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Ski injuries

Winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, are very popular activities in Canada. However, they cause many injuries that can often be serious. The main areas of the body that end up injured in these high speed winter sports are: your knees, ligaments, neck and wrists. Thousands of skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes every year, but very few of the lot properly prepare their bodies for this physical exercise. Although it is a relatively safe sport, injuries can occur as a result of poor preparation, lack of judgment, or rapidly changing snow conditions. Ski injuries such as MCL tear can be prevented with proper physical preparation and equipment.

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Sunglasses in Winter

Of course everybody thinks about wearing sunglasses during the summer because the sun is out and its hot. What a lot of people don’t know is that it is equally important to protect your eyes with sunglasses in the winter. Meaning even when the temperature is below freezing and the weather is overcast, invisible ultraviolet (UV) light is still able to pass through the clouds to your eyes and cause damage. It could be argued that since white winter snow is much more reflective than our surroundings in the summer, it might even be more important to protect your eyes when the temperature drops.

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Hockey Concussions

A debate that has consumed hockey in recent years is how dangerous it is for the players. Because of repeated checking, and the sports violent nature, players commonly experience head injuries like concussions. A concussion is also called a ‘mild traumatic brain injury’, and it usually starts with a hit to the head. This can then lead to a ‘diffuse brain injury’, meaning that a larger part of the brain becomes affected.

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No Shows in Quebec

When a patient bails on their medical appointment, it can be very costly for a medical practice. In hospitals, this problem is even more pronounced. With no-show rates in Canada averaging between 10-25% for clinics and hospitals, last minute cancellations and no shows are a contributing factor to the long time it takes to see a doctor. In order to prevent this, many clinics have been forced to adopt unfriendly policies like double bookings (leading to longer wait times if both patients show up) and cancellation fees. However, by putting ourselves in the patient’s shoes, we at Tap Medical have been working hard to devise a solution that addresses some of these issues. Here is a list of some of the reasons patients don’t show up to their appointments, and what Tap is doing to fix it.

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Cannabis in Canada

Since it was first discovered in ancient China, marijuana has had its place in pharmacopeia for centuries. However, its long history of being used doesn’t necessarily mean that its safe for anyone to use or abuse. With its legalization across Canada, now is a particularly  important time to communicate that cannabis’ legal status doesn’t imply that the substance is ‘harm-free’. While there are medical benefits of smoking marijuana, these benefits are noted in specific conditions where marijuana is predominantly used as an alternative to more conventional medication. In this article, we would like to focus on some of the lesser known risks associated to the consumption of cannabis in order to make you a more educated user.

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Don’t Get Bit by Frostbite

Its cold outside, and now that winter is finally here, Quebecers know that the frost will soon start nibbling away at their nose, fingers and toes. As the numbness sets in, some very dangerous things start happening inside your body. When the temperature drops, your body kicks in to survival mode and reroutes blood from your extremities towards your more important organs like your brain and your heart in order to combat hypothermia.

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Vaccination: Explained

When foreign microbes try to invade us, our immune systems trigger a series of innate responses in an attempt to identify and remove them from our bodies. The symptoms we experience when we’re ill such as; coughing, sneezing, inflammation and fever, are actually a sign that our immune system is functioning properly. This response works to trap, deter and rid the body of threatening things like bacteria and viruses. This brings us to vaccination.

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Walk-in to Your Super Clinic

With the longest emergency-room wait times in the western world, Quebec has been actively trying to solve the issue of access to healthcare. In order to accomplish this, the government has put policies in place that intend to improve access to front-line medical services by opening 50 super-clinics across the province. Now you might be asking, “how can these walk-in super-clinics improve access to healthcare?”

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Massages as Treatment

Massage used to be considered a luxury offered only through upscale spas and health clubs. However, massage therapy is beginning to be more commonly considered a component of complimentary and alternative medicine. Due to the benefits of this therapy, massage is increasingly being offered as standard treatment for a variety of medical conditions and situations. While there is evidence that massage therapy is an effective treatment for anxiety, muscle tension, pain, and stress reduction, more research is required to confirm its’ benefits.1

 

With that said, some studies have managed to show that massages therapy can be helpful for:1

  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

 

In addition the benefits that massage therapy can provide for specific conditions, many patients enjoy getting massaged because it often produces feelings of closeness, caring and comfort; but this is not without risk.2 If you suffer from any of the following conditions, be advised to contact you physician to ensure that the risks associated to getting a massage dont outweigh the benefits:2

  • Any bleeding disorders
  • Taking of blood-thinning medication
  • Burns or healing wounds
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Fractures
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Severe thrombocytopenia

 

Most of the serious problems that are caused by massage are a result of too much pressure; if any aspect of the massage doesn’t feel right or is too painful, you should not hesitate to speak up.

 

While you might find yourself to be a bit sore the following day, massage therapy is nonetheless a great way to indulge and pamper. Whether you are looking for stress relief or have a specific medical condition; you can learn how to do a self-massage or even share the experience with a partner, at home.

 

1MayoClinic Staff. “Never Had a Massage? What You Should Know.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 6 Oct. 2018, www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743.

 

2Massage therapy for health purposes: What you need to know. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/massage/massageintroduction.htm. Accessed Oct. 23, 2018.