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

Good Health – It’s Up to You

Health advice Windsor Ontario Dr Scott ColasantiBegin your journey to better health… today!

Eat well, sleep well, exercise, reduce stress and see your doctor.

We offer many therapies to help start you on your journey. Chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, cold LASER therapy and nutrition advice – just to name a few.

We’d love to be a part of your healthy life. Please call us today to learn how we can help. 519-258-8544

 

There is no Magic Pill for Good Health

How to be healthy Windsor Ontario Dr Scott ColasantiGood health does not come in a bottle of pills.

Treat your health problems at their core, whatever they might be, and don’t mask the symptoms with drugs or neglect your problems.

Good health comes from:

  • Eating well
  • Exercise
  • Regular sleep
  • Avoiding stress
  • Seeing your doctors proactively to maintain good health, rather than reactively to manage illness

If you’re ready to start your healthy journey, please call us, we’d be happy to help – 519-258-8544

Complementary Therapies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Natural Therapy options CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Scott ColasantiChronic Fatigue Syndrome is a complex and difficult to diagnose medical condition. Often the diagnosis is a result of ruling out many other possible conditions.

If you have been diagnosed CFS and want to explore options to supplement your conventional treatment routine, consider the following:

It’s important to involve your medical doctor and all practitioners to develop a successful treatment program. Before starting any alternate or complementary therapies, be certain to consult with your doctor.

  • Chiropractic – Spinal adjustments help increase range of motion, reduces nerve irritation, and improves spinal health.
  • Osteopathy – Osteopathic treatments help improve circulation, improve mobility and restore health.
  • Physical Therapy – Along with the application of heat, cold, ultrasound and the use of electrical stimulation, the Physical Therapist can also recommend therapeutic exercises to help with the symptoms of CFS.
  • Acupuncture – Acupuncture can help relieve pain and the ‘cupping’ technique can help with muscle tension.

There is, unfortunately, no cure for CFS, and often the most successful treatment is one of coping and symptom alleviation. If you’d like to explore alternative and complementary treatment options, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 519-258-8544