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ENTER TO WIN A FREE 60 MINUTE MASSAGE IN OUR BALLOT BOX IN THE CLINIC. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY MAY 12TH.
In addition, book a message on Friday, May 9th and receive $10 off
Each relaxation massage will come with complimentary
EDGAR FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC
IS PARTICIPATING IN
H.E.R.O.S. (Halton’s Extreme Race and Obstacle Scramble)
in support of the
Canadian Cancer Society.
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We recently received the great news that we won the Platinum Award for Best Chiropractic Clinic in addition to our own Dr. Cameron Edgar winning the Platinum Award for Best Acupuncturist.
Yours in health
Drs. Maja and Cameron Edgar
Slips, Whips and Falls – Treating Injuries After Accidents
We feel that it is of the utmost importance that an early return to usual activities takes place after a car accident or fall and that prescribed rest should always be limited to a short duration. Most importantly, the patient with whiplash needs to be informed that usual activities may be temporarily painful but are not harmful.
Although whiplash is the most common injury seen after a motor vehicle accident, we also treat a variety of other injuries resulting from an accident, including fractures, sprains, and strains of other body parts, and chest or knee contusions which result from impact with the steering wheel, dashboard or airbag.
Comprehensive Rehabilitation Program
We have found that a combination of the following treatment modalities is very effective at helping the patient return to their pre-accident function:
Passive joint mobilization. A therapist gently and repetitively moves the joints in the neck region to reduce pain and restore normal movement in the neck. This can be used if it reduces your symptoms.
Acupuncture. Fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. Acupuncture can significantly reduce symptoms of pain and discomfort.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) or Interferential Current (IFC), Heat, Ice, Massage, Ultrasound. These passive treatments/electrotherapies help to reduce inflammation, pain and to speed up healing in the injured tissues.
Active Stretching, Strengthening and Conditioning Program. After an accident, people often are scared to move too much in case they hurt themselves further. This fear often can lead to greater harm if they do not move enough and end up getting very stiff. It is important to begin gentle active movements ASAPafteran accident within pain tolerance.
Massage Therapy. Massage Therapy involves a range of manual techniques applied to the soft tissues (muscles) and joints of the body. The purpose of Registered Massage Therapy is to relieve pain, as well as rehabilitate and improve physical function. This can be very important after an accident as the muscles become tight and stiff from guarding against the impact.
Education. It is very important to teach our patients the many strategies available to ensure that the person can return to their previous level of activity as soon as possible. Issues addressed include correct posture, lifting techniques, pacing, home and workplace modifications, and usage of aids in helping everyday function.
Anti-inflammatory medication. For more severe cases, anti-inflammatories can be prescribed by your doctor in the short term to reduce pain and swelling. Use of this form of medication should be limited as it may have side effects such as stomach pain and nausea.
An important thing to remember if you have been in an accident is to not delay in seeking help and treatment. Effects of a more serious crash may recur over 6-18 months.
Rehabilitation and Functionality
After the initial acute phase following an accident, it is important to get back what you have lost. Whether that be your movement, strength, muscle mass or confidence, it’s paramount to get back to doing what you did before. A large part of that is progressing through a rehab program that includes exercises focusing on the areas that have been injured. This can range from simple movements using your own body weight to involving free weights.
As with most things, trying to avoid negative outcomes before they happen is the best “medicine”, whether that be wearing proper footwear while driving or paying more attention (Don’t Text!). In those instances where a fall or car accident does occur, the next best approach is to be proactive in your care for that injury. This means promptly getting treatment to the injured areas (by a health practitioner). The sooner you get in for treatment, the better your chances of healing faster. If you take the “maybe it will go away” approach to injuries, they are more likely to linger or become chronic.
The “core” actually consists of many different muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis and run the entire length of the torso.
When we are talking about core strength we are really talking about spine stability, even more specifically low back or lumbar spine stability.
Studies have shown that without muscles, the spine will actually buckle and cause an injury with only 20 lbs of weight. So how can some people manage to lift well over 10x that much? Well, the answer is muscles. And not only the big back muscles that you automatically think of, but also many small muscles found running in between each bone (called a vertebra) of the spine.
These “core” muscles stabilize the spine as we bend, twist, lift and extend throughout our lives. And it’s when these muscles are not doing their jobs properly that we run into problems such as injuries from lifting the heavy box out of the car.
Your chiropractor will provide you with a set of exercises to improve your core strength.
Now that the snow has started to fly, these important tips will help keep you out of the office and feeling better.
Winter Care – Stay Safe This Winter Season
While we don’t get the most severe weather here in the Burlington area during winter, each year there are a few times when we are required to pull out that shovel. In the cold months we naturally tend to be less physically active which can lead to increased injuries when we are required to suddenly exert ourselves in brief, yet intense activity. That is why it’s good to be prepared and know how to properly work to avoid any injuries.
Dress for the weather
Layered clothing works better to keep your muscles warm and your skin dry so you don’t get chilled. You may want to invest in clothing designed specifically for winter outdoor activity or layer garments made of natural fibres.
Before tackling any strenuous activity take the time to warm up with some overall conditioning(a 10-to 15-minute walk, even on the spot, should do it), followed by some simple stretching.
Simple Stretches to Warm Up
- Touch your toes
- Side Bends/Stretches
- Arm/Shoulder Circles
- Neck Circles
Pick the right shovel
Use a lightweight pusher-type shovel. If you are using a metal shovel, spray it with Teflon first, so snow won’t stick to it.
Don’t let the snow pile up
If the weather report calls for several days of snow, frequent shoveling will allow you to move smaller amounts of snow at once.
Push, don’t throw
Always push the snow to the side rather than throwing it. That way you avoid lifting heavy shovelfuls of snow, and sudden twisting or turning movements.
Bend your knees
If you find you have to lift a shovelful of snow, use your knees and your leg and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting while keeping your back straight.
Take a break
If you feel tired or short of breath, stop and take a rest. Shake out your arms and legs. Stop shoveling immediately if you feel chest pain or back pain. If you have back pain that is severe or that persists for more than a day after shoveling, see a chiropractor. If you have chest pain that is severe, see a medical doctor immediately.
Don’t Wait, Get Help Right Away!
Some minor stiffness and tightness are to be expected following shoveling (especially if it has been a while since you have worked your muscles). Heat and rest are recommended in this case. If the stiffness persists for longer than a few hours or if you start to experience pain, make sure to give us a call so we can further assess for injury.
Check out our schedule of seminars talking about enhancing fertility naturally and having a natural, healthy pregnancy.
UPCOMING SEMINARS-Fertility and Pregnancy.pdf by Edgar Family Chiropractic on Pearl on Scribd
We are 1 year old and are having an open house to celebrate from 10 am- 2 pm. Come join us to meet the team and for some food and fun.
We will have delicious, healthy snacks from Kindfood along with refreshments and music. Make sure you bring your kids as Downtown Burlington is having their annual Treats in Our Streets. Kids can go to local businesses to play games, do fun crafts and even collect some candy and treats.
Please bring either a food donation for the Canadian Food Bank or a monetary donation towards the Reach Out Centre for Kids (R.O.C.K.) which is a downtown Burlington center for children with mental health problems.
In this month’s newsletter, we are talking about Osteoporosis and bone health. Read this article to find out how you can prevent brittle bones.
Osteoporosis Newsletter by Edgar Family Chiropractic on Pearl on Scribd