Keeping You Safe During Lockdown
The Healthy View
Lately, we’ve seen more and more patients who are neglecting their health and treatments because they feel safer at home. We understand that feeling. And while the Clinic continues to ensure patients and staff are safe when they visit for in-person appointments, we have adapted our services and care to match your needs. Whether you’re looking for a virtual treatment session, products you can take home to promote your recovery, or supplements that can support your health, we’re here to help!
As the stay-at-home orders continue, we’re hearing from more and more patients that they aren’t comfortable leaving home. This has resulted in many of them beginning to neglect their bodies, resulting in a lack of proper care and treatment for new and existing injuries.
The Sport Medicine Clinic is here to help. Many of our therapists can provide patients with virtual care, allowing you to stay at home while still getting the treatment your body needs. Our therapists will provide an initial assessment and follow up treatments all conducted virtually, so you can feel (and remain) safe.
If you’re in need of a virtual consultation with a chiropractor, athletic therapist, physiotherapist, naturopath, and/or sport medicine doctor, please give us a call at 416-865-0903 or send us an email and we can book an appointment for you.
What’s the Deal with Magnesium?
Magnesium is one of the most plentiful minerals in the body. It is a cofactor for over 300 different enzymes, meaning that it is incredibly important for optimal functioning. It is specifically essential in the synthesis of ATP — the body’s main storage form of energy.
Magnesium can have a variety of benefits including:
- Optimizing nervous system function (alleviating anxiety and easing mood)
- Help prevent blood clotting and maintain healthy blood pressure
- Alleviate headaches
- Improve constipation
- Prevent menstrual cramping
- Relax muscles
- Promote thyroid function and metabolism
- Assist in protecting against cellular damage through improved glutathione synthesis
Although magnesium is obtained through certain foods (namely leafy greens and animal products like fish, meat, and dairy), it is very challenging to obtain adequate amounts through diet alone. Some common signs of a mild magnesium deficiency include anxiety, fatigue, poor sleep, irritability, muscle cramping or twitching, difficulty concentrating, digestive complaints, and heart palpitations. Certain conditions including thyroid imbalance and PCOS are more likely to occur when a person is magnesium deficient. Note that all of these concerns have more than one cause, and other causes should be excluded by your naturopathic doctor.
Magnesium can be measured in the serum (blood), but this is not a reliable measure unless you are severely deficient.
When it comes to supplementation, there are a variety of magnesium preparations. Here is a brief index of a few commonly prescribed types of magnesium:
Magnesium Oxide: The most widely used (likely because it is least expensive), magnesium oxide is not very well absorbed but has a moderate-severe laxative effect and is best used for recalcitrant constipation. There have been clinical trials that have shown benefit in migraine prevention, restless leg syndrome, and PMS.
Magnesium Citrate: A better absorbed form of magnesium, magnesium citrate has a gentler laxative effect and is helpful in constipation.
Magnesium Aspartate: Well-absorbed and is a top consideration when treating fatigue.
Magnesium Glycinate: Also called magnesium bisglycinate, this is another well-absorbed form and is indicated for a variety of goals, including muscle relaxation and exercise recovery.
Generally, magnesium is well-tolerated at oral doses ranging from 100-600mg per day, in divided doses. The most commonly reported adverse effect of magnesium supplementation is diarrhea if dosed too high and not taken in divided doses with food. There are certain conditions where magnesium supplementation is contraindicated, so always speak to your naturopathic doctor before initiating supplementation.
Dr. Melissa Cugliari
Complimentary Parking at the First Canadian Place
The First Canadian Place is offering a promotion for a limited time where visitors can enjoy 3 hours of complimentary parking when you spend $50 (tax included) at participating stores located inside the FCP.
As the Sport Medicine Clinic continues to treat out of the Adelaide Health Clinic in the FCP, you can enjoy the benefit of getting treatment without the worry of figuring out where to park!
Our patients are eligible for this complimentary service as long as you have a receipt totaling $50. So, you can:
- Come in and get treatment
- Purchase any of our products that help with your recovery (see more info below)
How it works:
- Enter FCP parking garage from York or Adelaide street.
- Bring your receipt(s) from FCP retailers to the security desk (located inside the FCP building, street level) to get the 3-hour parking voucher.
- When you’re ready to leave, insert the parking ticket at the garage gate first, followed by the voucher.
If you parking at First Canadian Place for the first time, we encourage patients to park in lots #2 or #3 as those are closest to the Clinic.
Our hours remain 7:30am - 6:00pm, Monday - Friday.
To book an appointment please call 416-865-0903 or email our reception. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Products to Promote Your Recovery
Did you know that getting treatment at the Clinic is just step one on your road to recovery?
That’s why we also offer products that can help you recover faster and with better results.
These products include: foam rollers, braces (knee, wrist, back, elbow), Theraguns, pain relief creams, orb balls, and many more.
Please speak with one of our therapists to determine which of these products would work best for you, so we can get you back to your optimal health as soon as possible.