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5 Signs You Need New Orthotics

  1. Your​ ​foot, ​ ​knee​ ​or​ ​back​ ​pain​ ​has​ ​returned. ​ ​If you originally got your orthotics to treat a certain issue and they helped, but now the pain is returning, it’s a sign that your orthotics are worn out and are no longer doing their job.
  1. You​ ​have​ ​NEW​ ​foot, ​ ​knee​ ​or​ ​back​ ​pain. ​ ​This is a sign that your feet have changed and a new prescription is needed.
  1. They​ ​are​ ​cracked​ ​or​ ​falling​ ​apart. ​ ​If the plastic has cracked the orthotic is definitely not doing what it was meant to and could even cause problems.
  1. They​ ​are​ ​more​ ​than​ ​2​ ​years​ ​old. ​ It depends on the type of orthotic you have and how often you wear them, but on average you should replace orthotics every 2-3 years, more often if you are an exercise enthusiast.
  1. You​ ​had​ ​knee​ ​or​ ​hip​ ​surgery​ ​or​ ​broke​ ​a​ ​leg​. Any of these can alter the length or alignment of your legs and may necessitate a change in your orthotic prescription.

Give us a call to book an appointment with our chiropodist Meredith Cossitt, BSc, DCh

Have you tried ART®?

Active Release Technique® is a hands-on treatment that has become very popular with elite athletes and sports teams due to its ability to produce fast results. Fortunately it is also effective in treating many of the following conditions such

  • Carpal tunnel
  • Rotator cuff sprain/strain
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Sciatic nerve symptoms
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • TMJ
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tennis elbow

Active release Technique® treats these conditions by restoring proper sliding of muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons in areas that have become injured. In an Active Release treatment the practitioner will shorten the muscle, tendon or ligament and then apply a very specific pressure with their hands as the patient actively moves the body part. This treatment in motion allows the certified ART® practitioner to assess the area and 1) break up restrictive adhesions 2) reinstate normal tissue flexibility and movement and 3) restore better biomechanics and function of the area.

Certified ART® practitioners are required to re-certify once a year and demonstrate their technique and skill level. Dr. Carla Inoque is a chiropractor at the North Toronto Natural Health Clinic who is a full body certified ART® practitioner and has found it be a great help in treating a variety of sports and repetitive strain injuries.

Brought to you by Dr. Carla Inoque DC, Certified ART® Practitioner

Understanding B12 Status

What do all of these conditions have in common?

  • Cognitive decline and memory loss
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders
  • Depression, anxiety, and psychosis
  • Developmental disorders in kids
  • Autoimmune disease and immune dysregulation
  • Female and male infertility

ANSWER: They all mimic signs and symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency.
B12 deficiency is not a mysterious disease. Its effects are well established in the medical literature. However, B12 deficiency is far more common than most people realize. A recent study suggests that 40% of people between the ages of 26-83 have plasma B12 levels in the low range – a range at which many experience neurological symptoms. Most surprising was the fact that low B12 levels were as common in younger people as they were in the elderly.
Why is B12 deficiency so under diagnosed?
Firstly, it’s not routinely tested by most doctors. Second, the lower end of the normal range is just too low to feel good. In Japan and Europe, the lower limit for B12 is between 500-550 pg/ml but in Canada accepted “normal” levels are much lower. B12 lower than this level is associated with memory loss, cognitive decline and dementia. Willingness to treat with B12 injections in Japan at this level may explain the low rates of Alzeimer’s in that country.
Why is B12 deficiency so common?
The absorption of B12 is complex and involves several steps – each of which can go wrong. Causes of B12 mal-absorption include:

  • Intestinal dysbiosis
  • Leaky gut
  • Low stomach acid
  • Use of stomach acid lowering drugs
  • Alcohol use
  • Pernicious anemia

This explains why B12 deficiency can occur even in people eating large amounts of B12-containing animal products. Please note that up to 50% of long-term vegetarians and 80% of vegans are deficient in B12. There are no plant sources of B12.
THE SOLUTION: Diagnosis and treatment of B12 deficiency is easy and inexpensive. If you are concerned you may have B12 deficiency, the first step is to be tested to establish a baseline. If your levels are below optimum, treatment with B12 can be remarkable – better energy, brighter mind, feeling rejuvenated – almost immediately!
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