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Torticollis

Torticollis

Torticollis is defined as a sustained contraction of the muscles of the neck that causes the head to twist and turn to one direction. Usually the sternocleidomastoid muscle or the trapezius muscle is involved. This condition is usually pain-free, creating little to no discomfort in the child. If the baby has the condition at birth it’s called congenital muscular torticollis. If they develop the condition after birth it’s called acquired. This is a common condition, affecting 1 in 250 babies born with the condition.

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Whiplash Injury

Whiplash Injury

Injuries to the neck that cause a sudden backward, forward, or sideways motion are referred to as Whiplash injuries. Whiplash injury occurs when the head is thrown in one and quickly thrust into the opposite direction.  Whiplash injuries can occur from car accidents, sports, work accidents, etc.  Chiropractors frequently treat whiplash injuries.

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Mom life Series - Putting your oxygen mask on first

Mom life Series - Putting your oxygen mask on first

I’m not claiming to be an expert in motherhood; I’m just a new mom navigating returning to work, maintaining my identity, surviving sleep deprivation, and staying balanced. As a health provider, I educate and encourage the importance of self-care. As an over-tired momma, I understand how prioritizing personal care is not easy. My pregnancy and birth experience were both pretty uneventful. Physically, however, I ended up with diastasis recti (abdominal split), a gnarly cesarean scar, knee pain, and general deconditioning. With returning to work, chasing sleep, preventing total house disaster and loving on a sweet baby, finding time to rehabilitate is difficult. Although it feels selfish at times, I have to make the conscious decision to put my health and fitness first. I find I am a better mother, wife, PTA and person when I’ve prioritized myself. Here’s how I put my oxygen mask on first before “adulting”….

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Move more, sit less- How can we make time for exercise

Move more, sit less- How can we make time for exercise

Let’s be honest: Physical activity guidelines can be tough. As behavioral scientists with expertise in exercise motivation, we will be the first to admit that maintaining a physically active lifestyle isn’t easy. This is what we do, and we don’t even always hit the goal. Life is messy and often gets way of even the best intentions. Let’s take a deep breath, unwrap these new guidelines and talk strategy.

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Ten ways to indulge and stay healthy this holiday season

Ten ways to indulge and stay healthy this holiday season

Before the holidays ruin your wellness plan and make you turn as green as the Grinch, try these 10 ways to help you stay on track and keep your festive spirit.

Often we feel if we can’t stick to our regular routine, then why bother? As researchers in nutrition and physical activity behaviours, we know that maintaining wellness over the holidays is easier than starting over again in the new year.

Going into the holidays with a plan to overcome adversity (think dessert tray!) is more effective than no plan at all. Indulge, a little, while still feeling good about yourself.

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