I came across this post on Facebook (credit @WeirdPeopleRock) and thought about the changes in conditions I see as age increases in patients. It is true that a lot of injuries for teenagers and even young adults are due to physical activities. These injuries tend to resolve more quickly because of numerous factors including the injuries themselves being acute as opposed to chronic or overuse, the condition of the individual, the daily requirements of the individual, and the drive for more physical activity. Adults tend to have jobs and responsibilities (daily requirements) that are sedentary which results in physical detraining, which makes one more likely to become injured. Because of the sedentary activity and physical detraining, the the body is less capable of dealing with the injury. The injury causes many to avoid physical activity and stick with sedentary activity... creating a negative cycle.
It is always advisable to seek professional care for injuries. One of the reasons for this is because you want to break that negative cycle but do it safely. One of the comments under the facebook post was how come no one told me I could get hurt from sitting? Let me be clear, you can get hurt from sitting! This is called a musculoskeletal disorder which includes repetitive strain injuries, cumulative trauma disorder, occupational overuse syndrome, sprains, strains, and musculoskeletal injuries. Remember, exerting a force (even at very low levels) for a sustained period without a break can lead to pain, discomfort, and injured tissues. This is where the adult injuries in the facebook image stem from. The hashtags that I use #GetMoving and #ExerciseIsMedicine are true but the focus needs to be on the correct exercises, movements, and activities to help you muscles, joints, discs, and ligaments heal. The secondary focus is to shift away from sedentary activity and the physical detraining that results so that your body can better handle the forces it has to sustain during those daily requirements.
If you are experiencing low back pain, neck pain, nerve impingement, shoulder pain, foot pain, or any other muscle, ligament, or joint pain, I recommend you seek the services of a health professional near you to help recover from and prevent further injuries. At Haptic Health and Chiropractic we offer manual therapy, exercise therapy, acupuncture, and custom orthotics for overuse conditions such as these. If you have any questions of how we can help, give Dr. Judith McCann a call at 905-235-6777.
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A clinical trial was performed at my alma mater Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) that investigated the presence of pro-inflammatory and nociceptive (pain) proteins called chemokines in adults with low back pain and the changes of these levels in the blood following a trial of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT).
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Don't be the weekend warrior going all out occasionally and injuring yourself. Especially if you have an injury, find activities that are going to help you heal and help your body adapt to better handle stressors. What are some outdoor activities that you can do?
World Spine Day
On October 16th we celebrated our spines! The goal behind World Spine Day is to raise awareness about spinal health and spinal conditions.
Did you know back pain affects 632 045 million people worldwide and neck pain affects 332 049 million people worldwide?! (Lancet, Global Burden of Disease, 2012).
Take the opportunity to give your spine a movement break each day and don't hesitate to make an appointment for manual care, exercises, and education.
Back Pain - The Basics
There are many potential pain contributors within your back. This can include the joints between the vertebrae in your spine, the capsule that surrounds each joint, ligaments, tendons, muscles, the discs that are between the vertebrae in your spine, and even nerves can become irritated or compressed to give symptoms.
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Typically simple neck pain, shoulder pain, and upper back pain that is related to sedentary activity is titled "occupational overuse syndrome". The difficulty with this term is that it puts a lot of emphasis on occupational or work based sedentary activity. While sitting at work may be a contributing factor, a lot of people go home after work and spend a lot of their leisure time sitting and further contributing to the overuse aspect and muscle pain and stiffness. When you are at home, or even at a friends, try some the tips from this video to get you up and moving.
Be sure to have your chiropractor or other health care provider assess you neck, shoulder, and back pain. While sedentary activity can contribute to your pain and stiffness, it is always important to have a thorough examination to determine the cause(s) of your discomfort to determine the best treatment and prevention strategies for you and your health. Dr. Judith McCann is a Newmarket chiropractor offering examination and treatment for these types of conditions.
While we often think of chores as boring, have fun with them. You can put on some music and do one chore a day (sweeping, dusting, vacuuming, cleaning mirrors and glass, etc) getting in a bit of movement each day. You can participate in household chores together - this gets everyone up and moving instead of sitting around waiting for someone else to get things done. For example when someone is cooking dinner, someone else can start on the dishes, while someone else can set the table. Household chores become social, fun, and active!
Often times we do too much in one go and "over do it", having to go see our chiropractor, physiotherapist, or other manual health care provider. Doing chores is a great way of adding in movement, but remember to take breaks in between to give your muscles and joints time to recover. If you're having any back pain or other pain that comes on after doing chores and doesn't go away after a couple days, make sure to go see your chiropractor or other health care provider. Dr. McCann is a Newmarket chiropractor who specializes in musculoskeletal health like low back pain. Have any questions? Give us a call for a free 15 minute consultation or to book an assessment for a thorough examination: 905-235-6777.
Welcome to Day 5 of 12 Days of Movement. Today's tip of the day is to shovel the snow from your driveway more often but in shorter periods. Be sure to check out some tips and tricks on shoveling safely, especially to prevent low back pain:
Toronto Paramedic Services - Snow Shovelling
Southlake Regional Health Centre - Snow Shoveling Tips
Canadian Chiropractic Association - 7 Ways to Make Snow Shoveling Safer
Getting movement into your day is a great way to help minimize frequency and prevent musculoskeletal (MSK) pain such as low back pain. If you do have low back pain, make sure to visit your MSK health provider. Dr. Judith McCann is a Newmarket chiropractor. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call for a free 15 minute consultation or to book an appointment: 905-235-6777
Today's tip of the day to get more movement into your day is to take the stairs when possible. You get to give your muscles a challenge plus skipping the crowd. If you take the escalator, try walk up them instead of waiting.
Do you get low back pain, hip pain, or knee pain when standing and climbing up and down stairs? Movement is a great way to challenge our muscles and joints, but if you have pain you may be moving incorrectly, have strength imbalances, or muscle and joint dysfunction. Be sure to contact your local musculoskeletal health care provider to assess and make treatment recommendations. Dr. Judith McCann is a Newmarket chiropractor whose goal is to help you function at your best. Give us a call at 905-235-6777 for a free 15 minute consultation.
This is a popular quote by Benjamin Franklin on prevention. For a lot of people it is easier to come in to get treated for neck pain, or low back pain; feel better for a little while; but continue in life exactly the same, not changing or trying to prevent what is causing the pain. Although it is always important to have you team of health care providers assess your condition to determine the cause or causes of your condition, often times it is the sedentary lifestyle we live that perpetuates this cycle.
Adding movement into your day is one of the easiest ways to begin breaking this cycle. Check out the video below for the first tip of 12 tips to add movement into your day.
Can't wait to see the rest of the videos? Check out all 12 days on YouTube or check back here every few days for the next video.
Dr. Judith McCann has been living in York Region for over 15 years. After going to Queen's University in Kingston for Kinesiology, and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto to become a chiropractor, she decided to move back and open Haptic Health and Chiropractic in Newmarket. In February 2017, Haptic Health and Chiropractic moved 10 minutes up the road to Sharon in East Gwillimbury.