It seemed like Spring was never going to arrive but I think its safe to say we’ve finally said goodbye to winter! This season’s newsletter contains an article on Postural Dysfunction, Whats New in the Neighbourhood and a lovely recipe for Mother’s Day!
Postural Dysfunction- Part One
Some form of postural dysfunction can be seen in virtually everyone. Mild forms are seen as forward head carriage and rounded shoulders whereas more severe and debilitating cases can be extreme scoliosis or ankylosing spondylitis. Even mild forms of postural dysfunction can be a source of pain and discomfort. The most common mild dysfunction is anterior head carriage. This often occurs from sitting at a desk and looking at a computer screen for prolonged hours. The neck progressively flexes forward causing the head to rest in a more anterior position. Subsequently it causes the shoulders to round forward and increases the curvature in the thoracic spine; which adds an element of possible shoulder impingement and reduced respiratory volume. The body is constantly adapting to the stresses and strains placed on it. In an attempt to bring the head back into its neutral position the posterior neck and shoulder muscles fire and engage, but if the head still remains forward those muscles continuously contract. Prolonged muscle firing leads to elevated muscle tension and pain in the neck and shoulder muscles. It can also result in tension headaches.
People often think of massage as a means of relaxing and easing overall muscle tension that accumulates from life stresses. A patient typically seeks treatment initially because of an injury or pain that has become more consistent. During the initial assessment postural analysis is always evaluated. These findings are valuable to treat the present injury but also used later down the road after the injury has resolved. Typically during “maintenance” type treatments my focus is addressing any underlying postural dysfunction and maintaining a sense of postural balance in the body. This type of treatment is necessary as we continue to stress our bodies in unfavorable or prolonged postions. Ie. Desk jockey’s, breastfeeding mothers, excessive sports training, etc.
Stay tuned for Part Two- Ergonomics and Homecare Considerations for anterior head carriage!
What’s New and Exciting in the Neighbourhood!?
Mommy and Baby Groove with Michelle Hillier! Are you a new Mom or know of someone on Mat leave that would love to incorporate fitness back into their lifestyle? Finding it difficult to leave the wee one behind? Dance away those post-natal blues and weight with this fun and exciting Dance class. I ve personally been attending Michelle’s community dance classes over the years and fell in love with her devotion to the Groove Method and her ability to make an exercise class ridiculously fun! More details can be found at http://fit2danceinc.com/
Looking for a great place for lunch? This place has an assortment of healthy salads, sandwiches and juices. The Black Rabbit, one of the newest eatery’s in the hood offers great food thats healthy. The owner is also a fellow runner who understands the importance of good nutrition but doesn’t want to sacrifice on flavour. The emphasis is on local, organic and nutrient dense ingredients. I ve been let in on a little secret- coming soon are a selection of baked goods, all made in house!
Recipe of the Month- May
Apple Crumble Baked Brie
A yummy treat for Mother’s Day! Can be served as a decadent accompaniment to brunch or as an after dinner treat. There are many options for substitutions! Experiment with dried cranberries instead of raisins, pecans instead of almonds or add sunflower seeds.
1 wheel of Brie
1 apple (peeled, cored and chopped)
2 Tbsp raisins
4 dates, finely chopped
1 Tbsp liquid honey
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp slivered almonds
1/4 Tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup minute oats
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp butter
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine apple, raisins, dates, honey, brown sugar, almonds and cinnamon in a bowl. Add brie to a baking dish and top with combined ingredients.
In a mixing bowl stir together the oats, brown sugar and butter until it has a crumble appearance. Sprinkle on top of the apple mixture.
Bake at 325 for approximately 25 minutes. Additional time may be required depending on the size of Brie purchase. The one used here was 200g. Don’t bake for too long! Otherwise it’ll turn into a cheesy soup!
Serve with sliced baguette, crackers or cinnamon snaps.