Wellness

‘Tis the Season – So Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!

Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic – Let the Healing Begin!

There is no doubt that our state of well being can be influenced by stress.  And while stress is not seasonal, the holiday season is one where there are extra demands on our time and expectations run high.  It is also the season where we might not eat as well or get as much rest as we normally would.

So here are some tips that will not only help you get through the holiday season, but help ensure wellness all year long and over a lifetime.
1.    Eat a fresh fruit and/or vegetable before each meal.  It will help fill you up, hydrate you and provide valuable nutrients.
2.    Supplement with a healthy fish oil and vitamin C.
3.    Commit to 20 minutes of physical activity today!
4.    Fill your water bottle with herbal, unsweetened tea such as green or peppermint to keep you hydrated.
5.    Relax before going to bed by reading, meditating or listening to quiet music.
6.    Reduce your physical stress – stretch, breathe, and get a chiropractic adjustment!

With best wishes in health for the holiday season and in the New Year!

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic

Rise and shine early to jump start your day (and your metabolism)

They say the early bird gets the worm – and when it comes to exercise in the morning there are definite advantages.

If you have a hard time scheduling a time to work out, then planning to exercise first thing every morning may help you develop a normal routine.  When you know you have committed to working out first thing in the morning, you are less likely to become distracted or cancel out after a long or stressful work day.

A good morning workout provides a rush of adrenaline and sense of accomplishment that will last all day long.

If that isn’t enough incentive, did you know that exercise in the morning has been proven to help “jump-start” your metabolism and burn more calories throughout the day?

Exercise wakes up the body and the brain. Once you get a routine of  working out in the morning, you’ll eventually wake up faster and more alert, though it will take about two to three weeks to adapt to your new routine.

In the meantime, set your alarm clock and before long you’ll be feeling healthier, stronger, less stressed and probably getting a better quality sleep!

How to Prepare for your Chiropractor Appointment – Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic

Are you new to Chiropractic?

Welcome to Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic – and a natural, drug-free approach to optimal health and wellness!   Chiropractic provides an approach to healing a range of musculoskeletal problems – neck, back, shoulder, hip, arms, legs, muscles and nerves.

1.  Don’t put off booking your chiropractic appointment, especially if you are in pain. We do try to accommodate walk-in patients and patients with schedules, but it is always best to call ahead of time.  If we don’t have a same day appointment
available, let us know if you are open to cancellations and we will call you if another patient cancels.

 Fill in the Systems Review, the Health History Questionnaire and the New Patient Initial Intake Form ahead of time.  Also make note of any additional symptoms you are experiencing.   It is easy to forget important details, so if you prepare in advance, the doctor can review your history and symptoms with you thoroughly at your first appointment.  You can download each of the forms by clicking on the link and printing them off at home.   You can also stop by our office to pick up the forms or call to have them faxed.  Alternatively, you could arrive a few minutes early to fill the forms in so you don’t feel rushed.

2.  Make note of any questions you have before your appointment – whether you have been to our office once or 100 times.  And – don’t forget to bring your notes along to your appointment!

3.  Find out what insurance benefits you have and the type of coverage it provides for chiropractic treatment(s), laser pain therapy, customized orthotics, or spinal decompression therapy.  Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic wants chiropractic care to be accessible and affordable in the community.

 If you don’t have extended health benefits and are on the British Columpia  MSP Supplementary Benefits Program, Surrey
Pain & Wellness Clinic charges no additional premiums.

We hope to see you at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic soon!  Let the healing begin – call 604.507.9929.

 

Active Transportation in Surrey – Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic

Take the Time to be Healthier

Active transportation is any sort of transportation powered by YOU – walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, in-line skating or skateboarding. There are many ways to use active transportation in your daily life, whether it is walking to the bus stop, or cycling even part way to school or work.

Before you leave home to run that errand or get yourself or your kids to work or school, maybe ask yourself if driving there is necessary… could you walk or bike instead? If the weather’s nice and you’re going nearby, chances are you could easily choose a form of active transportation, save gas, money, get healthier and increase quality time with your kids.  Maybe it means leaving a little earlier, but often it doesn’t take much to change up the usual routine.

In our community, the City of Surrey Greenways plan encourages “active transportation” as part of its sustainable transportation plan for the community and as a key component of an active, healthy lifestyle.  Check out the Greenway routes here.

 

What a Difference a Stair Makes – Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic

These Stairs don't Move - You Do

Walking up stairs is one of the best-kept secrets in preventive medicine

What’s so great about taking the stairs, you ask?

Taking the stairs instead of the lift could reduce the risk of dying young by 15 per cent, a study has suggested. (Click to read the study conducted by researchers at the university of Geneva.)

Canadian researchers have also done their homework and monitored 17 healthy men either walking on flat surfaces, lifting weights, or climbing stairs. Stair climbing was most demanding and was found to be twice as challenging as brisk walking on the level and 50%  harder than walking up a steep incline or lifting weights.

Because stair climbing is so taxing, only the very young at heart should attempt to charge up long flights. But at a slow, steady pace, stairs can be a health plus for the rest of us. Begin modestly with a flight or two, and then add more as you improve. Take the stairs whenever you can; if you have a long way to go, walk part way, and then switch to an elevator. Use the railing for balance and security, and don’t try the stairs after a heavy meal or if you feel unwell.    

Read more about Stairs as a Fitness Tool in the health section of the NY Times.