sleep

Sleep – it’s important for your health!

Sleep is an essential function that allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. It also helps the body remain healthy and stave off diseases. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly. This can impair your ability to concentrate, think clearly, and process memories. Most of us need…

wallet

My wallet – a pain in the backside!

Your wallet is one of your most taken-for-granted accessories and it has always lived in your back pocket. When it comes to it, size matters. Carrying a big, fat wad of cash in your pocket can mean major trouble for your back. So what happens exactly? So what happens when you sit on your wallet?…

acl

ACL – what the heck?

ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament and is one of the most common knee injuries and certainly one of the most well known. The ACL is a major ligament in the knee and connects the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia) via the knee joint and provides stability for the knee.  Lots of people think this type of…

whiplash

Whiplash backlash!

  Whiplash is a common injury  and is incredibly painful. It affects your neck, and since we use this part of our body all of the time, it’s difficult to rest, recuperate, and regain your strength.  In most cases, it will pass on its own with time and rest, other people want help in speeding…

superfoods

What makes superfoods super?

As more and more research is done on foods and the nutrients that they contain, certain foods are emerging as extraordinary sources of nutrients. These foods– some traditional, others exotic– are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and specialized nutrients with exciting health benefits. It’s becoming popular to call these – superfoods. They can potentially help…

costochondritis

Costochondritis – a thorn in your side!

So what is costochondritis exactly? Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage in the rib cage.  This condition usually affects the cartilage where the upper ribs attach to the breastbone (sternum). This area is known as the costochondral joint or junction. Cartilage is found throughout the body and is a flexible but tough connective tissue…

exercises

Exercises for flexibility

Yesterday we talked about shoulder pain, but what if your shoulders are just stiff and you need to stretch them out?  Shoulder tightness is very common, affecting approximately 18 to 26% of adults.  However you can take steps to relieve the tightness in your shoulders by doing a few simple exercises. These  five lengthening and…

shoulder

Shoulder the problem!

For most people, the shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body. Surrounded by nerves, bursa, tendons, and other tissues that can experience or cause irritation, it’s not surprising that shoulder pain affects millions of people around the world each year. Depending on the cause and specifics of your own shoulder condition, there’s a…

mood

Mood boosting foods!

Not only does a healthy diet help control your waistline, but smarter food choices may also help ward off symptoms of depression.   Since there is no single food or nutrient that can boost your mood, the best nutritional plan to prevent depression is likely to be a varied diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole…

sad

Why so SAD?

It’s common to be affected by changing seasons and weather, or to have times of  the year when you feel more or less comfortable.  You might find that your mood or energy levels drop when it gets colder or warmer, or notice changes in your sleeping or eating patterns.   If your feelings are interfering with…