September Long Weekend Hours:
The office will be open for the following hours:
Friday Sept 3rd 2010 – The Office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Office closing early)
- Chiropractic Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- RMT Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Isidora Romantini)
Saturday Sept 4th 2010 – REGULAR HOURS
- Chiropractic Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- RMT Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Helen Li)
Monday Sept 6th 2010 – CLOSED for the holiday
ProAdjuster Weekend – Clinic CLOSED!
The office will be CLOSED at 1:00 p.m. Friday September 17, 2010 and RE-OPEN Monday September 20, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. for regular business hours (the office will be CLOSED Saturday September 18, 2010). The staff will be at ProAdjuster headquarters for regional training.
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Stress – The Good, The Bad, and The Truth
The beginning of fall brings with it apple picking, leaves changing colour and kids returning to school. Back to school is a time filled with a range of emotions for both children and parents. Children may be thrilled about the return of classes or they may feel quite the opposite. Parents may welcome their old routine, but others may feel the loneliness of an empty home.
Regardless of the emotions people feel, back to school is a time of transition. These times, whether you are happy about them or not, tend to cause stress. Although the word stress has a negative reputation, stress itself is neither positive nor negative. It is simply the mental, emotional and physical changes that occur in the body in response to a taxing event. We need a certain amount of stress to function and survive in this world. Stress can be a good thing!
Imagine your child is playing in a semi-final baseball game. It’s the last inning and the game is tied. Your child comes up to bat and the pitch is thrown. They knock it out of the park and win the game for the team! Your heart is pounding and you feel the thrill of excitement as you jump up from your seat cheering – you are experiencing eustress. Eustress is a positive form of stress that is healthy and gives you a feeling of joy and keeps us vital and excited about life.
Although a certain amount of stress is healthy, that can easily change when it becomes a frequent and regular part of our lives. Excessive stress places very high demands on the body. Eventually the body cannot deal with the constant pressure and we begin to experience the tell-tale signs of stress. Headaches, insomnia, digestive upset, neck and back ache are just some of the issues people have to deal with when they are under chronic stress.
Tips for Dealing with Stress
- Know your symptoms and triggers of stress – this will help you to be proactive.
- Look at your lifestyle – both at home and at work
- See what needs to be changed and create a plan for changing it.
- Prioritize your life! Do your best not to sweat the small stuff.
- Find an enjoyable outlet for your stress – pick up a hobby, play sports or join a class.
- Talk about your feelings with others.
- Situations can be made worse by bottling up your emotions. Sometimes all you need is someone to talk to!
- Adequate sleep
- This allows your body and mind to recover from the day and getting the right amount of sleep (6 to 8 hours) allows this to happen.
- Relaxation techniques
- Yoga, meditation, deep breathing and massage are just some of the techniques available to you.
- Eat properly!
- We all underestimate the toll “junk/fast food” has on our body. A healthy diet keeps our bodies running at optimum levels.
- B-complex vitamins
- Our body’s need for B vitamins during times of stress is much higher than normal. Vitamins are a natural way to fight life’s stresses and strains.
- Take the time to laugh everyday!
Backpack Safety Tips:
*Excerpt from the September 2009 newsletter
The American Chiropractic Association offers the following tips to help prevent needless pain that backpack misuse could cause students living in your household this school year.
- Make sure that your child’s backpack weighs no more than 10 percent of their body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back, rather than on the shoulder by the straps.
- The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
- A pack with individualized compartments helps in positioning the contents most effectively. Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back.
- Bigger is not always necessarily better. The more room there is in a backpack, the more your child will carry –resulting in a heavier backpack.
- Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms as well as low back pain.
- Wide, padded straps are important. Non-padded straps are not only uncomfortable, but they can dig into your child’s shoulders.
- The shoulder straps should be adjustable so that the pack can be fitted to your child’s body. Straps that are too loose can cause the pack to dangle uncomfortably resulting in spinal misalignment and pain.
- If the backpack is still too heavy, talk to your child’s teacher. Ask if your child could leave the heaviest books at school and bring home the lighter handout, worksheets and material whenever possible.
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