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How does acupuncture work?

The single most frequently asked question by our patients is: “How does acupuncture work?” There are several modern theories to explain acupuncture’s effectiveness.

YOUR HEALTH and icing tips: Cold Beer and Nachos

Most soft-tissue injuries involve some degree of inflammation. It is important to slow the inflammatory response to prevent further tissue damage and scar tissue development. An easy way to assist your body with the healing process is to apply ice to the area. But how much is enough? How must is too much? A fun acronym – Cold Beer And Nachos – helps clients remember the stages the skin goes through to find the right length of time.

Tips for picking a backpack

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!

Massage therapy and exercise

We often think of a massage therapy as an unnecessary indulgence; however, in the athletic world, it can be quite the opposite. Many sports massage techniques enhance the body’s own recovery process, improving the athlete’s return to training and competition, and reducing the risk of injury.

Stress: what is it exactly?

There is no single thing that absolutely everyone, in every culture, agrees is stressful. It’s our thoughts and feelings around events that make them stressful. If your life isn’t going the way you would like, if you aren’t experiencing the joy or peace in your day to day life you would like, check out your thoughts.

YOUR HEALTH and chakras

Chakras (energy centers) are part of your energy body. They receive, generate, store, and transmute energy throughout your body. There are seven major and several minor chakras. Each chakra influences the functions of various organs and body systems and contribute to your feelings of physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Healing with Reiki

Often, healing needs to take place on the mental, emotional, and spiritual level before a physical healing is possible. Reiki helps in this process by dislodging the lower and slower energies allowing them to be released; thus restoring the natural flow allowing the body to do what it does so well: heal itself.

YOUR HEALTH and soft tissue therapy

Tissues injured by acute trauma or chronic strain from overuse become tight and stiff. Scar tissue also builds up around these tissues and binds them together, creating pain, inflammation, and reduced mobility. YOUR HEALTH offers several soft tissue therapies to break up scar tissue and improve movement.

YOUR HEALTH and postnatal massage

Postnatal pregnancy massage is a wonderful way to take care of yourself, at a crucial time when all your energy and efforts are centered on caring for your newborn. Postnatal massage re-energizes you as a new mother, supporting the body in regaining its pre-pregnancy condition.

YOUR HEALTH and prenatal massage

There are many joys in pregnancy, but with them come aches and pains. The aches and pains are due to the physiological changes affecting the musculoskeletal system and most of the organ systems. These changes start in the first week and continue throughout the pregnancy and some months after birth.

YOUR HEALTH and massage therapy research

A research study revealed that a ten minute massage can trigger anti-inflammation signals in muscle tissue to help decrease pain in damaged muscles, and also produces an increase in the production of mitochondria cells, which contribute to muscle endurance and play an important role in the healing process.

Lifestyle changes that can reduce male infertility problems

Infertility in Canada affects between 11-15% of couples. When it comes to male infertility, there are numerous possibilities to rule out. Problems can usually be addressed through lifestyle change and supplementation of nutrients and should be the first line therapy for men as they are both the least costly and invasive of treatment interventions.

YOUR HEALTH and massage for cancer treatments

Massage therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety, pain, and nausea in cancer patients. In recent studies, massage therapy has been shown to improve quality of life, decrease anxiety, increase range of motion and function, and improve body image post surgery. Two specific types of massage that can benefit cancer patients are lymphatic drainage massage and scar massage.

Why does my neck hurt when I sit at my desk?

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, and pectoral muscles, and a weakness in the mid back muscles and front neck muscles. This syndrome is referred to as Upper Cross Syndrome and is the result of chronic poor posture and not enough attention to the rest of our bodies.

YOUR HEALTH and hypnosis

We often look for answers outside when the best solutions lie within us. Exploring our inner awareness opens up many new doors. Hypnosis can help us connect with this inner awareness and discover the multiple possibilities that we might not have previously been aware of.