Embrace Summer Fun with Chiropractic Care

Embrace Summer Fun with Chiropractic Care

Summer is the season of adventure, relaxation, and plenty of outdoor activities. Whether you’re hiking, biking, swimming, or simply enjoying a picnic in the park, staying active is key to making the most of these sunny months. However, increased activity can sometimes lead to aches, pains, or even injuries. This is where chiropractic care comes into play, offering a natural and effective way to maintain optimal health and keep you in top form for all your summer escapades.

Stay Active and Pain-Free

One of the primary benefits of chiropractic care is its ability to alleviate pain and improve mobility. Regular treatments can help align your spine and reduce tension in your muscles, ensuring that your body functions at its best. This is particularly beneficial during summer, when you’re likely to engage in physical activities that you might not do as frequently during other seasons.

Prevent Injuries

Chiropractors not only treat existing injuries but also help prevent them. By keeping your spine and joints properly aligned, chiropractic care can improve your balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falls and other mishaps. This preventive approach is especially important for those who enjoy high-impact sports or activities like running, tennis, or beach volleyball.

Boost Your Energy Levels

A well-maintained body contributes to better overall health, including improved circulation and nervous system function. This can lead to increased energy levels, allowing you to make the most of your summer days without feeling fatigued. Whether you’re chasing after your kids at the beach or going for an evening stroll, chiropractic care can help you stay energized and active.

Enhance Recovery

If you do happen to overexert yourself or sustain an injury, chiropractic care can accelerate your recovery. Techniques such as spinal mobilizations, active muscle release, and specific exercises can help reduce inflammation, improve flexibility, and promote healing. This means you can get back to enjoying your favorite summer activities more quickly and with less discomfort.

Incorporating chiropractic care into your summer routine is a smart way to stay healthy, active, and injury-free. So, as you plan your summer adventures, consider scheduling a visit to your chiropractor. Your body will thank you, and you’ll be ready to embrace all the fun that summer has to offer.

Scar tissue: Patching you up – the good, the bad and the ugly…

Scar tissue is the body’s remarkable way of healing itself after an injury, surgery, or even acne. It’s a dense patch of collagen fibers, the building block of skin, that fills in the wound and bridges the gap. Think of it as a strong, but slightly irregular, patch on your favorite jeans. It gets the job done, but it’s not quite the same as the original material.

Normally, this collagen is meticulously organized in a crisscross pattern, allowing for flexibility and strength. However, sometimes this organization goes awry. When scar tissue becomes disorganized, it can lead to problems.

Imagine that patch on your jeans turned stiff and inflexible. That’s what happens with disorganized scar tissue. It can restrict movement, especially in joints, causing pain and tightness. In severe cases, it can even pull surrounding tissues, leading to contractures – a permanent shortening of muscles or tendons.

Disorganized scar tissue can also be aesthetically displeasing. Keloids and hypertrophic scars are raised, red, and often itchy. While they’re not harmful, they can cause self-consciousness.

Thankfully, there are treatments available to help manage disorganized scar tissue. Many of these focus on the “outside” of you so the scar is not so apparent. What happens when it is inside the body affecting the movement of joints and ability of your tissues to easily slide over top of each other?

FIH has technology that allows us to painlessly reduce scar tissue both on the surface of the skin, and deep in the tissues.  Utilizing the cold laser on “scar tissue frequencies” we can target the disorganized scar and help it reorganize.  This is done while the myofascial percussor is applied to the area and the opposite hand “unwinds” the scar.  This is not painful and almost relaxing as most patients will say they feel like they have done yoga or a meditation after the treatment. If they palpate their scar, they immediately feel more mobility/softening in the tissue.

Ski Smart: Preventing Injuries with Chiropractic Care

With the snow on the mountains being up and down this year, ski enthusiasts eagerly hit the slopes, seeking thrills and adventure. However, amidst the excitement, the risk of ski-related injuries looms large. From minor sprains to severe fractures, the potential for harm is real. Fortunately, with proactive measures and chiropractic care, skiers can mitigate these risks and enjoy a safer, more fulfilling experience on the mountain.

One of the primary strategies to prevent ski injuries is proper preparation. This includes both physical conditioning and skill development. Strengthening muscles, particularly those in the legs and core, improves stability and reduces the likelihood of falls. Additionally, honing skiing techniques through lessons or practice sessions enhances control and maneuverability, crucial for navigating challenging terrain safely.

Moreover, ensuring proper gear is essential for injury prevention. Skiers should invest in well-fitted equipment, including boots, bindings, and helmets, to minimize the impact of falls and collisions. Regular maintenance of equipment is equally important to prevent malfunctions that could lead to accidents on the slopes.

Chiropractic care plays a pivotal role in ski injury prevention by promoting musculoskeletal health and alignment. Skilled chiropractors assess the biomechanics of the spine and joints, identifying any imbalances or misalignments that may predispose individuals to injuries. Through gentle adjustments and targeted therapies, chiropractors realign the spine and improve joint mobility, reducing strain on muscles and ligaments.

Furthermore, chiropractors provide personalized rehabilitation programs to address specific weaknesses or asymmetries that could compromise skiing performance and increase injury risk. These programs often incorporate exercises to enhance flexibility, strengthen supporting muscles, and improve proprioception, enhancing overall stability and coordination on the slopes.

In conclusion, preventing ski injuries requires a multifaceted approach that encompasses physical preparation, proper equipment, and proactive healthcare measures such as chiropractic care. By adopting these strategies, skiers can safeguard themselves against common injuries and enjoy a season of exhilarating, injury-free skiing adventures.

Frozen Shoulder and Chiropractic Care

Frozen Shoulder and Chiropractic: A Natural Path to Relief

Introduction:

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness, pain, and limited mobility in the shoulder joint. This condition can be frustrating and debilitating, affecting one’s ability to perform daily activities. While traditional treatments may involve medication or surgery, chiropractic care offers a holistic and non-invasive approach that aims to address the root cause of the problem.

Understanding Frozen Shoulder:

Frozen shoulder typically develops when the connective tissues surrounding the shoulder joint become inflamed and stiff. It often progresses through three distinct stages: the freezing stage, the frozen stage, and the thawing stage. During these stages, individuals experience increasing pain and restricted movement. Chiropractors focus on shoulder mobilization, rotator cuff therapy, the spine’s alignment, nervous system function, active therapy (proper rehab) and overall body mechanics to identify and correct imbalances that may contribute to frozen shoulder symptoms.

Chiropractic Care for Frozen Shoulder:

Chiropractic care offers a comprehensive approach to frozen shoulder treatment. Through spinal adjustments, mobilization techniques, soft tissue therapies, and exercises, chiropractors aim to restore proper alignment, improve joint mobility, and alleviate pain. By addressing any underlying biomechanical issues, chiropractic care can reduce stress on the shoulder joint, facilitate healing, and enhance overall function.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic care for frozen shoulder provides several benefits. It is a drug-free and non-invasive approach, avoiding potential side effects associated with medication. Chiropractors offer personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s specific needs, focusing on the whole body rather than just the shoulder. This holistic approach promotes natural healing and long-term relief.

Conclusion:

If you are struggling with frozen shoulder, chiropractic care can be a valuable option to consider. By targeting the underlying causes of the condition and promoting proper joint function, chiropractors aim to provide relief, restore mobility, and enhance your overall well-being. Consult with a qualified chiropractor to explore how this natural approach can benefit you on your path to recovery.

Desk Exercises

Prolonged hours of sitting can lead to aches, pains, and poor posture, affecting your overall well-being.

But fear not—we’ve compiled a list of the top-10 stretches and exercises to help you manage discomfort and enhance your posture, right at your desk.

These simple-yet-effective movements can be seamlessly integrated into your daily routine, providing much-needed relief and revitalization. Say goodbye to the strains of a sedentary workday and hello to a more relaxed, energized, and posture-perfect you!

Let’s dive into the top-10 stretches and exercises that will transform your desk experience.

  1. Neck Tilt Stretch
    • Sit up straight and slowly tilt your head to one side, bringing your ear toward your shoulder.
    • Hold for 15 to 30 seconds on each side.
  2. Chin Tucks
    • Sit or stand with your shoulders relaxed.
    • Gently tuck your chin in toward your neck.
    • Hold for a few seconds and repeat several times.
  3. Shoulder Blade Squeeze
    • Sit or stand with your arms by your sides.
    • Squeeze your shoulder blades together as if you’re trying to hold a pencil between them.
    • Hold for a few seconds and release.
  4. Chest-Opener Stretch
    • Clasp your hands behind your back and gently straighten your arms.
    • Lift your chest and squeeze your shoulder blades together.
    • Hold for 15 to 30 seconds.
  5. General Upper Back and Chest Stretch
    • While looking forward place your hands behind your head.
    • Gently push your head backwards into your hands.
    • Slightly look skyward and stick your chest out to deepen the stretch to your liking.
    • Hold for 15 to 30 seconds on each side
  6. Seated Spinal Twist
    • Sit up straight and cross one leg over the other.
    • Gently twist your torso in the direction of the crossed leg.
    • Hold for 15 to 30 seconds on each side.
  7. Hip Flexor Stretch
    • Start in a standing position; move your affected leg one pace backward.
    • Keeping your feet in that position, drive your hips forward and lift up your chest.
    • Hold for 15 to 30 seconds on each side.
  8. Seated Leg Raises
    • Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor.
    • Lift one leg as high as you comfortably can.
    • Hold for a few seconds and repeat with the other leg.
  9. Glute Squeezes
    • Sit on the edge of your chair with your feet flat on the floor.
    • Squeeze your glutes (buttocks) together and hold for a few seconds.
    • Release and repeat several times.
  10. Standing Desk Stretches
    • Perform standing stretches such as calf raises, leg swings, or simple forward bends to break up the sitting routine.

Remember to incorporate the stretches and exercises into your daily work routine to manage aches and pains and improve your posture. Taking short breaks to move and stretch throughout the day is key to maintaining a healthy and comfortable seated-position posture at your desk.

Dr. Chris LaRocque, BSc, DC, and Dr. Aleem Remtulla, BSc, DC,
Foundation for Integrated Health, Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver. www.foundationforintegratedhealth.com

Patient Experience: Visceral Massage for Pelvic Health

Patient Experience: Visceral Massage for Pelvic Health

The female pelvis is so incredibly unique. As women our monthly cycles keep us in a constant state of shifts and change. RMT Crystal Vera offers women the opportunity to bring awareness of the motility and mobility of our uterus, pelvic structures, ligaments and associated tissues by gently releasing areas of assessed restriction and working with fine tuned visceral manipulations of the uterus and bladder. Her goal is to assist your pelvic system into a better state of balance and ease.

Crystal’s grounded demeanour made me feel safe and comfortable to express my previous pelvic issues and I was met with nothing but kindness and compassion. After an assessment of my hip alignment, some palpation and a detailed overview about what to expect and the areas that would be our focus for treatment. The work began with me lying face up on the table, warm and comfortable (with some great music playing) while helping me find a position of most comfort before beginning the treatment. 

With confident hands landmarking where she would be focusing including consent and communication throughout- she began to intuitively feel for the outline of my uterus and bladder. All of the techniques she uses are external and above the pelvic bone so I could relax and just focus on my breath. Once she was confident where the direct work would be applied, she began gentle fascial unwinding techniques with her thumbs and fingers that didn’t elicit much discomfort. With that being said, you can definitely feel it is an intentional fascial treatment tool and not a massage. 

Once the fascial work and unwinding of restriction were reassessed and she was happy with the results, she then began to focus on releasing tight ligaments of the pelvis and even got into my iliacus muscle – known as a powerful (and stubborn) hip flexor that often gets overlooked as it’s tucked deep into the front of the hip.

The hour went by seemingly fast and after an awesome abdominal and low back massage, I got off the table and definitely felt a shift into a floaty, kinda “out of it” state. Crystal walked me through what she felt in the session and suggested home care including stretches and applying heat. She said it was important to note that following a session there was possibility for some tenderness, shifts of energy and noted that an emotional response can be triggered (good to know!). She reiterated that it’s important to be kind yourself and hold space for what may come up. 

In the days following, I did find myself processing some emotional stuff that felt like a positive release once it had passed. I had some mild tenderness and felt so aware of the areas that were opened. She suggests a follow up in 3 months to integrate the work. I’m looking forward to seeing what changes may be ahead and can’t wait to go back to reconnect and tune into my incredible pelvis again in 3 months! 

Crystal Vera has learned these techniques through RMT classes at the Bodhi Tree Learning Center. Here she developed her understanding of the implications of mobility of the uterus with additional focus to the bladder, bone structures and ligaments of the pelvis. It’s a powerful self-care tool to offer women an opportunity to take a more active, conscious role and approach in health and reproductive challenges they may face. 

Women may find this practice beneficial in helping treat discomfort and pain symptoms following abdominal trauma from birth, cesarean sections, painful periods, frequent UTIs, post-abdominal surgery, endometriosis, bladder incontinence, lower back pain, preparing for pregnancy and concerns of scar tissue from injury.

Please be advised that this modality may not be performed if there is an IUD currently in place.

Acupuncture and Fertility: A Holistic Approach to Conception

Acupuncture and Fertility: A Holistic Approach to Conception

Fertility challenges have become increasingly common in today’s fast-paced world, affecting couples from all walks of life. While modern medicine offers a range of treatments, many individuals are turning to complementary therapies to enhance their chances of conception. One practice that has gained significant attention is acupuncture, an ancient Chinese healing technique that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. This article explores the relationship between acupuncture and fertility, delving into the science behind this age-old practice and its potential benefits for couples trying to conceive.

Understanding the Basics of Acupuncture:

Acupuncture, a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), operates on the principle of balancing the body’s vital energy, known as Qi. According to TCM, the harmonious flow of Qi through the body’s meridian channels is essential for overall health and well-being. Any disruptions or imbalances in this flow can lead to various health issues, including infertility.

During an acupuncture session, registered practitioners insert ultra-thin needles into specific acupuncture points across the body. These strategic points are believed to influence the body’s energy flow, promoting balance and harmony. For individuals struggling with infertility, acupuncture aims to address the underlying causes, such as hormonal imbalances, stress, and reproductive organ circulation.

Acupuncture and Hormonal Balance:

Hormonal imbalances are a common factor in fertility challenges, affecting both men and women. Acupuncture has been shown to regulate the endocrine system, encouraging the proper release of hormones essential for conception. For women, this includes hormones like estrogen and progesterone, which play crucial roles in the menstrual cycle and ovulation. By restoring hormonal balance, acupuncture may enhance the chances of regular ovulation and improve the overall reproductive health of women.

Reducing Stress and Enhancing Relaxation:

Stress and anxiety can significantly impact fertility by disrupting hormonal balance and negatively affecting reproductive organs. Acupuncture sessions are renowned for their calming effects, triggering the release of endorphins, the body’s natural stress relievers. By reducing stress levels, acupuncture creates a conducive environment for conception, allowing both partners to be in a relaxed state of mind and body.

Improving Blood Flow to Reproductive Organs:

Proper blood circulation is vital for reproductive health. Inadequate blood flow to the uterus and ovaries can hinder fertility by compromising the nourishment of eggs and interfering with the implantation process. Acupuncture has been found to enhance blood flow to the reproductive organs, ensuring they receive an adequate supply of oxygen and nutrients. Improved circulation can optimize the uterine lining and enhance the chances of successful embryo implantation, especially during in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures.

Complementing Assisted Reproductive Techniques:

Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with assisted reproductive techniques such as IVF and intrauterine insemination (IUI). Research suggests that acupuncture can increase the success rates of these procedures by promoting relaxation, reducing uterine contractions, and improving embryo implantation rates. Many fertility clinics now offer acupuncture as part of their integrative approach to reproductive treatments, acknowledging its potential to enhance the effectiveness of assisted reproductive technologies.

Conclusion:

While acupuncture’s effectiveness in enhancing fertility varies from situation to situation, its holistic approach and minimal side effects make it an attractive option for individuals seeking alternative solutions to their fertility challenges. By addressing hormonal imbalances, reducing stress, improving blood circulation, and complementing assisted reproductive techniques, acupuncture offers a comprehensive approach to fertility enhancement. However, it’s crucial for individuals experiencing fertility issues to consult with experienced acupuncturists. These experts can create personalized treatment plans tailored to individual needs, maximizing the potential benefits of acupuncture in the journey toward conception. As the interest in holistic and complementary therapies continues to grow, acupuncture stands out as a time-tested practice that offers hope and support to couples striving to welcome a new life into their families.

Harnessing the Healing Power: Cold Laser and Chiropractic

Harnessing the Healing Power: Cold Laser and Chiropractic

In the pursuit of natural and non-invasive treatments, people are increasingly turning to alternative therapies that can effectively alleviate pain and promote healing. Among these notable techniques are cold laser therapy and chiropractic care. Each approach brings unique benefits to the table, but when combined, they can create a powerful synergy to address a wide range of musculoskeletal issues. Let’s explore the fascinating world of cold laser therapy and chiropractic care and how their combined use can enhance overall well-being.

Cold Laser Therapy:

Cold laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), utilizes non-thermal light wavelengths to penetrate the skin and stimulate cellular function. This painless procedure promotes tissue regeneration, reduces inflammation, and accelerates the healing process. By targeting specific areas of the body, cold laser therapy can effectively address conditions such as chronic pain, arthritis, sports injuries, and even neurological disorders. The treatment is non-invasive, safe, and has minimal side effects, making it an appealing option for those seeking drug-free pain relief.

Chiropractic Care:

Chiropractic care focuses on diagnosing and treating mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors employ gentle manual techniques to restore proper alignment, improve mobility, and alleviate pain. This holistic approach aims to enhance the body’s natural healing abilities, leading to improved overall health. Chiropractic care has proven successful in treating conditions like back pain, neck pain, migraines, and joint issues, among others.

The Synergy of Cold Laser and Chiropractic:

When cold laser therapy and chiropractic care are combined, they create a powerful partnership. Cold laser therapy can be used to prepare the body for chiropractic adjustments by reducing inflammation, relaxing muscles, and minimizing pain. The laser treatment helps to increase blood flow and circulation, which optimizes the body’s response to chiropractic therapies. Conversely, chiropractic treatments enhance the effectiveness of cold laser therapy by ensuring proper alignment and reducing any structural impediments that may hinder the laser’s penetration.

Furthermore, the two modalities work in harmony to promote long-term healing. Cold laser therapy helps to reduce the recovery time after chiropractic adjustments, enhancing the benefits of the treatment. Regular sessions of both therapies can lead to improved joint function, reduced pain, enhanced range of motion, and overall better quality of life. The combination of cold laser therapy and chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to pain management and healing. By harnessing the power of non-invasive laser technology and skilled chiropractic treatments, individuals can experience the benefits of reduced pain, improved mobility, and accelerated healing. If you’re seeking a non-invasive and natural approach to your musculoskeletal health, the combined use of cold laser therapy and chiropractic care may hold the key to your well-being.

5 Key Causes of Post Concussion Syndrome

5 Key Causes of Post Concussion Syndrome

These are the things we look for and assess when dealing with patients who are in Post concussion syndrome. Some patients may have an issue with one or more of these components and catering specific recovery program towards each individual’s concern is important

Neck/Cervical:  The first main area that needs to be assessed and most likely contributing to symptoms is the head and neck. The force that is required to cause a concussion is much greater than that to cause a neck injury. Therefore, every concussion has some form of neck trauma involved. Making sure you’re getting the right treatments for your neck and rehab for that area will reduce a lot of the symptoms. Cranial therapy is also a very affective way to reduce pressure and headache symptoms.

Visual/Vestibular: Issues with the eye tracking and balance is another big component we see when it comes to PCS. Patients who are having trouble focusing on screens, getting dizzy, feeling off balance, having visual fatigue, light sensitivity etc. Need to have their eyes addressed. After finding dysfunctions in these areas – we can tailor specific rehab for balance and eye tracking. If needed, a referral to an optometrist may be required to rule out any other visual dysfunction.

Physiological:  Blood flow is another important part of recovery but can be troublesome at times for some patients to get exercising. Even in the early stages of recovery it is recommended to start at least 20 mins of walking daily.  If exercise is increasing symptoms, then a treadmill cardio test is performed at a walking pace with a gradual increase in incline to slowly bring your heart rate up.  This is done to find the heart level where symptoms start increasing. Once this is determined, an exercise/cardio program can be designed with that in mind and re tested as needed.

Inflammatory: Reducing inflammation within the body is also important for recovery. Being put on an anti-inflammatory diet with reduction in sugars, increase in omega 3s, and cleaner eating habits will make a big difference. Other supplements and nutritional advice may be needed as well. 

Psychological: There are many adverse affects having a concussion can have on one’s mental health. PTSD, increase in depression, and increase in anxiety are some issues that can arise or be worsened after a concussion, especially if the concussion has been ongoing for awhile. Getting treatment to help reduce symptoms, appropriate amount of exercise, and good nutrition can help with this but sometimes getting proper assistance from a trained mental health expert is necessary to further manage this and will help with PCS recovery.

If you or anyone you know is dealing with an acute concussion or post concussion syndrome, contact us to start your assessment.

Acupuncture and your Nervous System

Acupuncture and Your Nervous System

The autonomic nervous system is made up of two parts; the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system.  The sympathetic nervous system is otherwise known for its  “fight or flight” mechanism to be mobilized when the body senses a threat, while the parasympathetic nervous system is its counterpart, therefore, encouraging the body to rest, digest and heal. These opposite functions are necessary for day to day functioning as they help us respond to changes in environment and external stimuli. This stunningly mirrors the stimulating and settling actions of yang and yin, respectively, in the study of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

 

                     


Clinically, we see nervous system dysregulation symptoms such as insomnia, exhaustion, headaches and dizziness, palpitations and chest tightness, digestive issues like IBS, frequent colds, cold hands and feet, numbness in hands and feet, easily nervous, stressed or distracted, unexplained irritability, anxiety and depression.

 

Where to start addressing your autonomic nervous system dysregulation: 

  1. Book your initial acupuncture assessment with Isabel: Book Acupuncture!

  2. Eat breakfast: Eating breakfast within an hour of waking can lower cortisol levels. We want breakfast to contain fibre, protein and fat to keep blood sugar levels stable.

  3. Get 10 minutes of sunlight upon waking: Bonus points if you can also get outside within an hour of hopping out of bed. If the sun isn’t present, 20-30 minutes under cloud cover achieves this too! This will positively regulate your circadian rhythm and stress curve response for the day.

  4. Eat dinner at least three hours before bedtime: Eating too close to bedtime can disrupt the regulation of the autonomic nervous system, as well as lead to more incidence of heartburn.

  5. Exercise: Engage in exercise such as taking a walk, swimming, yoga, pilates or lifting weights for at least 30 minutes per day 4-5 days per week.

  6. Consider herbal medicine for support: This makes a wonderful complement to your acupuncture treatment. Book here! TCM Herbal Consult 

  7. Smiling and laughter: Smiling and laughter can enhance the body’s ability to release dopamine, endorphins and serotonin- our happiness hormones.

  8. Singing or humming: Singing or humming for 10 minutes daily can help regulate mood by stimulating the vagus nerve and switching you into your parasympathetic nervous system. 

  9. Take a hot or cold bath: Soaking in water at 39 to 40 C daily can help promote better sleep but any warmer can stimulate a stress response. In the early morning, a cold shower or bath can help to develop your response to stress positively but in the evening it can keep you awake. 

  10. Practice breathing exercises: Box breathing, wim hof, alternative nostril, and belly breathing can all help to regulate the nervous system. Brownie points for two treatments in one if you can focus on this during your acupuncture sessions. 


    For more tips and tricks to hack your nervous system, book an acupuncture or herbal consult today!