bend your knees and use your leg and arm muscles to smoothly and slowly lift the load. Do not lift with your back.

Other Tips:

Raking Leaves

  • Stay hydrated! This is crucial with any form of exercise. Drink lots of water when you are raking to avoid dehydration and muscle cramping.
  • Wear layers! Although the weather has been cooler, you are likely to warm up quickly from the physical activity when raking leaves. Wearing layers will help to avoid overheating.
  • If you are bagging your leaves, do not overfill the bags! If they become too heavy to carry, drag the bags instead or use a wheelbarrow.
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Could Your Cellphone Habits Be Causing Your Neck Pain?

You walk down the halls at school, the mall and the street. Everywhere we look are people are looking down, engaged with the phones in their hands. The constant downward gaze places stress on the neck. With repetitiveness, this posture can cause strain to deep muscles of the neck and change the natural curve of your cervical spine. More and more chiropractors are adjusting patients experiencing neck pain, headaches, and other related symptoms.

Physical Effects

Why does looking down constantly at your phone effect your neck? For each degree of flexion created in your cervical spine, the weight of strain on the tissues of your neck increases as well. This would be like having a 60 lbs dumbbell hanging around your neck for most of the day! No wonder your neck hurts!

Tech Neck

Preventative Measures

Perform exercises to help with posture such as chin tucks:

Chin Tucks1. Push your head backward as far as it will go, but maintain your face in a forward direction. You will feel a stretch in the back of your neck and a sense of "crowding" your throat in front.

2. Hold the position for 1-2 seconds and then release, allowing your head to return to neutral.

3. Repeat that movement 8-10 times and perform 3-4 such sessions each day
Be aware of your posture. Recognize when your head is moving forward. Bring your phone to your face instead of your face to your phone.

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