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,...
4 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

4 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

4 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues There’s a lot that can challenge us during the winter. We go to – and leave – work in the dark. We have to deal with ice on our windshields. Putting twenty layers just to go outside is annoying. So how can you stay inspired and motivated throughout the cold, dark months? Here are 4 ways to beat the winter blues. 1. Find something to be inspired about, and make time to do it! When you’re inspired by something, you’re brimming with energy and life. Suddenly you don’t need an alarm clock to wake up, no matter how dark it is outside. When you’re inspired, you don’t need to be told what to do at work; you’re already thinking of ways to make your work even better. Or maybe you’re inspired when you’re learning something new. Whatever it happens to be, make the time to do it and you’ll beat the winter blues. 2. Don’t ignore your health. Fight to stay balanced. Winter makes it easy to ignore your health. You want to stay inside. Maybe you’ll have a little more to drink or eat. Maybe you find yourself tucking away to read a book, go online, play video games or watch movies. Maybe you order in more. These are all fine in moderation. But poor hydration, lack of exercise, and large amounts of insulin in the body (primarily from over-consumption of carbohydrates) will  leave you riding the motivation roller coaster – where the ups and downs can kill self-esteem, lead to depression, and create a whole new vicious cycle of negative thoughts and...
Kids & Sports – and the Importance of Stretching for Children

Kids & Sports – and the Importance of Stretching for Children

Is there anything that beats a child’s passion to learn a new sport? It’s a thrill! But sports have an impact on their growing bodies, and the importance of stretching for children shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s important to teach them how and why to care for their bodies while having fun. This allows them to develop good habits they can take into their active adult lives, be more flexible and avoid injuries. Warm Ups The first thing kids should be taught is that before any sort of physical activity, they need to prepare their body and mind. Body: Their little bodies need the chance to literally “warm up” their muscles before exercising. The best kind way to warm up is known as dynamic stretching – which are active movements of muscle that bring forth a stretch but are not held in the end position. This will increase their heart and respiratory rate, which will boost the amount of nutrients and oxygen being delivered to their muscles. This means the muscles are ready to work – which helps prevent injuries. Dynamic stretches are also very easy to turn into a game – either with a challenge, a slow race, etc. Just remember to put emphasis on the form they keep, and reel them in if they start to go too fast from excitement. Mind: We are always preparing ourselves for specific activities. Think about your routine before heading to work and how important certain aspects of it are in order for you to feel ready to face the day. Or think about how there is a specific routine you follow...