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Your Whole World is On Your Shoulders

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Safe Ways to Lift and Carry your Baby A study in the Journal of Orthopaedics reported that 50-90% of pregnant women will likely experience lower back pain. This pain may persist after giving birth if you don’t take action. Keep your back healthy at home Here are some ways to reduce the risk of back and neck pain: Lighten your load -Choose a diaper bag that distributes weight evenly across your body to limit the stress of isolated muscles. Stretch your body -While your baby is old enough for tummy time, join them on the floor and do some exercises to stretch your neck and back. Feed comfortably -When nursing, avoid hunching and keep your baby close to you. Also choose a comfortable, upright chair with a pillow. Keep your baby close -Don’t stretch your arms out – bring your Read More

Get Set to Garden

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Plant and Rake without the Ache Courtesy of the Ontario Chiropractic Association Gardening is a great way to stay active and have fun in the sun. But many Canadians sustain injuries that can be easily prevented with a little know-how. The right moves Use the right moves to lighten the load on your back. Kneel, don’t bend, to plant. Change your body position often. Take frequent breaks. Alternate between light and heavy chores. Drink lots of water. And most importantly, loosen-up before you start out. Warm up Before you begin any physical activity, warming up is a key factor in preventing injury. Take a walk, even on the spot. Ten to 15 minutes should do it. Don’t forget to lift your knees and gently swing your arms. Stretch before you start To plant and rake without the ache, do each Read More

Skate Safe!

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Learn how to keep you and your family safe this skating season. Ice skating is a favourite Canadian pastime and can be a great family activity for the winter, whether indoor or outdoor. Here is a list of tips to skate safe! Dress warm! Layers are important. Make sure they are breathable, easy to move in, and can be removed as needed. Waterproof gloves and thick socks will help keep fingers and toes warm. Make sure skates are the right fit. When purchasing a new pair of skates, make sure you try them on with the same thickness of socks you will be wearing while skating to avoid buying skates that are too tight. Maintain your skates. Skating on dull skates can increase the risk of injury. Have them sharpened by a professional prior to your first skate of the Read More

3 Myths about Orthotics

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Custom made orthotics discretely insert into your shoe to support and improve foot function. Often times orthotics get a bad reputation, so I’m here to debunk some of the common misconceptions out there. Let’s get myth busting… Myth 1: Orthotics are just for Grandma. Busted: Orthotics are not just for senior citizens and can be made to fit in many styles of shoes. Foot dysfunction such as painful arches, heel pain, bunions, calluses, as well as broader health conditions such as arthritis or diabetes can affect any age. Some feet are aligned perfectly but most (70-80%) are not. This means the majority of us could benefit from a custom orthotic. Orthotics can even be prescribed for children and teenagers to treat such conditions and prevent them from getting worse. The shoes you put them in don’t have to be restricted Read More

Prenatal Massage: Relief and Relaxation

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We are expecting… I’m sure other women have felt the same when I say that pregnancy can be a very demanding time. As a chiropractor it was a no brainer that I would be choosing to receive both chiropractic and massage therapy treatments throughout my pregnancy. But not everyone knows about the benefits of receiving care throughout pregnancy and some may even be hesitant or have questions about how a pregnant woman can be treated. Today I will share my experience and give you some more information about the benefits of massage therapy during pregnancy. First and foremost massage therapy can help relieve back, muscle and sciatic nerve pain. Hooray! Pregnancy alters a women’s posture significantly and that posture can’t be changed until the birth of the baby. But treatments can help prevent and manage such aches and pains common Read More

Add Aromatherapy to your Next Massage

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How to Enhance your next Massage with Essential Oils When your baby, toddler, or child is hurt or not feeling well, a common thought it to “rub it better”. Whether they have a tummy ache or bang their elbow, mothers and fathers, often use touch as a natural reaction to reassure and comfort your little ones. Although parents use this so often, sometimes they forget that they too can benefit from this concept of touch. Whether your goal is to enjoy a moment of peace and relaxation, decrease tension, or even reduce pain, therapeutic massage has been shown to have tremendous benefits on your physical health and well-being. A popular complementary therapy used to enhance regular massage treatments is aromatherapy where concentrated essential oils are massaged into the skin. These natural oils are extracted from herbs, flowers and other parts of Read More

Pack it Light. Wear it Right.

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Three tips to follow when packing your back pack. Our chiropractors, physiotherapist and massage therapists all agree that the back pack can add unwanted stresses to our bodies. To avoid unnecessary strain follow these simple tips below: 1) Get a backpack that has many compartments to balance the load. 2) Fill your pack at table level or get someone to help put it on you 3) Wear both your shoulder straps and your waist belt. Remember pain is not normal and is a way of your body communicating to you that something is wrong. If you child is experiencing any back pain with their back packs feel free to book an appointment with one of our practitioners today.  

What is Laser Treatment?

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Learn What Low Level Laser Therapy Treatment Can Do For You: What is it? Low Level Laser Therapy is the use of therapeutic (or cold) laser light to provide relief from pain, eliminate inflammation, and repair damaged tissue. The laser system can penetrate up to 4 inches into tissue, to promote cellular regeneration at the source of injury. How Does it Work? Specific wavelengths of light are absorbed and transformed into chemical energy to accelerate the natural healing processes in the body. Laser jumpstarts the healing process by stimulating the mitochondria in the target cells causing an increased production rate of ATP, which provides cells energy to heal tissue at accelerated rates. Benefits of Laser Therapy Drug free, non-toxic, and non-invasive Extremely safe and virtually painless Easy to apply with no side effects Decrease/eliminate pain and inflammation Reduced formation of scar tissue Read More

Could Massage Therapy Help You?

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Massage therapy has many uses other than promoting relaxation. Although relaxation is an important reason to seek massage, there are many other conditions that could benefit from this complementary therapy. Massage therapy has been beneficial in the treatment of: Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid) Asthma and Bronchitis Carpal tunnel syndrome Chronic and acute pain Circulatory problems Digestive disorders Headache, especially due to muscular tension Insomnia Reduced range of motion Sinusitis Pulled or strained muscle or ligaments Temperomandibular dysfunction (TMJ) Reduces pain, swelling and muscle spasm Improves local circulation and lymphatic fluid movement  Massage therapy is a complementary therapy for theses conditions, but not necessarily a cure for them. There are some conditions for which massage therapy may be inappropriate, therefore it would be best to check with your doctor or massage therapist before seeking massage therapy treatment. Please feel free to call our Read More