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Wellness

Life expectancy stops increasing in Canada due to opioid overdose deaths.

Statistics Canada has released data showing life expectancy stopped increasing for the first time in four decades. 4,108 overdose deaths were recorded in Canada in 2017. Nearly 1,100 of those involved people between the ages of 30 and 39. Many individuals are prescribed an opioid to combat physical ailments, such as low back pain. The risks [...]

Life expectancy stops increasing in Canada due to opioid overdose deaths.2019-11-20T15:36:20-04:00

Massage Therapy on Weekends

Great news: You can now book your massage sessions on the weekend! Introducing Trinity Chen, RMT, who sees patients on Saturdays and Sundays at Ultima Wellness Centre in Richmond Hill. Trinity is skilled in various techniques such as deep tissue massage, relaxation and trigger point therapy. Book your appointments before her schedule fills up. Call, [...]

Massage Therapy on Weekends2019-11-15T13:48:53-04:00

How to wake up earlier?

You have heard the saying - the early bird gets the worm. Many ‘successful’ individuals swear by waking up earlier. When you wake up early, as people are still sleeping, you can: a) accomplish more, b) face less interruptions, c) mentally prime yourself for success, and as a result of all of these things d) [...]

How to wake up earlier?2019-11-14T11:13:09-04:00

Older Adults and Hip Fractures

Hip fractures in older adults can be extremely serious, and often result in chronic illness, death, and increased health care costs. Experts estimate that some 18 to 33 percent of all older adults who have suffered hip fractures will die within a year, with even higher rates of death among people who have dementia or [...]

Older Adults and Hip Fractures2019-10-22T11:13:28-04:00

Proprioception.

Proprio - WHAT?   It simply means awareness of one’s own body position. It is generally mediated my muscle spindle fibers and golgi tendon organs. These essentially help the motor coordination of the body. The most common symptom of poor proprioception is poor balance.    Your proprioception abilities can be impaired when you injure a [...]

Proprioception.2019-10-07T23:15:24-04:00

Pain in the Neck

My arm hurts, what do you mean it’s coming from my neck? Sometimes we may feel that our arm or shoulder or elbow is in pain, or have bouts of numbness and tingling and we often think that the problem is with the shoulder or elbow. We try and massage it, take some painkillers and [...]

Pain in the Neck2019-10-01T14:35:27-04:00

Ergonomics

Ergonomics has been a hot word in the last few years. Broken down, ergonomics simply means the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. As you can see from the image, this is the ‘ideal’ set up when working with a monitor. Main takeaway is to take breaks. No matter how perfect your ergonomic [...]

Ergonomics2019-09-09T14:32:47-04:00

Bird Dog

Another great exercise to help strengthen your core muscles, as well as to decrease lower back pain. Try performing 8-10 repetitions, 2-3 times a day.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cQaCjZ8yi0

Bird Dog2019-08-31T11:44:50-04:00

Use it or Lose it

If you ever had the unfortunate experience of breaking a bone - you would know what usually comes after it. Oftentimes, you get a cast made out of plaster. The purpose of a cast is to rigidly protect and immobilize the injured area. It serves to hold the broken bone in proper alignment to prevent [...]

Use it or Lose it2019-08-20T09:46:05-04:00

I have back pain, shouldn’t I just lay in bed and rest?

If this question was asked about 70 years ago, then the answer would have been yes. Yes you have pain, yes you should stay in bed and “rest”. However, with the emergence of modern day medicine and evidence based science, researchers and practitioners found that bed rest is actually not very effective in helping you [...]

I have back pain, shouldn’t I just lay in bed and rest?2019-08-10T21:39:21-04:00