Exercise and my Health

Benefits of exercise We all know exercise is good. But is it just because it makes me look good? The answer is No, exercise increases circulation too many areas including muscles, bones and yes even the brain (see below)!! Here is a short list of the benefits: Decrease in the incidence of degenerative brain diseases. Increase in self esteem Can help manage depression Decrease in incidence of heart disease, cancers, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Improves flexibility Increases stamina Strengthens and tones Maintains/Controls weight, improves digestion. Improves quality of sleep Increases bone density. The Active Brain! Many recent studies have found the cardio vascular activity, increases cognitive function thereby increase quality of life. Studies predict that by 2050 the number of people with Alzheimer’s (Currently the 5th leading cause of death in the United States) could TRIPLE!!! People who are physically active (cardio vascular) are 38% less likely to develop degenerative brain disease than their non-physically active counter parts. Activity slows down the progression of degenerative brain disease (Dementia, Alzheimer’s). Fitness and self esteem! Intuitively we all know, exercise makes us feel good.– Just watch a season of “The Biggest Loser” and watch to see how the participants become more positive and confident as the season progresses. Studies show exercise elevate endorphins (mood elevator hormone) and alter cortisol (stress related hormone)-chemicals that effect mood and stress levels. Exercise can also improve our physical appearance (by controlling our weight, developing and toning muscles) which can directly improve how we perceive ourselves. So, armed with all this knowledge…, How do I get off the couch? Grab a friend and walk with...

How to Maintain Healthy Wrists and Fingers

Perform the following exercises once every hour or two: 1. Stand perpendicular to a wall and extend your arm straight out from your side, placing the flat of your hand against the wall. Try your best to extend your fingers and touch your palm to the wall. This may be hard at first as you build the flexibility. Do not strain yourself; go as far as you can before it starts to feel too uncomfortable. Hold for 2 seconds, then switch to the other side, doing the same for 2 seconds. 2. Straighten both wrists and relax fingers. 3. Make a tight fist with both hands. 4. Then bend both wrists down while keeping the fist. Hold for a count of 5. 5. Straighten both wrists and relax fingers. 6. Repeat if desired. Then let hands hang loosely by your sides and shake them...

Graston Technique Success for Upper Back and Shoulder Pain

I just wanted to write a short note and tell you how pleased I am with the breakthrough we have had with my upper back and shoulder pain. As you know, I have been having the pain for close to a year, and have visited other specialists.  However, no one was able to address the exact cause of the pain.  That was until I met you and your “stainless steel tools of pain relief”. By using your knowledge and the graston tools, I have found newfound mobility in my back and shoulders.  I am not sure if you know this but before I met you I was unable to work for long periods at a time and golfing was incredibly difficult because of the pain.  That was until you released the scar tissue that had formed over the years. In addition, I am thankful for your awesome fitness advice and stretching exercises you have passed on.  I wonder if your clients know that you are not only an active athlete yourself but also a fitness trainer.  I have found the sessions together to be very proactive in getting the issues with my back resolved. I am very pleased that the sessions have resulted in increased abilities and have remained on track according to your rehabilitation schedule that you laid out on our first visit. Overall, I am very satisfied with your company, you staff and your services. Way to deliver on your promises Jamila! Not all of the therapist’s in Calgary do. [Name...

“When did you break your neck?”

Dear Doctor Abdulla: I can’t let any more time go by without writing to tell you how I’ve been feeling as a result of your chiropractic treatments to my neck. As you may recall, before visiting you the first time I sought help from my family doctor for relief from a very sharp and intense pain in my left shoulder. He put me on painkillers and sent me in for x-rays. An appointment was made to see an orthopedic surgeon 8 months later. The painkillers brought little relief. In desperation I visited a chiropractic clinic in Calgary. No change. Fortunately for me, my barber spoke very highly of how you had helped him. The rest is history! Upon my first visit to your office you took the time to take a detailed history of my health history, and respected what I thought-refreshing! Imagine my surprise when, after examining my neck and viewing the x-rays, you asked, “when did you break your neck?” I have to wonder why no doctor, in the last forty five years, ever discovered what happened to my neck long ago when I suffered a mountain climbing accident. Because you took the time and carefully examined my neck and the x-ray, and followed a very careful procedure in manipulating my cervical vertebra, and relaxing the related muscles, I walked out of your office after only the first two visits virtually pain free. Three more visits and I was pain-free and off the pain-killers. It’s been so ever since! Thank you for your encouragement to pursue holistic and natural healing alternatives. Gratefully yours, [Name...

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a repetitive stress injury of the outside (lateral) side of the upper arm near the elbow. When the muscles and tendons in the elbow area are used over and over again, small tears develop in the tendon. Over time, this leads to irritation and pain where the tendon is attached to the bone. Activities that can trigger tennis elbow include (but are not limited to) racquet sports, movements that involve repetitive twisting of the wrist, and repetitive work with a keyboard and mouse. Symptoms of Tennis Elbow Pain, especially over the outside area of the elbow to the forearm and back of the hand, that worsens when grasping or twisting A weak grasp Pain with wrist movement Treatments for Tennis Elbow Rest to the area Hot/Cold therapy Stretching and strengthening with home exercises Active Release Technqiues Massage Therapy Active Isolated Stretching Prevention of Tennis Elbow Perform the appropriate warm ups before physical activity and sports, as well as proper cool down stretches Be sure that your technique in these activities is evaluated for possible factors attributing to tennis elbow, so that you may avoid repetitive stress on your joints If using any kind of sports or work equiment that has a handle or strings, ensure that they are the appropriate size and weight for you to avoid extra stress on your elbow When treating any symptoms of tennis elbow, evaluating how often you perform the attributing physical activity can have an impact on your healing time...