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Advice from a North York Chiropractic Clinic: 4 Natural Ways to Zap Your Panic Attacks

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the news, odds are that you’ve noticed there’s quite a bit of anxiety floating around. Whether it’s politics, family, or work, we all feel anxiety to some degree. Sometimes, large waves of anxiety can hit someone all at once, very suddenly becoming overwhelming and unbearable. These are panic attacks, and they’re fairly common.

This week, we at your friendly neighbourhood North York Chiropractic Clinic have decided to offer the more panic-prone of our readers 4 natural, drug-free ways to reduce both the likelihood and severity of your panic attacks.

1.      Exercise

Anxiety affects the body just as much as it affects the mind. It’s this physical reaction causes stress and anxiety to create tension headaches and physical fatigue.

Thankfully, this link works both ways. Burning calories through intensive exercise will also burn through stress and anxiety, while providing the added benefit of natural endorphins and a sense of satisfaction that comes from bettering yourself.

2.      Psychotherapy

There is a completely misleading stigma associated with therapy. The fact of the matter is that, in cases of extreme stress, therapy can help you to identify and work through your sources of anxiety, particularly if you aren’t sure what the major cause of your anxiety is, or when your anxiety stems from a traumatic event.

3.      Yoga/Meditation

While it’s not a ‘magic bullet’ that will cure you, yoga and meditation can be a combination of physical and psychological exercise. The activity helps you to ‘burn through stress’, while the relaxation and introspection can help you to get a better handle on the root causes of your anxieties.

4.      North York Chiropractic Treatment

Subluxations and other dysfunctions of your neurological system can greatly worsen the physical effects that anxiety has upon your body. Through regular adjustments, we can help you to improve its functionality, eliminating a number of common causes for anxiety such as constant pain, disturbed sleep, and so on, while improving your body’s ability to manifest the positive changes from the above methods.

If you’d like to learn more about how chiropractic treatment can reduce your overall stress, or to book an appointment with your North York chiropractic clinic, contact us today.

Toronto Holiday Headache Pain Relief Tips

‘Tis the season! And while this might mean odes to joy and winter wonderlands for some, to many headache sufferers, ‘tis the season for packed malls, blinking lights, bright daylight on white snow—not to mention holiday sweets and the same half-dozen songs blaring 24/7.

Stress, bright lights, loud noises, strong smells, and changes in blood-sugar can all be major triggers for headache sufferers, and the Toronto holidays have no shortage of them.

To help you get through the holidays in Toronto with your head intact, we have these simple headache pain relief and avoidance tips.

Don’t Forget to Get ‘Nestled All Snug in Your Bed’

Sleep can have a major impact on headache pain. Making sure you get a good night’s sleep can significantly cut back on your chances of suffering headache pain the following day.

Also, make sure that your sleeping position and pillow are both ergonomically sound. Sleeping in an odd position, or with a pillow that doesn’t offer you proper support, can cause muscle tension in the neck and subluxations in your spine, both of which can contribute to headaches, as well as muscle stiffness, joint pain, illness, and more.

Escape the Madness (At Least For a While)

It’s easy to get swept up in the stresses and stimuli of the holidays, particularly if you’re a parent or grandparent. While there is pressure to do your ‘holiday duties’, such as shopping for gifts, decorating the tree, planning family gatherings, preparing meals, looking after your children, your in-laws, your extended family, your spouse—it’s important not to forget to look after yourself.

Make sure to book some time to escape from it all, by doing something that relaxes you. It could be reading a book by the fire, watching some guilty pleasure television program, sipping wine in a warm bath, or even just closing your eyes someplace quiet and taking a deep breath.

Visit Your Toronto Chiropractor

Regular chiropractic adjustments help your headaches in two ways: It alleviates many headache-related symptoms and it addresses a number of underlying issues that can cause headaches in the first place, such as muscle tension, circulatory health, immune system functionality, and more.

To get the drop on holiday headache pain relief in Toronto, book your appointment today.

Chiropractic Care: Helping Toronto Age Gracefully

Ageing can be difficult on the body. Aches and pains become more common, sleep can be more easily disrupted, and often our organs don’t work quite as well as they used to.

As chiropractic care providers in Toronto, we’re very familiar with the trials that ageing puts our bodies through. Through regular chiropractic adjustments, your Toronto chiropractor can treat a number of age-related issues, helping take a bit of the sting out of ageing while helping you to enjoy your golden years to their fullest.

Chiropractic Care Helps to Control Arthritis

Arthritis is a common by-product of ageing, and can be particularly frustrating if your job or hobbies involve swinging a hammer, plucking a string, kneeling or walking, or even using a keyboard.

There are a number of chiropractic techniques that can help to both alleviate joint pressure during an arthritic outbreak, and maintenance techniques that can promote the overall health of your joints and the nervous systems that control them.

Chiropractic Care Helps to Manage Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is another common concern among the ageing population. Our cardiovascular system becomes a little less resilient as we get older, causing our veins to lose elasticity (meaning they don’t stretch as well to accommodate the blood that flows through them), our body doesn’t process salt as well, and our hormone balances shift a little—all of which can result in higher blood pressure.

Chiropractic treatment can maintain your cardiovascular systems and all of the neurological processes that control them, helping your body to use what you have a little more efficiently.

Chiropractic Care in Toronto Cures Back Problems

Typing it into a headline seems like a ‘no duh’ move, but even though it goes without saying, it’s worth spelling out: When we age, back problems become much more common. It becomes much easier to damage your back by trying to lift heavy things, your posture starts to sink which places even more pressure on your spine, regular back aches and pains become more common and pronounced, and issues such as sciatica that originate in the spine can cause pain throughout your limbs.

Chiropractic care is all about keeping your spine healthy. Through regular adjustments, we can work out any subluxations that are causing you problems, and keep that back healthy to relieve you of spine-related issues down the line.

Chiropractic Care Helps you Sleep

As we get older, the new aches and pains can very commonly lead to sleep-related problems. Even if they don’t keep us awake all night, nagging aches and pains can pull us out of deep sleep, making our sleep much less restful—not to mention causing tossing and turning that might be keeping your significant other awake.

Chiropractic care tackles discomfort-related sleep problems. By making the rest of your body healthier, you’re eliminating the problem at the source.

 

Want to see the difference chiropractic care in Toronto can make on the ageing process? Book an appointment today.

 

Debunking Toronto’s Biggest Headache & Pain Relief Myths

There are quite a few myths floating around among Torontonians regarding headaches. To help clear the air a bit, we’ve addressed and explained the most common of these myths.

Young children don’t get headaches.

This is a myth that we hadn’t heard ourselves, but that is floating around there. It’s likely perpetuated by the fact that many younger kids (particularly ones with limited or no vocabularies) don’t have the linguistic ability to distinguish between a headache and other sorts of pain, discomfort, and illness.

The fact is that children are just as susceptible to headaches as anyone else. After all, their bodies use the same nervous and cardiovascular systems that cause headaches in adults.

Migraines are just really bad headaches.

In a literal sense, migraines are really bad pains that take place in the head, but they are actually completely different entities. The relationship between migraines and headaches is like the relationship between heartburn and heart attacks: They both take place in the same general area, but the causes and severity are very, very different.

Only women get recurring headaches.

While headaches are a common side effect of a woman’s biological cycle, recurring headaches can have any number of causes, such as stress from a recurring work event, a regular disruption to sleep patterns, or even as a result from low testosterone.

Headaches originate in the mind.

When you consider stress headaches, it’s easy to see where this myth came from: We feel distress, and we get a headache. However, this isn’t actually the case: The relationship between the mind and headaches is indirect, and has more to do with your nervous system than your conscious mind. When we’re stressed out, our shoulders tense, which disrupts the flow of blood to our brain, which causes headaches.

However, it often occurs the other way around: If our shoulders are tense for another reason (such as an uncomfortable sleep or subluxations in your vertebra), your brain will already be in ‘headache mode’, making you irritable and uncomfortable until your headache causes you to feel stressed.

Either way, it’s important to remember: Your mind doesn’t cause headaches; your body does.

Pain killers cure headaches.

This is partly a misnomer confusing headache medication for pain medication.

Pain medications are meant to block pain receptors, and aren’t ideal for headache pain relief in Toronto. They’re usually not even prescribed for headache pains aside from extreme migraines, and even then they are only used as a last-ditch method to control pain, not to treat the headache itself.

Most headache medications are actually anti-inflammatories, such as ASA (used in Asprin) or Ibuprofen (used in Advil). These are effective at relieving the swelling that causes tension headaches, but don’t help to ‘cure’ headaches in the long run.

Chiropractic treatment for headaches involve working on subluxations that cause the swelling in the first place, reducing the frequency and severity of headaches without the need for drugs.

Chiropractic medicine has also been shown to have a major positive effect on many migraine sufferers for whom anti-inflammatory drugs have no effect (because, you’ll remember, migraines aren’t just ‘really bad headaches’).

Get Headache Pain Relief in Toronto

To learn first-hand how chiropractic treatment can help to reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches, contact us today.

 

North York Chiropractic Clinic Recommends: Great Car Seat Carrying Video

One of our fellow chiropractors south of the border released a video featuring a spine-friendly car seat carrying tip which has gone viral—and with good reason.

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In the past, we have discussed the strain that carrying a heavy lop-sided object can have on your spine, and a car seat is a worse offender than any purse we’ve seen. It’s very wide and fairly heavy, especially when your baby starts to get a little bigger.

Why Does This Work?

This method of carrying a car seat is effective because it keeps the weight as close to your body as possible, as well as using physics to take much of the weight off of your shoulders.

The hand that is placed underneath the seat doesn’t just carry all of the weight; it makes an axis. Instead of just pulling the car seat straight down and placing all the pressure on your shoulder, gravity tries to tip the far end of the car seat away. Your arm no longer has to directly fight gravity; the elbow that’s hooked into the handle simply has to stay still to resist the sideways-pull of the tipping motion.

Finally, by keeping your arm straightened instead of hooked out as it would be if you were holding it like a basket, you are greatly reducing the amount of work that the muscles and joints of your arms would need to exert.

Always Care For Your Spine

While this method of carrying does greatly decrease the amount of strain your body suffers when carrying a car seat, caring for a child can still be extremely taxing on your body. To make sure that you can keep up with the demands of being a mother, we strongly recommend that every new mother undergo regular chiropractic treatments in North York.

If you’re a new or expectant parent and wish to learn more about how chiropractic treatments can help your body through the trials of parenthood, book an appointment for with your North York chiropractic clinic today.

Toronto Migraine Treatment: The Real Dangers of Light in Migraine Sufferers

As migraine sufferers are all-too-aware, light is a common agitator for migraines. However, migraine treatment studies by the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has revealed that the effect of bright lights actually go beyond headache pain, opening up whole new avenues to migraine treatment.

Light Can Trigger More than Just Headache Pain

The study found that light doesn’t just trigger pain; it can also trigger a whole spectrum of reactions tied to complications with the nervous system.

Within the brain, light has been found to trigger a whole spectrum of emotional reactions, including anxiety, anger, irritability, nervousness, neediness, fear, and even depression.

Even more interesting, the effects were observed outside the brain as well. In migraine sufferers, exposure to certain light could trigger tightness in the chest and throat, dry mouth, dizziness, and nausea.

These are all automatic responses related to the nervous system, and each of these bodily symptoms are commonly treated by chiropractic medicine, revealing why chiropractic treatment has been found to be effective with many migraine sufferers.

Study: It’s Actually Easy Being Green

The study also found that the colour of the light can make a difference. During the study, they found that green wavelengths are much less likely to worsen migraines or trigger additional symptoms.

This is great news for migraine sufferers, who might be able to use green-tinted glasses and coloured light bulbs to help reduce the severity of their migraines.

A Higher Level of Understanding

In addition to new migraine treatment options in Toronto, this study has given scientists a new insight about the role that light plays in migraines, and presented a whole new set of associated symptoms that can be used to help narrow down the causes.

In other words, while we still don’t know what precisely causes migraines, these studies suggest that their cause is associated with disruptions, imbalances, or sensitivities within the entire nervous system.

To help keep your nervous system stabilized, make sure to visit your Toronto chiropractic clinic for migraine treatment and regular ‘tune-ups’ to reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches.

Would you like more tips on controlling your migraines? Do you want to see first-hand how chiropractic treatment can help you to reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches? Book an appointment today.

Make Sure You’re Ready for the Holiday Season with North York Lower Back Pain Treatment

The holidays can be rough. Fighting crowds at the mall, lugging around shopping bags, shovelling snow—there’s no doubt that the months ahead of us are going to be hard on our backs. The last thing we need is a strain or injury before the season even really starts!

Preparation is key to keeping healthy. By following these tips, you can make sure that you’re hale and hearty, and ready to take on the holidays head-on.

Keep Yard Work Safe to Avoid Lower Back Pain

Aches, strains, and subluxations sustained while doing yard work can often seem innocuous to start, but can cause a chain reaction that makes us susceptible to more severe injury down the line. Make sure that you follow our guide on how to safely perform fall yard work!

Be Ready for Winter (Before Winter Reminds You)

You know that expression, “It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it”? This is particularly true of your winter gear. Make sure that you have everything you might need for winter before the first snowfall, including de-icing salt, an ergonomically suitable shovel, and snow tires for your car.

You know that you’re going to need these eventually, and if you wait until it’s too late, you risk sustaining an injury on your way to pick up your winter safety stuff.

Get Ahead of Lower Back Pain with North York Chiropractic Treatment

Regular adjustments can reduce stiffness and increase flexibility, both of which can significantly lower the risk of sustaining lower back injuries. At the same time, chiropractic adjustments can improve the immune system, working with other preventative measures to make sure that you aren’t taken out by illness, either.

To get the drop on seasonal lower back pain, book your appointment today.

Toronto’s Top 6 Drug-Free Paths to Headache Pain Relief

Headaches can be tricky things. The throbbing, nagging pain of a headache can make it impossible to focus, and pinpointing the exact cause, or even type, of your headache can often be difficult. Some turn to drugs as an ‘easy fix’, but drugs often take a long time to kick in, can carry the risk of side effects, and can lead to the body developing resistances or, even worse, dependencies.

To help keep Toronto healthy and pain-free, we present 6 drug-free alternatives for headache pain relief.

Please note that this guide is for standard headache pain relief; for migraines, please refer to our migraine article.

1.      Spicy Food

Spices (or, more specifically, capsaicin, which is the substance that makes spices hot) have long been used as a natural remedy for pain and inflammation, and can help with most types of headaches.

As an added bonus, eating spicy foods helps to clear out sinus congestion, very quickly relieving and/or curing sinus headaches.

2.      Stretch and Relax your Muscles

Tension in the back, neck, and shoulder muscles is a common side effect of stress, and lead to what is commonly known as ‘tension headaches’.

Relaxing stretches and breathing exercises can help you release that muscle tension, eliminating your tension headaches at the source.

If you find yourself frequently experiencing tension headaches, it may help to be mindful of your shoulders—when we’re approaching headache-levels of stress, often our shoulders will show early warning signs by pulling higher as the muscles associated with tension headaches start to flex. When this happens, a few relaxing stretches can avoid a bad headache before it happens.

3.      Fresh Air & Exercise

While it might seem strange to see this next to ‘relax’, exercise can actually do a great deal to help us relieve stress-related tension.

Exercise naturally resolves stress by ‘blowing off steam’, directing the built-up energy into a physical activity so that it can no longer gather around the neck and result in a headache. Exercise also has the benefit of literally getting the blood flowing, improving the circulation, which gets more blood to your brain.

4.      Hot and/or Cold Compresses

If you can tell which type of headache you’re experiencing, a compress on the back of your neck and/or forehead can be helpful.

Hot compresses are helpful for tension headaches as it opens blood vessels and helps to relieve muscle tension, but will make pressure headaches worse.

Cold compresses are helpful for pressure headaches, as it constricts the blood vessels that are causing pressure, but it can cause your muscles to tense up more, making tension headaches worse.

If you’re not sure, you can either go back and forth (as each compress tends to help more than the other hurts), or you can play it safe and try another method.

5.      Drink Up!

Headaches are also a common sign that our bodies don’t have enough liquid. After all, our brain uses a tremendous amount of oxygen, which is supplied through the blood; if you become dehydrated, your brain doesn’t get as much blood as it needs, and it throbs to tell you that something is wrong.

We mostly don’t drink the recommended ‘adequate intake’ of 2-3 liters per day, and much of what we do drink contains elements that can dehydrate us, such as caffeine, sugars, and alcohol.

Yes, this one works for hangovers as well.

Have you ever felt hung over? That’s a dehydration headache. If you tend to experience hangovers, forget ‘hair of the dog’—drinking again just deprives your brain of even more blood while trying to dull your senses until you don’t notice the increasing pain quite as much.

Try ‘hair of the fish’ instead; replacing the water will actually resume function to your brain instead of just impairing it again.

Of course, the most effective way to avoid a hangover is to always drink in moderation (or abstain altogether), and drink plenty of water as well.

6.      Regular Preventative Chiropractic Adjustments

Both tension and inflammation headaches have core causes related to the central nervous system: Tension headaches are caused by involuntary muscle tension that is caused by your nerves, whereas inflammation headaches are caused by your cardio-vascular system, which is also controlled through your nervous system.

Regular chiropractic adjustments serve to help keep your nervous system in tip-top shape, preventing ‘misfires’ of nerves that very commonly leads to muscle tension and vascular issues.

And, if you’re experiencing a dehydration headache, you’re more than welcome to ask for a cup of water in the waiting room.

 

If you experience regular headaches, or would simply like to learn more about the benefits of regular chiropractic treatment, book an appointment with your Toronto chiropractor today. Get headache pain relief in Toronto today!

Fall Got You Down? Toronto Chiropractic Care Can Help.

For many, the tail-end of fall means the beginning of Seasonal-Affective Disorder season. The leaves have fallen, the weather is getting colder, and we’re more likely to hunker down in our houses instead of going out to enjoy life.

However, Seasonal-Affective Disorder often isn’t quite as simple as the changing seasons. There are actually a number of factors that can contribute to the ‘fall blues’, and a little chiropractic care from your Toronto chiropractor can help you to keep the blues at bay.

Strains and Pains

The pain of fall and winter isn’t just psychological. Manual labour tasks, such as raking leaves and shovelling snow, as well as cold-related accidents such as slip-and-fall injuries on ice, can cause very real physical pain that makes the seasonal-affective pain that much worse.

Through chiropractic care in Toronto, we can not only help any physical injuries you have to heal quicker, but we can also provide regular treatments to increase flexibility and resilience, reducing the likelihood that you will be hurt in the first place.

Interrupted Sleep

The change of season often results in difficulty adjusting sleep patterns. Often, all it takes is one night of un-restful sleep, whether due to using covers that are too hot or too cold for the room temperature, being kept awake by an injury, worrying over an ill loved one, or even just due to Daylight Savings Time popping up at an obnoxious time, that can throw a wrench in your routine.

Whatever the reason, regular chiropractic care in Toronto can help you to more easily adjust your sleep schedule, granting you a good night’s sleep that leaves you awake, alert, and ready to take on the next day.

Call Your Toronto Chiropractor Today

If you tend to find yourself a little lower than usual during the winter months, a little ‘T-L-Chiropractic-C’ can help to keep you to tackle many sources and symptoms of seasonal-affective disorder. Book an appointment today.

Torontonians Prescribed Dangerous Opioids for Migraine Treatment

If you’ve been paying attention to health news, you’ve likely heard about the ‘opioid epidemic’, which is a significant uptick in instances when symptoms are treated with highly addictive drugs. One of the illnesses that often result in opioid prescriptions is migraine headaches.

Part of the reason why many migraine sufferers find themselves with opioid prescriptions is due to the elusive nature of the disorder’s root causes. Triggers can vary widely from individual to individual, and solutions that work for one migraine sufferer may easily have an adverse effect on another. An opioid prescription is often used as a way to offer the patient at least some relief when they can’t find a migraine treatment in Toronto that works.

Treating Symptoms Instead of the Root Causes

Unfortunately, the opioids do not address the root cause of migraine headaches, only the resulting symptoms. Using opioids such as Percocet and Oxycodone will do nothing to actually reduce the frequency or severity of migraine headaches, essentially acting as ‘band-aid solutions’.

As such, opioids should never be seen as a solution. There are a number of migraine treatments in Toronto that can help to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches without the use of dangerous drugs.

Opioids are Flirting with Disaster

Most people are aware that opioids are addictive. However, many don’t realize just how addictive they are. Prescription opioids are commonly found to be just as addictive as heroin, and one can often become addicted without realizing until it’s too late.

Part of this reason is because taking opioids for a period causes your body to develop a tolerance: Your body ‘gets used to it’, meaning the drugs are no longer as effective, which means you have to take more to get the same effect, and causing the ‘crash’ of withdrawal to be more severe if you try to stop.

Consider Chiropractic (And Other Drug-Free) Preventative Treatments

While the use of opioids may be necessary to manage the pain of particularly severe migraines, you should make a conscious effort to use them as little as possible, turning instead to a number of drug-free treatments, including chiropractic maintenance.

For more information on such treatments, see our Chiropractic Migraine Treatment page or our previous Drug-Free Migraine Treatment article.

Contact Us Today

If you suffer from migraines, we urge you to consider alternative treatments in Toronto before settling with dangerous drugs. Book an appointment today.