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Issue: March 2012


In This Issue:
What's the Spine All About?
Preparing to Work in the Garden
TMJ Pain, A Pain in the Mouth
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What's the Spine All About?

dr shima shahidyDr. Shima Shahidy, (Hon) B.Sc., DC
Chiropractor, Acupuncture & Graston Technique Provider

The spine is a series of bones, linked together, that provides a protective shell around the major nerve centre of the body, and allows us to stand up. It performs essential functions for the body, and needs to be cared for properly. The spine is divided into three major sections. The upper section (leading down from your skull) is the cervical spine; the middle section (where the ribs are) is the thoracic spine; and the lower section (reaching towards the pelvis) is the lumbar spine. Directly below the lumbar spine is a bone called the sacrum (base of your spine), with two other bones on either side called the iliac bones, which together make a circle of bones you know as the pelvis. 

The spinal column is made up of 33 vertebrae (bones) separated by 23 discs. Only 24 of these vertebrae are moveable. The vertebrae in your sacrum and coccyx (tailbone) are fused together during childhood, and have no discs between them. Not only does your spine support most of your body weight, it also protects your spinal cord, which is the “central highway” of your nervous system.

The spinal cord carries messages to and from the brain, and to every part of the body, helping to monitor and coordinate everything from breathing to digestion to circulation. Pretty important stuff to take care of, right?


Preparing to Work in the Garden

Dr. Shima Shahidy, (Hon) B.Sc., DC
Chiropractor, Acupuncture & Graston Technique Provider

dr shima shahidyAs the spring weather approaches and you start to get into the garden, remember that your body and especially your spine need to to be in top shape for the rigors of outdoor work! Before you grab those garden tools, limber up with some easy stretches:

1. While seated, extend your leg out straight in front of you, and place your heel on a low step or footstool (even the phone book will do). Keep your knee straight and lean forward gently until you feel a pull in the back of the thigh (that’s your hamstring muscle). Don’t bounce or strain. Hold for 15 seconds, relax and repeat. Now repeat with the other leg.

2. Stand up and balance yourself. Reaching behind you, grab your 
left ankle with your left hand. Pull your heel toward your buttocks and hold for 15 seconds. Relax and repeat. Now repeat with the other leg.

3. Stay standing and raise your arms above your head. Knit your fingers together, palms toward the sky, and lean to one side for 10 seconds. Then lean to the other side. Repeat this three times.

4. Hug yourself snugly and rotate as far as comfortable to one side. Hold for 10 seconds, and then rotate to the other side. Repeat three times.

Now you’re ready to make that garden beautiful!


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and to book your appointment with Dr. Shima Shahidy.

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TMJ Pain, A Pain in the Mouth

Calais Irwin, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

calais irwin RMTThe Temporomandibular Joint is one of the most complex joints in the body. This hinge type joint is where the lower jaw bone connects to the skull. As well as allowing us to bite, chew and talk, it also slides back and forth, side to side and sustains an enormous amount of pressure and force.

TMJ pain can be caused by a number of issues, the most common being muscle tension, injury, and anatomical malfunction. There may be a psychological component as well such as stress causing clenching or grinding (bruxism) of the teeth.  

Other causes may include:

  • Dental work/oral surgery
  • Whiplash
  • Arthritis

Symptoms may include:

  • Pain in the head or neck
  • Headaches
  • Ear pain
  • Facial pain
  • Difficulty opening or closing mouth
  • Popping or clicking sound when you bite or open
  • Ringing in the ears or hearing loss
  • Dizziness

Massage Therapy can help reduce many of these symptoms and be an effective form of treatment for TMJ pain. No matter the cause of TMJ disorder, muscle tension is always involved. Relieving that tension, reducing stress and increased relaxation will all be beneficial in treatment of TMJ pain.

A few extra tips:

  • Avoid chewing gum
  • Avoid eating hard foods
  • Try a warm or cold pack on the side of your face
  • A mouth guard may provide relief (Talk to your Dentist)
  • Learn relaxation techniques to reduce stress
  • Maintain good posture, especially if you work on a computer. Take time to change position, stretch and rest your arms


Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information
and to book your appointment with Calais Irwin.

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