Healthy Summer Bucket List

Windsor Essex Summer Bucket ListMany families have prepared a “Summer Bucket List” to help keep their children active and entertained this summer.

We’d like to suggest adding some “healthy” activities to your list! Best of all, these healthy options are low cost and great for the entire family.

  • Visit a farmer’s market and see if your family can make a full day’s healthy menu from only local products
  • Create a goal of how far to walk along Windsor’s Riverfront
  • Challenge your family to bike a lengthy portion of the Greenway
  • Walk all the way from the Visitor’s Centre at Point Pelee to the very tip of the Point
  • Be “junk food free” for an entire weekend
  • Disconnect everyone from wifi and cellular data for a day and spend the time working on a family project or playing board games

A bucket list can create lasting family memories, and adding healthy challenges may just become healthy habits.

Let us know your healthy bucket list items! Good luck and enjoy!

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!”

Jaw Pain and Muscle Tension?

help for neck jaw upper back pain Windsor Ontario ChiropractorAn injury or problem in one area of your body can impact other areas.

For example, if you sprain your ankle and are limping, other parts of your body, like your knees and your hips may be affected because they have to compensate for the abnormal biomechanics of your gait.

When it comes to examples like that, it takes no stretch of the imagination to see that relationship. However, abnormal biomechanical changes in the body usually have much more far-reaching impacts.  An often-overlooked area of the body is the temporomandibular joint or simply, the TMJ. This is essentially our ‘jaw joint’ which is a hinge-like structure that connects or lower and upper jaws, and hence allows us to chew and swallow our food and talk, among other things.

The importance of this little joint can often be overlooked.

There is an integral relationship between our TMJ and our neck and upper back muscles. Basically, when we use our jaw, our jaw and neck muscle fire simultaneously, and vice versa. Poor posture like ‘head forward posture’ or slouching will impact our TMJ biomechanics. TMJ problems will impact our neck biomechanics. Now here comes the stretch; let’s go back to the sprained ankle. You start limping. Eventually your opposite knee and hip start to hurt because of it. You are now ‘shifting’ your biomechanics in a way that will have an impact on your upper back and neck, and yes even your jaw. Further to that, neck and TMJ problems may be related to other issues like headaches, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), sinus problems and even snoring.

Healthcare professionals including dentists often overlook the importance and the integral role that the TMJ has on the body. The best approach is to address the whole body and this should involve an integrated approach among your health professionals. Here at Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre, we can address issues with the neck and back, or may directly treat the TMJ with acupuncture or LASER therapy.  Often patients are referred back to their dentist to deal with specific issues involving the TMJ, and there are more and more dentists out there that acknowledge the global impact that the TMJ has on our health.

If we can help you, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544

How Many Chiropractic Adjustments Do I Need?

Benefits of Chiropractic CareA question often asked by patients is, ‘How often do I need to come in for an adjustment?

The default answer to this is usually, ‘It depends.’

Why?

Well, everyone is different so it really depends on a number of factors: first of all, the reason a person is seeking chiropractic care in the first place. Other factors include the patient’s overall health and their history of illness and injury.

There is a wide spectrum between the smoothie-toting elite athlete and the Big Mac-toting beer belly couch-potato. Nonetheless, most people come in with some sort of complaint such as, ‘I hurt my back’ or, ‘I have a headache’.

After assessing all areas related to the patient’s health, a chiropractic treatment plan is formulated. This again ‘depends’ on the initial complaint, but generally speaking, most problems require a number of treatments over the course of days to weeks.

At the onset of care, the treatment frequency is usually higher, such as every other day or in some acute cases, every day for several days. Treatment progress is monitored on every visit. As the patient begins to improve, the frequency of treatment can be reduced until they reach a point where they feel 100% or they have reached their maximum recovery.

From here, the transition of care may be to a level where we can help ‘maintain’ proper structure and hopefully prevent future injuries.

Very often the patients that come in to get treated for their aches and pains realize the other benefits of chiropractic care and will elect to continue treatment on a regular basis.

Some people come in for care without a complaint per se, but they see the value of chiropractic care as part of their health regime in maintaining good health.

It is important to remember that most problems don’t begin with the onset of pain. Pain is the body’s way of telling us that enough is enough. With the exception of acute injuries, pain is the last thing to show up and the first to leave so it is not the best indicator of functional problems. The key, of course, is to prevent pain and potentially more damage to the body.

Maintenance care may range from once every couple of weeks to once every few months, again, depending on the individual. Of course, lifestyle changes like adequate diet and exercise and proper posture are part of the picture in maintaining or supporting good health.

So to answer the question: ‘How many chiropractic adjustments do I need?’ – Well, it depends.

Healthy Goals

Health Goals Advice Huron Church ChiropractorWe are now well into the New Year. How are you doing with the health goals you made for yourself?

It’s been a tough two months weather-wise in Windsor Essex. The extreme cold and abundance of snow have kept many of us indoors and perhaps more inactive.

It’s a great time to review your overall health goals. Here are some considerations:

  • What has been working for you so far this year?
  • What has been your biggest challenge?

Moving forward, now is the perfect time to recommit to becoming more healthy. Here are some tips:

  • Re-evaluate your goals and be realistic, even small changes can result in big rewards.
  • What is one simple change you can make? Focus on a new healthy goal every week and in no time it will be a habit.
  • Breaking down your goals into smaller, attainable chunks is easier than looking at the big picture.
  • Focus on your accomplishments and if you have a bad day, don’t let it become a bad week or month.
  • Changing up your healthy routines regularly will help you stay motivated.
  • Do something good for yourself, try acupuncture, see your chiropractor or have a massage.

We can help you attain your goals – start today! Please call us for an appointment and discover how we can help you be your best in 2014. 519-258-8544.