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Our holistic Nutritionist, Pavlina, specializes in teaching people to combine food, fitness and mindset to become a fat burning machine without giving up their wine, chocolate or popcorn.

 

After indulging in all the holidays festive feasts and treats lets get back on track!

Stay tuned for Pavlina’s New Years Free Sugar Challenge!!!!

Here’s a message from Pavlina herself:

 

Want to stay on track with your health during the Holidays Season?

 

The holiday season is upon us, Christmas is just around the corner and we who live in this North American culture – the holiday party, social gatherings etc. culture –  we are all staring down the face of food and drink abundance.

I just wanted to take a minute here and offer some prospective to all of you who are navigating this season with the ongoing commitment to lead a healthy lifestyle. Whether it is a commitment to choose less processed food, or to lower alcohol intake, or to include x number of serving of vegetables into you daily routine, or to avoid processed sugar, drink plenty of water and etc….

We are all facing a challenge this time of year that might be feared by many…..how do we stay on track?

Let’s embrace the challenge this year and set a new pattern of behaviour that will take us 1 step closer to our goal, lets practice new behaviour together for easier future.

To figure out what is THE best approach for times like this for YOU is to first  find an answer to this question :

“ Are you a Moderator or are you an Abstainer”?

For some people restricting certain foods is not always fun but for some people it is actually easier to avoid all rather than to try to moderate their intake.

Can you relate to this scenario?  : “ Oh, I already had a serving of Christmas treats that I was not planning on eating so I might as well try all the goodies offered here and have fun time since I already “messed up”, and I will start again 100% tomorrow”….

That kind of approach would be considered the Abstainer – with the all or nothing attitude….It is exhausting for them to continually debate the thoughts in their head like “ Do I have it today or tomorrow?” or “How much should I have?” or  “I have been in the gym, don’t I deserve it?”

Therefore the best approach for the Abstainer is to abstain from all the deviations from their original plan. Whatever boundaries you have set for yourself in the past,  you will need to remind yourself (meditation works great) of your commitment each and every morning and plan for keeping your routine. (practically making sure you have your own foods at an arms length)

The moderator on the other hand, have a general sense of what is moderate for them or they set rules for themselves.  Like “ I will have 1 drink when I am invited out to a party, but I won’t have any drinks at home. “ They are able to have some, feel satisfied and it is easy for them not to overindulge.

Moderators will say, that having a little bit of something makes them want it less.

If you are a moderator, small treat here and there will go a long way for you.

 

Here are some tips for all to navigate with ease through the holidays

  1. Get sufficient amount of sleep.
  2. Keep yourself well hydrated. Having a glass of water in between drinks will slow down alcohol consumption, or between meals to keep your hunger signals at bay.
  3. Don’t skip on calories by skipping breakfast – lean source of protein and good quality fat with either veggies or piece of fruit will go a long way to stabilize your blood sugar level and prevent the need to overeat later in in the day.
  4. If you are planning to treat yourself, see what is out there that you would love to try, get a small plate out and place 1 small piece of each on the plate ahead of time. Accept this to be all that you will have for the day. This way there will be no room left for the little voice in your head to negotiate whether or not to have more…
  5. Make a commitment  every day to go outside to get fresh air,  connect with nature and at the same time to get some blood flowing through your veins through more movement.

Regardless of where on our journey we are at, let’s just look and see if we can create the warmth, the sparkle, the fabulous feeling that we are really aching for in this holiday from gratitude, from human connection, from shoving up to be fully of service to people that we are around on those days, and see if at the end of the day, when we put our head on the pillow, if we are not bursting out of every cell of our body with this eternal bliss …let’ just see…

If you feel like you would like to get a jump start and prepare ahead for the Holiday season, let me know,  I am here to help . Having a well thought out wellness plan ahead of time can sure take some of the stress associate with the Holidays off.

Yours in Health,

Pavlina

 

Don’t forget to stay tuned for the New Years Challenge!

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Christmas Food Drive

We are collecting food donations, along with other things, for St. Vincent de Paul.

You will see a collection box in our office.

If you are able to donate here are things they are looking for:

non perishable food items

– gift cards or cash

– toiletries

new toys

St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to helping our community members who are in need. Every month they hold a food bank. Needy families, after being verified, can stop in to pick up food for their family and are given vouchers for the St. Vincent de Paul store, where they can get free clothing for the family. Every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas they send needy community members home with a big box of food so that they can celebrate the holidays with a good meal. They also have families that are in need of sponsorship at Christmas, so they have businesses (like ours) and families that help buy families in need Christmas gifts.

If you are interested in volunteering or helping out some how please send an email to cboyd0535@rogers.com

Thank you in advance for your donation! Happy Holidays to you all!

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Anatomy 101

Anatomy 101

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The spine is one of the most important parts our body. It has three main functions:

  • Protects the spinal cord
  • Gives the body structure and support
  • Allows us to move freely

The Bones and Joints

The spine is made of 33 bones called vertebra that are stacked one above each other. There are:

  • 7 cervical vertebra in the neck
  • 12 thoracic vertebra in the middle back
  • 5 lumbar vertebra in the low back.

The sacrum is a wedged shaped bone in the pelvis made of 5 fused vertebra. The tail end of the spine (literally) we have the coccyx made of 4 fused coccygeal vertebra. The vertebra are given names based on their position in the spine. L1 is the first lumbar vertebra. There are 2 bones that have special names because of their special function. The atlas (C1) holds up the head and the axis allows the head to rotate from side to side.

Here you can see 2 vertebra stacked on top of the other. 3 joints join the vertebra to each other. The large disc in the front is like a soft cushion and provides support and absorbs pressure. The disc has a poor blood supply and receives its nutrition via sucking the nutrients from the body when you move. Behind the disc there are 2 facet joints. The facet joints guide the movement of the vertebra and have a large supply of nerves that feed your brain with information about where your spine is and how it is moving. Your brain uses this information when it is deciding how your organs should function. Some amazing research by Dr. Akio Sato has been done in this field. This is why is it is so important to maintain the normal movement of your spine. Between the facet joints and the disc is a gap called the intervertebral foramen or the IVF for short. The spinal nerves exit the spinal canal through the IVF. There are a number of bumps on each vertebra. You can see the transverse and spinouts processes in the picture. The muscles and ligaments of the spine attach to these bumps.

The Ligaments

There are a number of ligaments that cross between two vertebra. The ligaments hold the bones together while still allowing the joints to move. Some of the ligaments cross the intervetebral foramen and reduce the space the spinal nerves have to exit the spinal canal. When there is joint restriction the ligaments can rub twist and squash the nerves reducing their ability to carry healthy information from the brain to the body or the body back to the brain. With age and lack of exercise the ligaments become shorter and harder, making the joints stiffer. In the long term tight and stiff ligaments pull on the bones and produce bone spurs. Exercise and adjustments to maximize the health of the ligaments will minimize the effects of osteoarthritis in the future.

The Muscles

here are multiple layers of muscles in the back. Some are for supporting our spine and are called postural muscles or core muscles others are for moving our spine and are called the prime movers. The muscles are arranged in different patterns to bend our spine forwards backwards, sideways and rotate to each side. Like all muscles of the body the spinal muscles require good exercise and stretching to maintain their health and the health of your spine.

The Nerves

The spinal cord is the information superhighway between your brain and your body. Without it you could not move any part of your body and your organs could not function. It is made of millions of nerves. The spinal cord is protected by the bony spinal canal formed by the vertebra that are stacked one on top of the other. It is also protected by the duramater, a tough covering around the cord. Between the duramater and the spinal cord is the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) The CSF is important for protection of the central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain and the spinal cord and feeds the CNS with nutrients from the blood.

The Peripheral Nerves

The spinal nerves convey information between the central nervous system and the rest of the body. The spinal nerves exit the spinal canal through each of the intervertebral foramen between each pair of vertebra. Like the tributaries of a river the small spinal nerves form larger nerves, such as the sciatic nerve, which runs down the buttock into the leg. This is how your brain controls every single cell and organ in you body. The following chart describes which spinal nerves innervate (supply) which parts of the body. You will notice that all the body parts actually receive information from more than one spinal nerve and the nerves travel a great distance to get to the organ they are supplying. This is why the actual problem in the spinal can be a long way away from you feeling the problem.

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Osteopathy – The Natural Approach To Health Care

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Osteopathy brings an exceptional philosophy to traditional patient attention. Recognising that your system is significantly more than only a sum of its parts, osteopathic physicians assist the individual’s inherent ability to heal by fixing the interrelationship of their human body’s nerves, organs, and bones.

Osteopathic physicians are licensed to prescribe medicine and clinic at every medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.

Osteopathy is a Naturopathic, noninvasive manual treatment that aims to increase health with all systems of the body by strengthening and manipulating the cosmetic framework.

An osteopathic doctor will center on the joints and spine. Treatment plans to favorably alter your human body’s nervous, and circulatory systems.

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Benefits

  • Cures Pain

Osteopathic treatment enables you to efficiently reduce and treat pain in quite a few distinct areas, including back pain, Neck Pain, headache, along with ankle sprains. Osteopathy can reduce discomfort from Chronic illness.

  • Decreases Discomfort In Chronic Illnesses

Osteopaths can assist in preventing a recurrence of an accident or severe condition or perhaps the maturation of a personal accident due to lifestyle factors.

Along with these, there are some more benefits, such as :

  1. Reduce stiffness and pain in joints and muscles
  2. Increase the Assortment of moves from the joints
  3. Heal spinal issues Caused by bad posture or spinal disc harms.
  4. alleviate chronic pain during noninvasive therapy
  5. Decrease the strain in the joints.
  6. Reduce strain within your torso
  7. Relieve tension headaches and Migraines.

Help your system to accommodate structural and hormonal modifications through pregnancy

Osteopathy might be very relaxing. It’s also proven to decrease stress levels by boosting the efficacy of your own body’s systems such as blood flow, nerve distribution, and even the immune system. Osteopathy can also increase Blood Supply and Reduce Blood pressure.

Spinewise Clinic provides the best osteopathy services in Bowmanville.

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Tips for the Before and After Osteopathy Session

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If you have already scheduled a osteopathy session or are thinking about doing it, I leave you with a series of recommendations to be better prepared and know what to expect at the end of the session.

Before

Each osteopath works differently. Some prefer that the patient remain in underwear during the session as it facilitates contact with the tissue and allows you to see more clearly the areas that may present some alteration (compressed, uneven, swollen areas, etc). Others, we prioritize the patient’s comfort and we observe / palpate with the clothes on. Both options are valid. The ideal for the last case is to wear a short or shod (not too tight) and a loose shirt. Always wear clothes that are comfortable so that you are not pending in the session of what you have on.

During the session the whole body will be mobilized. This includes, to a greater or lesser extent, the abdominal organs (stomach, intestines, etc.). Therefore, I recommend that you do not eat or drink too much liquid at least one or two hours before the session.

After

It is normal to feel tired after the osteopathic session. Yawning five times in a few seconds is common. Feeling “in another world” or “like a zombie” (said by some of my patients) is completely normal. It is an effect of relaxation and physical work done. Nothing very different from what one can feel after running for a while in the park or doing some physical activity. Be careful, the feeling does not indicate if the session was good or bad. Each person has a different metabolism and reacts differently to stimuli and work.

In both scenarios, the best you can do after the session is nothing. Get home and rest. If you can not sleep, read a book or do something to help you relax. It is important, after working with the body, to have a moment so that everything elaborated and mobilized in the session is settled.

Another point to take into account is the personal care. That day eat light, avoid the digestive system have to spend too much energy to digest food either by the abundance or by the heaviness of food (fat, sugar, etc). Drink plenty of liquid and preferably water, as this way you clean your body better.

Avoid sports or demanding activities in the next 48 hours. The work and adjustments made during the session will continue to operate a few days later. Give the possibility to that work to continue its course so that the fruits of the session settle even more.

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For the next

Patient feedback is very important for the osteopath. In the time between one session and another, it remained attentive to the changes you may feel in your body, in your mood, the quality of your sleep, your energy, your digestion, etc. Write down if you are afraid to forget. And communicate before the next session.

I hope you find the information useful. If you have more doubts regarding the osteopathy session or osteopathy in general, do not hesitate to consult Spinewise.

 

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