Hello Spring Time!
Are you feeling sluggish from the dreary weather? Ready to give your body a healthy break to start spring? Let’s do a 2 week reset to get you started.
Help boost your immunity this cold and flu season with natural remedies!
Choose from 2 days (or call us to book another time)
Friday, October 19th 3-4 pm
Saturday, October 20th 9-10 am
More about the remedies…
Dr. Lisa Vecchi
Has a medical professional recently told you that you need compression therapy? You likely have tons of questions, but no worries! Here are the basics you should know about the various lymphedema compression garments available and some key benefits – with the help of your medical team you can find the best medical compression garment for you.
Lymphedema compression garments help to manage re-accumulation of fluid by providing external pressure to tissue where lymphatic failure (or swelling due to fluid build up) has occurred. For best results, you should start wearing a compression garment as soon as possible after completing decongestive phase of treatment.
Not sure which compression garment is best for you? That’s okay. A trained or certified compression fitter can evaluate your condition and help you decide what is the best therapeutic compression garment to help manage your lymphedema. In addition to measuring and providing the best fit possible for your compression garment, they also will explain how certain variables will influence which product you should wear, such as the shape and size of your limb, your mobility, age and volume of swelling.
Types of Compression Garments
You’re probably wondering what different types of garments are available and even why there are different types. We’ll explain.
Circular knit garments are seamless and not as dense and stiff as flat knit. They come in standard sizes or Juzo can custom make them for you. The elasticity of the circular knit material is great for early to mild stages of lymphedema, when swelling is moderate. Other features include:
Flat knit garments have a seam and offer excellent therapeutic results. Only available as custom-made, they can accommodate a variety of shapes and sizes. The fabric is stiffer and certain fabrics have a micro massage weave, which is preferred for areas with severe swelling. Combined with an optimal level of compression, flat knit garments offer the maximum containment in an elastic compression garment. Other features include:
Juzo products with flat knit include Juzo Expert and Juzo Strong garments which are custom to any body part with swelling issues. Most areas of lymphatic failure are arm sleeves, gauntlets/gloves and lower extremity..
Inelastic wraps are the most stiff and help reduce swelling or provide maintenance. These garments are Can be used as alternative to short stretch bandaging or for anyone who may have issues putting the garment on and taking it off. Features include:
Juzo’s inelastic garment is the Juzo Compression Wrap and is available for lower and upper extremity.
Please remember to work with a trained compression professional at an authorized Juzo dealer to help select the best product, provide the best fit and give you proper instructions. We hope this helps answer some of your questions. Be sure to read other blog posts to learn more, including how to care for your garment and Juzo full product line of Lymphedema aids. Also, visit juzousa.com and register for our quarterly newsletter for more information.
Tavia Wilson RMT, Combined Decongestive Therapist, Certified Fitter.
The Importance of a Team
In all cases it is important to have a healthcare team working together to get you back on the field safely with an eye on your long-term health.
A physician can provide a concussion diagnosis and manage and evaluate your condition in order to provide medical clearance.
Health care practitioners such as chiropractors can help you manage headaches or back and muscle pain you may have as a result of your concussion. It’s important to remember that your injury may have also injured your neck, shoulder or back. While you’re resting and recovering, these injuries might resolve on their own. If not, a chiropractor or a physiotherapist can help you recover and return to play. A full evaluation of your strength and physical function will help you know when your body is ready to get back into sports.
Concussion symptoms can vary widely from person to person: while one person might suffer from pain, another may have depression and trouble sleeping. Education, encouragement, and a commitment to getting you back to your daily activities as soon as it is safe and appropriate are some of the best known strategies to help overcome many of the negative outcomes of concussion. That takes a committed approach from the right health care team alongside family and friends.
Dr. Alexandra Tarkowski
Most people recover within a few days to three months. The Zurich Consensus statement on concussion recovery recommends the following five stages of rehabilitation:
At any stage, if you experience any recurring symptoms, restart the process and remain inactive until the symptoms stop.
Returning to play after concussion should occur only with medical clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.
Dr. Alexandra Tarkowski
Introducing Elapromed Dermatology Treatments
Your Natural Answer to Beautiful Skin
What is an Elapromed Treatment?
Elapromed treatments use pulses of low current to transiently open the skin’s pores, called electroporation. This allows the application and absorption of skin condition specific natural products at the cellular level.
There are many other benefits apart from just treating speciﬁc skin conditions, the cumulative beneﬁts of electroporation include:
What conditions can be treated?
Elapromed treatments have successfully treated:
How many sessions do I need?
Some individuals will notice the appearance of their skin improves after just one treatment. However, significant lasting results usually occur after 3-6 weekly treatments. The effects can be maintained with regular maintenance treatments or as needed depending on the skin condition being treated.
Short treatment time: Dramatic results in a comfortable 30 – 45 minutes, possibly over lunch, for active women and men.
No downtime: Skin looks greatly improved immediately after the treatment, and you can go back to your normal activities.
Proven Results: Research conclusively proves Elapromed’s stated skin rejuvenation beneﬁts.
High Absorption: Up to 70 ml of active compounds are absorbed deep into the skin during one treatment.
No parabens, artiﬁcial colours, or fragrances: Elapromed compounds are intelligent….no unnecessary ingredients. Only powerful natural actives necessary to obtain results.
Natural active ingredients: Botanical stem-cells and vital actives combined in the most advanced proprietary formulations that address the face, body, and scalp concerns.
Non-invasive procedure: Low voltage stimulates the skin to open the dermal water channels and allow for high actives absorption with no to little discomfort.
No risk of scarring: Because the skin is never broken in the procedure, scarring and other abrasive effects are not possible.
Are there any contraindications?
Yes, because we are using electric current there are a few contraindications you need to be aware of.
This is the natural skin care you have been searching for!
Dr. Lisa Vecchi
DEALING WITH A CONCUSSION
If you’ve had a concussion, the first 10 days are crucial. During this time you are at the greatest risk for another concussion. Not only that, your risk of getting another concussion rises every time you have one. If you can protect yourself in those first few days, you’ll have much better odds of a full recovery.
But first, you need to know that you have a concussion. Effective concussion management starts with recognizing the signs and symptoms, some of which may show up hours or days after your injury. It is important for parents, coaches, trainers and athletes to recognize these early signs. They typically include:
Any athlete with potential concussion warning signs should see a physician as quickly as possible for a diagnosis. Remember, there is no simple test for a concussion. Many concussions can be missed if you rely only on a simple five-minute assessment done on the sidelines.
Athletes, coaches, parents and health care providers should all be up to date on concussions. If you are not comfortable dealing with a concussion yourself, have a concussion plan in place so you know exactly who to ask for help if someone shows warning signs.
Do you have a concussion? Not sure or haven’t been diagnosed? Please consult a medical practitioner. Dr. Alexandra Tarkowski, for consultation, diagnosis and treatment of concussions. Please call or email us for more information.
Dr. Alexandra Tarkowski D.C.
Concussions are called an ‘invisible injury’ because its symptoms aren’t always easy to recognize and even MRI imaging isn’t perfect at identifying a concussion. But with this kind of brain trauma, the effects are all too real. According to Scientific American, one blow to the head may increase your risk of a mental health disorder. We’ll cover some steps you can take to reduce your chances of suffering long term effects after a hard hit.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is traumatic brain injury caused when the brain is shaken inside the skull, which can cause damage to blood vessels in the brain or even injury to the brain tissue itself.
All it takes is a hard tumble on the basketball court or a blow to the head or the body. Yes, that’s right — you don’t necessarily have to hit your head. For example, when your body stops suddenly due to a hard tackle or a strong pick, it can cause whiplash and a concussion.
Some people think concussions only happen if you black out. But nine out of ten concussions don’t make you lose consciousness, and some only cause a brief interruption in mental alertness. Studies find that most high school and college athletes don’t report concussions while playing football. They might not realise that a concussion can happen even if you don’t black out.
In the past, athletes in many sports returned to play too soon after a concussion, sometimes even on the same day. But sports and health organizations are starting to take these injuries much more seriously. Trainers, health care professionals and athletes themselves are watching more closely for concussions and taking a more conservative approach to rehabilitation and return to play. This is an important change for the health of athletes everywhere.
Dr. Alexandra Tarkowski
As this is Brain Injury Awareness Month, we wanted to share this incredible video on concussions from David Camarillo.
Please watch and share.
Here is an excellent post from the Ontario Brain Injury Association;
Brain injuries are invisible disabilities. They are unseen, hidden and non-visible to most of the population. So are the cognitive, emotional and psychological impacts which can be life altering. The UBI Project aims to increase understanding of what it is like to live with a brain injury, using masks survivors create to represent their personal experiences.
The UBI Project is an international movement. Started and coordinated by Hinds’ Feet Farm in Huntsville, North Carolina, USA, UBI was inspired by work being done with military veterans using masks. To date, more than 847 masks have been created in 3 countries.
OBIA and our partners joined the UBI movement to support the mission to:
In Ontario, OBIA is coordinating the launch of UBI to coincide with the start of Brain Injury Awareness Month (BIAM) 2018. Together with local Brain Injury Associations and community partners (see links below), events will be held across the province on June 1, 2018 and throughout the month. Contact your local association and join in the celebration.
We hope you will join us in this visually powerful and emotional project to raise awareness of ABI and the unique experiences of survivors.
follow the link to the Brain Injury Awareness Month page:
For more information from the Ontario Brain Injury Association, please go to;
We will be following up with more information on different therapies that we offer that can aid in the recovery of concussions.
One of our most frequently asked questions is, “How do I care for my compression garment to keep it fitting properly?”
Juzo’s product team shares the best settings to wash and dry your garment and tips for preventing snags.
Have more questions about the care for your compression garments? Klara Ric and Tavia Wilson are more than happy to help!