Avoid Lower Back Pain

10 Strategies to Avoid Lower Back Pain

Westwood Total Health Health, Injury Prevention, Tips & Tricks

The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles and plays a supportive role for our bodies – at rest and in motion. According to the American Chiropractic Association, you can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. The Canadian Chiropractic Association tells us over 80% of Canadians can expect to suffer an episode of lower back pain in their lifetime, and it is a leading cause of disability and prolonged work absences. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for …

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Strategies for Effective New Year’s Resolutions

Westwood Total Health Health, Seasonal, Tips & Tricks

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a fantastic holiday season with family and friends. At the beginning of January, many of us like to make New Year’s resolutions, especially about exercising and living a healthier lifestyle. According to an Ipsos Reid survey, “70 per cent of Canadians who made New Year’s resolutions inevitably broke them.” Although trying to make your life better is a great idea and a great start to the year ahead, you need a strategy in order to achieve your goals. Successful entrepreneur and life coach, Tony Robbins states, “Setting life goals is the fundamental …

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Stand More and Sit Less

Westwood Total Health Health, Injury Prevention

Every day, millions of people wake up in the morning, hop in their car and drive to work. Once at work they sit through their work day, and most of their breaks, before getting back into their car and driving home in the evening. Once at home, they prepare dinner, watch some TV and go to bed. This happens five or more days a week, and even on weekends and holidays. This modern lifestyle doesn’t leave much room for physical activity at all. According to Statistics Canada, the average person walks less than half an hour per day – that …

The Top 10 Detox Foods and why you should be eating them right now!

Westwood Total Health Health, Nutrition

In today’s day and age we’re bombarded by fad diets, bad advice and tons of processed, ready to eat foods. Amid all this confusion, many of us believe that obtaining a healthy body and losing weight comes from counting calories and depriving ourselves of certain foods. This approach only leads to problems, such as overeating and food cravings. Taking a step back, we can see that this just doesn’t work. What we put into our mouths on a daily basis is what matters most for both weight loss and overall health. Pre-packaged and processed foods, convenience foods, comfort foods, etc., …