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How This Chiropractor Helps with Pain: Getting to the Source

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on How This Chiropractor Helps with Pain: Getting to the Source

How This Chiropractor Helps with Pain: Getting to the Source

As a chiropractor, I hear many different stories about the health challenges that people face. Some describe symptoms like pain, muscle tension and headaches. Others talk about muscle strains, pinched nerves or sciatica. So many different conditions, and yet there is one thing in common with all of them. It’s escalating tension. But not just the muscle tension that many think of. Did you know that tension gets stored in our bones, joints and nervous system? When we face a stressful situation and are unable to resolve it in the moment, the thoughts and emotions get stored not just in our brain but also in our muscles, bones, nerves and other tissues. When someone is telling me about their symptoms be it pain, numbness, weakness or stiffness, I can usually trace it back to stored tension. Why is tension such an important factor in pain and other symptoms? Tension goes hand in hand with relaxation. We need both. Imagine the simple movement of bending your elbow. As your bicep muscle shortens and tenses up, the opposing tricep muscle must relax and lengthen. This is true when looking at our body as a whole. Tension and relaxation are different sides of the same coin and our bodies function best when a balance is maintained between both. When tension escalates, our bodies resort to storing the tension away in bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues. When tension goes up, pain and other symptoms predictably increase to match. Even more, accumulating tension in our bodies is much like adding straws to the camel’s back. If we keep adding tension to our bodies like straws to the camel’s back, tissues will ultimately weaken, strain and tear. Now that sounds like a painful situation! In short, pain and many other symptoms are often rooted in a buildup of tension. If you’re experiencing symptoms like pain, stiffness or weakness, you might want to find out how much tension you’re holding. Yours in health, Dr....

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How Acupuncture Treatments Changed a Man’s Life

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on How Acupuncture Treatments Changed a Man’s Life

How Acupuncture Treatments Changed a Man’s Life

While most people associate Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with the treatment of pain, it can also be a very effective treatment for internal conditions. Randy started acupuncture due to constant upper back pain. He also suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As a university professor who focuses in research, Randy spends most his hours in front of a computer. While assessing his posture, it’s clear that a few minor posture changes would make big difference for him. We decide to put most of the focus on his digestive system while checking if posture changes would alleviate the upper back pain. The digestive system symptoms are mostly bloating, gassiness, and urgent “explosive” stools. All medical tests had come back negative, and couldn’t provide him any solution for this condition. While examining his diet and eating habits, 3 main trends became clear to me. Randy comsumes a lot of “cold” and uncooked food (smoothies, salads, sandwiches…); He often skips meals due to his very busy schedule; He always eats while he’s working or reading. This is a classic case that is described in Chinese Medicine as “weak digestive system.” The digestive system, in the eyes of Chinese Medicine, enjoys regularity. In the 5-element method, it belongs to the Earth element. Earth is stable, steady and moves in regular rhythm. Therefore, regularity in eating hours is very important. Another very important aspect of healthy digestion is that eating is a full body activity. It is recommended not to eat while working, reading, watching TV etc. When we eat, we need to eat! Above all, the most important guidance I could give Randy was to consume more warm and cooked food, and stop the cold raw foods, including ice cold drinks, smoothies, ice-cream and salads. The cold slows digestion and “allows” food to rot in our body. The digestive system is a system that prefers heat, and dislikes cold. In Chinese Medicine, this is the most important aspect of healthy digestion. It is now known that most digestive enzymes function better at temperature of 38-42 degrees… After a 6 week treatment plan that consisted of weekly acupuncture with a focus on digestive health, along with close monitoring and guidance with his diet, all symptoms have been resolved. His bowels are normal and in good consistency. He is no longer gassy or bloated. And his upper back pains are no longer an...

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New Years Resolution from the Network Chiropractor

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Featured, Health, How-To's, Short Entries | Comments Off on New Years Resolution from the Network Chiropractor

New Years Resolution from the Network Chiropractor

It’s a blank canvas ready for the first stroke of paint. It’s a novel waiting to be written. It’s a brand new year, and this Network Chiropractor has simple recommendations to make it the year for health and well-being. These new year’s resolutions will help you feel more connected, extra limber, and brimming with energy in 2015. Check your stress levels We get checked for blood pressure, cholesterol, dental cavities, vision and more. But do we get checked for stress and tension? Stored stress and tension can cause and worsen 95% of illness and disease. And it is definitely the root for most aches and pain. A Network Chiropractor is an expert at checking stress and tension levels. Check your posture and alignment Same goes for posture and alignment. A posture check is a very powerful tool to see the effects of stored stress and tension. Seeing your posture can help both you and the Network Chiropractor know if a back injury is still lingering, if the office job is taking its toll, and so much more, A picture is worth a 1,000 words, and a photographic evaluation of your posture is priceless. Learn new strategies to reduce stress We know that a healthy diet and daily exercise do wonders for our health. So then why are most people not doing it? What is often missing is that, while we know the benefits, we don’t feel the urge in our bodies to get the right nourishment and adequate movement. What’s missing is a strong mind-body connection. A Network Chiropractor is a great way to get that connection between the body and mind so you eat the right foods and get adequate exercise easily and naturally. Here’s to a healthy 2015! Dr....

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10 Great Tips for Celebrating a Guilt-free Holiday

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Health, How-To's | Comments Off on 10 Great Tips for Celebrating a Guilt-free Holiday

The holiday season is in full swing, and boy, am I excited! I love getting together with family and friends, and enjoying all the company, food and decorations! Here are 10 easy tips from a naturopath to enjoy your seasonal favourites, stay healthy and feel great! Tip #1.  Eat Make sure you’re eating regular nutritious meals, and in moderate portions. Focusing on veggies, lean proteins and healthy fats will keep you nourished and feeling full. This way, you won’t be famished and prone to over-eating, which happens when you eat too many carbohydrates (breads, pastas, cookies, cakes etc). You can still enjoy the dishes you love, if you keep the portions small and choose wisely. This will prevent you from over-eating, then feeling bad about indulging and possibly gaining weight afterwards. Tip #2.  Go for the veggies first What party doesn’t have a vegetable platter? Eating vegetables first will give you fiber to fill you up and water to help keep you hydrated. Tip #3.  Choose your favourites When it comes to desserts, choose small portions of 2 or 3 of your favourites and eat consciously. This means chew slowly, take time to enjoy your food (the aroma, flavour & texture), enjoy the company, and recognize when you’re full. Tip #4.  Drink the right way Make sure that you’ve had a full dinner before an evening of drinking, and be sure to alternate with a glass of water between each alcoholic drink. Alcohol increases appetite and decreases inhibition, which can leave you eating more than you had intended. If you make sure that you’ve had a good meal beforehand, you’ll lessen your chances of over-eating. Tip #5.  Plan one day to indulge There are a lot of tasty foods to tempt you over the holiday season, and it’s easy to over-indulge! Take control of your impulses by choosing one day where you won’t pay too much attention to what you eat or drink. It will be much easier to stay consistent on the other days. Tip #6.  Brush your teeth often If you brush your teeth more often, you’re less likely to over-indulge because the taste of the toothpaste just doesn’t go well with a lot of foods. In doing this, you’ll also keep your gums and teeth in great shape! Tip #7.  Ditch unhealthy traditions and make new ones Some families have traditions like Christmas cake (overly sweet fruit cake) or Panettone. If you don’t like it, ditch it – and make yourself a new tradition. One great tradition I once read was as follows: The family would take the last Saturday and Sunday of November to clean out their house and prepare it for the holidays. On this weekend, they would clean out their living space and donate outgrown or unloved clothing, toys, books and other things to charity. They would finish the weekend with a Sunday family dinner where they would share what they are looking forward to the most over the holidays and they would draw names for gifts. Tip #8.  Stay physically active Staying physically active through the holidays will help keep you energetic, boost your immune system, and help burn any extra calories that you may consume. What kind of exercise burns more calories? Lifting weights burns more calories than running on a treadmill....

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Losing 20lb is Easier Than You Think With a Nutritionist

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Losing 20lb is Easier Than You Think With a Nutritionist

Losing 20lb is Easier Than You Think With a Nutritionist

Patient stories from Tanya Schultz, Holistic Nutritionist   As a holistic nutritionist, I often find that clients need help correcting digestive and intestinal issues. A common intestinal problem is Candidiasis, or Candida. Tracy was a client I addressed these issues with to assist in her weight loss goal. Sick of yo-yo dieting, she wanted to lose 20 pounds and keep them off. Our first focus was on digestion, a key factor in health goals such as weight loss. It’s crucial to have the digestive system in good working order first and foremost when embarking on a nutritional makeover. Tracy had low stomach acid (hydrochloric acid), a common condition. I determined this by using a specific testing method. To improve this I had Tracy increase her stomach acid levels by drinking 8 glasses of water per day, adding the juice of ½ an organic lemon to her morning glass, and consuming 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar before meals. Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar are both potent stomach acid boosters. We’ve all heard that 8 glasses of water a day is imperative, but what many of us don’t know is that these should be consumed away from meals. Drinking liquids with foods dilutes stomach acid and delays digestion, even in those of us without low acid levels. Always consult with a registered nutritionist before making any changes – digestive symptoms can be very deceptive so professional consultation is a must! Next we addressed Candida. Candida is an overgrowth of yeast in the intestinal tract with many causes. These include sugar consumption, stress and antibiotic use. It causes bloating and strong cravings for sugary, processed foods, making it an enemy of weight loss. Food sources of probiotics include fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir and kimchi. There are many probiotic supplements available as well, but Tracy preferred to use food sources. These, eaten daily and in combination with a reduction in sugar, significantly reduced her Candida overgrowth by restoring healthy gut bacteria. Tracy has now reached her weight loss goals using these and other recommendations I provided her with in our consultations. She averaged a loss of one pound per week. This is a good rate for healthy weight loss, making it the kind of weight that will stay off. In addition, Tracy reports higher than ever energy levels and she no longer suffers from bloating and sugar cravings. Holistic nutrition is a mind/body/spirit philosophy and a healthy and effective way to meet your health goals. Tanya Schultz is Source Centre’s registered holistic nutritionist. She is available for personal consultations Thursdays between 2pm and 8pm. Click here for more information about Tanya....

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