Milton So proud of my patient Dena Lynn who has published her beautiful children's book about Goldfish. Her determination to finish the work she loves and believes in despite all her pain and limitations is quite inspiring. It is amazing what we can achieve with the power of DETERMINATION.

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Motivation-4 We often talk about what different medical conditions can do to us. Chronic pain, depression, anxiety or any other condition can limit our abilities. We all know that and we often talk about it. But we don't talk much about what can we do to improve our own conditions or the conditions of people around us. Of all characteristics needed for a person to succeed in a journey to improve self or others, MOTIVATION is the most important one.Without motivation, all facilities and help in the world can't create success. With motivation, most barriers in the world can be passed. Motivation makes the difference between moving or not in the path to recovery. Today practice on cultivating MOTIVATION.

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whiplash Whiplash injury is called to a group of neck injuries that happen when neck is stretch too much and too fast, like WHIPLASH movement. In this injury the cervical spine is bent forward (hyper flection) or bent backward (hyper extension). This is not a medical term and is adapted to describe a cervical spine strain or sprain injury. It describes a spectrum of injuries in neck from mild stretches, to more severe strain or sprain injuries to muscles, ligaments, discs or nerve roots. The most common cause of Whiplash injury is car accidents but it can happen in sport injuries or any other reason for the neck to stretch too much, too fast! Neck pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion and headaches are among the common symptoms of whiplash injuries. RED FLAGS: If one develops dizziness, balance issues, memory problems, blurred vision or difficulty with concentration it is better to check with physician to rule out brain injury. Numbness in arms may be an indication of nerve damage. Sever neck pain and tenderness over spine may be the signs of ligament tears or small fractures in neck. Because the spectrum of injuries in this condition is quite wide and stretches from mild to sever with possibility of structural damages, it is very important to visit your physician for evaluations. Current evidence shows that the earliest treatment is started the better would be treatment outcomes. This is a common injury but needs very thorough assessment, proper diagnosis of baseline injuries and proper treatments to avoid turning into a chronic condition.

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chair-yoga2 CHAIR YOGA is the practice of some YOGA stretches while sitting or standing close to a chair, using the chair as a source of stability. This practice is useful for patients with limited mobility. The idea of Chair Yoga or any chair exercises for that mater is very promising: If you have difficulty in your mobility for any reason, balance issues or simply can't stand up for stretching, you can still practice these techniques and be active. This is about lifting the barrier for many patients with moving impairments.It is important to be very cautious while doing these exercises to avoid overstretching or falling which can cause new injuries. Range of motion exercises of joints can prevent joints stiffness and improve regional pain. Practice with Caution an enjoy the effects.

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breathing

Breathing is extremely important when it comes to managing pain, reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and improving your overall function and performance. At our physiotherapy clinics, we work with patients everyday who would benefit greatly from improving their lung capacity. When it comes to reducing stress, it’s always great to take a deep breath but many of us do not understand how to increase our lung capacity. Today, we present 5 steps which would greatly improve your breathing.
Take Deep Breaths
Give yourself an hourly reminder to take a few deep breaths daily because this step is important to improving your breathing. Take just a few moments everyday to close your eyes and inhale deeply, before slowly exhaling. Over time, this action will increase your lung capacity, potentially lower your blood pressure and reduce your stress levels. With practice, your abdomen will expand which will increase your lung capacity and your breathing will improve over time.
Relax
Stress is common for everyone and it could really take a toll on the human body. There are many reasons as to why we get stressed out or anxious but you should remind yourself that it’s always good to give yourself time to relax. Practice mediation or take a few moments everyday to listen to pleasurable sounds like ocean waves or bird noises. These stress-reducing techniques will take pressure off the muscles in your body that are most tense and should greatly improve your breathing. Experts suggest that counting down from ten in stressful situations could greatly improve your overall health.
Improve Posture
Poor posture leads to poor breathing therefore it’s always good to improve your posture if want to improve your lung capacity. Poor posture is also caused by stress on the spine therefore if you have an office job which involves plenty sitting, it’s important to remember to sit up straight. Take a few moments to move your shoulders in circular motions to improve circulation within the body and remember that you should always do your best to take pressure off of the spine.
Exercise
A regular exercise routine will help reduce stress and improve your lung capacity which is great for the mind, body and soul. Elevation training (running on hills) are great for increasing your lung capacity however if you live in a flat area, a simple 30 minute daily workout will suffice. Cycling, swimming, jogging and other cardio-based exercise will help improve your breathing instantly and will undoubtedly increase your lung capacity.
Splashing Water
Scientists believe that simply splashing water on your face daily, will help implement a slower heart rate known as bradycardia, which will increase your lung capacity over time. It is common for athletes to have a resting heart rate of 40-50 beats per minute which is why they are often witnessed splashing water on their faces. It’s important to remember to breathe normally when splashing water on your face and while the water should be cool or cold, icy water is not recommended.
Note:
This Post is a Guest Post by HealthMax Physiotherapy Clinics, a group of physiotherapy clinics located in the GTA.

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disabled champion IMPAIRMENT is different from disability. Impairment is the loss of a body part or it's function or a psychological dysfunction. But not all impairments lead into disability. Disability means not being able. Many people with impairments may be more able than others with full health. The fact that we have blind professors, paralyzed sport champions and many other successful people with impairments show that these two notions of impairment and disability are not the same. What makes the difference? DETERMINATION, RESILIENCY and THE WILL FOR LIFE. It is not the damage to a person's body that determines the disability, but the person in that body makes the difference between impairment and disability.

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group_therapy1 Research shows that people do better with treatment in groups. It is shown that the treatment outcomes are better when patient do treatments that are suitable to be done in groups compared to individual therapies. But why? It appears that there are multiple benefits in taking part in group therapies. Patients feels that they are not left alone and there are people who care about them. They tend to build a support group out of the members of group and help each other in the road to recovery. Patients tend to get into a state of feeling accountable to other members for doing their best to get better. They see that they are not alone and their problems have happened to many others who are working as hard as them to get better. There is a feeling of belonging and camaraderie that take the mood of groups. In general, humans do better in groups for any activity, therapy is not an exception.

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here and now If we consider life the sum of few years we are allowed on this planet, we can break it down into millions of moments. Years made of months, months made of days, days made of hours, hours made of minutes and seconds. Looking this way we can see life as the sum of numerous moments we spend in fear, anger, rush, envy, lust, greed,...... Practicing moments of calm is valuable not only for those moments, but when we add them up we realize that some portions of life are passed in healing calm. Taking care of moments is taking care of life.

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zen life

We practice ZEN, MEDITATION, MINDFULNESS or any form of concentration or prayer to attain more inner peace. These are practices made by different religions and traaditions over thousands of years to bring peace to human beings. We learn to go to a quiet space and try to calm our mind or focus on an idea, chant some verses or do acts of prayers to reach the calm we need, so we can go back and face our hectic life again. There is a different way of attaining peace by turing our daily life into our ongoing ZEN, MINDFULNESS,MEDITATION or PRAYER practice. Our life is our actual sanctuary, not the quiet corner we find as refuge. This is a different perspective that may not be easy to grasp at first, but once cleared in our mind, we can see our life as our destination of peace and the activities of daily life as our ZEN PRACTICES. ENJOY YOUR PRACTICE NOW!!

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self made prison We tend to live in our COMFORT ZONE. Too often this turns into a self-made prison that separates us from many around us. There are many cages we build around us in life and become prisoners for life in these cages. Anger, Hate, Envy, Excessive desire for positions and possessions, dwelling on negative ideas about self and others are among the most common prison walls we build around us, living a life sentence of misery in them. We should try living free and out of these self made cages for a while, we may actually like it.

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