Cara with client, Joanne

What’s Zone 2 Training? And, Why Is It Metabolically Important?

The theme for this week … moderate exercise helps too!

Once upon a time, conventional thinking was you had to push harder and longer to get benefits from a workout. Current research shows something different and that a less intense workout has its own benefits. This workout level is commonly referred to as Zone 2 training. Read on … Read more

Cara with client, Joanne

Summer, Aquatics, and Head Injuries. The Neck Gets Affected Too! 😞

The theme for this week … head injuries from swimming impact the neck too

Have you bumped your head or gotten your head bumped? Although the impact was to the head, your neck sustained stress too. Getting the neck muscles reset is key to helping you move with less pain and better balance after a head injury. Read on …

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Is Your Child Struggling to Concentrate?

Concentration challenges? Five reasons why behavior may not be to blame

You’ve put your best foot forward for the start to an unusual school year.

  • You’ve done all you can to sort through so many emails to put together the daily school schedule.
  • You’ve set up a school work space with laptop or iPad, chair, and desk/table.
  • You stocked up and organized snacks and drinks for easy access.

Now it’s up to your child. Will they be able to pull it together to focus and learn? There is often more to consider with our children’s ability to stay on task than what you read in parenting blogs. Read more

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Falls, Balance, and Brain Health: Yes, There is a Relationship!

Proactive work on your balance can reduce the impact of a fall, and help your brain health!

Wow, it has been slippery outside!

Short story to share about a client who had a close encounter with a sidewalk.

Letting the dog out one night, he was victim to the random tug of the leash. On the icy sidewalk that tug ended up pulling him off balance; he went down hard onto his right side. Thankfully the landing was on his glutes rather than the hip itself. Ice, heat, and a chiro visit later the pain was tolerable, but walking and standing were not so easy. Read more

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Beyond Concussion: Return to School and Play

The case of the high school Volleyball Concussion

“Thank you for seeing M last week! She is feeling much better and was cleared from her concussion on Friday! Thanks so much for your help.”

On a recent Tuesday evening a high school volleyball player took a powerful bump to her head from a ball during pre-game warm-ups. As the national anthem played she began feeling worse and worse. Something was wrong. The athletic trainer checked for concussion and advised her to stay home the next day. Read more

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Beyond Concussion: Head Injuries at Birth

The unexpected head injury — birth

As we explore head injuries this month it is easy to overlook events from our very entry into this world.

There are so many ways that a baby’s head gets stressed at birth. Yes, there is supposed to be lots of stress at birth. However, in a number of birth scenarios there is an inordinate level of stress. Some of the birth scenarios include when the head positioning is oriented wrong, baby is breech or sunnyside-up, has torticolis or has a wrapped umbilical cord. Read more

Falling can be an issue for older adults.

Beyond Concussion: I Keep Falling. Why?

“I’m 75 and trying to stay active. I keep falling and no one can figure out why. I don’t want to use this walker but I’m afraid to be moving around without it.”

Falling, a post-concussion issue?

Head injuries don’t just happen to children and athletes. Falls amongst older adults are a leading cause of head injuries. (Statistics are below.) Read more

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Beyond Concussion: What If It’s Just a Head Injury?

“My daughter fell on the playground at school. The ER says there is no concussion. She took a pretty good hit in the face. Should we come in?”

Each year, nearly 200,000 children, ages 14 and under, require emergency room treatment due to playground falls. Read more

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Beyond Concussion: Cleared But Still Struggling

The call came three months after the injury. “My daughter is still having headaches. She also says that her vision is blurry sometimes. We saw the neurologist and she was cleared.”

Fall is a time for lots of outdoor activity. Coupled with slippery rain and leaves the season is ripe with the conditions for the most common causes of head injuries — sports trauma and falling. Read more