Custom and Non-Custom Knee Braces by Dr. Andrew Sulkowski, Chiropractor
At Totum, our goal is to strengthen your hips and core, and improve balance enough so that you don’t require these types of devices or orthotics. There are times, however, when these types of devices can help give you the confidence in your knee to participate in the skiing, running, hiking, or racquet sports that has eluded you. In fact, if a serious injury occurs, they may be necessary for participation
When you are investigating bracing options, it’s important to understand there are differences between providers when fitting you with a custom knee brace. We choose between Ossur, Donjoy and Bledsoe braces and each have slight differences in size, weight, stabilizing style and unloading style, allowing the practitioner and patient some selection in finding the best fit. These types of braces require a professional to ensure proper fit and function so be sure to work with someone you are comfortable with.
Most insurance plans cover the cost of bracing with a surgeon’s referral. If you are looking for more information to find out if a knee brace is right for you, contact Totum to set up an appointment with a practitioner. (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Beretta Farms Protein Puck by Tim Irvine, M.Sc.
Here’s a snack you can really sink your teeth into. Why have we chosen this as this month’s product? Quality and quantity are the two big reasons. Beretta is a GTA company that produces products that are organic, grass fed, gluten free and yummy! They are also amazing people with a great story that I can really relate to.
The Protein Puck is dear to me because I like to work hard and burn a lot of calories. I also have a high metabolism and consequently need a lot of GOOD calories to keep my energy and weight up.
This 90gm snack packs 360 calories in with 22gm of fat, 48gms of carbohydrates and 8gms of protein. Some of you may be a bit worried about the calories and fat, but there is no need for concern unless you have a diet that is already high in fat. Fat is not your enemy (unless it is bad fat) and it’s important to remember approximately a third of your diet should come from it.
The all natural, organic ingredients include oats, spelt flour, pumpkin seeds,dark chocolate, raisins, shredded coconut and coconut oil, cane sugar and molasses, sunflower seeds, whole milk and flax seeds.
When I am snacking on one of these, I eat the whole thing and I am literally set for two hours afterwards. The mix of ingredients is slow digesting, tasty, filling and a good nutritional mix. If the calories of an entire puck are to much for you in one sitting, you can split this snack into two and you’ll have two days worth of a great tasting bit of fuel to get you through. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this every day unless you are working hard for 90 minutes during your workout. A few times a week is lots and as you know, proper variety in your nutrition helps to cover all the bases.
If you are interested in this product but you’re not sure it fits into your dietary profile, check with your nutritionist to see if it is appropriate for you. If you don’t have one, we have a great team of nutrition folks here at Totum.
Saxx Underwear: Man’s Best Friend by Tim Irvine, Totum President, Co-founder & Personal Trainer
I’ve been a 100% convert to these underwear for about a year now. My whole supply from day use to sport use is Saxx. And you know what? If someone gave me a pair as a present I’d still be happy.
So what’s the big deal? Well, in a word…comfort! If you’re a guy you know that bad underwear can bug you for most of the day when you wear them. It’s is reported that Napoleon was wearing bad underwear at Waterloo and conversely Churchill was always in comfy undies. I’m only a history minor but have no reason to believe this is not true.
The comfort comes from the type of fabric that is used as well as the little pouch on the inside. Comfy, cozy and controlled.
Yes, these are for men, but ladies, those important men in your life will be thankful to you for a long time if you treat them to a pair.
Keep in mind these generally fit a size down, so if you normally take a large, choose a medium instead.
These come in multiple styles and colors and if you’d like to learn a bit more about them go to the Saxx site to check them out.
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