What’s SPRINGing up this month?

Here’s what is going in May:

  • Dr. Marina Liarsky will be away from April 30 – May 15.
  • Saturday appointments with Dr. Marina Liarsky are available! Saturday, May 26th 2018. Book Now! 
  • Our office will be closed for Victoria Day, May 21st
  • Baby Wearing Meet Ups with Dr. Anne Stacey, May 30th from 9am – 11am. Read below for how to sign up.
How is it May already?Spring is upon us and now we can start looking forward to all the wonderful outdoor time and activities Spring and Summer offer. Maybe for you these activities include gardening, running the sea wall or having your morning coffee on your balcony.
There are so many benefits to outdoor recreation for you and the environment. The life habit lists five: “Good for the mind[…]Good for the body[…]Even better for your social life[…]Good for the economy […]Great for the great outdoors.” Health Living on azcentral explains that outdoor recreation has great emotional benefits. Stating, “Both physical activity and outdoor settings reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Spending time exercising in a park leads to an increase in positive moods and a reduction in cortisol levels, a hormone released when the body feels stress.”
Not to mention longer daylight hours to get out and enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family.
The Canadian Chiropractic Association has a few tips for you to Plant and Rake without the Ache. Click here for more info.

1. Warm up before you start: Before you start, warm up your muscles with a brisk 10-minute walk around the block, or even on the spot. Swing your arm and lift your knees to enhance the benefit. Warm-ups can improve muscle dynamics to reduce injury and help prepare the body for the stresses of exercise.

2. Stretch: Follow your warm with these easy stretches. Repeat each stretch five times on each side and hold for 15 seconds. Relax and do not overextend yourself while stretching. Remember to take frequent stretch breaks while working on your yard.

Your sides: Extend your right arm over your head, then bend towards the left from the waist.

Your wrists: (1) Hold one arm out in front of you, palm down. Bend your wrist until the fingers point to the ground; use your opposite hand to hold this position. (2) Hold one arm in front of you and place your palm in the “stop” position; use your opposite hand to hold this position. (3) Place your hands in “prayer” position, and press your palms together.

Your back: In a seated position, bend forward from the hips, keeping your head down. Touch your fingers to the ground.

3. Bend your knees to lift: Before lifting, position yourself close to the object. Keep your back straight and bend your knees using your leg and arm muscles to smoothly and slowly lift the load. Keep the load close to your body and pivot—don’t twist—to turn.

4. Take frequent breaks: Rest when you’re tired and take time out for stretching to loosen tense muscles.

Dr. Anne Stacey will be hosting a monthly Baby Wearing Meet-Up at the clinic. This event is open to anyone who would like fit checks, help with basic carries, or information about carriers. You are not required to be a patient at the clinic to attend. On the last Wednesday of every month drop-in from 9am-11am at Eastpoint Natural Health. You do not need an appointment, however you can RSVP through the Facebook group Babywearing from the Valley to Vancouver or let our office know!