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Acupuncture for Arthritis

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September is National Arthritis Month! Arthritis has become one of the most common chronic diseases, affecting millions of Canadians. The term arthritis is a general term for over a hundred other joint related conditions; however the disease is often classified into two main types: inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage in joints start […]

Are you a new mom? Are you feeling stressed, anxious, tired, or sad?

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If so, acupuncture may be an effective treatment option to help naturally get your body back to its normal healthy balance and function and get you back to feeling your happy and energetic self. According to Chinese medicine, stress, anxiety, depression, or any other strong emotion interrupts the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. […]

Backpack Tips

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With ‘back-to-school’ on the minds of kids and teens everywhere, little thought is given to the backpack – beyond maybe what it looks like! Read on for a little lesson on proper backpack wearing that might save you and your kids a real pain in the neck… and back! Back pain is not just for […]

Chiropractic & Pregnancy: Chiropractic Can Help!

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Why would I need chiropractic care during pregnancy? During pregnancy, there is an increased strain on a woman’s body due to the excess weight gain, as well as the physical stresses of the baby’s position within the womb. Over 60% of women will experience low back pain during their pregnancy, especially during the third trimester […]

Chiropractic and Your Golf Game

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Think about it: First you bend down to tee up your ball. Next you take a few practice swings, line up the ball, and give it your best shot. Pick up your golf bag, sling it over your shoulder, and walk down the fairway. Repeat several times until you get on the green, where you […]

Core Exercises for Increased Health

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Your body’s core is the area around your trunk and pelvis. When you have good core stability, the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen work in harmony and help to protect your spine. Core exercises are those that strengthen your core muscles, including abdominal muscles, back and pelvis. Why bother with core […]

Don’t Let Shoveling Become a Pain in the Back!

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Shoveling snow improperly can cause back and neck pain. Improper technique, such as twisting, combined with lifting the three to five kilograms of one shovel of snow can result in serious aches and pain. Here are some tips on how to shovel properly. Before You Start Health Status. Talk to your healthcare provider about your health […]

Get in the Game Without the Pain

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When you consider the spinal rotation that goes into a golf swing and the fact that the speed of the club can reach 160 km/hour, it’s easy to understand that golf puts significant biomechanical stress on the body. Back pain and golfer’s elbow are 2 very common injuries suffered by golfers. Here are some tips […]

How Does Acupuncture Work?

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At present, about 50% of my patients use acupuncture to some degree in their treatment. The single most frequently asked question by our patients is: “How does acupuncture work?” Acupuncture as a healing method has been around for millennia. Its origins are unclear, but there is evidence of the use of Bian Shi (sharpened stones) […]

It takes a village … to heal a hamstring!

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As many of you know, Leah and I are training for a triathlon this summer. It’s my first one, and I’m loving the training for it. To train effectively, I do many different workouts throughout the week that are outside of my normal workout routine. Which also means that I need to take extra care […]

KISS Syndrome in Newborns

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Many new moms have been bringing in their babies for assessment and have many questions on why their baby favours looking to the one side or may have difficulty nursing on both sides.  Here is one condition that I frequently see in my practice and what we can do to help. What is it? Kinematic […]

Lift Light, Shovel Right!

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When you consider that a shovelful of snow weighs 5 to 7 pounds, you realize how much weight you have to lift to clear your sidewalk or driveway – on average, several hundred pounds! These tips will help keep your back in top shape: Don’t let the snow pile up: If the weather report calls […]

Migraine Headaches

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If you suffer from migraine headaches, you know how debilitating they can be. When migraines strike, we feel powerless. Days of missed work, nausea, aversion to light and sound. All you can do is curl up in the dark and wait it out. In this article, find out three keys to managing migraines before they […]

Neck Pain & Cervical Facet Syndrome

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Neck pain is a common occurrence and complaint treated by Chiropractic doctors. As primary health care providers, Chiropractors are highly trained to diagnose and treat conditions related to the nerves, muscles, ligaments and joints of your body. Cervical Facets are the neck joints that form by adjacent vertebra (bones) that stack up on each other and allow […]

Plant and Rake Without the Ache

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Now that the weather is much more agreeable, we are all raking, lifting, digging, kneeling and planting in our yards, which is very hard on our joints! Poor gardening techniques can lead to repetitive strain injuries, increase degenerative joint and disc problems, cause sprain and strain injuries to muscles throughout the body and wear and […]

Prehabilitation: A Head Start on the Road to Recovery

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A review of recent research has identified that chiropractors can potentially play an enhanced role in the prehabilitation and rehabilitation of surgical patients. Much of the data has focused on total joint arthroplasty, but there is data to support similar interventions for other surgeries, such as spinal disc replacement surgery. Current research suggests that arthroplasty […]

Pull Weeds not Muscles

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With the warm weather approaching, many are beginning to remember the gardens that have been hidden under the snow for the past months. Gardening is the perfect way to contribute to the environment and get moving with the benefit of loads of vitamin D. However, bending, shoveling, and pulling weeds can also pull muscles, induce […]

Related Articles and Sites

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These articles were written by our therapists for other sites, and we are happy to share them with our clients.  Dysmenorrhea by Dr. Lesley D’Souza These articles are not written by our therapists, but we feel that they contain useful information for our clients. Links open in a new browser window. Assess your risk: What’s your risk […]

Running Shoes

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Now that the weather is improving, it is time to start taking our exercise routines outside, whether it be running, walking, or playing sports. No matter what our choice of exercise, it is essential to have good support on our feet. The function of a running shoe is to protect the foot from the impact […]

Tension Headaches

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Tension type headaches (TTH) are one of the most common forms of headaches yet they are not well understood. Most people describe having a band of pressure around their head that can last from 30 minutes to a week. TTH can be related to muscles tightening in the back of the neck and scalp. One […]

The Link between Your Back Health and Backpacks

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Information from http://www.chiropractic.on.ca With back to school well under way, student’s backpacks are only going to become more filled with homework and assignments. It is important to consider how the weight of a backpack can affect the overall health of your back! Here are some helpful tips to consider when packing and carrying a backpack. Choose […]

Tips for preventing back pain and stress during the holidays

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Preparing and shopping for the holidays can not only be stressful but it can also be a big a strain on your back and neck. While shopping for gifts you can end up carrying 15 pounds or more through the mall. Add a handbag to those shopping bags and they can place some significant strain on your back and neck. It’s no wonder your back aches after a long day of shopping. Preparing […]

Tips for Staying Active During the Holidays

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Don’t let the cold weather stop you from staying active during the holidays! It is challenging to remain healthy and stay active during the holidays with snow on the ground, eggnog in the punch bowl, work parties, and family gatherings. Stay active and include your family! Go sledding. On a snowy day, it might be hard to […]

W-sitting and Your Toddler’s Health

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You may have noticed your toddler sitting in the W position and have wondered if it is okay for them to do so. The answer is absolutely not and here are a few reasons why your toddler should not be W-sitting during playtime: Hip Distortion: When toddlers sit in this position their hips are externally […]

What is Osteoarthritis?

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Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disease worldwide. It is also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD). Weight-bearing joints are most commonly affected, such as the lumbar spine (lower back), hips, knees, and feet. Fingers and the cervical spine (neck) are also often affected. There are two main types of OA. Primary OA is […]

What is the difference between a CT scan and an MRI?

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Many family doctors give a requisition or recommendation for a CT scan or an MRI without explaining the differences between those tests. As a result, patients, friends, and family members often ask us what the difference is between the two. How do they work and what is their purpose? Let’s review some basic points about these types […]

Why Does My Neck Hurt When I Sit at My Desk?

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Today’s use of computers, and days that are mostly spent crouched over a desk, can leave your neck and upper back tense and sore. The posture we sit in daily creates rounded shoulders and a head constantly stuck out staring at a computer screen. This results in soreness and tightness in the upper back neck […]

Workplace Ergonomics

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As the workload increases, so do repetitive actions like keyboarding and answering the phone. These routine tasks can add a level of physical stress to the emotional and mental stress of getting the job done. In fact, repetitive strain injuries have skyrocketed in the last two decades due to the increasing reliance on workplace technology. […]

YOUR HEALTH and Backpacks

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Back to school often means back to school shopping. Ensuring your child has the proper equipment to get them to and from school is just as important as their other school supplies. Making sure your child has a proper fitting backpack and knowing how to pack it can help them avoid injury. Backpacks can affect […]

YOUR HEALTH and Breastfeeding Issues

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During my work as a chiropractor and a Doula, I am often called upon to help new moms with breastfeeding concerns. Sometimes it is as easy a fix as recognizing that there is a bad latch for the baby and then working to find out why the latch is poor and figure out the best […]

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