Headaches are horrible. Whether you suffer from headaches on a chronic or infrequent basis they can be debilitating and prevent you from enjoying your normal activities. Despite this, many individuals “live” with it.
As a healthcare professional I find it astounding how far we’ve come with diagnosing headaches - there are a ridiculous number of subtypes of headaches (212 if I counted correctly) within the main headache groups (14 classifications). This article with briefly discuss the more common headaches that an individual will present with at Haptic Health and Chiropractic. Check back for articles on each of the headache types.
The most typical types of migraines include migraines without aura, migraines with aura, and chronic migraines. The most recent Global Burden of Disease Study found migraines to be the 7th leading cause of disability worldwide.
According to the International Headache Society, at any given point in time anywhere from 30-78% of the general population will have a tension-type headache (1) - this creates a huge socioeconomic burden on our society. The most common subtypes include infrequent episodic, frequent episodic, and chronic tension type headaches.
Neck pain can result from tight muscles or restricted movements in joints; overuse injuries that occur after prolonged sitting or improper posture; or injuries and accidents that may be sport, work, or even motor vehicle related.
When muscles in the neck are tight or injured they may cause pain at the site of muscle or tendon attachment. It is also possible for muscles to refer pain to other parts of the body away from the neck. For example the muscles at the base of your skull can refer pain to your temples. Joints are very similar to muscles in that they can refer pain away from the site of injury. Injury at the joint, like a tight or injured muscle, can result in restricted movement. Neck pain can also affect the nerves in your neck which can produce symptoms such as numbness or tingling in your arms and hands.
When receiving treatment for tight or injured muscles and joints, your chiropractor may give you strengthening exercises in addition to stretching exercises. This is especially important in overuse injuries as the goal is to not only reduce pain, improve range of movement, but also to decrease the frequency of occurrence.
Not sure what to expect at Haptic Health and Chiropractic? We offer free 15 minute consultations to answer these questions. Dr. Judith McCann is a chiropractor in Sharon trained to assess neck pain, headaches, neck tightness, and associated numbness and tingling in your hands, as well as provide appropriate treatment or referral as needed.
We're open again! Our doors were temporarily closed for the move but we are back offering chiropractic, acupuncture, rehabilitation, and custom orthotic services to York Region. We are excited to join ranks with The Lamppost Counselling Services and offer our services to the Sharon community. We are located opposite the Sharon Temple on Leslie Street and accepting new patients! Email, website, and phone number are still the same :)
While located in Sharon, our services extend to Holland Landing, Bradford, Newmarket, Aurora, Mount Albert, Queensville, and Keswick. We offer free 15 minute consultations, so don't hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions about how we can help you :)
We can still do the things we love while getting movement into our day. Check out this video for tips on how to be active while reading your book, watching your show, or being on your tablet/laptop. Exerting a force (even at a very low level) for a sustained period without a break can lead to pain and discomfort. Adding movement into your day is a great way to give your muscles and joints a break from these forces, allowing them to recover, and reducing the pain and discomfort brought on by sedentary activity.
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.
We spend so much of our day sitting, which is why it is great to find things to do in your leisure time that help you get out of the house and keep moving. Take what opportunities there are in your town, community and region to help you with this.
There may be events going on. Most weekends there is some type of event going on either hosted by the town or local organizations. There are lots of parks and even hiking trails just outside of town if you’re looking for something beyond a cement path. If you don’t know where to look a good place to start is the town of newmarket website, snapd newmarket has an online calendar, or even the town of newmarket facebook page.
A couple tricks to help you get out of the house:
1- Most times when you get home you don’t want to leave so take advantage of being outside of the house on your way from work and do something before getting home.
2-If you set a time and place with friends or family you’re more likely to follow.
This quote by Charles Dickens highlights this straight forward tip to adding more movement into your day. Some people don't think of walking as exercise, but it is a great way of adding some light aerobic activity into your day. Walking is a great way to break the cycle of sedentary activity, especially during you leisure time. Not sure if walking is good for your aches and pains? Make sure to get properly assessed by your health care provider and get some active recommendations. Dr. McCann is a chiropractor in Newmarket who specializes in musculoskeletal health. Haptic Health and Chiropractic provides free 15 minute consultations for general inquiries, or call to book an assessment for a more in depth evaluation of your aches and pains: 905-235-6777
At the time of filming it was the Christmas Holiday season, and so decorating your place was a wonderful way of adding fun movement into your day. Now it's time to do the opposite, if you haven't already - take down your decorations. Although maybe not as fun, you're still getting movement in. Soon it will be another holiday/season (Valentine's Day, Family Day (?), Easter) and you can turn back to this easy trick of to add movement into your day. Want more tips? Have questions about some of your aches and pains? Dr. McCann is a Newmarket chiropractor serving York Region who would love to help you feel better and function more optimally.
Today's tip of the day was special for the holiday season: go to a local tree farm to cut down your own Christmas tree. Although the season for this has passed, there are other activities that you can do with family and friends. This takes a bit more planning but adding social activities that are active help bring more movement into your life. Some other ideas may be to check out your local farms for events (apple picking, strawberry picking, corn maze, etc.), local museums for events, Town webpage for community events, or even your local snapd calendar. Whats great about getting out and about, is the focus is not on moving (or pain and discomfort), but having fun with friends and family.
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.