By Athlete's Care on April 27, 2022
There are many guides on what to eat before you work out. Here’s a look at what’s important to eat after you exercise.
Your goal is simple.
When it comes to timing, the best advice says to eat within 45 minutes after you finish your workout.
Carbohydrate is not a bad word. In fact, it’s the body’s natural energy source. Our bodies break carbs into glycogen, which is stored in our muscles.
Proteins, and the amino acids that form them, are the building blocks of muscle tissue. It only makes sense to consume protein-rich foods after a workout.
After you stop exercising, rest is also needed for the repair process.
Your Toronto physiotherapist or other sports medicine specialist can provide you with advice about your nutritional needs in relation to your workouts or sport, individualized to your situation.
It’s important to drink enough fluids before and during your workout. Sweating depletes the body of moisture, and recovery post-workout must also include replenishing liquids.
How much should you drink? It depends on how hard you’ve exercised.
The ideal post-workout snack combines at least two of the nutritional components you need. Here are some ideas you can put together quickly, and that store well for a trip to the gym.
By Athlete's Care on April 11, 2022
It may seem at first to have more of an effect on mental rather than physical health. Looking at the effects of stress, however, points out the undeniable links between state of mind and state of general health.
The problem for many of us who live in an urbanized world is that stress is practically built into daily life.
Stress doesn’t have to involve a dramatic or unusual situation, such as a car accident or job loss. The build up of stress through everyday situations can have just as much of an effect over time.
Your body responds to the stress in various ways, including:
Stress has been found to be a common trigger for headaches, including:
A tension-type headache, or TTH, feels like a tight band wrapped around your head, with a dull ache at mild to moderate levels. Unlike migraines, TTH are not usually accompanied by visual disturbances or nausea.
Stress may also trigger other types of headaches, or make an existing headache worse.
Medications are available that can help, including over the counter medications. Your treating medical professional can provide advice and recommendations based on your condition.
If you suffer from persistent or frequent headaches, our Toronto chiropractors and other sports medicine specialists can help guide you to a diagnosis and customized treatment plan based on the underlying causes.
The key to reducing stress tension headaches is to reduce the effects of stress – unlocking the link between the feeling of stress and its physical effects.
Treating yourself well is another way of phrasing self care. Stress can be looked at as an imbalance, and looking after your basic needs helps to get balance back.
Headaches can be the body’s reaction to stress and tension. If you are experiencing tension headaches, or other chronic pain, contact one of our Toronto physiotherapy and sports medicine clinics for a consultation today.
By Athlete's Care on March 02, 2022
Here’s a look at how to keep the complex system of muscles, nerves, and bones that keep you moving healthy. With good habits, it’s even possible to reduce the impact or slow down the onset of conditions such as osteoporosis.
Weight bearing exercises build both muscles and bones.
Strong muscles protect you against injury in many ways. Staying strong will help avoid and mitigate issues such as arthritis in the limbs.
Stretching has benefits both before and after exercise, as well as on its own.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet that fuels your bones and muscles, and gives you the energy you need for your level of activity and lifestyle.
Sitting or standing, posture is important. Balanced posture and a balanced gait avoid undue stresses and strain on your joints, muscles and bones. Our Toronto physiotherapists and other sports medicine specialists can provide help and guidance with any posture-related issues.
Drinking alcohol and smoking deplete the body of nutrients.
If you have any questions or concerns about your musculoskeletal health, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Toronto physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics today for a consultation.
By Athlete's Care on February 04, 2022
Cervical radiculopathy is often called a pinched nerve. It occurs when a nerve in the neck area becomes compressed or irritated at the point where it attaches to the spinal cord.
The spine comprises 24 bones, stacked one on top of the other. The bones, in essence, protect an inner canal where the spinal cord sits. The cervical spine includes the top seven bones from the neck to the base of the skull.
Changes to the disks cause responses in the body, including bone spurs around the disk that can in turn make the spine stiffer, and narrowing of the passages where the nerves roots exit the spine, effectively pinching the nerve ends.
In cases of wear and tear damage, it can also occur in conjunction with arthritic changes. Sometimes, no firm cause can be established.
Your Toronto physiotherapist, chiropractor or other sports medicine specialist will begin with a thorough examination and history. They will ask questions about the pain, as well as issues like range of motion in the neck.
Your sports medicine specialist will determine the right course of action for your situation.
Whether it’s due to an injury or deterioration over time, cervical radiculopathy can be painful and debilitating. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described, or you have questions about spine and neck health, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Toronto physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics for a consultation.