Community News
Travelling Boosts Mental Health

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, travel is not an option, but don’t let that stop you from dreaming big. Travel is beneficial to our mental health, helping to enhance creativity, improve mental stability, provide stress relief, broaden perspective, strengthen relationships, and boost mood. Some ways you can continue to incorporate travel into your life while social distancing include planning your next trip, taking virtual tours online of various destinations and attractions, researching festivals and other events you’d like to attend, and watching travel videos online. After the pandemic ends, the world will be yours to explore once again! Megan Reimer, Cruise Vacations.

Community Announcement

You don’t have to come into the Clinic to get the care and help you need.
We have Virtual Care Available – please phone us today to get more information or to reschedule your appointment to a Virtual Care Appointment.
LifeSmart Medical Seven Oaks – phone: (204) 416-5433
LifeSmart Medical Osborne – phone: (204) 287-5220

Keeping Your Immune System Strong

The good news about Covid-19 is that we’re getting through it day by day. The bad news is that we will be exposed to more viruses in the future, whether it’s a second wave of Covid-19 this fall, or another viral threat all together. The issue isn’t how strong is the virus, it’s how strong is your immune system? Now is the time to focus on strengthening your immune system so your body is ready, willing and able to deal with the next viral exposure. Experts such as Dr. Alex Vasquez DO, DC, ND, FACN recommends anti-viral formulas that contain a combination of hesperidin, zinc, vitamin D, C, A, curcumin and rutin, to name a few. Strengthening your immune system not only helps to protect you, it helps to protect your loved ones and the community.

Working from Home

In addition to setting up your home office as ergonomically as possible, getting up and moving frequently is important for your body’s health. Get up and move at least every hour. Take a short walk around your home or complete a task that gets you away from your desk. Once a day, get in physical activity for 30-60 minutes. Walk, bike or run! Do whatever makes you happy. Remember to take stretch breaks. Chest and upper back stretches help get the stiffness out of your neck and shoulders. Stretching hips flexors and glutes can also help with low back stiffness. We are offering Physiotherapy by Video until we can see you again in the clinic! Call for details 204-452-7142

Product Review: Colflex® by Innotech™

ColFlex® Super Oregano Oil Spray is a great-tasting 4-in-1 oral spray containing essential oils of oregano, thyme, and spearmint oil in an extra virgin olive oil base, sweetened with stevia and fortified with vitamin D3. Spray orally to help relieve coughs, sore throat, travelling challenges, that “under the weather feeling” and for general oral hygiene and fresher breath. Lab tests show that ColFlex inhibited the growth of bacteria such as S. aureus and S. pneumonia after 27 minutes and inhibited the growth of E. coli and S. typhi after 9 minutes. Colflex® is proudly made right here in Winnipeg.

Product Review: WELLNESS TINCTURE

ACTIVE RELEAF aims to encourage active wellness through the use of nature’s most powerful ingredients. Offering a collection of plant-based wellness products, ACTIVE RELEAF’s WELLNESS TINCTURE is their strongest remedy. Used as a natural plant-based alternative for people experiencing anxiety, insomnia, pain, inflammation and other ailments. The WELLNESS TINCTURE is formulated with a high concentration of broad spectrum cannabinoid-rich hemp plant extract, paired with coconut MCT oil to help deliver cannabinoids and increase bioavailability. Taken sublingually (under the tongue) or mixed into your favourite beverage. With three different concentration options (400mg, 1000mg & 2000mg) and measured droppers, dosing is accurate and flexible for your needs.

Words to Live By

“There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no insurmountable barrier except our own inherent weakness of purpose.” -Elbert Hubbard

Fear of Falls Causes Unsafe Behavior

When someone is fearful of falling, they start to avoid everyday activities by staying at home and doing less. This lack of activity leads to loss of strength, reduced muscle tone, and loss of coordination and balance. This physical deterioration increases the risk of falling and if a fall does occur, it further heightens the fear. Turn your fear of falling into positive actions; remain active, exercise regularly, use assistive devices such as walkers or grab bars and wear sensible shoes. Consider joining a group session designed especially to teach balance exercises for fall prevention.

Supplements to Help Combat Viruses

In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic announcement, there are a few things we can do to support a healthy body. Published papers have found that some substances may help protect from severe presentations of similar viral infections: 1. Vitamin C – 3000mg per day. 2. Vitamin D – 1000 IU per day. 3. Quercetin – 500mg twice a day. 4. Glutathione 150- 450mg twice a day. 5. Vitamin A – 5000 IU per day (not recommended for pregnant women). *General recommendations based on Antiviral research – not a guarantee of prevention, treatment or cure of COVID-19.

Why CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle treatment approach that may help a variety of conditions including chronic neck and back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety and depression. CST treatment involves touch, as light as the weight of a nickel, on areas of the head, neck, and base of the spine. The practitioner is able to “listen” to subtle rhythmic patterns in the soft tissues and fluids surrounding the central nervous system and facilitate the body’s own healing powers to release tension. The client will often feel a sense of deep relaxation as the muscles and organs unwind and the bones of the head and spine subtly realign.

Hurt at Work? In a Car Accident?

Did you know that Physiotherapists are primary health care providers? This means that you do not require a doctor’s prescription to get physiotherapy. If you have been hurt at work or in a car accident you may be entitled to a full course of physiotherapy, at no cost to you. After an accident, a physiotherapist is well suited to assess and treat your injury, regardless of what part of your body is in pain. Working together with you, they can then determine a safe and effective plan for a successful return to work and activity.