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Reader’s Choice Award for Best Chiropractic Clinic in Burlington

We wanted to reach out with a short note to just say THANK YOU SO MUCH if you voted for us in this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards. We are happy to announce that once again, we have won first place in the category of Chiropractic Clinic. This past year has been unlike any other in the history of our little family clinic and we could not have gotten through it without all of your support. We feel lucky and grateful to be able to provide care to such a wonderful community of patients. We appreciate you all very much and will continue to do our best to provide you with the best possible service for many years to come!

Best Burlington Chiropractor Award

Once again, we thank all of our patients for voting for us as the “Best Chiropractic Clinic in Burlington” and we look forward to seeing you all at your next appointments!

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Avoiding Injury while Gardening

Spring – what a beautiful time of year! The blossoming flowers and new leaves on the trees will hopefully put the spring back in your step. For gardeners, spring is a great time to welcome life back to the yard. Gardening, often thought of as a leisurely activity, is actually considered a physical activity requiring a warm-up, cool down, and plenty of fluids. Without taking these measures you may cause your body extra stress and maybe even an injury.

Each spring, at our chiropractic clinic, we see some injuries related to gardening. Here are a few tips followed by a few stretches that will hopefully help you to avoid these injuries:

1. Do the scissors stance while raking: Stand with your right leg forward and your left leg back while you rake. Switch which leg is in front every few minutes. This will keep you from bending and twisting your way into a sore back.

2. Change hands frequently: Changing hands when raking & hoeing prevents muscle strain on one side of the body. Try to stand as straight as possible with your head upright.

3. Use long-handled tools: Long-handled tools let you avoid bending forward and sideways as you work, which can cause you to strain your neck or lower back.

4. Lift properly: Face the object you plan to lift, bend your knees, and draw the load close to your body. Use the muscle power of your legs to lift. Don’t lift heavy objects above your waist. Ask for help moving big flowerpots and bags of soil or garden waste.

5. Kneel to weed and plant: Constant bending and squatting can put a strain on your back, neck, and leg muscles. You can buy special knee pads and mats that make kneeling on the ground more comfortable.

6. Take frequent breaks: taking breaks to stretch and rehydrate is very important for keeping your body in peak condition and will ensure your muscles don’t fatigue as quickly.

Stretches to Try:

Lower back:

  • Sit on a chair and slowly bend your body forward from your hips, putting your head down and resting your hands on the ground
  • Lye on the ground put your hands under your knee, pull your leg into your chest leaving your other leg straight on the ground

Lower back Stretches

Upper back:

  • Intertwine your fingers and flip hands so your palms are facing outwards in front of you, straighten arms, and round your shoulders
  • While standing hold your hands behind your back, bend forward at the waist, and lift your arms as far as possible

Upper back stretches

Shoulders:

  • Hold elbow of your opposite arm and push arm straight across the front of your body
  • While holding the elbow of your opposite arm put your arm behind your head with your hand in the middle of your back and push lightly

Shoulders Stretches

Knees:

  • While standing straight and facing forward bend your knee and grab your ankle with your hand, pull your leg back and bring your foot to your behind if possible, keep your knees as close together as possible
  • Using a chair or a wall outstretch your arms and push your body back into a lunge, keeping your back leg straight

Knees stretches

If you experience an injury while gardening, we always encourage our patients to take a break from the activity until the pain has been managed. It is also a good idea to check in with your local Burlington chiropractor, Burlington massage therapist, or Burlington physiotherapist if your pain does not go away. They will be able to properly assess and treat you for the injury so that you can get back to gardening as soon as possible!

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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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