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By WIN Contributor: Dr. Nicholas Slowinski, Chiropractor
Chiropractors diagnose and treat conditions dealing with the many joints of the arms and legs. We commonly see various conditions of the shoulder, hip, knee, wrist…if it’s a joint in the body, we know how to help!
When you “roll your ankle,” it’s also known as a lateral ankle sprain. These are common among physically active people. These injuries are often treated with a combination of several therapies such as ice packs in the initial phases. If the injury is bad enough you might seek professional help from your doctor, physiotherapist, or chiropractor.
Although no two joints or joint conditions are necessarily managed in the same way, ankles can often be treated with a joint manipulation, similar to what people commonly know to occur during a typical chiropractic visit for neck or back pain. One joint which responds remarkably well to treatment of this type are the ankles!
A lateral ankle sprain often results in a laxity in the structures supporting the joint. This means that the joint itself becomes “mechanically unstable” compared to before the injury.
A common finding in a previously sprained ankle often detected by chiropractors includes decreased mobility of the ankle. This leads to a loss in the ability to perform the necessary movements of the foot on the ankle when we walk, run, jump. Even several weeks post injury; the sprained ankle often demonstrates a loss of range of motion.
An effective treatment that provides both rehabilitative and preventive properties would be beneficial to the management of lateral ankle sprain. One promising intervention is manual manipulation of the ankle!
Recent research suggests that manual manipulation of the ankle joint was beneficial in the treatment of acute/chronic lateral ankle sprains and can effectively treat functional instability. Patients who have this sort of treatment see an improved ankle range of motion.
Many patients visit with me at WIN Health Solutions for ankle injuries and other concerns related to their ankles. If you are experiencing ankle pain and/or stiffness, and if this is affecting your ability to move or be active, I would be happy to discuss treatment options that are a good fit for you.
Our WIN Niagara Naturopath Dr. Laura Imola and her good friend, Felice Valvano of Valvano Salon in St. Catharines, had a chat one day. In their own fields of work, they both noticed that more and more people were talking to them about hair loss.
Hair loss is something that people may not openly discuss but they often seek advice from their Hairstylist. Similarly, the conversation arises during a visit to their Naturopathic Doctor as a Naturopath takes time to reviews the keynotes of a person's health and the topic of hair almost always comes up.
Dr. Laura and Felice, being passionate about their work, decided to do something to help get the conversation going about hair loss and share information, solutions and support for those concerned about their hair health.
This is a webinar to watch if you are someone who is concerned about the changes you have noticed in your hair.
Once you've watched, share your comments or questions on YouTube, our Facebook page or send us an email. We would love to hear from you and your post will help countless other people who come to our sites for ideas, inspiration and support.
And as always, if you would like to have individualized, professional health care that is focused on your specific hair health concerns, contact us to arrange a visit with Dr. Laura and she will be happy to assist you.
Our WIN Personal Trainer, Scott Paul, works step by step, day by day and week by week to get people to reach their fitness goals. And with Scott, the sky is the limit. Especially when you can jump that high! And he can get you there!!
Check out a recent session where Scott captured super high box jumps with one of his long time clients. With consistency, effort, patience and devotion to your fitness goals, your body will be stronger, faster and healthier.
By WIN Contributor: Karen Evers, BKin, Reg. Kin, OTA, PTA
Move Better, Feel Better at WIN Health Solutions
As the WIN Health Solutions Kinesiologist, one of my major roles is prescribing exercises for rehabilitation of injuries or conditions. The specific exercises I provide to clients complement the manual techniques and modalities used in physiotherapy treatments.
These exercises prescribed are therapeutic exercises designed specifically for each individual client. The goals of a therapeutic exercise program is to correct impairment, improve musculoskeletal function or to maintain or improve a clients well – being. The exercises may be highly selective for specific muscles or general activities to improve physical condition.
Therapeutic exercise can be designed too:
· Enable or improve ambulation
· Release contracted muscles, tendons and fascia
· Mobilize joints
· Pain relief
· Improve circulation
· Improve respiratory capacity
· Improve coordination
· Improve balance
· Promote relaxation
· Improve muscle strength
· Improve performance and endurance
The majority of our physiotherapy patients at WIN health Solutions are given a home exercise program (HEP), it is my belief that the program is a huge component to successful visits and the reason better outcomes are achieved.
Our goal is for every patient to be as independent as possible. With the HEP the client is responsible for carrying out the program at home, as exercises should be completed almost every day this allows them to be actively apart of their rehabilitation journey.
At WIN we utilize an exercise program called Physiotec to customize each individual program, which provides detailed instructions and pictures of the exercises we have chosen for you and as an added bonus of convenience we can email right to you!
As a physical activity enthusiast I love that I get to prescribe exercises everyday and enjoy seeing our clients improve and progress throughout their treatments.
As an added service at WIN Health Solutions I am offering one on one Kinesiology visits that involve tailored exercises to help you reach your physical health goals whether it be to overcome an injury or illness, prevent an injury or to be put on a maintenance program to progress your exercises.
If you want to exercise and wonder what exercise would be best for you, or would help you get strong and avoid injury, it would be my pleasure to work with you and develop a plan. Give the clinic a call at 905-354-0267 for more information.
Get your day started with an Ommmm Moment!
Hatha - All Level Class
Beginning Tuesday February 7th
Every Tuesday - Early Morning Class - 6:00am - 7:00am
Dr. Laura is so excited to be invited back to teaching Yoga in Niagara Falls and to be a part of this wonderful new yoga facility that is Zen House. She is also very happy to be offering an early morning yoga class. Although an early morning class may seem daunting to some, through her years of teaching a 6am yoga class at The Club at White Oaks, she found so many people felt invigorated, alert, energized and ready for their day.
Start your day with a good stretch, a calm mind, a stronger body and spring in your step.
- Drop In - $15
- 5 Class Pass - $55
- 10 Class Pass - $100
- 20 Class Pass - $180
Email Dr. Laura at email@example.com for more information or to attend class.
By WIN Contributor: Shauna Pierrynowski, PTA, RNCP
As Dr. Nick wrote in his last blog post that most people give up on their healthy new year resolutions within the first fifteen days of making them… Being that it’s January 17th…I’m here to check in to see how your doing with sticking to your goals. Are you making them Stick or have they taken a Slide?
If you are starting to feel that Sticking to your big health goals is starting to Slide… I propose this…
How about setting tiny monthly goals so you can achieve them?
As I sit here to write this blog post for WIN Health Solutions I myself find that I also get stuck thinking about healthy changes. My mind wonders on the endless possibility of what I can change positively in my personal and professional life.
Should it be a goal about health (physical, mental, the whole package)? What about finances? Maybe I should give back to the community? Or maybe just take care of my wellbeing?
Whatever the resolution or goals are, here are some helpful tips on how to keep it small, keep it smart and actually achieve these goals.
SMART Goal Setting 101
S – SPECIFIC these goals address the what, why and how.
M – MEASURABLE this is the part where your goal is concrete and observable.
A – ATTAINABLE this is made up of small goals or changes that are under your control – example you want to lose 20lbs let’s start with eating less CRAP (Carbs, Refined sugar, Artificial, Processed foods) and eat more FOOD (fruits/veggies, organic lean protein, omega 3s, drink water)
R – REWARDING don’t go and set a goal that will make you angry, try small steps like instead of eating chips every night while watching t.v switch it to 5 nights of popcorn rather than the chips and keep going from there replacing the last item with something healthier.
T – TIME BOUND putting an end date or point on a goal will give you’re a clear and concrete target to achieve.
I hope you find these simple goal setting ideas helpful in whatever it is that you choose to change in your life. If you need more guidance, a specific plan and individualized support, visit with one of our team members at WIN Health Solutions Niagara and they can help you Stick to your health goals so that this year brings you more health and happiness!