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Knee Replacements Outside of Hospitals

Total knee replacement is the most definitive treatment for advanced osteoarthritis. This procedure is typically done in a hospital setting, with 3-5 days of hospital stay. In recent years, it has become clear that healthy individuals can be discharged from the hospital on the day of their surgery, to safely and conveniently recover at home. Having surgery done at a medical centre provides a welcome alternative to hospitals. This can help reduce complications associated with hospitalization, and for many patients, the convenience and comfort of being at home with family is much preferred over the rustle and bustle of a busy surgical ward.

Reducing Anxiety and Finding Balance

Anxiety and panic attacks can be detrimental to a person’s confidence, wellbeing, and overall sense of self, causing stress, worry, and sometimes long-term health issues. Anxiety often stems from thoughts – “what ifs” that can grow to severely impact one’s ability to cope with daily life. Those with anxiety may find that laser acupuncture is a welcome respite from their tension and fear. The use of a cold non-invasive laser to stimulate acupressure points on the body can affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, therefore helping to reduce feelings of anxiety and panic.

Know Your Core Muscles

Physiotherapists offer training for the deep muscles of your core. These muscles include: 1) Transversus abdominis – the deepest abdominal that wraps around the abdomen between the lower ribs and top of the pelvis. It stabilizes the low back and pelvis and protects the inner organs. 2) Multifidus – a deep muscle located along the back of the spine very close to the midline that works with other muscles to stabilize the low back and pelvis. 3) The pelvic floor – a hammock of muscles that connect the pubic bone at the front to the tailbone and “sitz” bones at the back. There are no recipes for training the deep muscles – speak to your physiotherapist about the right training for your core.

Acupuncture for Mental Wellness

Q: I have issues with depression and anxiety. Can acupuncture help with this?

A: Stress can result in several symptoms, such as insomnia, constant worry, weakened digestive system, and others. Acupuncture treatment can adjust and balance our meridians to reduce emotional and physical stress. During treatment, the patient will feel more relaxed and joyful, and some will fall asleep. They will also sleep more soundly when they go home. After a few treatments, they will feel stronger and can better resist the stress.

Talking Finances as Newlyweds

Wedding season is at its peak, and with so many couples tying the knot, it’s important to address how to combine your finances successfully. When merging your finances, think about your money as being separately yours, but also jointly yours. Deal with debt as a couple to help with stress and debt management. Take a united approach to keeping spending in check, rather than resorting to blame. Work together to make investment decisions. Avoid keeping secrets from your spouse when it comes to money. Finally, agree to plan for emergencies and stick to that plan.

Summer Brain Care

It’s hard to focus on serious things like learning and exercising your brain when there’s so much summer fun to be had, but it’s important for students with learning difficulties to keep up with training their brain. This can be done by participating in many fun, yet important, activities, such as playing board games, building things with Lego, socializing, and taking on new challenges that are just above a student’s capacity. Focusing on wellness can also keep the brain healthy, so exercising, getting enough sleep, finding quiet time, eating healthy foods, and drinking enough water are equally important.

Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy

During pregnancy, you need a nervous system that responds immediately and accurately to changing requirements in all parts of your body — you need a healthy spine! Adjusting women throughout pregnancy is one of the most rewarding parts of our work, because a healthier pregnancy means an easier labour and delivery, and a better transition for the baby into this life. But before you even get pregnant, chiropractic adjustments can help your body prepare for the amazing journey ahead. Chiropractic care prior to conception promotes a more regular menstrual cycle and optimal uterine function, preparing the body to be strong, supple, and as balanced as possible to carry the pregnancy. Restoring proper nerve supply to reproductive organs has helped many couples who thought they were infertile.

Help for Hammertoes

Q: What is a hammertoe? A: Hammertoes are toes that are bent or contracted. They usually are not painful; however, the friction of them rubbing against the inside of shoes can create a buildup of thick, hard skin (a corn), which can be very uncomfortable. Hammertoes are usually the result of foot misalignment. It is always best to try to catch this in the earlier stages, before the toe becomes fixed. Make sure your shoes are wide enough and deep enough to prevent rubbing or friction irritation and the formation of a corn. Motion-control shoes and/or orthotics can serve to reduce any over-pronation.

Book Club: Silly Cat Goes to the Zoo

Summer Kids Book Review – In this chilling Silly Cat adventure, Aubrey and Emi go with Boots and Aunty Pat to the Calgary Zoo. Poor Boots decides he wants to be a penguin and, of course, ends up in trouble. Luckily, his people friends are able to save the day – with a little unexpected help that arrives in the nick of time. Silly Cat Goes to the Zoo is the first of a series of Silly Cat Adventures featuring Boots and Aunty Pat.

Stress Fractures

Q: What is a stress fracture? A: Stress fractures are partial breaks, or cracks in a bone. Walking or running will be painful, whereas generally there will not be pain during rest periods. They are usually considered an overuse injury, which can result from overtraining, switching running surfaces (soft to hard), or wearing shoes that provide inadequate support. If you suspect a stress fracture, see your family doctor or a sports-oriented podiatrist. Do not run at all for six weeks. Often crutches, and sometimes casting, are needed. The good news is that stress fractures usually heal without complications, provided diagnosis and treatment are done early.

Fight Summer Brain Fog

Encouraging students to exercise their brain in the summer months can help keep them sharp and better prepare them for back to school time in the fall. Practicing brain exercises that target a student’s ability to reason and process information quickly can help with difficulties in making connections when it comes to reading comprehension, math problems, and social situations, all of which are important for academic performance. For students with learning difficulties, keeping their brain on track ensures they will be able to perform at a similar level as their peers, setting them up for success when the school year starts up again.