Happy Valentine’s Day – February Newsletter

Office News and Updates:

Chiropractic Hours for February 9-20

winter hoursPlease note that Dr. Ting will be on vacation from Saturday February 9th to Wednesday February 20thShe will resume her regular hours on Thursday February 21st.  We are happy to welcome ProAdjuster chiropractor, Dr. Martin Gurvey, for the following hours during her vacation:

Monday February 11:  2-7 pm

Wednesday February 13:  2-7 pm

Friday February 15:  8am-2pm

Wednesday February 20:  8-11am & 3-7pm

Dr. Martin Gurvey

Martin_GurveyDr. Martin Gurvey graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1982 and owned and operated Cathedral Chiropractic Centre in Winnipeg for 29 years.  In addition to clinical practice, he served as Registrar for the Manitoba Chiropractors Association for 8 years and has been on the Board of the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation for 25 years.

Dr. Gurvey and his wife, Brenda moved to Toronto a year and a half ago to be closer to their 3 grown children who are getting established in the GTA.  In addition to his practice in North York, he teaches Clinical Education at CMCC and helps others achieve optimum health and wellness as a health coach and nutrition consultant for Isagenix.

Dr. Gurvey has been utilizing Proadjuster computer-assisted chiropractic in his practice for almost four years and is the Toronto-area trainer for Sigma Instruments and SpineAlign.  He is looking forward to providing quality care to Stouffville-area residents while Dr. Ting takes a well-deserved vacation.

Just a Reminder – Holiday Gift Certificates are good until February 28, 2013

gift certificate imagePlease don’t forget to remind your family and friends to take advantage of their certificate, and book for their free initial visit with Dr. Ting before Thursday February 28th  to avoid disappointment.

Focus on Health:

Core Strength and Back Pain

Source: Ontario Chiropractic Association

core abdominalscore back

What is the Core?

The “core” consists of a group of muscles including ab­dominal, hip and back muscles that stabilize the spine, pelvis and shoulder. The core provides a solid foundation for movement in the extremities. Core conditioning exercise programs need to target all these muscle groups to be ef­fective. The muscles of the core make it possible to stand upright and move on two feet. These muscles help control movements, transfer energy, shift body weight and move in any direction. A strong core distributes the stresses of weight-bearing and protects the back.

Core Strength and Back Pain

Weak and unbal­anced core muscles are linked to low back pain. Weak core muscles result in a loss of the appropriate lumbar curve and a swayback posture. Stronger, balanced core muscles help maintain appropriate posture and reduce strain on the spine. Training the muscles of the core also corrects postural imbalances that can lead to injuries. The biggest benefit of core training is to develop functional fitness – fitness that is essential to both daily living and regular activities.

Stronger Core, Stronger Muscles

Written by: Dayle Tengnagel, RMT

core plank

“The Core” is a term many will hear used around at gyms, physio offices, chiropractic and massage offices. This is a term that relates to the bodily region bounded by the abdominals, the pelvis, the lower back and the diaphragm and its ability to stabilize the body during movement. Some of the benefits of having a strong core are: better posture, stability & balance, increased strength for everyday activities and sports. One of the most important benefits of core strength is a strong back. Without core stability the lower back is not supported from inside and can be injured by strain caused by exercise. It is also believed that insufficient core stability can result in lower back pain, poor posture and lethargy.

The core is stimulated at all times when the body is in motion. When a person wishes to move from one spot to the next, subconsciously, the core region will tense fist to support the movement, followed by the legs or arms, depending on the movement required. If the core is weak these movements may not be as controlled or smooth. If you are weight bearing the amount of weight may be too much for you to lift with a weakened core.

Many believe that back pain stems primarily from work related stress or repetitive strain injuries. This is true, but there are also many other factors that can cause back pain. When one tries to find the root of the pain it will often lie in weakened muscles of the abdomen and hip flexors. The muscles that contribute to the core strength are the abdominal muscles groups (transverse abdominis, internal obliques, external obliques, rectus abdominis), hip abductors/ adductors, hip flexors, and lumbar spine.

To have a stronger core there are many different exercises one can do in the privacy of their home that can focus on the specific muscle groups listed above. Exercises such as the plank, stomach crunches, squats, and high knees will help strengthen the core. Other activities that help increase core strength are Pilates/yoga classes, an exercise ball and the BOSU ball aka “blue half-ball” which focuses on stability.

So if you are experiencing back pain or discomfort give some of these exercises a try and see if strengthening your core can help diminish your back discomfort. Remember though, if it is painful to do an exercise, stop the exercise, take a break and feel free to contact any of the providers at Advanced Chiropractic for possible alternative exercises.

Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Recipe from: allrecipes.com

chocolate-dipped-strawberries8Ingredients

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries with stem
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped,or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • White chocolate

Directions

  1. Use room temperature, washed and thoroughly dried strawberries.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, or in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, cook chocolate until almost melted. Stir occasionally until chocolate is smooth – Do not over cook, and make sure no water gets in the chocolate.
  3. Holding berries by the stem, dip each one in melted chocolate, about three-quarters of the way to the stem (you can use a spoon to cover).
  4. Place stem side down on wire rack, or place on wax paper lined trays;
  5. You can drizzle with some melted white chocolate for an elegant touch;
  6. Chill in refrigerator until hardened.

Did You Know?

Chocolate eatingChocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), a natural substance that is reputed to stimulate the same reaction in the body as falling in love.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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