Keeping Up With Your Kids

Some of you may know that I have two young rippers on the mountain. It brings me such joy seeing them improve over the years. Not only two years ago, my youngest son was tethered to a harness. Now he is seeking his own tracks along the little tree runs. As their skiing ability trajectory is only up, I strive to keep up and often fail at doing so. Whether it is my own skill or the aches and pains in my own body that prevent me from keeping up with my kids, I often have to succumb and let them win our races.

This presents me with the question of how to slow down the aging process to have some hope in skiing alongside the younger generation.

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Skiing to Uplift Your Mood

January is setting in. Darker days are amidst us, albeit we are gradually returning to the light. 

Whether Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects you or you are just looking for a lift to get you through the winter blahs, you are bound to find happiness up at the hill. Apex Mountain is a way to get above the clouds that close in on the valley. Getting outside is a way to gain more light despite these long winter nights.

This winter take the time to notice the mood enhancing effects of being outside in the snow sharing a beautiful view with friends.

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Get Your Knees Working For You

Regenerate with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). Some injuries only heal so far on their own. This is where PRP comes into play. Injecting your own blood right at the site of injury creates a whole cascade of healing. Platelets are rich in growth factors and localizing the platelets to damaged tissue accelerates their repair. PRP should be considered in injuries that have not healed on their own or in degenerative osteoarthritis.

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Concussion

Concussions happen. Skiing and snowboarding can lead to a fall and hit to the head. Other sports are culprits too. Even motor vehicle accidents where there has been no hit to the head, but an indirect force as in whiplash, can cause this sort of brain injury. Some of the symptoms of a concussion include new onset headaches, brain fog, dizziness, seeing stars, nausea/vomiting, memory loss. Not all people who have suffered a concussion experience loss of consciousness.

When it comes to healing the brain post concussion, I look to allowing for the brain to rest, to keeping inflammation in check and to ramping up neurological support.

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Healthy Eating into Fall

How to best accomplish it all and keep the family healthy at the same time? 

I find what works best for my family is planning and prepping. Mapping out the week reduces the likelihood of eating on the go, making poor choices between activities and curbing the ever convenient fast food. 

We talk a lot in our family about how to fuel our body correctly for the activity ahead. Eating food that will increase our endurance rather than plummet it. Looking at cause and effect to look back at food choices that were made and how we felt afterward. Good and bad.   

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Healing From An Injury

Back to the wound healing process. After any soft tissue injury the body has specific series of responses, divided into 3 consecutive phases. The acute inflammatory phase. The proliferative or repair phase. And the tissue remodeling phase. The acute inflammatory phase occurs within minutes of an injury and continues over the next 3 days. If you stop this phase from going through completion by taking anti-inflammatories, your body doesn’t progress naturally into the proliferative and remodeling phases. Plus Professor James McCormack, from UBC, confirms there is no evidence that non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID) improve the outcome of acute sports injuries.

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Collagen

What a phenomenal January! Bumps. Powder turns. Endless runs. Grins from ear to ear. But if you ask your knees, they may have a different story. Your knees take the brunt of it and often are what gets you to call it a day.

How can you preserve the cushioning in your knee joints while still tackling those mogul runs? Let’s look at what your knees are meant to be made of and what is lost when we talk of being bone on bone…Collagen.

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Ski Based New Year’s Resolutions

As seen in Apex Matters January Edition

A big part of what I do in my practice is help my patients set goals and make changes. And to make those changes stick. I have supported my patients through their challenges to help their achievements impact their health for the long term. If you are needing help in motivation, inspiration or follow through, I can be of help to you.

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Gut Brain Connection

Turn your meals into brain food by:

  • Taking time to enjoy your meal. Refrain from eating on the go. 
  • Making meal times a ritual for family & connection.
  • Ruling out Celiac Disease & Gluten Sensitivity
  • Putting love into the meal preparation
  • Taking a probiotic or eat fermented foods to improve on your gut microbiome. 
  • Enhancing your digestive juices via chewing, aperitif, or digestive enzymes. 
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Patellofemoral Syndrome

An all too common cause of knee pain, especially in runners, is due to patellofemoral pain syndrome. The high frequency of this syndrome in runner's is signified by it's coined name "Runner's Knee". This is caused by patella tracking problems during flexion and extension. The patella is also known as the knee cap. Over time damage can occur to the undersurface of the patella and lead to chondromalacia patella if left untreated. 

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Pain in the Head

Headaches can be a nuisance to down right debilitating. Those of you who suffer from headaches I can imagine can attest to the wish to be rid of these burdens.

Patients seek help from naturopathic doctors for a variety of reasons — they want off their current medication, their medication is no longer that magic bullet or they haven’t found a medication that works for their particular headache.

Whatever the source of your headaches, my aim is to get to the bottom of it and bring you relief.

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