heart & stroke month

February is Heart Month

Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body including the heart and blood vessels. The nicotine in smoke raises your blood pressure, speeds up your heart rate, harms the inside of your blood vessels and reduces the amount of oxygen your heart gets.

Every cigarette you smoke makes you more likely to get heart disease. Any amount of smoking, even light smoking or occasional smoking does damage. Roughly 1 out of 5 deaths from heart disease is directly related to smoking.

How does quitting smoking help?

Your odds of getting heart disease or high blood pressure will drop. After 1 to 2 years of not smoking, you’ll be much less likely to get heart disease. You’ll feel so much better physically and psychologically and, you’ll be so proud of yourself for breaking the habit.

Isn’t it time YOU considered quitting?

There are alternatives to the traditional ways of breaking the habit. Laser therapy has proven to be a highly effective, non-invasive and safe method.

We will support and work with you when you need it the most. Call Calgary Laserworks today for options and information about how laser treatments can help you quit smoking.

Second Hand Smoke

As a non-smoker you are constantly aware of second hand smoke. Even standing downwind from the smoking area outside the office can send the non-smoker running.

Non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke absorb the same harmful chemicals as smokers. Studies show that even low levels of second-hand smoke exposure can be harmful.

Second hand smoke effects everyone and everything around you. Children, pregnant women, people with breathing issues, your family.

Exposure to second-hand smoke increases your risk for lung disease, heart disease, heart attacks and stroke.

Do something for yourself and those around you. Visit Calgary Laserworks for a new age solution to quit smoking.

Second Hand Smoke Risks

Stop SmokingDid you know that second hand smoke causes almost 50,000 deaths in North America every year? That number includes almost 1000 infants. Those are deaths of non-smokers.

In shock yet?

Smokers are at high risk for many diseases:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis)
  • Lung cancer
  • Cancer of the mouth, lip, throat and voice box
  • Cancer of the pancreas
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Leukemia

To name a few.

Second hand smoke can cause all of these diseases and more in non-smokers as well.

For babies and children, no amount of second-hand smoke is safe. According to the 2012 Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey (CTUMS), 4.5% of children between the ages of 0 and 17 years were regularly exposed to second-hand smoke in the home.

Time to quit smoking.

Calgary Laserworks can help you quit.

Calgary Laserworks and Reflexology

 Certified Reflexologist

ReflexologyThe origins of reflexology can be traced back may thousands of years. Many civilizations and cultures have used this ancient form of healing throughout history. The main principle of reflexology that has evolved with time and research is that the feet mirror the body.

In the early 30”s, Dr Riley had a physiotherapist in his office called Eunice Ingham. Dr. J. Riley taught the reflex technique to his wife Elizabeth and Eunice Ingham. Eunice Ingham became engrossed in zone therapy. With the aid of visiting Chinese doctors, who gave her documentation illustrating how the Chinese perceive the feet to mirror the body, she started equating areas on the feet with the anatomy of the body and drew up detailed foot charts.

Eunice Ingham’s work became more and more reflex based but, confusingly, she continued to use the term “zone therapy” for some time. She found that not only did “zone therapy” relieve pain but it also promoted healing. Over the course of her work she changed the term from “zone therapy” to “compression massage” and finally settled with “reflexology“.

Benefits of reflexology include:

Stress Reduction

When we are stressed our body’s defences break down and we become more susceptible to illness and disease. Reflexology can assist in reducing stress by generating deep tranquil relaxation, helping the body balance itself and allowing healing energy to flow.

Improved Circulation

Blood needs to flow freely throughout the body carrying oxygen and nutrients to all the cells and removing the waste products of metabolism and other toxins. By reducing stress and tension, reflexology allows the cardiovascular vessels to conduct the flow of blood naturally and easily.

Improved Immune System

Reflexology stimulates the lymphatic system thus reducing risk of infection. It cleanses the body of toxins and impurities and also stimulates the production of endorphins, leading to an improved immune system and sense of well-being.

Increased Energy

Reflexology revitalises energy throughout the body by relaxing and opening up the energy pathways.

  • Pain relief
  • Relaxation
  • Assistance in getting rid of the body’s toxins
  • Decrease in the number of headaches
  • Nerve stimulation
  • Relief of allergy symptoms
  • Lessened fatigue, feeling energized
  • Healthier immune system
  • Insomnia
  • Sense of well-being

Negative Side Effects of Reflexology

In some cases, temporary negative effects of reflexology occur. These include:

  • Headache
  • Feelings of nausea
  • Sensitivity in the feet

These side effects may occur as a result of toxins being emitted from the body. Any negative side effects which occur are not expected to last any longer than 24 hours. Such results may occur in someone who first experiences reflexology, but are unlikely to occur again and are only the result of the positive changes being made in the body.

Things to remember

Calgary Laserworks and Reflexology does not diagnose, prescribe medication for medical or psychological conditions.

Please consult your doctor if you have a medical condition.

Contact us for more information on the benefits of reflexology.

February is Heart & Stroke Month

quite-smokingDid you know that February is heart and stroke month?

One of the biggest contributors to heart attacks and strokes is smoking and second hand smoke.

Are you someone who smokes and is finding it hard to quit? Do you know someone who wants to quit but just can’t get there.

Nicotine is the drug that makes tobacco and tobacco products addictive. The more you smoke or use tobacco the more your body craves it. Cigars, cigarettes, pipes, snuff and chewing tobacco can all lead to heart attack and stroke.

There are alternatives to traditional ways of quitting tobacco.

Laser treatment has proven to be an effective way to break the habit.

Calagary Laser Works can give you all the options and information on how laser treatment can help you quit smoking.

Stop smoking now!

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