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Monday, September 18, 2017

Self Help Exercise Workshop

2-3pm Main conference room at Ajax Harwood Clinic


Please come join us and discover together:
Let’s discover together how your body works.
Can we overcome our problems without the aid of others or medication?
Let’s work together and share techniques that help us manage our pain.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Back Massage on Demand - self-administered


describes exercise I’d like to promote: a self-administered back decompression exercise that utilizes abdominal musculature:
1. Sit up straight, shoulders back and down, take 3 stacked inspiration to ensure lung is in maximal inflation; abdomen should protruded to allow more room for full inspiration.
2. hold the breath in
3. compress abdominal muscles and feel the spinal decompression from internal pressure - a person with 40” abd girth, at 2 PSI intra-abdominal pressure can generate 250lb of decompression force along the spine.

This is a manoeuvre that can relieve nerve compression from degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine.
I have some left leg numbness and pain which I can relieve instantly using this technique; it can be used any time and in any body position.
Other virtues of this exercise are as follows:
Breathing exercise: "triple breathing exercise" (ie. three inspiration followed by 3 expiration... in contrast to the conventional one inspiration followed by 1 expiration)
benefits:
1. mental meditation, self regulation, self-calming; relieve trapped mind
2. improve thoracic posture
3. improve ventilation; tidal volume; vital capacity; respiratory musculature (scalenes, intercostals and diaphragmatic)
4. improve respiration; better oxygenation and pCO2
5. improve abdominal musculature
6. decompress lumbar spine
7. improve pelvic musculature and improve bladder and sphincter control
8. improve CM (centre of mass) awareness; and improve balance

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Attention Smokers!

Lakeridge Health is one of three hospitals in Ontario that is participating in a pilot project to determine the feasibility of a province-wide lung cancer screening project.

They will accept referrals for those between the ages of 55 and 74 and have smoked cigarettes daily for at least 20 years (not necessarily consecutively).

If you are interested talk to your doctor to see if you are eligible.

If you have any of the following, you are NOT eligible:
  • Have previously been diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Are under surveillance for lung nodules
  • You are being investigated for coughing up blood
  • You are being investigated for unexplained weight loss

Thanks

Your friendly Ajax Harwood Clinic Staff

Monday, June 19, 2017

We are Excited to Announce Three New Workshops


Do you want to get the most out of your healthcare appointment?

Do you live with challenges and complications as a result of chronic pain?

Do you live with challenges and complications as a result of a chronic condition?

If you answered yes to any of these questions we have the workshop for you!!

Getting the Most from your Healthcare Appointment


When:  Thursday, September 7, 2017

Where: At your favourite medical clinic. 88 Harwood Ave S, Ajax, On

Registration is required: To register, please call 905-683-0690 or register in person at our clinic

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain Workshop


When:  Every Tuesday, September 12 - October 17, 2017

Where: At your favourite medical clinic. 88 Harwood Ave S, Ajax, On

Registration is required: To register, please call 905-683-0690 or register in person at our clinic

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions Workshop


When:  Every Thursday, September 14 - October 19, 2017

Where: At your favourite medical clinic. 88 Harwood Ave S, Ajax, On

Registration is required: To register, please call 905-683-0690 or register in person at our clinic

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Travelling?

I love to see travel patients!  I get to share their excitement and get travel virtually with them.  Patients can make this visit more fruitful by bringing in any and all immunizations you have received in the past.  Also since it is a travel consult, a copy of detailed itinerary is most helpful.  Please print this off so I don't have to squint into your phone.  If you are being treated for any chronic illness or are taking any medications, I need to know this to decide on what your health needs may come up when you travel.

Once you know you are travelling, book your travel consult as soon as you can.  Travel appointments fill up quickly during busy travel seasons and some vaccinations require multiple boosters.   

My list of helpful hints for travellers:

I used to tell patients to photocopy their travel documents and leave a copy with friends or family at home.  My new advice is to have patients scan important documents and email it to themselves and their emergency contact person.  

It is always helpful to have a reuse able water bottle.  This will allow you to fill it up once you pass security and have water on the plane without having to balance the cup on that tiny table placed in front of your leg.  I find those tables to be equivalent to restraints while flying and defies any leg movement!  Water that has been boiled at your destination is generally safe.  This is handy to have for your day out and will allow you to avoid any counterfeit bottled water.  In a pinch, when you are not sure of the water source, beer and soda may be safer.   This is the ONLY time I will tell you to drink beer or soda instead of waterđź’§!!!

Meds kit:   
Prescription drugs - I advise my patients to take all their prescription drugs in their original bottle.  You can use an older bottle if you don't want to take to many with you on your trip.  Border guards frown on little pills in ziplock bags! 
Fever and pain control - I also recommend that you travel with some Tylenol or Advil (whatever is your preference) for fever and pain. 
Cough and cold - your favourite cough and cold med.   This is not the time for you to try something new.  I also recommend some throat lozenges.  For some reason I always feel a cough when I'm at the border with a sign warning me to disclose if I have a cough.  
Nausea and vomiting - take some Gravol with you. 
Diarrhea- almost everyone who travels experiences a little diarrhea.  If it is mild you will want some Imodium, Kaopectate or whatever you are used to taking for diarrhea.  Ask your doctor about Dukoral, the traveler's diarrhea or antibiotics to carry in case you get sick during travel.  
Electrolytes -   If you are prone to diarrhea, you may want to carry some electrolyte crystals with you for rehydration.  

This list is by no means exhaustive.  It is important that you seek individual medical advice for your travel.   I wish all my patients many safe and enjoyable travels in your future!  Bon voyage!

Dr.  Maria Yu

Mind Checkup

Please submit the following questionnaire and speak to your doctor if you are having difficulty. Screening for Depression