WhiteMud Blog

Your Foot Health

Posted: August 19, 2015
By: Whitemud Crossing Chiropractor

Feet, we spend most of our lives on our feet.  Usually we don’t really think about them, maybe the shoes or socks that we think look nice, but not really about the feet themselves.  However, when our feet are sore, they are all we can think about.  Foot pain can affect so many other things in our lives, the type of footwear we choose, our transportation, our recreational activities and so much more.  It is best to prevent foot pain before it starts.   Your Edmonton Chiropractor offers Custom Orthotics, designed specifically for you and your feet.  
Custom Orthotics can be designed for your lifestyle.  There are orthotics for work boots, athletic shoes, hockey skates, dress shoes, and much more.  Whatever your lifestyle, there is an orthotic designed for you.  Your Edmonton chiropractor can show you all the options open to you.  There are even sandals with orthotics built in right into them so you can continue with your foot care throughout the summer.  
Orthotics can help prevent and alleviate with a variety of foot and ankle ailments, including plantar fasciitis , hammer toes, heel spurs.  They do this by ensuring the bones in the bone and ankle are aligned.  Along with these foot issues, orthotics can help, knee pain, lower back pain, and even neck pain.  Ask your Edmonton Chiropractor today if orthotics are right for you!  
Most insurance companies will cover the cost of Custom Orthotics every few years.  Some orthotic companies even include a warranty if you lose or break your orthotics.  There is even an option to have the children’s orthotics (under 18) will replace outgrown orthotics within the two year warranty at no charge!  This is an excellent way to help children’s feet grow with less possibility of foot issues in the future.  Call your Edmonton Chiropractor today for your no charge gait scan today!


A Stress Free Holiday

Posted: December 17, 2014
By: Whitemud Crossing Chiropractor

We are getting down to the crunch time it is one week until Christmas.  Many of us have a variety of parties, concerts, and other events we have been invited to.   Along with all of the social events, we are busy trying to buy and wrap gifts, decorate and much more.  With all these things, often we forget about taking care of ourselves, abandoning our routine thinking that we do not have the time to work out, eat healthy, sleep, or see the chiropractor.  This can lead to us getting sick, sore necks and backs, and headaches, not a way to spend your holiday.  Here are a few tips to help you get through the holiday season healthy, happy, and relatively stress-free.
Keep up with your exercise routine, even if it is reduced.  Exercise is a great stress reducer, can keep your waistline in check, especially with extra temptations around and can help keep you feeling your best.  A quick routine at home can help keep you on track without taking too much of your time.  Your Edmonton chiropractor can show you a routine that can help not only keep your back pain at bay, but keep your body in shape.  For more information, check out www.whitemudchiro.com
With the parties, buying, wrapping, and assembling gifts, often our sleep gets shorter than it should.  Sleep is when our bodies repair, not only the body, but the brain as well.  Lack of sleep can affect our mentally capacity making things harder than they should be, which can make things take longer than they normally would, causing us to stay up later to complete them and the cycle continues.  Instead of trying to do everything in one night, try going to bed a little earlier.  Having a good night’s sleep, you will wake up more refreshed and ready for the day, able to complete all the tasks needed. 
Try to take time for yourself, book a massage to ease those aches and pains away, perhaps for after the Christmas season for something to look forward to.  Keep up with your chiropractic care, as regular chiropractic adjustments can keep you feeling your best, so you can keep up with all the holiday needs.  No one wants to go through the holidays with headaches, or neck or back pain.  Call your Edmonton Chiropractic and Massage today at 780-430-7549. 
Finally, remember that everything will work out perfectly.  Take time to enjoy the parties, the children, the lights and other festivities.  Don’t get so focused on things being perfect that you miss out! 
Happy Holidays!

There is No Such Thing as a Normal Headache

Posted: November 27, 2014
By: Whitemud Crossing Chiropractor

Headaches may be a common experience, however they are not normal.  Every headache has a reason or a cause.  Unfortunately the most common way of dealing with a headache is to mask the pain with medications.  There is a very large market of headache medications, very powerful drugs that do not get to the root of the problem, only numb the nervous system so the pain cannot be felt.  While most headaches are not normally a sign of anything major, pain is your body’s way of saying that something is not right! Your Edmonton chiropractor can help you find the cause of your headache to not only relieve the pain, but keep it from coming back.  Contact us at 780-430-7549.
So what are some causes of headaches?  Mild headaches can be cause by the “morning after” excess smoking, drinking or eating the night before.  Others can be caused by eye strain, hunger, improper lighting, constipation, daily pressure, excessive noise, hormone imbalance, just to name a few.  In some rare cases, headaches can be the result of a much more serious issue.  Your South Edmonton Chiropractor will conduct an examination to help determine the cause of the headache.  By finding the root cause and addressing it, your Edmonton Chiropractor can help keep your headaches from coming back. 
Chiropractors are aware that headaches are the body’s way of alerting us that there is muscle tension and irritation of the nerves and blood vessels in the neck.  Physical, emotional and chemical stress can cause the cervical vertebrae (neck bones) to become misaligned.  This misalignment can cause the nerves in the neck to become irritated, or even cause minor constriction in some of the vessels that supply the blood to the brain, causing headaches.  After your examination, your Edmonton Chiropractor can remove this interference, thus relieving the headache.  For more information www.whitemudchiro.com.
Every individual and every headache is unique.  Some individuals may experience relief quickly, while others may experience a decrease in symptoms over time.  Chiropractic is not aspirin, your body may take time to readjust.  Just like going to the gym once, doesn’t get you in shape, it can take time to get your body to heal.  Your health is your South Edmonton Chiropractor’s number one goal and may offer special instructions or recommendations for your headache. If they are unable to find the cause of your headaches, they will refer you to a specialist, that can work with them.  Remember headaches may be common, but are not normal!  Get your neck checked by your Edmonton Chiropractor today 780-430-7549.


Seasonal Affect Disorder and Chiropractic

Posted: November 3, 2014
By: Whitemud Crossing Chiropractor

As winter approaches, many people can start to feel SAD, or seasonal affect disorder.  This can be very common here in Alberta as we have long nights and while our days can be sunny, they are often short or too cold to go outside.  There are quite a few people that suffer with SAD that don’t even realize it.  Symptoms of SAD include lack of motivation, disturbed sleep patterns, change of appetite, and some experience muscle tension, headaches and back aches.  Besides moving to the tropics for the winters, your Edmonton chiropractor has a few tips that you can do to help enjoy winter again.
One of the best things you can do is to get out and enjoy the outdoors!  There are lots of enjoyable winter activities that you can partake in such as skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and so much more.  Getting outside and experiencing winter is an excellent way to combat SAD.  Some winter activities are more ambitious than others, be sure to book your appointment with your South Edmonton Chiropractor to keep your body in shape from any falls or spills that you might experience.  Don’t forget about your Edmonton Massage Therapist who can help work out those tight and sore muscles so you can enjoy your favourite sport again!  Call today at 780-430-7549.
We understand that not everyone is an outdoor enthusiast.  There are still things that you can do to enjoy the winter season.  Some evidence has shown that lack of Vitamin D in the winter months can contribute to SAD.  Vitamin D is made naturally by our bodies when exposed to sunlight; however in the winter months, with the short, cold days, often we do not receive enough.  Your Edmonton Chiropractor can give your more information about Vitamin D and its benefits, including reducing inflammation and increasing the immune system.  Check out whitemudchiro.com for more information.
And of course keeping up with your chiropractic adjustments will help keep you feeling energetic throughout the winter season. Your Edmonton chiropractor can not only keep headaches, neck pain, and back pain under control, they can keep you feeling healthy and happy throughout the winter season.  Chiropractors ensure that the nervous system is functioning at its best, SAD is a form of stress that can cause subluxations or blockages in the nervous system, causing you to feel tired or depressed.  Your South Edmonton Chiropractor can keep your nervous system free of these subluxations, allowing you to feel like yourself throughout the dark winter months.  Call 780-430-7549 for your appointment today! 

Staying Healthy with Chiropractic

Posted: October 2, 2014
By: Whitemud Crossing Chiropractor

Cold and flu season is upon us, again.  Why is it that some of us seem to get every little bug and virus that is going around, while others breeze through this season with barely a sniffle?  The answer might be easier than you think.  Many of us think of chiropractic for only neck and back pain, yet there is so much more to chiropractic than relieving pain.  Your Edmonton chiropractor can help you be one of those lucky people who seem to avoid most colds and flus and can recover quickly if they do come down with something.
In a study done in New York over a course of three years, it was found that patients who were under regular chiropractic care for over 5 years had immune systems that were 200% more resistant than those patients who were not under chiropractic care.  This increased immune system did not diminish with age.  South Edmonton Chiropractors can help you increase your immune system.
Why, is chiropractic helpful for increasing immunity?  The immune system, just like every other system in our bodies, is controlled by the nervous system, which is made up by the brain and nerves.  When a bacteria or virus enters our bodies, the brain sends out a response through the nervous system to fight off the intruder.  If the nervous system is not functioning properly, the messages may get mixed up or not there at all, allowing the bacteria or virus to take over.  When this occurs, it is called subluxation or nerve interference.  Chiropractic care, removes the subluxation or nerve interference allowing the nervous system to function at 100%. 
This cold and flu season, call your Edmonton Chiropractor for more than just neck and back pain.  Getting regular adjustments can help you too be one of those people who rarely get sick.  If you are sick, don’t cancel your chiropractic appointment, it may just help you fight off that virus.  Call and book with your South Edmonton Chiropractor today!

Backpack Saefty

Posted: September 1, 2014
By: Whitemud Crossing Chiropractor

It is September, the start of a new school year.  When you are out buying all your new school supplies and clothes, remember that your back pack can be very important to your spinal health.  Wearing a backpack that is too heavy, the wrong size or incorrectly worn can have long term impacts on your child’s spine.   Your Edmonton chiropractor can assess your child’s spine and help prevent back pain in the future, call them at 780-430-7549.
When looking at purchasing a new backpack, there are a few things that you can do.  Look for backpacks made of light-weight materials such as nylon and canvas.  Ensure that the straps are at least two inches wide and have a little bit of padding and are contoured will help prevent nerve compression.  Bags that have many compartments will help keep objects from shifting.  Hip straps can help relieve some of the weight off of your child’s spine.  Pick a backpack that is more functional than stylish.  Your South Edmonton Chiropractor can help you with the best backpack for you.
Now that you have picked a functional backpack, how you pack your bag can make a big difference.   Elementary school children should only carry 10% of their body weight, middle school and high school children can carry 15% of their body weight.  This usual equates to lunch and 2-3 textbooks.   Pack heaviest items at the bottom and closest to the body, this keeps the natural center of gravity.  When heavy items are away from the body, it create gait, postural and mobility problems.   And remember each night to empty the bag of unnecessary items.   Use these tips to help prevent forward head posture, back pain and other spinal issues.  For more information, check out www. whitemudchiro.com, your local Edmonton chiropractor’s website.
The last few tips are how to wear your backpack.  When putting the bag on your back, place it on a desk or table and place one arm through the strap, then the other, try not to twist or swing.  Once it is on your back, use both straps, ensure they are tightened and the bag is close to the body.   The bottom of the bag should be at the waist and not slung down over the buttocks.   If you are unsure of how to wear your backpack, the chiropractors in south Edmonton at 780-430-7549 would be more than happy to help you out.
Because the primary users of backpacks are growing children, it is important to create good habits early in life to help prevent future neck and back pain.  Your Edmonton Chiropractor can check your child’s spine and keep their spinal health in check.  Book your spinal assessment today at 780-430-7549.

Keeping Healthy on the Road

Posted: July 31, 2014
By: Whitemud Crossing Chiropractor

The long, lazy days of summer, the perfect time of year to hit the road.  Road trips are a big part of summer, while they are enjoyable and memorable, they can be somewhat hazardous to your health.  Before a big road trip, we often insure that our car is well maintained, tires full, oil changed, fluid levels up, but what about you and your body?  Do you do anything to keep yourself healthy while on the road?  Long days sitting can cause lower back pain, sciatica, headaches and much more.  These can ruin a holiday, your Edmonton Chiropractor can help you with more tips.  www.whitemudchiro.com

One of the biggest problems with road trips, is the long days of sitting.  Be sure to take lots of breaks, get out of the car and stretch.  Sometimes it is the journey, not just the destination.  There are many places along the way to stop, see the sights and stretch your legs.  While in the car, watch your posture.  Ensure that the seat is adjusted correctly for you, sit up tall and adjust the mirrors, as the drive goes on if you feel you need to move the review mirror down, it might be time for a break!  Roll your shoulders, stretch your neck and realign your posture often.  Your Edmonton Chiropractor has items that can help keep your posture strong while sitting in the car, including pillows.  Check them out at 780-430-7549.

Just because you are sitting in the car, doesn’t mean that you need to just sit there.  Squeeze and release your abs.  Squeeze and release your quads, not only will this help engage your muscles, it will help keep the blood flowing, reducing the tired, lethargic feeling that we can often get at the end of a long day on the road.  Bring resistance bands and keep up with your exercise routine.  They are light, easy to pack and can turn a stretch break into a mini-workout.  Your South Edmonton Chiropractor can show you exercises that you can do or you can even download a quick routine onto your smartphone.  Keeping up with your exercise can help eliminate stiff shoulders, lower back pain and neck pain.

Use these tricks to help keep your spine healthy and happy during your road trip!  Don’t forget to call your south side Edmonton Chiropractor for an adjustment to get your body back into shape! 780-430-7549.



Weekend Warrior Syndrome

Posted: July 2, 2014
By: Whitemud Crossing Chiropractor

It is Monday morning and your Edmonton chiropractor’s phone is ringing off the hook.  This is a common occurrence, especially this time of year.  With summer’s longer days, many of us tend to become very busy over weekend, doing things that we wouldn’t normally do on a day to day basis.  These things often include gardening all day, sports tournaments and runs.  Many of us spend most of our day sitting behind a desk with very little activity, when the weekend rolls around, we are anxious to get outside and get involved, however, as we age, our bodies do not respond the way they use to, causing us injuries and pain, especially in the lower back and knees. 
One of the ways to avoid the Monday morning pain is to properly warm up.  Jumping right into the activity can be hard on your body, taking the time to warm up the muscles and to stretch them after the activity can go a long way in preventing injuries.   When stretching, ensure that you hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds and don’t bounce.  Another way to avoid the stiffness and lower back pain, is to take regular breaks, this is very effective for gardening.  Do a section, then take a break and switch activities.  Often it is the repetitive motion or stance that can cause the knee pain or lower back pain.  Listen to your body, do not “push through” the pain, if you are starting to feel stiff or sore, change tasks.  Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated! If you are looking for the best type of stretches for the type of activity that you are going to take part in, check with your South Edmonton Chiropractor at whitemudchiro.com.  
Another effective way is to start doing exercises throughout the week that help keep your core strong.  Your Edmonton chiropractor offers classes that teach exercises that are designed specifically for your core.  These exercises are usually easy and quick to do.  Having a good strong core, helps you stabilize your body and can help prevent injuries and back pain.  Call your Edmonton Chiropractor today at 780-430-7549 to learn more about these classes.
Physical activity is excellent for the body and the mind, it is important however to ensure the physical activity doesn’t do more harm than good.  Use these tips to help keep your weekends busy and ensure that come Monday morning you are still feeling your best!  For more information on Weekend Warrior or any other back and neck pain issues, call your South Edmonton Chiropractor today!   

The Benefits of Orthotics

Posted: June 4, 2014
By: Whitemud Crossing Chiropractor

If you are a back pain sufferer, you have probably tried almost everything to help gain relief.  Your south Edmonton Chiropractor can help relieve some of the pain with regular adjustments.  Chiropractors will also look at the source of the back pain to help stop it all together.  Often the source of the back pain, neck pain or even headaches, can start from the ground up – your feet. 
Issues that arise in the feet can often be reflected elsewhere in the body first.  For example, collapsed arches or flat feet can be a common cause of knee pain or even back pain.  Collapsed arches can occur from wearing high heels, ageing, weight gain or can be inherited.    Different leg lengths can cause a tilt in the pelvis, which can also lead to lower back pain.  Your Edmonton chiropractor can evaluate these conditions and help find relief.  Call your chiropractic today to book your appointment to find out how they can help you.
One of the ways we can relieve foot pain, which can relieve back pain, is custom orthotics.  These are insoles that are biomechanically designed for your specific imbalance.  Custom orthotics work similarly to glasses, they reduce the stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into alignment.   While there are insoles that can be purchased at many drug stores, because everyone’s feet are unique, these insoles may not provide the relief that you are looking for.  Your south Edmonton chiropractor can look at your feet and create an orthotic just for you!  Call today to find out how a custom orthotic can help relieve not only your foot pain, but back pain, neck pain and even headaches 780-430-7549.
Your feet are the foundation of your body, they support you, they move you and yet we often abuse them.  Walking or standing on hard surfaces all day, shove them into shoes that are too tight or too high, pound them on pavement for kilometers on a daily basis.  We ignore foot pain to sacrifice looking good or to continue what we enjoy, hiking, walking around the city and much more.  However, we should not ignore that pain, as it is the start of much more.  If we treat our feet right, they will carry us through the rest of our days happy and pain free.  For more information, ask your Edmonton chiropractor at www.whitemudchiro.com


Building a Strong Foundation

Posted: April 30, 2014
By: Whitemud Crossing Chiropractor

With May being posture month, now is a great time to talk about how we can strengthen and improve our posture.  Having a strong foundation is important in helping relieve and avoid back pain.   So many injuries, especially in the lower back are due to having a weak posture, this is not uncommon in today’s world.  Most of our day is spent sitting, we sit on our way to work, sit for most of the day at work, come home and sit on the couch.  Then the weekend comes and we want to be active and often push too hard, causing neck and back pain.  Your Edmonton Chiropractor can help you, not only relieve this neck and back pain, your chiropractor can also teach you exercises to help strengthen your postural muscles to help prevent the injuries in the first place.  Call your South Edmonton Chiropractor at 780-430-7549 to book your appointment today.
Ensuring that your spine is inline with regular chiropractic adjustments can help keep your posture strong.  Once your Edmonton chiropractor has aligned your spine, they can start to show you how to strengthen your posture with a variety of exercises.  If you have had an injury, your South Edmonton Chiropractor can adapt the exercises to suit your needs, as you build a stronger foundation, your exercises will change and you will be able to hold your chiropractic adjustments longer.  For more information, please check your Edmonton Chiropractor’s website at www.whitemudchiro.com
Strengthening your posture will not only relieve and prevent lower back pain, but it also help you live longer and look younger.  As we age, we tend to start to slump, this is usually from our seditary lifestyle; however, by keeping our posture strong, we will appear to look younger as we stand up taller.  A strong posture helps live longer, by ensuring that we are getting enough oxygen.  If we have weak posture, our lungs cannot fill to capacity and our bodies do not function at their best.  By standing up taller and stronger, our lungs can fill up completely and oxygen can be distributed throughout our body.  Your Edmonton chiropractor offers posture classes, often included in your initial exam or for a very minimal cost.  To find out more about these classes or how a chiropractor can help with your posture, please call your South Edmonton Chiropractor at 780-430-7549.