Happy New Year!
A time for resolutions! Here's a common one, get ACTIVE. Commit to an exercise program and you'll be happy you did! Find an exercise partner to encourage you when you do not want to hit the gym, yoga mat or slopes. Add it to your schedule  & prioritize it. Get a gym membership and sign up with a personal trainer or enroll in fitness classes. It will not only help you shed the holiday baking but also improve your overall health, physical AND mental. I want you to feel AMAZING in 2012.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/01/11/heart-attack-physical-activity.html

Be PROACTIVE about your health. Another large study supporting a healthy active lifestyle. If you have any questions about starting an exercise program, about injury prevention or on achieving optimal health, make an appointment and come in to see Dr. Vermander!

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_ During a time in medicine where the standard of care is most often a prescription, this is one prescription that I can get behind. EXERCISE. Yes, simple and effective, heavily researched and easy to do.

The human body is very dynamic; it is designed to move for optimal health. Our sedentary lifestyles are negatively affecting every organ, tissue and cell in our bodies. As natural health-care providers, chiropractors adjust the body to improve balance, alignment and motion for improved overall health and well-being. Exercise also helps to improve overall health and significantly lowers the risk for many diseases. Combining these two treatments is a very powerful way to improve your health.

These two links and the video above are reminders for people of all ages to GET ACTIVE at home and at work. Find an exercise partner and enjoy your new found health!

Sweden's Seniors are "stayin' alive" with exercise

CBC "Improve your Health at Work"

 
Hey Kids & Teens & Parents!!!

Physical activity is essential for a healthy mind and body.  Sports are awesome, but getting hurt can take the fun out of the game.

Here are 6 ways to AVOID sports injuries:

1. Get a check-up with your chiropractor to make sure your body is ready for action!
2. Wear protective gear, such as helmets, protective pads, etc.
3. Warm up and cool down. This includes sport-specific, light, aerobic activity and stretching before and after sports.  This is key to performance and to avoiding injury.
4. Know the rules of the game. They are there for a reason!
5. Watch out for others. Be aware of those around you.
6. Don't play when you are injured. This may make your injury worse.

For TREATMENT, use the RICE principles:
Rest  - whatever body part is hurt

Ice – use it where it hurts

Compression – wrap the body part with a bandage (or Immobilize if a fracture is suspected)

Elevate - the injured part

NUTRITION: Eat a well-balanced meal, including a daily Multivitamin. Avoid junk food and soft drinks because they are low on nutrients and they may weaken your bones. Supplements like Glucosamine Sulfate and Calcium/Magnesium can BOOST your bone and joint health so your body is strong and ready for the playground, rink, field or mountains. Ask the Naturopaths at back to wellness centre for more information or visit Klinik, a health collective to speak with a Holistic Nutrionist. Chiropractic care is available a both locations.

CHIROPRACTIC: A chiropractor is a doctor who specializes in nerve, muscle and joint problems. A chiropractor uses their hands to move the joints in the spine, this is called an ‘adjustment’. The adjustment stimulates the nervous system and the healing process. It also reduces joint irritation, muscle tension and pain. Most chiropractors will also do some muscle treatment and even teach you exercises to help you avoid becoming injured and missing your favorite activities. Just like brushing your teeth protects you from cavities, visiting your chiropractor on a regular basis is excellent for keeping you and your spine healthy and feeling great!

Remember, if you do get injured, tell your coach or a parent.  Also, go to your chiropractor or doctor to get a professional opinion on what is injured and to determine the best type of care for a speedy recovery. This will get you back to optimal health and your sport QUICKLY.

www.backtowellness.ca Burnaby, BC

www.KlinikVancouver.com Vancouver, BC 

Adapted from: http://kidshealth.org/