Chiropractic Advent Calendar: Christmas Goodies Galore!


With the holiday spirit in mind, we've put together a little customer appreciation calendar.  Think of it like a Chiropractic advent calendar.  Each (business) day leading up to Christmas there is a special promotion where either every patient we treat on that day will be either entered to win a fabulous prize or will be given a special holiday treat.  

Check our facebook page daily to see what the prize or gift of the day is and of course have a happy holiday season! 

Friday, December 1st - Complimentary consultations & mobility checks today! Must be booked in advance, by availability only. 

Monday, December 4th - All prenatal visits for the month of December will be entered to WIN a free entry to the Mommy Connections Prenatal Class on Saturday January 13th ($80 value!)

Tuesday, December 5th - All patients seen today will receive a 1-week free pass to the YMCA

Wednesday, December 6th - All patients seen today will be entered to WIN tickets to "A Christmas Carol" at the Highlands Arts Theatre

Thursday, December 7th - Buy one $45 gift certificate, get one free! 

Friday, December 8th - Complimentary consultations & mobility checks today! Must be booked in advance, by availability only. 

Monday December 11th - All patients seen today will be entered to win a complimentary Neurokinectic Therapy session with Lori Horvath, RMT.

Tuesday, December 12th - Thumper Sale!  Buy a Thumper and receive a $45 Gift Card!

Wednesday, December 13th - All patients seen today will be entered to win a Family Ski package to Ski Ben Eoin! - (4 lift tickets and 4 rentals)

Thursday, December 14th - 15% off all Rocktape/ KT tape!

Friday, December 15th - Complimentary consultations & mobility checks! Must be booked in advance, by availability only. 

Monday, December 18th - All patients seen this afternoon will receive a free mini photo session and 5x7 by See More Photos!

Tuesday, December 19th - Buy a Biofreeze and get a FREE Cryoblaze hot/cold pack

Wednesday, December 20th - All patients seen today will get 1 free Yoga Class to Breathing Space Yoga Studio!

Thursday, December 21st - All patients seen today will be entered to win a foam roller!

Friday, December 22nd - Complimentary consultations & mobility checks! Must be booked in advance, by availability only. 


Chiropractic Adjustments and Neck Pain

A recent study released in 2017 had some very interesting results.  Inami et al looked at the brain and the neck (via PET scans) before and after a cervical (neck) adjustment. While, unfortunately it was a small sample size (21 males) the results do show there is definitely an influence on the brain in regards to outcomes after an adjustment. 

Significant findings of this study include:

  • Decrease in Muscle Tension in the neck 
  • Increase of neck range of motion
  • Changes in the Cerebellum - where affective processing (sensory), pain modulation and sensorimotor processing occurs - possibly explaining a decrease of pain sensation
  • Changes to the prefrontal cortex - possibly explaining an increase in relaxation

Glucose Metabolic Changes in the Brain and Muscles of Patients with Nonspecific Neck Pain Treated by Spinal Manipulation Therapy: A [18F]FDG PET Study.  Evidence Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. 2017. 4345703. Akie Inami, 1 Takeshi Ogura, 1 , 2 Shoichi Watanuki, 1 Md. Mehedi Masud, 1 , 3 Katsuhiko Shibuya, 4 Masayasu Miyake, 1 Rin Matsuda, 1 Kotaro Hiraoka, 1 Masatoshi Itoh, 4 Arlan W. Fuhr, 5 Kazuhiko Yanai, 1 , 6 and  Manabu Tashiro 1 ,

Healthy options!

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

We are just crazy for the goodness found inside avocados!  Here's a little go to recipe we use when we are craving something sweet and "chocolatey".

5-6 ripe and ready avocados
1/4 cup milk - or dairy free milk (coconut, almond, soy - whatever you are into)
3-4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder - to taste
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste - to taste
pinch of fine salt
2-3 squares of bittersweet chocolate (70% or higher) (we like the lindt bars)
1/4 pure maple syrup (we use Highland Maple Syrup - from right here in Cape Breton!)


  1. Cut and pit avocados and blend in a food processor.
  2. Add the milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt: Add the milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt - blend till smooth - and transfer to bowl.
  3. Melt chocolate and add to mixture.
  4. Add maple syrup.
  5. Mix.
  6. Add chocolate, syrup or coco to taste.  Can also change consistency by adding more liquid if needed. 
  7. Chill and serve.
  8. Enjoy! 



Chiropractors Reducing, Reusing and Recycling

In Canada over 10.5 million tons of clothing ends up in a landfill every year!  In only one year, there is enough textile waste to create a mountain three times the size of Toronto's Roger Centre Stadium!

Let's do something about that!


  • When: Saturday March 11th 10:00am - Noon
  • What: Island Chiropractic's Kids Clothing Swap
  • Where: 850 Grand Lake Road, suite #3


  1. Swap will be geared towards kids clothing aged 5 and under
  2. Swappers will drop off their items at 9:30am, swapping will begin at 10:00am
  3. Each swapper is asked to bring a minimum of 10 items and a maximum of 20 items (pants/top sets can count as 1 item)
  4. Clothing must be in good condition - no holes, tears, rips, broken zippers, stains etc.
  5. Clothing must be washed
  6. Order of swapping will be determined by draw
  7. For each item brought in, swapper will be given 1 token
  8. For each item swapped, swapper will pay 1 token
  9. Any left over items will be donated to Transition House

Please preregister by emailing us at and provide the following information: the gender of your child, size of clothing and amount of items (if possible) so we can plan accordingly.

Due to a limited amount of space we will cap the number of participants so please register early!

Please call us at 902-270-7022 if you have any questions. 



What do hockey players, gymnasts, skiers and cheerleaders have in common?

CONCUSSIONS & Chiropractors

·      Concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head, or to another body region resulting in a sudden jarring of the head and neck.

·      You DO NOT have to get “knocked out” (lose consciousness) to get a concussion.

·      Symptoms are not just physical, but can also affect the way you think, memory, and behavior.

·      Usually results in rapid onset, short-lived neurological impairment that resolves in 7-10 days. 

·      X-rays, CT scans and MRIs rarely show any detectable injury.

What are the signs and symptoms of concussions?

**There is a wide range of signs and symptoms that may last only a short time (sometimes under 15 minutes).  Young athletes can have a delayed onset of symptoms and some athletes have a brief period of symptoms that resolve and then return hours/days later.

  • Confusion                   
  • Headache                   
  • Emotional changes
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Amnesia                     
  • Dizziness                   
  • Irritability         
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Disorientation             
  • Balance disruption     
  • Fatigue           
  • Sleeping less than usual
  • Vacant stare              
  • Nausea/Vomiting        
  • Anxiety           
  • Inability to focus
  • Visual disturbances
  • Sadness
  • Feeling as if “in fog”
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Delayed verbal and motor responses
  • Slurred/incoherent speech
  • Excessive drowsiness

Recovering from a concussion

·      See a healthcare provider

·      If the athlete has had head trauma, they do NOT return to play

·      Initial management should include total REST for a period of 24 hours – absolutely no reading, watching TV, playing video games, using a cell phone, playing games, going to school or work, or physical activity

·      Rest your mind and body

·      Focus on improving sleep hygiene – avoid daytime naps

·      Eat a balanced diet, increase consumption of OMEGA 3 fatty acids and vitamin D

·      Meditation / relaxation / visualization exercises have shown improve recovery time

·      The acute use of medication is to be avoided as it can mask the signs of worsening condition

·      The use of NSAIDS (ibuprofen) should be avoided acutely in case of intracranial hemorrhage

·      The athlete should not return to play until given clearance by their DC or MD.  Returning to play too soon can increase the chance of “second impact” syndrome – causing a worsening of the symptoms and suffering a more serious brain injury

Baby Boxes available at Island Chiropractic & Family Wellness

Baby Boxes in Cape Breton

For more than 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a Baby Box by the state that serves as a starter kit for their new baby. It contains clothes, blankets, other newborn necessities, and the Baby Box itself, which is lined with a mattress.

The Baby Box program has helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates. The initiative, which enables every expecting woman in the country to claim a free Baby Box once she receives prenatal care and parenting information from a healthcare professional, is credited with helping to decrease Finland’s infant mortality rate from 65 deaths for each 1,000 children born in 1938 to 3 deaths per 1,000 births in 2013. 

The mission of the Baby Box Company is to improve outcomes for mothers and children; to educate expecting and new parents, promote key health issues like safe sleep practices and breastfeeding, and to promote maternal and infant health and wellbeing.

The Baby Box University is an educational service provided by the Baby Box Company in coordination with committed medical professionals, maternal health advocates and child development specialists for the purposes of reducing infant mortality and empowering parents.  Starting on January 30th, moms-to-be or moms with a baby under the age of 3 months can visit and watch a short educational video.  After watching the video, they will receive a certificate that they can then redeem for their free baby box.

Families in Cape Breton will have access to the baby boxes via distribution locations in Inverness at Inverness Chiropractic and in Sydney at Island Chiropractic & Family Wellness.  “We treat a lot of expectant mothers at our clinic, so we were thrilled when we were chosen as a distribution centre for this great program” says Dr. Jen Maher. Participants who do not have access to the Internet can have arrangements made for them to watch the videos at the distribution locations.

How to get your baby box:

Please call ahead to confirm a pick-up time. 



Locum or Associate Wanted

Locum position May 2017-October 2017 or associate position beginning in May 2017.

The ideal candidate would be available starting in May 2017 to either locum a maternity leave for one of the primary chiropractors.  If the candidate was interested a position as a permanent associate is also an option.   The practice is interested in both new grads and established practitioners alike.

The practice

Two chiropractors currently practice at the location, however one will be on maternity leave starting in May. Practice styles include Diversified, Webster, Thompson and activator.  Acupuncture would be an asset.  Both paid and unpaid treatment outreach opportunities are available.   The candidate will be asked to cover the entire practice load for 2-weeks in May and 2-weeks in September.  Excellent compensation package and moving allowance will be provided.


The Cape Breton Regional municipality is Nova Scotia’s second largest municipality, housing approximately 97,398 residents with approximately 50,000 of those residents being female.  Currently some patients are commute up to 2-hours for appointments.


Cape Breton’s main employment sectors include Cape Breton University, other educational institutions, hospitals, schools, government agencies, local businesses, call centers and a thriving tourism business.  The island lifestyle is a much more relaxed pace than major cities with abundant nature right at the doorstep.  Outdoor enthusiasts are often drawn to Cape Breton with endless activities that include hiking, camping, sailing, golfing, fishing, surfing, downhill and cross-country skiing to name but a few.  Cape Breton is known for having lower housing costs - in 2010 Forbes magazine listed Cape Breton the second most affordable place to purchase a home.

For more information please visit:

Please email for more information or to apply. 

Gluten Free, Dairy Free "Cheesecake"

Dairy Free "Cheesecake"

I've had my eye on this recipe for awhile and I thought Christmas would be the perfect time to try it out.  I can't even start to explain how good this "cheesecake" was!  Every single person that tried it said it was remarkable!  Here are what some people are saying:

  • "This is really really good -what is the crust made out of?" Keith (gluten intolerant)
  • "It was SOOOOOO good" Jen G. (supermom)
  • "DOOD" aka "Good" Ethan, (age 1)

I adapted the recipe from the Helmsley and Helmsley cookbook we got last year for Christmas.    It was the easiest thing on earth to make and it's jam packed with nutrients! 


  • 1 cup pecans
  • 7.5 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 9.5 tablespoons cocao nibs (found them at superstore and at bulk barn)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 9 tablespoons raw honey
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil (melted) for base
  • 5-6 ripe avocados
  • 3/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil (melted) for the filling
  • stevia to taste
  1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F - When heated, toast the pecans and coconut on a baking tray for about 7-10 minutes, until coconut is golden.
  2. Line the base (and sides if you wish) of a springform or loose-bottomed 7 inch round cake tin with parchment paper.
  3. Put the pecans, coconut, cocao nibs, pitted dates and 3 tbsp coconut oil in blender/food processor and blend until mixture is crumbly but still holds together, keeping a little crunch is a nice touch.
  4. Fill the bottom of your tin with the base mixture and press it down tight with the back of a spoon - making sure it is even on all sides.  Let the base cool in the fridge while you prepare the filling.
  5. Put the peeled avocados, lime juice, lime zest, raw honey, 3/4 cup coconut oil, and stevia in the blender/food processor and blend until smooth and silky.  The more coconut oil you use the thicker your cake will become.  Check for taste and add more lime juice, honey or stevia based on your preference for sweet vs. tart. (to be honest I used barely any stevia when I made mine). 
  6. Pour filling in the cake pan, cover the top and return to fridge for at least 4 hours or let rest overnight. 
  7. Before serving carefully remove cake from pan - you may need to run a knife around the edges before removing cake. 
  8. Enjoy!

Ps - I thought a little bit of drizzled dark chocolate, or toasted coconut could make a nice addition to the cake - but it's pretty perfect as it. 

P.Ps - You could use this base for any other type "non-bake" cakes too - it was seriously that good. 

Free Class - Introduction to Meditation and the Mind Body Connection

Meditation and Chiropractic

Many of our patients have asked us about the benefits of meditation and are curious to try it, but are unsure of where to start.  We've organized an introduction to meditation workshop and everyone is invited to attend! 

Meditation Class, Mind & Body Connection

Join Lori Digou Westbury, a certified meditation and mindfulness instructor from the McLean Meditation Institute for a meditation class that will introduce you to a variety of meditation practices. Great for a beginner meditator, or someone who wants to restart their practice. We will use simple meditation techniques that allow for stress reduction as we explore the mind body connection. 

The program includes:
-An introduction to various meditation practices
- Discovering Mindfulness
- Understanding the effects of stress
- The 5 essentials for meditation
- Easy to use meditation techniques
- Meditation & Mindfulness Instruction
- Starting your practice at home

To learn more about Lori Digou Westbury and meditation - click here

Sunday November 27th - 9:00am - refreshments will be provided afterwards. 

Please register in advance at or at 902-270-7022.

Did you know that Sunday October 16 2016 is world spine day?

Every year on October 16th people from around the world join together on World Spine Day to raise awareness about spinal disorders as part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week.

Millions of people in all continents of the world suffer with spinal disorders. These can include low back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc disease, to name but a few. Spinal pain and disability can have a profound effect on a person’s overall health, sometimes preventing them from working or even doing simple daily activities.  Research has demonstrated that poor posture and inactivity are major contributors to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders. Low back pain has become a leading cause of work absence and according to the World Health Organization, one in four adults is not active enough and over 80% of adolescent population is not active enough.

The theme for 2016 is “Straighten up and move” which highlights the importance of physical activity and improving posture as part of good spinal health and prevention of injury. In celebration of world spine day Sandi Black of Breathing Space Yoga Studio and Dr. Jen and Dr. Shaun Maher of Island Chiropractic have teamed up to offer a complimentary Yoga class on Sunday October 16 at 9:30am.  

Classes will be held at the grand lake road fire hall, upstairs in suite #3. Following the class there will be complimentary refreshments and a prize give-away. Participants of all levels are encouraged to straighten up and move on this special day.

While the class is complimentary, participants are strongly encouraged to pre-register at  For more information call 902-270-7022.



Because we all have the right to be who we are and love who we love.

During the entire month of August 2016, in Support of Pride Cape Breton, Island Chiropractic will provide a complimentary initial visit to anyone who brings in proof of a $35 donation to the Ally Centre, Pride Cape Breton or the Diversity Centre at CBU. 

Appointments must be made in advance, please mention donation at time of booking.  Proof of donation (receipt is best) must be provided at the initial appointment. 

We provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.

Chiropractic care has also been known to

  •  Improve movement in your neck, shoulders, back and torso
  • Improve your posture
  • Provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain
  • Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries
  • Lead to enhanced athletic performance
  • Improve your flexibility and range of motion
  • Relieve pregnancy-related back ache
  • Correct gait and foot problems

Please call 902-270-7022 for more information 


12 Hormone alternating chemicals and how to avoid them

Hormone alternating chemicals

When it comes to fruits and vegetables, many people are aware of the "Clean fifteen" and "Dirty dozen" but are you aware of other common chemicals found around the house and how you can avoid them?  

Here are 12 of the worst hormone disruptors commonly found in the house. Are they in your house? 

  • BPA
  • Dioxin
  • Phthalates
  • Organophosphate Pesticides
  • Glycol Ethers
  • Perchlorate
  • Fire Retardants
  • Lead
  • Arsenic
  • Mercury
  • PFCs

Follow the link to see easy ways to remove chemicals commonly found around the house that can interrupt the endocrine system.

Many thanks to the environmental working group!

Road Sign Wiped out

Unfortunately there was a 2-car accident on Tuesday night, luckily there were no major injuries.  Our road sign however has been completely wiped out.  This morning I came to the accident site and took some pictures. 

Does anyone notice the irony of our wellness sign lying at the feet of a fast food/ice cream sign?

Mindful Breathing and Meditation

Mindfullness and Meditation

This is a how to post.  The brief why to is that these simple mindful breathing techniques can reduce pain, anxiety and depression, improve posture, improve cognitive function, increase gray matter in your brain.  This stuff sounds pretty good to me. 

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Practice laying on back or seated with one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest.  Inhale deeply through your nose*.  As you inhale the belly expands and chest does not move.  Exhale through pursed lips, squeezing you core, bringing your belly button towards your spine.

Tactical Breathing

This is a great way to stay cool in a stressful situation.  Using diaphragmatic breathing inhale for 4 count; Exhale for 6 count; as soon as exhale is complete begin inhale.

Box Breathing

This is a great way to learn to control your breath.  This is best practiced in a calm environment and allows you to more easily drop into tactical breathing in stressful situations.  Using diaphragmatic breathing inhale for 4 count; hold breath for 4 count; exhale for 6 count; hold breath for 4 count; and repeat.

Vipassana Meditation

Mindful breathing is focusing on your breathing in order to be present and interrupt the flow of random thoughts in the brain. Observe the breath. Notice if the breath is long or short.  When your mind wanders, gently return it to the sensation of breathing.  As you focus on the breath, you will notice that other perceptions and sensations continue to appear: sounds, feelings in the body, emotions, etc.  Simply notice this, and then return to the sensation of breathing.  The point is not to be good at it.  The point is to do it.  Through observing the breath, mind, and body, you can gain insight into the true nature of the reality and impermanence.  Like box breathing, this sets us up to be able to interrupt negative thought patterns throughout our day.  Start with 5 minutes in the morning upon waking or in the evening before bed.


Single task, focus on what you are doing presently.  When you eat, just eat.  Don’t read or watch TV.  Pay attention and take your time.  When you exercise focus on your breathing and your body.  Daily routines like washing the dishes, taking a shower, and mowing the lawn can become calming.

*Breathing in through your nose calms your brain and activates your parasympathetic nervous system aka "rest-and-digest" pathway.


Pokemon Go - Is Augmented reality a good way to encourage movement?

What is Pokemon Go?(click here for a longer explanation from

I find this concept of mixing smart phone capabilities with the real world real fascinating.  For those of you who don't know what Pokemon Go is - here are the Coles notes.  

It's a game played on a smart phone that is similar to a popular show/game from the 1990s - Pokemon.  Where the main character travelled around capturing strange creatures and having battles with said creatures.  In the AR version, people go around with their phones capturing creatures and having battles with other people's creatures.

Technically speaking I think it's great that a video game can be played physically, and I image this will increase the physical activity of some people who used to spend hours on the couch playing video games.  But I do have concern about an increase in smart phone injury - not just things like texters neck and players thumb, but more serious things like scrapes or bumps from tripping or falling or even more serious conditions like fractures or concussions as people are focusing on their phones and not on the world around them.  Unfortunately, I think it's just a matter of time before somebody who is really into the game gets a serious injury or possibly suffer an even worse fate. 

Why not ditch the phone all together and try interacting with real humans, possibly exploring the great outdoors as it was meant to be?

What do you think?




Lobster Coconut Noodle Soup

Lobster Coconut Noodle Soup

With Lobster season in full swing, here's a good way to use up your leftover lobsters (if there are any!).  It's a nice, quick and healthy option for those who always feel a little guilty with the full cream in traditional lobster chowder. Give this recipe a try, it might just become your new go to for lobster the next day!

Cooking time - about 20 minutes if you lobsters are cooked and shelled in advance.

  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • lobster Shells
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 400ml full fat coconut milk (1 can)
  • 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
  • 1+1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2 stalks lemon grass chopped (use the lower 1/3)
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 5 quarterted mushrooms
  • 1 small handful of rice noodles - I used thick ones, but vermicelli type noodles would probably work well too
  • cooked lobster meat - I used 4 tails and 8 claws, in bite sized pieces 
  • cilantro 
  1. Bring the stock, garlic and shells to a boil. Reduce heat to min. Remove the shells and garlic
  2. Add 1 can of coconut milk, fish sauce and thai red curry paste, whisk for 1 minute.
  3. Add carrots and lemongrass.
  4. While that is cooking, in a shallow pan, boil water for noodles.  Once water is boiling, add noodles and let them boil only for a very short time (like less than a minute). Dump hot water and let noodles sit in cold water. 
  5. Add lime and mushrooms.  Increase heat to medium (not quite boiling)
  6. Add lobster and noodles.
  7. Serve with cilantro garnish.

With no Thai restaurants in Sydney, I modified a Tom Kai Gai recipe just a little, the results were fantastic!  You can opt for no noodles in this dish. When I make this the next time, I think I will add some celery and maybe some bamboo shoots.

There is quite a bit of salt in the stock, so you probably won't need to add any into the soup.  We were serving this to our little office manager, so it was less spicy than we would normally serve. You can add a small dash of scriacha if you want to liven things up - but give this a go first, it is a very flavourful soup as is.

You can opt to go with "lite" coconut milk, but I find "lite" to be very watered down and less flavourful. Live a little, go with the full fat coconut milk....

It's kinda sad that we needed a nice hot soup on such a cold day in July.  Oh summer, I feel like you are just playing games with us.... will you ever really show your face?


Speaker Series

Did you know that we have an entire speaker series available for your office/group function?

We are happy to come out and speak on various health related topics at office meetings, AGMs, health fairs, career fairs and conferences!  

Topics include:

  • Seniors fall prevention strategies
  • Shovelling tips (saving your back when the snow starts to fall)
  • Sleep Hygiene (what is it and how do I get better sleep?) 
  • Inflammation (the cause of aging) 
  • Prevention and treatment of low back pain
  • Pregnancy and exercise
  • The running remedy (common injuries and preventative measures)
  • Kids and backpacks (wear it right pack it light)
  • Workplace ergonomics (making your day comfortable) 
  • Sports nutrition
  • Stress and the body’s response to chronic life stress 
  • The osteoarthritis diet

Don't see the topic you are looking for?  Let us know, we have access to a vast amount of research and would love to organize a presentation specifically for you!  

Contact us at 902-270-7022 or

Make Movement A Lifestyle

Back pain, Neck pain, Headaches? 

Everybody knows physical activity is important.  Going for a run in the morning, hitting the gym or yoga class after work are great habits.  I encourage you to keep it up.  However, this relatively brief amount of physical activity does not undo the damage of prolonged sitting many of us do throughout our day.

By tweaking our lifestyle we can incorporate more movement into our day.  One strategy is recognizing and setting our own limits on the use of some of the modern “crutches” to healthy movement.  Here are some simple ideas to incorporate more healthy movement into your day:

·      Walk for errands or park far away

·      Take stairs instead of the elevator

·      Alternate between sitting and standing at work

·      Get rid of wheelie chairs so you have to get up

·      Take a walk during a phone call, meeting, or lunch

·      Make yourself dinner and wash the dishes by hand

·      Take a walk after dinner

·      Do household chores (mow the lawn, garden) and get dirty

·      Go barefoot or wear flat soled shoes more often

·      Take a break form the screen and look out a window, even better, get outside

·      Sit on the floor more (A recent study has shown that our ability to sit down on the floor and then get back up may be an indicator of how long we’re going to live)

·      Play with kids and move how they move

Making more movement part of your lifestyle improves your energy, sleep, and mood.  On top of that it reduces your risk of chronic issues like osteoporosis, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. 

Move well.

What will "back in my day" look like in 30 years?

Smartphone changing our genetics?

“Back in my day” seems to be a common phrase among baby boomers, in general it seems like everything was more simple back then.  Healthy eating and exercise were not fad diets or special gym training programs, they meant eating fresh foods that were cooked at home and getting outside to do yard work, chores, or play. 

Millennials and Generation Y groups are known as the “digitally savvy, easily influenced and media exposed” generations.  Typically they are a well-connected bunch and the use of smart phones and tablets is part of their daily, if not hourly lives.  The average adult glances at their smartphones 5 times a day compared to 109 times a day by Millennials.

With all the technology, there must be an impact on health?  It is only just recently are we starting to comprehend the influences such devices have on health.  While the true impacts will likely not bee seen for decades from now, there are some emerging trends that cannot be ignored.

  • Eyesight is changing.  A study published in 2015 found 90% of children in China had myopia (near-sightedness) as opposed to a mere 10-20% only 60 years ago.
  •  Couch potatoes are growing larger.  In 2009 the average American sat in front of a screen for up to 8.5 hours a day, and children were sitting in front of a screen up to 7 hours a day.  The decrease in physical activity and increase in screen time can be directly tied to the obesity and diabetes epidemic. 
  • “Texter’s“ neck is a real thing. The average human head weighs between 10-12 lbs and angling the head forward by 15 degrees while using a smartphone or tablet raises the weight on the neck to 27 pounds and angling forward by 60 degrees increases the weight on the neck to 60 lbs.  This increase in weight can cause pain in the neck, headaches, arm pain, and numbness.
  • Repetitive strain injuries, once common in factory workers, grocery clerks, baggage handlers, and frequent exercisers are now being seen in smartphone and tablet users.  Pain and inflammation are usually the two most common signs of a repetitive strain injury, which is usually caused by inadequate rest after a particular activity.  With the repetitive swiping action of the wrist, thumb and fingers, many people are now complaining of an ache of some type in their hands.
  • The use of smart phones is reducing the face-to-face communications skills.  One only needs to observe friends or family out at dinner to notice that the art of conversation is being replaced by the head down, face down position of smart phone usage.  Important communication skills will inevitably be lost with this decrease of human interaction.  

If each generation remembers the past as the good old days, what will the Millenials and Generation Y think of the way things are in 30 years?  With the use of technology changing our physical and social capabilities we are probably facing a society that has poorer life expectancy and quality of life than generations before it.  This is a scary thought, is it enough to make you put down that smart phone before it is all too late?