Baby is not walking yet!

Baby is not walking yet!

Baby not walking yet? Not to worry, there is a broad spectrum of the developmental period that they could fall into! The first information you need to know is how your baby learns to walk. Newborns don’t have nearly enough strength to support their growing body, they use reflexive techniques (such as stretching out like a scarecrow!) against hard surfaces. But this is a development phase and they will only do it for a couple of months. As your baby grows, they reach an age (typically around the six month period) where they LOVE to bounce. Bouncing stimulates the muscles that are continuing to develop while s/he is mastering other skills like rolling over, sitting up and crawling. At the age of 9 months (approx.) your baby will probably start skills that play with your heart strings like pulling himself up on anything and everything he can, this will likely end in a few crashes, lots of tears and even more ‘get better’ kisses. Next, comes bending their knees and learning to sit after standing (tougher than you would think!). Around 12 months of age is when furniture “surfing” begins, walking along anything that can assist with stability (it’s a plus if it tastes good too, mmmm couch!) maybe even a few unassisted...
Back to school – How much should I pack my backpack

Back to school – How much should I pack my backpack

BACKPACK 101 It’s your favourite time of year; back to school season! The kids have got all their new pens, pencils, notebooks and art supplies in their new backpack and soon it’ll be filled with new course. Did you know that the average 6th grader’s backpack weighs 18 ½ pounds?! Anyone, young or old, should not regularly carry a backpack that is more than 10%-20% their body weight. Do the math and you might see that your kids are carrying a really heavy load. It is important to be aware of how much they’re carrying and how they’re wearing their backpacks.  Chiropractor Calgary, suggest that improper backpack weight and carry can lead to number of concerns, including postural issues, muscle strain, back & neck pain, headaches Here are a few great tips for finding the right backpack: – Make sure weight is evenly distributed when loading stuff in there – ALWAYS use both shoulder straps – Shoulder straps should fit snugly; you should still be able to slip a hand between the back – Top of the backpack shouldn’t be above the shoulder line – Bottom of the backpack shouldn’t hang below the hips If you’re just super keen and you simply must carry a heavy course load regularly, buy a backpack that has hip supports. By using a hip strap you can lessen the amount of weight strain on your back & shoulders by 50%-70. For those who carry purses, handbags and shoulder bags to work or the office we also suggest you limit the amount of weight you’re carrying. Only carry essentials because carrying a weighty bag on...
Walk Into a Better You

Walk Into a Better You

Walk Into a Better You The average adult is sedentary for 69% of their waking day. Being sedentary and inactive is the second leading preventable cause of death in North America. Knowing these facts, don’t you want to do something to take control of your life? It can really be as simple as walking. We all know that exercise is the key to many of the benefits of good health, but sometimes the task of joining a gym or finding the motivation to get into high intensity training is all too daunting. We see our neighbours out there running and we know we should be too but it seems too hard! Here’s the simple answer: just walk. If you start walking every day you will be able to start reaping some of the exercise benefits. We’ve outlined here some of the big changes you’ll experience.   Walking is excellent for the brain. Studies have shown that walking increases the area of brain activity which can positively affect memory, attention and decision-making skills. Walking is an excellent mood booster and it gives us time to think. People who walk regularly reported 47% reduction in depression symptoms; they felt they had gained more control over their lives. There’s also an added bonus to walking in wooded areas and natural pathways. Walking out amongst nature has been clinically proven to reduce stress, it also alleviates symptoms of ADD and has even been shown to increase the levels of anti-cancer protein cells! Walking just 1km a day can lower your chance of Alzheimer’s by 35%. Get those feet moving for your brain’s sake!...
2015 Resolutions

2015 Resolutions

2015 Resolutions: Tips On Sticking To Your Guns It’s that time of year again… and no, not the cookie-baking-present-wrapping,-family-get-together time of year. We mean the result of all that pastry indulgence, turkey basting, and routine slipping – resolutions time. We all look to the 2015 year with good intentions and optimism for our New Year’s Resolutions, but how often do we actually stick to them? Less often than you’d like? That’s what we thought. So to help you (and us!) be better prepared for the temptation of resolution abandonment, the Chiropractic Health Tips Team has put together a formula with will help you to stay happy, healthy and committed in the new year. 1. FIND SOMEONE TO HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE The reason so many of our New Year’s Resolutions get abandoned in the early stages is that we aren’t putting them down on paper, and we aren’t sharing them with anyone –we’re just not accountable! Share your resolutions with a couple trusted companions who aren’t afraid to be honest with you, and call you out when you’re slacking! Be careful to not tell too many people though – doing so can risk impacting the pleasure centers in your brain, making you feel like you’ve already accomplished your goals! And that wouldn’t be very motivating – now would it? 2. S.M.A.R.T. GOALS Creating S.M.A.R.T goals is the secret to the success of any goal, but often we don’t take the time to establish them. There’s no point in saying you want to lose 10 pounds, or spend more time with your family, if you don’t establish goals that are: specific, measurable,...

S’no Good At All

Is low-back pain keeping you down? Calgary has recently experienced colder temperatures with record-breaking amounts of snow. Between shoveling snow and scraping sidewalks, Calgarians are recently experiencing more episodes of low-back pain! Anyone who has experienced back pain knows how debilitating, painful, and depressing the pain can become. So what is the best course of action for these suffering Calgarians?  Addressing the root cause of the problem will speed healing,  and can help bring about increased stability. Research proves that low-back pain is best treated with a combination of treatments, including chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and rehabilitative exercises.  Devices such as lower back support belts, soft tissue manipulation (such as Graston® or ART) and pain management medication can be added when appropriate.  The ideal treatment will be specifically tailored to each individual.   However, the best treatment is prevention!! Warm up before going outside to shovel.  Try marching in place and touching your toes. Keep your back and core adequately strong and flexible all winter long. Push the snow, avoid lifting, as much as possible. With deep snow, skim off the top layer of snow, don’t try to get it all in one scoop. Switch your lead hand, left arm forward, then right & switch grip palm under and palm over. Take frequent breaks  And always ask for help. When lifting snow (which occasionally does have to be done), bend mostly at your knees instead of your back. Do not twist at the waist while shoveling.  Turn your whole body by stepping around with your feet. Try those ergonomic (bent handle shovels) to reduce the strain on your back...