Category: Healthy Lifestyle

Living in a Chemical Soup
February 19, 2012 Healthy Lifestyle Brian Fulton

  The topic of chemical exposure has re-entered the news these days with leading stories of major retailers yanking bisphenol A (BPA) off of their shelves. BPA is a synthetic chemical compound found in some hard clear plastics, (e.g. Lexan) and is used as liners in many metal cans. After several studies in peer-reviewed journals

Cold and Flu Prevention
February 16, 2012 Healthy Lifestyle,Managing Common Conditions Brian Fulton

  We’re not out of the woods yet. It’s still cold and flu season here in Canada. The common cold (rhinitis or coryza) is probably the most prevalent infectious disease that occurs in humans. It is estimated that there are up to a billion colds per year in the United States[i]. That’s an average of

Exercise Safe — Exercise Smart
February 7, 2012 Exercise,Healthy Lifestyle,Injury Prevention Brian Fulton

  You often hear about the benefits of exercise, but it is just as important to be aware of the hazards of improper exercise.  It is common in my profession to see people who have injured themselves while working out or playing sports.  Exercise is fraught with hazards, but choosing the right activity and approaching

Shedding Light on Seasonal Affected Disorder
February 7, 2012 Healthy Lifestyle,Managing Common Conditions Brian Fulton

  Easing The Winter Blues Everyone’s psycho-emotional state has ebbs and flows, hence the word ‘mood’. Moods vary, and for some of us, the swings can be quite large. Light exposure, weather and change of seasons are among the many factors that can trigger dips or peaks in mood. Most of us feel the affects

Exercise and Your Brain
February 6, 2012 Exercise,Head,Healthy Lifestyle Brian Fulton

  Research has long shown that moderate exercise protects against an array of chronic diseases and slows the effects of aging, but did you know that exercise also improves brain function, reduces the risk of strokes and can protect the brain from degenerative changes?

Everything is Connected
February 6, 2012 Healthy Lifestyle Brian Fulton

What follows is an article that I wrote in June of 2005 for Dalhousie Peer magazine, but I think that the message is a relevant today as it was then. – Brian Fulton I suppose that it might be simpler if everything on the planet weren’t so deeply connected.  That way we could do just

Neck and Shoulder Tension
February 5, 2012 Healthy Lifestyle,Managing Common Conditions,Massage,Neck and Shoulders Brian Fulton

The Art of Letting Go One of the most common complaints I hear as a massage therapist is concerning neck and shoulder tension. We are all actually hardwired to store tension in this area of the body. If you look at anyone surprised by a loud noise or any sudden stressor, you will see their

Using Exercise to Reduce Pain
February 5, 2012 Exercise,Healthy Lifestyle,Injury Prevention Brian Fulton

As a massage therapist, I have heard many of my patients speak about how increasing their activity levels, reduces their body pain. Well it turns out that this isn’t just anecdotal information. A fourteen-year study of 866 runners aged 62 to 76 showed 25% less musculoskeletal pain in active participants versus a sedentary control group[i].

February 5, 2012 Healthy Lifestyle,Injury Prevention,Managing Common Conditions,Massage Brian Fulton

Practicing an Ancient Art Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago that uses the fingers to press key points on the skin to supposedly stimulate the body’s own natural defences. Of course, science didn’t exist in those days, so acupressure is more of an art than a science.  But

Dealing With Muscle Pain and Soreness
February 4, 2012 Healthy Lifestyle,Managing Common Conditions,Massage,Rehabilitation Brian Fulton

  Everyone has aches and pains, some more than others. Whether your soreness is due to posture, activity, aging or even genetics, you need to get relief from pain that lasts more than a day or two. A muscle that does not get enough rest time is a common cause of soreness. This can be