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When Should I See A Chiropractor?

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Sometimes, the answer is obvious. It’s easy to know that you need help when you have pain that is a 10/10. If you can’t put on your own socks without help or can’t stand up without discomfort, it’s probably time to book an appointment.

During acute episodes, it’s not usually a case of should I book an appointment but how soon can I get in?! Other times, it can be harder to judge. It’s pretty tough to ignore sharp, shooting pain that doesn’t go away – but stiff, achy pain can get pushed to the side.For people recovering from injury or dealing with more chronic complaints, the warning signs can be more subtle in nature and can be missed because their pain is not “as bad.”

If you suffered an acute injury in the past, you may wonder if the pain you’re having now is just a one-time thing or the return of something worse. So how do you know if you should get checked out? If you suffer a new injury, the sooner you get in, the better.

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For pain that is not associated with a trauma or injury, you’ll typically want to get it checked if it lasts more than two days. It helps to consider function. If you find that aches and pains are keeping you from sleeping well, or from sitting or walking, or participating in activities you enjoy, it is a good idea to have it looked at. For athletes, they may come in with the goal of enhancing their performance, rather than for a specific complaint.

The bottom line: Do not wait if your pain is getting worse, not better. If you are experiencing numbness or tingling or pain that travels into your legs or arms, don’t ignore it.

Other symptoms such as chest pain or dizziness need to be evaluated immediately.

Why Treat Your Car Better Than Your Body?

When your check engine light comes on, you don’t just ignore it – it’s pretty widely accepted that waiting until your car quits on the highway is not recommended.

Our bodies aren’t any different. Actually, we should take even better care of our bodies because it’s much harder to find a replacement.

It is much easier to get a quick tune-up every now and then when things aren’t functioning properly (it’s also a lot cheaper!) Don’t wait until your “engine” needs an overhaul.

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It’s a myth that once you see a chiropractor, you have to keep going. And not everyone wants maintenance care when things are going well. But there is also middle ground between crisis care and wellness type adjustments. Minor problems can lead to big changes and it’s much more comfortable and quicker to catch small changes before they progress. Regardless of the type of program you choose, one of the benefits of manual therapy is that you become aware of your own body – many people start to know when things aren’t right or when they are due for a treatment. You may feel like something is “off,” tight or unbalanced. Achy pain that isn’t going away, limited movement or “twinges” of pain that keep happening are your warning signs that something isn’t right.

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Winter Might Not Be Your Favourite Season But That Doesn’t Mean You Have To Hibernate…..

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Staying Active During Winter.

If you’re like me, you don’t get excited about seeing -20 degrees in the forecast. Or even worse, -30. Welcome to another Canadian winter!

It’s easy to give into the “winter blahs” but winter is far too long to let all of our good habits go to waste. Like many of you, I struggle to stay active during the winter months and keep my energy levels up. But I feel much better (happier, more energetic, stronger, less stressed) when I’m active. It may not always happen naturally when the weather is less than inviting but it’s still possible to make it through the winter months and stay in great shape.

This winter, think about trying something new. If you’re a runner who dislikes running outside in these conditions, you may want to take your workout indoors. Try switching from the streets to the treadmill, adding a few extra layers, or taking a new class at the gym. It’s worth the effort!

Here are some tips and activities for staying active during the winter months:

  • Keep a routine – this is often half the battle;
  • Take the stairs;
  • Try a fun winter activity: skiing, snowshoeing, skating, snowboarding, and sledding are all great winter activities to try on a snowy day;
  • Bundle up – dress for the season. Being outdoors is much more enjoyable when you’re dressed properly! Windproof and sweat-wicking fabrics are key. Dress in layers and don’t forget your mittens.
  • Stay hydrated – it’s just as important in the winter as the summer, even though you might not feel thirsty.

Don’t hibernate this winter. Get out there and enjoy it!

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