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Choosing an Orthopedic Brace

Orthopedic braces are medical devices designed to address musculoskeletal issues that may arise from disease, a congenital condition, or an injury. They are used to properly align, correct the position, support, stabilize, and protect certain parts of the body (particularly the muscles, joints, and bones) as they heal from injury or trauma. Orthopedic braces are available for many parts of the body, including knees, shoulders, back, hands, and feet. A qualified medical professional can determine what type of orthopedic brace is ideal for you, as well as the fit, type of support, function, and level of stability or protection.

Single For The Holidays?

Finding love is possible any time of the year, but the holidays are a wonderful time to look for romance. There’s no shortage of festive music, delicious food, whimsical decorations, and most importantly, holiday cheer. Everyone seems to be slightly more upbeat in the lead-up to Christmas, which can make dating during the holidays surprisingly ideal. All the warm and fuzzy feelings floating around make the holidays a great time to meet a potential romantic partner. If you’ve tried to find love season and season again to no avail, maybe it’s time to trust in your local matchmaker. Everyone deserves love, and love sure makes special times so much better.

Laser Treatment for Snoring?

NightLase is a leading-edge laser procedure using energy to stimulate the tissues of the airway causing a tightening effect which helps keep your airway open, thus improving your daily sleep. Simply put, research has shown that NightLase® reduces snoring and provides an effective, non-invasive way to lessen the effects of sleep apnea WITHOUT requiring a device to be worn during sleep. This laser therapy involves no chemical treatment, and no anesthesia. It is a gentle and easy way for you and your loved ones to regain a good night’s rest.

Holiday Health for Seniors

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be hard for everyone, but can especially take a toll on seniors and their health. It’s important to continue making healthy, balanced meal choices and working to stay well hydrated during the holidays. Stick to any dietary restrictions you may have, even at family gatherings. If hosting gatherings becomes too difficult, have other family members take on hosting duties. Ensure the busyness of the holidays doesn’t result in clutter that could be a trip hazard, and be sure to take frequent breaks and stay well rested despite all of the excitement. Wishing all of you a safe and happy holiday season!

Holiday Season Safety for Pets

The holiday season presents many dangers for pets. Holiday treats such as rich, fatty scraps of meat, pork and poultry bones, alcoholic beverages, chocolates and other treats have been linked to pancreatitis in dogs. Xylitol, a sugar substitute, can cause a dog’s blood sugar to suddenly drop, potentially leading to kidney failure. Holiday plants like berries from mistletoe, holly, hibiscus, Christmas roses, and poinsettia are toxic to pets. Christmas tree water can be poisonous, and things like ornaments, hooks, tinsel, candles, lights and electrical wiring can all pose hazards to a pet’s wellbeing. Keep your pets safe this holiday season!

Smart in Everything but Reading?

Children who are considered bright underachievers often have vision problems that make reading difficult. Sometimes they’re described as auditory learners because they can remember things they’ve heard much faster and easier than anything they’ve read. A clear sign that a vision problem may be at the root of your child’s difficulties is poor performance on written or standardized tests. It may surprise you to learn that many children who have vision problems interfering with learning actually have 20/20 eyesight (with or without glasses). A Developmental Vision Evaluation is needed to determine if a vision problem is interfering with reading.

A Denturist’s Goal

A denturist’s goal is to replace missing natural teeth with esthetically pleasing, comfortable dentures. Denturists are independent professionals, licensed and educated to provide removable denture prosthetic services directly to the public. Not only do we do the intra oral procedures necessary to make your dentures, we also fabricate them. The immediate transfer of information required to do this precise work flows smoothly from the operatory to the in-house laboratory, resulting in fewer problems and a happier patient. When it comes to dentures see a denturist first.

All Chest Pain is Cardiac…

…Until proven otherwise. There are many non-cardiac reasons for chest pain. Consider cardiac etiologies first when chest pain occurs. Muscular strain or injury in the chest wall can worsen with movement. Respiratory issues can cause pain with coughing or breathing. Indigestion or heartburn can mimic cardiac pain. Fibromyalgia, arthritis, and even skin conditions can cause pain to the chest. A cardiogram offers valuable information. For more subtle cardiac events, blood work at an ER or urgent care facility is essential. You’ve gotta have heart! Never second guess chest pain.

Holiday Gift Idea: Winter Eyewear

For those interested in skiing or snowboarding, eye protection can make a great thoughtful gift! Consider protection from ultraviolet rays, glare, and wind. Special filters and anti-glare coatings in a wraparound design with specific venting to prevent fogging are all great options. Cross country skiers, outdoor family leisure activities and dedicated outdoor walkers can choose from a variety of brand names and styles. Some even have interchangeable lenses designed for different altitudes, terrain, and light conditions to protect the cornea, intraocular lens and retina. In many cases, prescription lenses are available. Check with your Optometrist for that special Christmas eyewear gift!

In Your Neighborhood

Good Neighbours Active Living Centre (720 Henderson Highway) is holding a series of Holiday Concerts:
December 1 – Choristers Christmas Concert at River East Mennonite Brethren Church, 755 McLeod, $15 – tickets at the door
December 13 – Harmonica and Sing it Like You Mean It Concert– No Charge
December 20 – Recorder and Handbells Concert – No Charge.
Refreshments follow each concert. Please call 204-669-1710 for more information.

Consider Keto BHB Supplements

If you are thinking about a Keto Diet, or are already following one, consider
taking Keto BHB Supplements. They contain Calcium, Sodium, and Magnesium.
When starting the diet they prevent the “Keto Flu” (not a virus, but a lack of energy
and feeling of malaise) Without the supplement you don’t have enough ketones for
energy and have soon used up the 500gm of carbs stored as glycogen in your
muscles and liver. Once on the diet, these supplements help during intermittent
fasting by keeping up the ketone levels in your bloodstream.