Get Out and Enjoy the Bounty of Summer

Enjoy and Active Summer in Windsor EssexLonger days, warm weather, fresh air, kids out of school… Are you taking advantage of summertime?

Summer is our chance to relax and enjoy after enduring the cold harsh winter. For most of us, summer is the time to enjoy outdoor activities like biking, hiking, camping, swimming, barbecues, etc. – not to mention the many festivals and events to be experienced.

In Windsor – Essex County, our seasons are fleeting and this seems to be especially true for summertime… so here are some ways to take advantage of the summertime.

Get out and be active

Why be cooped up in a stuffy gym, or in lounging in front of the TV or the iPad?

There are so many ways to exercise outdoors, from running to swimming to biking, golf, kayaking, paddle-boarding, etc.

It’s the perfect time to ‘change up’ from the same old routines, and our bodies definitely benefit from these kinds of changes.

Of course, when we are braving the elements we should definitely stay well hydrated, use sunblock and avoid full sun exposure. Injury prevention is also important; take note of uneven terrain and use caution with more ‘extreme’ environments. As with all exercise, a proper warm-up is essential.

Enjoy locally-produced fresh produce

When we buy produce from the grocery store, it is generally ‘old’ by the time it hits the shelves. Fresh and local food not only tastes better but it has a higher nutrient content because it is fresh. It is not only a good thing to support local farmers, but it is also healthier and environmentally friendly to enjoy food that is in-season.

Check out this local farmer’s guide by clicking here.

Unwind

Summer is a great time to enjoy the more important things in life like family. Summer activities are a perfect way to spend time with the ones that you love.

Watch a sunset, go for a walk, eat a Popsicle, play catch… sometimes the simplest activities can create lasting memories.

We believe that wellness and good health is about balance, so take the time to enjoy the bounties of summer.

The days are getting shorter and before we know it, fall and winter will be upon us before we know it… Make sure that you can look back and say, “I had a great summer!”

Why is the Room Spinning?

Vertigo can be debilitatingVertigo is the sensation of the environment moving around you is when there really is no movement. 

Vertigo is basically a type of dizziness, which is often accompanied by nausea, and loss of balance. It can be a serious and debilitating problem. There are basically two types of vertigo and they are known as central vertigo and peripheral vertigo.

Central vertigo is caused by a disturbance in the balance centres of the central nervous system and is often associated with some type of lesion in the brain. This is often a more serious type of vertigo and is often accompanied by serious balance problems and other neurological deficits. There are many disorders that can cause vertigo such as tumours, epilepsy, and migraines to name a few. This type of vertigo is usually longer lasting than peripheral vertigo and is usually treated with medication or surgery depending on the cause.

Peripheral vertigo a problem with the inner ear, which contains our balance organs. These organs are basically fluid-filled chambers which contain nerve endings that respond to our position in space. Our position causes movement of the fluid which then interacts with the nerve endings that relay information to our brain, which in turn processes it and then coordinates it so our body can maintain balance and position sense.  When there is a problem with this system it could result in ‘mixed signals’ or the wrong information getting to our brain thus giving us the sensation of dizziness. This could also be accompanied by nausea too.

Most of us have experienced this type of motion sickness after being on a boat or after spinning on a carnival ride. This would be a type of peripheral vertigo. This type of vertigo can also be caused by an infection in the middle ear. Another type of peripheral vertigo which is accompanied by ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and a sense of pressure or fullness in our ears is known as Meniere’s disease. There is no known origin of this condition and it is usually progressive and may lead to deafness.

The most common type of peripheral vertigo is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV. This occurs when small calcium deposits called otoliths break off and ‘float’ around in the fluid-filled chambers causing the nerve fibres to trigger which in turn causes vertigo. In this condition, the vertigo is usually made worse by certain head movements. BPPV can be diagnosed by a specific test whereby the head is turned to reproduce the symptoms.

This type of vertigo can often be successfully treated by the Epley Maneuver which puts the head through ranges of motion that eventually allow the ‘exit’ of the otoliths from the fluid chambers, thus alleviating the symptoms. This often works within 1 or 2 treatments. Sometimes, more persistent causes of vertigo will benefit with chiropractic adjustments and/or acupuncture.

If you develop vertigo or know someone that has it, many sufferers respond very well to these drug-free approaches. Please reach out to us if we can help: 519-258-8544

Get Up and Move

For many of us, we spend a good part of the work day confined behind a desk, an electronic device or a steering wheel. Too much of any one thing is never good – especially a lack of movement.

Problems related to prolonged sitting have reached epidemic proportions

When we sit, our joints aren’t moving, our digestion slows down and our blood isn’t flowing as it should – which even impairs brain functioning!

“I’ll take the stairs next time.”

Certainly great in theory, but along with prolonged sitting, we’re also time-crunched and busy people. So when you think, ‘tomorrow I’ll move more’ or ‘next time I’ll take the stairs’, remember:

“Either we control our own health, or allow someone else to manage our sickness.”

Make a plan of action and add more physical activity to your day

Here are some tips:

  • How to be more physically active at workSet the alarm on your cell phone to ring every hour. Stand-up, stretch, take a brisk one minute walk and drink some water.
  • Stand up and if possible walk around when having a phone conversation
  • Park at the back of the parking lot
  • Commit to taking the stairs at every opportunity
  • Wear a pedometer and set step goals for yourself
  • Enlist friends and co-workers to become more physically active at work
  • Hold, or ask your employer to have a ‘walking meeting’
  • Visit a co-worker as opposed to sending an email or text

If you’re able to reduce stress, you’ll feel more willing and able to move more throughout the day. Always remember what’s really important in your life – good health and healthy relationships.

All Natural Help for Cold & Flu Season

Natural Remedy for Cold and Flu Windsor Ontario Huron Church Chiropractic No one wants to be sick with the cold or flu. Many of us simply can’t afford to miss time away from work or school… not to mention enjoyable times!

We have homoeopathic supplements to help you and your family during flu and cold season.

There are 3 tinctures taken together; VAC-Tox, DRG Milieu and Fl Milieu.

These products can be taken by the whole family during cold and flu season to help prevent or lessen the symptoms related to a cold and flu in a natural way.

Please refer to Dr. Colasanti for direction on how, when and the dosage to take. Give us a call for your appointment or for more information: 519-258-8544

Back to School Tips

Happy Healthy Back to school TipsWe all want our children to be happy and succeed in school. A successful school year begins with a success start to the school year.

Here are our ideas to help you prepare yourself, your children and your house for a great school year.

Reset internal sleep clocks

Returning to a normal sleep schedule can be the most challenging part of children going back to school.

Get your kids into bed 15 minutes earlier than their summer normal, and awake 15 minutes early each day until they are back on their school sleep routine well in advance of the first day.

Get organized

Reduce stress on the entire house by getting organized. Create a family calendar and a calendar for each child. It’s the perfect place to document all after school activities, field trips, doctor appointments and assignment deadlines.

Involve the children in updating their calendars and checking in daily to see upcoming priorities.

Shop, but don’t over shop

Most children will require some clothes and supplies for back to school, but this is a good opportunity to demonstrate to your kids that a happy life doesn’t revolve around owning “things” – just buy them the necessities and the basics.

A good life is focused on what’s important; family, experience, personal growth and expression.

Plan meals ahead of time

  • Take the time to prepare a week’s menu in advance to help:
  • Remove much of the stress related to meal planning
  • Avoid time consuming extra trips to the grocery store
  • Eliminate expensive and unhealthy fast food meals

Involve your children in choosing school lunches and meal planning to help them understand the importance of making healthy decisions.

Appointments

Use the last few weeks of summer to take care of your child’s health. Taking care of doctor visits now (including your chiropractor!) will ease the stress of a new school year.

Getting into a well organized back to school routine will help establish lasting good habits. Reducing stress within the family dynamic will help everyone focus on what’s important; another successful school year.

From our families to yours, we wish you all the best!