5 Reasons to go for a Massage

5 reasons to go for a massage

If you're looking for a reason to go for a massage, look no further! 

Massage therapy has incredible health benefits, including promoting relaxation of the body and the mind. If you work a stressful job, experience chronic pain or headaches, or just need to relax, massage therapy might just be the answer for you! 

Massage can help to relieve stress by lowering your heart rate and decreasing your blood pressure. If your daily responsibilities are causing you a great deal of stress, try a massage to help you relax! 

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 40 million adults struggle with anxiety disorders. If you're one of them, 60 minutes of massage therapy might help to reduce the anxiety you're feeling, leading to a better quality of life! 

Tension headaches are the most common form of headaches in adults. They are caused by stress and emotional conflicts and they cause your neck muscles, face muscles, scalp and jaw to tighten, causing tension leading to headaches. 

As mentioned above, leading a stressful life can cause high blood pressure. Visiting a massage therapist regularly can help to lower your blood pressure, increasing your overall health and well-being. 

Last but not least, the most convincing reason to visit a massage therapist is to relax. Taking an hour for yourself on a regular basis can help you to deal with life's stressors more effectively and can lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle. Don't be afraid to take the time for self-care! 

The best part about massage -- it's usually covered under your group insurance plan! If you're not sure if you have coverage, or if you're wondering how to make a claim, give us a call and we will help you work through it! 

Seven Reasons to Try Chiropractic Care

Some people are wary of visiting a chiropractor for fear of worsening an injury, or because they don't know how chiropractic care works, but chiropractic care can be very useful in managing your pain, in correcting your posture, and in helping to maintain your overall health.

We put together seven reasons for you to give chiro care a try. Check them out! 

  1. If you experience back pain on a regular basis, your chiropractor can help to align your spine, alleviating your pain. Your chiropractor might also teach you stretches and/or exercises to assist with healing and pain management. 
  2. Similar to back pain relief, a chiropractor can adjust your neck and/or back to help relieve pain caused by headaches. Chiropractors can be especially helpful in providing tips to improve your posture, which will further strengthen your muscles and relieve the pain in your neck, back, and head. 
  3. We know it's confusing to think that a chiropractor could help with gastrointestinal issues, but visiting a chiropractor will help to properly align your body and assist with bowel regularity.
  4. Do your or your child experience reoccurring ear infections? Try visiting a chiropractor to resolve the alignment issues in your spine, allowing the fluid in your ears to flow properly, and resolving the reoccurring infection. 
  5. We know it can be scary to allow a person to crack your neck and spine, but parallel to back pain and headaches, a chiropractor can help to resolve that unwavering pain in your neck. You will likely find increased mobility and a loss of tension after allowing a chiropractor to work on your neck. 
  6. If you struggle with arthritis or regular joint pain, a chiropractor can help you to manage your pain. As stated above, your chiropractor is likely to explain some useful stretches and exercises specific to your area of concern; practicing these exercised and stretches will help you to manage your pain and improve your overall health. 
  7. By adjusting your body, your chiropractor is able to improve the natural flow and alignment of your body, allowing your blood and other cells to flow freely. 

 

Still unsure? Chiropractic care is covered by most group and employee benefit plans! Give us a call to learn more or give a chiropractor near you a try! 

Take a Break! The 50/10 Rule

Like most people around you, the thought of working straight through the day without small breaks in between seems like a daunting task. The mornings go by slowly, lunch doesn't feel long enough, and the afternoons drag on longer than the mornings. 

We found a really great article that suggests the 50/10 rule. It's simple: work for 50 minutes, take a 10 minute break. 

50 minutes is long enough to get a great deal of work done, and not so long that your mind starts to burn out. Similarly, 10 minutes is long enough to recharge, and not so long that you lose focus. 

The article has 5 main tips for making this type of schedule work for you: 

1. Stamina - As we mentioned before, a full work day without small breaks is nearly impossible. Taking a 10 minute break after 50 minutes of productive work allows you to recharge and come back with a focused and sharp mind. 

2. Focus - Don't let anything distract you during your 50 minutes of work. Put your cell phone away and zone in on what you are doing. The results will amaze you. 

3. Side-Productivity - Use your 10 minute break to do anything you wish. You could read a portion of the book you're working through, go for a walk, catch up on your social media - it doesn't matter what you do, as long as you consider it to be a break from your daily work tasks. 

4. Progress Tracking - When you break your day into 50/10 portions, you can easily keep track of exactly how much time you're spending on a project. Keep track of the time you spend and the number of projects you complete and see how rewarding this system really is. 

5. Mastery - When you keep track of the exact amount of time you spent working on something, you know just how long it took you to perfect it. Use your time wisely and you'll feel accomplished. 

So, what are you waiting for?! Give this a try and see how much more productive you are throughout the day! 

 

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine which focuses on the flow of energy throughout the body. When the flow is disrupted it can lead to pain, illness, or lack or normal function; your acupuncturist will focus on various acupoints in your body to relieve tension and to help release your body’s natural pain killers by targeting some of the body’s main systems, including the nervous, endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, and digestive systems.

Your acupuncturist will start your appointment by examining your tongue, checking your pulse, and asking you some questions about your medical history; once they have determined the best treatment plan for you, they will start with your acupuncture treatment. Your practitioner will insert needles as slim as human hair into your acupoints. After insertion, the acupuncturist might manipulate the needles by hand or by adding an electrical stimulant.

Although some people might shy away from this treatment due to a fear of needles, most patients report little to no discomfort and leave the treatment with a sense of relief.

The most common reason for visiting an acupuncturist is to manage neck, back, joint, or head pain, including the treatment of migraines. Additionally, acupuncture can help with nausea, allergies, menopause symptoms, and infertility.

Depending on the severity of your condition, your acupuncturist might recommend coming back for a series of weekly treatments, or he/she might suggest continuing acupuncture as a form of maintenance.

Regardless of physical condition, acupuncture is generally suitable for most people. It can help to treat the root cause of your malady and can reduce your dependence on medication and/or prevent you from needing medical procedures.

Some people might experience minor discomfort after treatment, including stiffness and/or soreness, but these symptoms are not generally a cause for concern.

Clinical studies have also shown acupuncture to help treat the following:


  • Depression,
  • Knee pain
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Cardiac neurosis
  • Ear pain
  • Female reproductive pain
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension

Acupuncture is generally covered under your group insurance plan. Please talk to your plan administrator or review your employee booklet form more information.

 

Read More: Advantages of AcupunctureClinical Care

How Do You Combat Mental Illness in the Workplace?

It seems like most people we talk to these days are experiencing some sort of anxiety disorder, whether it’s severe, or just moderate enough to inconvenience their lives. We live in such a fast-paced society it’s hard to keep up to all the social responsibilities we experience day to day.

How do you ensure your employees are not only taking care of their physical wellness, but also their mental well-being? We found an article that discusses various ways to help your employees to maintain their happiness and overall health.

The first suggestion is to promote work-life balance; this can be done by offering your employees flexible work hours or work-from-home options.  By allowing this, your employees are still able to get their work done, but they are less likely to feel overwhelmed by the amount of responsibilities they need to meet throughout the week.

Secondly, discourage employees from working on vacation. Some particularly hard-working people can see a vacation as a time to get caught up on outstanding work, but it should be a time for your employee to relax, de-stress, and enjoy the things they love to do most.

Another important aspect of promoting a happy and healthy workplace is to create an environment your employees feel comfortable in. It can be difficult to discuss personal issues with a boss or a manager, so be sure to let your employees know your office is a judgement-free zone.

Another suggestion the article makes is to provide your employees with an insurance plan that covers the cost of therapy and/or counselling sessions. Many people use group insurance plans to help with physical pain or maintenance, but it’s also important to have a plan that covers the cost of counselling services to help with mental well-being.

Lastly, encourage your employees to exercise as part of their daily routine. Exercising helps both the body and the mind by relieving stress and anxiety and promoting and overall healthy lifestyle. We know it can be hard to encourage exercise, but some of the suggestions include teaming up with a local gym to provide discounted rates, installing a bike rack so employees can cycle to work, or allowing for longer lunches so employees have time to exercise during the day and refresh before returning to their desks.

It’s important to let your employees know you care about them on a personal level. Happy and healthy employees will benefit your workplace by investing more in their jobs and being more productive throughout the day.

So, we ask, what are you doing to promote mental wellness in your work place?

 

To read the full article, click here

5 Reasons to Get A Massage

5 Reasons to Go for A Massage

Did you know that massage is covered under most benefit programs, allowing you to claim a portion or the entire cost of massage service? It appears most people think of massage as a treat to themselves, but it can be a really great way to maintain your overall health, decrease muscle pain, improve your athletic performance, and assist in reducing pain caused by arthritis and/or other illnesses.

1.      Stress Relief

Massage can provide you with 30-90 minutes of relaxation, taking you away from your every day stresses and allowing you to clear your mind of any bothersome thoughts.

2.      Reduce Anxiety

Alongside stress management, massage can help to reduce anxiety by enforcing relaxation. Many people experience anxiety throughout the week as they find a way to manage work place stressors and other personal concerns.

3. Decrease Migraine Frequency

Do you experience severe headaches and/or migraines? Massage can help to relax your muscles and decrease the frequency in which you experience migraines.

4.      Reduce Muscle Tension

Parallel to reducing headaches, massage therapists can help to relax the other muscles in your body that might be causing you pain or discomfort. Your massage therapist can work on specific muscle groups to release tension throughout your body.

5.      Enhance Exercise Performance

Massage can help to increase your range of motion, therefore enhancing your exercise performance. If you have tight muscles at the gym, you’re at greater risk for injury and you likely won’t be able to complete your exercises properly.

 

For more information about the benefits of massage, read the full article here.

If you’d like to learn about claiming your massage or you wish to know more about your coverage, please contact our office.

Deskercise!

What do you do to keep your body moving when you're at work? It's hard to sit behind a desk all day while maintaining proper posture and avoiding those delicious snacks sitting in the office kitchen, but we found some ways to keep you moving while you're in the office!

1. Tap your toes! Turn on your favourite radio station and tap your toes to the beat of each tune; this keeps your legs moving and your circulation flowing! 

Fitness

2. Take the stairs! We know the elevator is easier, but if you work on a lower floor and you're up for a challenge, try the stairs a couple times per week! 

3. Wait by the printer! Sure, this might sound a little bit boring, but why not do some calf raises while waiting for your pages to print?

4. Butt squeezes! Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know this sounds funny, but why not tone those glutes when no one is looking?! Just squeeze your cheeks together and hold for 5-10 seconds until you get tired and wait for the results!

5. Leg raises! Simply lift your legs, hold them in place for 5-10 seconds and then lower them slowly without allowing your feet to touch the ground. If it's not hard enough you can loop your purse around your feet for some extra weight. 

 

Like these tips? Check back for more next week or follow this link for the full article! 

 

Simple Ways to Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle

Are you one of the many people who suffer from common aches and pains? It’s much more common that one might think and can often be helped by increasing your daily activity, and this doesn’t have to mean buying a gym membership and cutting your favourite foods out of your diet

We found an article with some simple suggestions to relieve every day aches and pains.

One of the simplest ways to increase your activity level is to get social with your friends. If you’re the type who frequents local coffee shops, try taking your coffee to go and exploring nearby neighbourhoods or venture down to the river valley for a peaceful change of scenery. If you’re looking for a bigger challenge, try signing up for a fitness class, like spin or yoga with your closest friends.

Another way to soothe pain is by frequently stretching your muscles. If you work in an office, you should stand try to stand up from your desk every 15-30 minutes. In doing so, you can take a short walk around the office, walk up and down the stairs if you’re able, and take the time to stretch your muscles.

If this decreases your productivity too heavily, you can try some simple neck, leg, and arm stretches at your desk. Not only will this give your body a break, but it’ll also give you a chance to rest your eyes and to re-cooperate your mind from tedious work tasks.

In addition to stretching, you should try to maintain proper posture as much as possible throughout the day. We know it is much easier to slouch in an office chair, but keeping your head up, shoulders back, and chin tucked can really help to prevent shoulder and neck pain.

The article also notes that we should try to maintain our lower body strength to prevent falls as we age. An easy practice to keeping your lower body in check is to stand on one foot as you are engaged in conversation or standing in line at a store. This is a very simple task that will help to maintain your balance and improve your lower body strength.

Keeping healthy doesn’t always have to be a daunting task, however it should always be placed as a priority to keep you strong and healthy into the later stages of your life.

If you’d like to read the full article, please click here 

How Can Dieticians Help Us?

It's hard to keep up with the latest food trends, the latest fad diets, and the latest health crazes, but what if we actually visited someone who could help us to better understand what we should be eating in a day?

We did some research to learn more about Dieticians and what they can really offer us. 

Dietician

First and foremost, dieticians are registered nutrition experts who are trained to help us with our overall health and wellness. They are able to coach us through our daily diets and learn about lifestyle changes we can make to improve our eating habits; they help us to set goals and to follow through on them. Dieticians can help us to steer clear of the fad diets and to understand practical solutions to unhealthy eating habits, resulting in long term results and and overall improvement to our physical health. 

I think we all know how difficult it can be to understand the labels we find on our food; how is one ever supposed to fully understand a list of ingredients we can't even pronounce?! Luckily, registered dieticians can help us to read labels and fully understand what we should be getting from our foods. When we understand the labels we are given, it is much easier to stay on track and feed our bodies with proper nutrients. 

It's also important to realize that changing our diets doesn't necessarily mean we have to miss out on our favourite foods. Dieticians can help us to adapt our favourite recipes to better suit our diets, therefore keeping us healthy and happy! 

Registered Dieticians don't only work with clients one on one, they also work with families, communities, and professionals to develop healthy eating habits and to set reasonable health goals. They help patience who are in long term care, and they help hospitals, and nursing homes to maintain healthy menus for their residents. Further to that, Dieticians can work with corporations to develop a corporate wellness plan for you and your employees. 

As an added bonus, Registered Dieticians are covered under your Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan! If you'd like to learn more about your coverage, contact us today. if you'd like to learn more about Dietitians, click here.

Chiropractic vs Massage Treatments

Are you amongst the many people who experience soreness and/or stiffness at the end of a long work day? Regardless of whether you have an active job that requires you to be on your feet, or a job that requires you to be sitting all day, our bodies can become tired and worn out by the end of the week.

Two of the best and most common forms of pain management for sore muscles and joints are chiropractic and massage treatments, which are generally covered under your group benefits program. Using your benefit program to cover the cost of treatment allows you to maintain your overall health and well-being with regular visits to your licensed chiropractor or registered massage therapist.

However, there is often confusion about which treatment is right for your needs. So how do we know which one is best? First things first, we should know the difference between the two practices:

Massage is aimed at solving muscular issues such as tension, spasms, or strained/pulled muscles. Massage therapy can also reach into your nervous system by helping fluids to move more freely throughout your body. While massage therapists cannot adjust your joints or prescribe medications, they can be a great source of holistic healing to relieve tension and make sure your body is performing at its full potential.

Unlike massage therapists, chiropractors are able to address the issues lying within your musculoskeletal and nervous systems. They can write prescriptions and provide rehabilitative exercises tailored to your specific needs. Chiropractic care is especially useful in helping with joint pain, headaches, insomnia, and neck or back pain.

To take your course of treatment one step further, you can combine the two practices to help with chronic pain. Massage therapy is a great way to warm up your body and ensure you are relaxed before going in for a chiropractic treatment; your chiropractic adjustment is more likely to last longer if your muscles are relaxed before. Similarly, your massage is likely to be more effective when your joints are properly aligned.

Both forms of treatment can bring relief to your body and help with your overall wellbeing, but we know they can be expensive when they are not covered by your insurance. If you have questions regarding coverage of these treatments, please talk to your plan administrator or call our office for the details of your extended health care coverage.

 

To read more about the benefits of chiropractic and massage treatments, please see this article.  

Desk Posture

It can be hard on your body to sit at a desk for eight hours a day, leading to lasting neck and back pain as your joints stiffen throughout the day. 

We found a great article from Global News that provides insights and tips on how to improve your posture at work. Here are some of the key points: 

  • Your elbows should be at a 90 degree angle to your keyboard to prevent slouching 
  • Your computer monitor should be placed 10 - 15 degrees higher than your eye line
  • Try to stand up every 15 minutes to prevent health issues caused by sitting 
  • Wear comfortable footwear as much as possible to avoid shifting your body weight - this can cause ankle, knee, and hip tension 

To read the full article, follow this link: 

http://globalnews.ca/news/2641861/5-things-that-cause-back-pain-and-easy-posture-exercises-to-fix-it/?sf24627083=1#HealthTips