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Teeth Grinding and Jaw Clenching: The Gym Habits

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Gym Habits

Exercising and going to the gym involves preparation. There’s time and effort dedicated to warming up, preparing it for a workout. There’s time and effort dedicated to recovery, preparing it for the next workout. It is all about preventing injury, ensuring that your body is okay and ready for optimal performance. The areas of your body which gym goers sometimes neglect in this cycle of warm up, workout, and recovery are their teeth and jaws. A bit of a left-field observation and a comment which many might raise their eyebrows at but it’s true. The teeth and jaw are often not even afterthoughts.

Teeth Grinding and Jaw Clenching

People who lift weights clench their jaws or grind their teeth. It’s often a reaction to the stress of the activity. When we lift heavy weights, we are often activating a lot of muscles. There are the more obvious ones we are using to actually lift – more often than not: triceps, biceps, quads, etc. There are the less obvious ones which we use to supplement the core action. Clenching our jaw and/or grinding our teeth – otherwise known as bruxism – fall into the latter category. Experts suggest that bruxism can increase strength and power to enable better performance on lifts and other activities. There’s a reason we do it. However, it can cause oral issues.

Dental Problems

Dentists around the world see the same issues when gym goers clench their jaw and grind their teeth. The load put on and expressed through them have typical effects.

Let’s begin with the jaw. When you clench your jaw you should notice it won’t be fully aligned. It’ll lean one way. This can cause an uneven wear in your teeth. However, there are other issues more directly related to the jaw. Arthritis can occur due to strain and bone degradation or TMJ disorder can develop, also known as TMD. This disorder, according to a leading Calgary dental clinic, can cause issues like dizziness, which will further affect sporting performance. Nerve damage could also be a problem, whereby nerves in your jaw become inflamed and damage which can even extend to causing some neck pain.

Teeth face similar trauma. The pressure on your teeth can result in chips and cracks.  Robert Herbst, a world powerlifting champion, claimed one of his teeth exploded in a world championship final, which resulted in him needing bone grafts and an implant. There are “smaller” issues which can arise, like little holes in your teeth which can later, without treatment, cause cavities. In other cases, teeth simply reduce in size as they wear away.

 

Treatment

There’s two key solutions. Number one is self-awareness. Number two is a mouth guard.

Number one simply involves you lifting in front of a mirror and noticing yourself. If you begin to clench and grind, you stop. It’s a different kind of training. Breathing through your nose is also a helpful solution to include in this new habit.

A mouth guard acts as a barrier between your teeth, minimising the direct contact they have. Not only this but you’ll be able to find ones which helpfully align with your jaw, meaning that you will no longer be kicking out to one side. You could think of a mouthguard in the same way you think of belts and knee sleeves, another piece of hardware which helps to protect your body.

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Man assaulted nurse over vaccinating his wife: Quebec cops – Toronto Sun

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The man accused the nurse of having “vaccinated his wife without his consent” before repeatedly punching the woman in the face, police said.

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Sherbrooke police have turned to the public to help track down a man who assaulted a nurse Monday at a local pharmacy.

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Police say a man showed up at the office of a nurse assigned to give vaccinations at a pharmacy on 12th Ave. N.

“He was angry and aggressive,” said police spokesperson Martin Carrier.

The man accused the nurse of having “vaccinated his wife without his consent” before repeatedly punching the woman in the face and leaving, police said, adding that the nurse was taken to hospital to treat “serious” injuries to her face.

The man being sought is 30 to 45 years old, of medium build and has a dark complexion. He has short dark hair, dark eyes and “big eyebrows.”

The man spoke French and was wearing a dark sweater and jeans. He wore earrings and had a hand tattooed with what resembled the image of a cross.

Police are urging anyone with any information on the case to call them at 1-800-771-1800.

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B.C. reports 759 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths, 1 death in Island Health – CHEK

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British Columbia health officials on Wednesday reported 759 new COVID-19 cases — including 79 in Island Health — and 10 new deaths since their last update on Sept. 21.

One of the deaths was in Island Health, the province says.

The number of confirmed cases in B.C. is now at 180,937 while the death toll climbs to 1,910.

There are currently 5,458 active cases in the province, 324 people in hospital — 157 of whom are in intensive care. The provincial government says there are 636 active cases in the Island Health region.

Of the new cases identified, 79 were in Island Health, 233 were in Interior Health, 214 were in Fraser Health, 129 were in Northern Health, 101 were in Vancouver Coastal Health and three were people who normally reside outside of the country.

A total of 173,215 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while 7,739,828 doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide.

Today’s data was released as a statement to the media.

Island Health

According to the latest update on Island Health’s dashboard shows that there are 563 active cases — 44 in North Island, 180 in Central Island, and 339 in South Island — on Vancouver Island.

Thirty-five people in the region are currently in hospital with COVID-19, 20 of whom are in critical care.

Over the past 24 hours, there were 188 recoveries, 1,358 new tests for COVID-19 performed, and 2,370 doses of vaccine administered in the region. Of those doses, 37 were AstraZeneca, 1,409 were Moderna and 924 doses were Pfizer.

A total of 1,289,871 vaccine doses — 619,306 of those are second doses — have now been administered on Vancouver Island. This includes 33,465 doses of AstraZeneca, 345,767 doses of Moderna and 910,639 doses of Pfizer.

Since the onset of the pandemic, there have been 8,020 cases reported, 59 deaths, 355 total hospitalizations, and 7,254 recoveries recorded on Vancouver Island.

Cases and deaths continue to climb this month

With Wednesday’s announcement of 79 new cases and yet another death in Island Health, the region has now recorded 11 deaths and seen a 22 per cent increase in new cases since the beginning of September.

Since Sept. 1, total hospitalizations on the Island have risen 23 per cent while the total number of recoveries has increased by 22 per cent.

When it comes to active cases, the data isn’t as clear due to major discrepancies between the two main reporting agencies, Island Health and the BCCDC.

Island Health’s data shows that active cases in the region have increased by 31 per cent since the beginning of the month, while the BCCDC’s data shows that active cases have only increased by 18 per cent during the same period.

However, Island Health is the only agency to provide daily updates on active cases with a breakdown by region and based on their latest data update, active cases in the South Island are the highest they have ever been.

More concerning, perhaps, is that active cases on the South Island have increased 113 per cent since Sept. 8. Active cases in Central Island have only managed to climb by 10 per cent since Sept. 8 and on the brighter side, active cases in the North Island have decreased by 37 per cent during the same period.

The vaccine card effect on Vancouver Island

Time — and likely one’s perspective — will only tell whether the B.C. vaccine card system proves to be effective here on the Island. But if the provincial government’s goal was strictly to get more shots in people’s arms for the first time, then it appears to be working to a degree.

On Aug. 23, which was the day Premier John Horgan announced the vaccine card system, a total of 640,426 first doses had been administered on Vancouver Island.

That number had climbed to 649,293 — slightly more than 1 per cent — by Sept. 1, less than two weeks before the B.C. vaccine card system was to come into effect.

But by Sept. 22, more than a week after the B.C. vaccine card system was implemented, that figure had increased to 670,565 first doses, a five per cent increase since Aug. 23.

That may not seem like a lot, but that does mean 30,139 people in the region opted to get the first dose of vaccine in less than a month.

However, it is worth pointing out that the total number of vaccine doses — first and second doses combined — administered on Vancouver Island has risen by 3.3 per cent since Sept. 1 and just 1.5 per cent since Sept. 13, the day the B.C. vaccine card coming into force.

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New Zealand’s Ardern says lockdowns can end with high vaccine uptake

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday the country should aim for a 90%-plus rate of inoculation, and could drop strict coronavirus lockdown measures once enough people were vaccinated.

New Zealand eliminated COVID-19 last year and remained largely virus-free until an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant in August led to a nationwide lockdown.

With its biggest city Auckland still in lockdown and new cases being reported every day, Ardern said vaccinations will replace lockdowns as the main tool against the virus, allowing authorities to isolate only those who are infected.

“If that rate (of vaccinations) is high enough then we will be able to move away from lockdowns as a tool,” she said.

The highest possible vaccine rates will give the most freedoms, Ardern said, adding that the country should be aiming for a 90% plus rate of vaccination.

After a sluggish start to its vaccination campaign, some 40% of adult New Zealanders are fully vaccinated and about 75% have had at least one dose.

Authorities reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, all in Auckland, taking the total number of cases in the current outbreak to 1,123.

The Director General of Health, Ashley Bloomfield warned earlier this week that New Zealand may not get to zero COVID cases again.

 

(Reporting by Praveen Menon; editing by Richard Pullin)

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