Community News
Transitioning to Dentures

Are you missing some of your natural teeth? Do you feel as though you may require extractions sooner rather than later? When going from natural teeth to a denture, the transition doesn’t have to be difficult. We provide options for optimal healing, improved esthetics, and ideal function. A denture can be fabricated prior to extractions and placed in your mouth immediately following the removal of your teeth. This is a very popular option for patients as it means you don’t need to go without teeth at any point. Some patients prefer to let their gums heal prior to their dentures being made. Ask your denturist! Your new smile is only a few steps away.

Treat the Cause of your Digestive Problems

More than 20 million Canadians suffer from digestive disorders every year. Whether it’s heartburn, reflux, indigestion, abdominal pain, bloating, irritable bowel, or colitis, those suffering seldom find long-term
solutions. Conventional medicines offer temporary relief but rarely address the cause. If you do not find the cause, the symptoms will continue to worsen. One of the best ways to determine the cause of your condition is with nutritional testing. This non-invasive testing will let you know if you are lacking specific nutrients essential for proper digestion. If deficiencies are found, specific nutritional formulations can be given to address the cause and heal the area.

Need a Lift?

Have you ever found yourself unable to get out of your chair? Although it looks like a regular recliner, a lift chair is designed with mechanisms that help it to act as a mobility aid. With the touch of a button, a lift chair can help comfortably maneuver you to a standing position with little to no help from others, providing you with increased independence. You can choose from a two position, three position, or infinite position chair, depending on whether you want to recline fully. There are lift chairs available to suit a variety of budgets and mobility needs!

Trusting Myself Fully

I invite you to take out a pen and paper and complete this sentence with your dominant hand: “If I trusted myself completely, I would do/say or make happen” ……? Then with your non-dominant hand respond: “What holds me back from fully trusting” ….? When we struggle to create or share what we truly want, it’s often because there is a missing part of ourselves lost, frozen or trapped in time. When we seek validation from those outside ourselves over the wisdom that resides within us, this leads towards 2 big compromises: 1) Seeking and chasing the need for constant approval (anxious attachment) or 2) avoiding and rejecting what we desire, so we don’t feel the disappointment and rejection (avoidant attachment). Relationships are a shared energy, the more we trust our gut knowing, the better we can trust, share and receive what we truly desire.

Strengthen Your Immune System

As we age, our immune response capability reduces, which can lead to potential infection and disease. Since our body uses food to extract nutrients that prevent disease, it’s important that our diets contain nutrient-rich foods for an overall stronger immune system. Antioxidant-rich foods help fight against free radicals that can cause damage to the body, whereas sugary foods generate an inflammatory response within the body, causing health issues and lowering the immune system. Foods high in antioxidants include berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, goji berries), red cabbage, beans, dark chocolate, pecans, spinach, carrots, and potatoes.

Dementia and Alzheimer Help

You are not alone in your dementia journey. Whether you’ve noticed signs of dementia, recently received a diagnosis or need help navigating the next stages of the disease, the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba can help. The Society provides information, education and support for families. We have a variety of virtual and in-person programming, including education sessions, support groups and Minds in Motion®, so you can join wherever works best for you. Contact the Alzheimer Society today to reach a reassuring ear by phone or get a quick response by email. Visit our website at Alzheimer.mb.ca for more information.

Acupuncture for PTSD

PTSD is a physiological disorder that results from being exposed to a traumatic event. It can affect anyone at any point in their life. The disorder can result in several symptoms including, but not limited to anxiety, irritability, insomnia, nightmares, and flashbacks. Studies showed acupuncture is effective to treat PTSD. Acupuncture treatments also have benefits such as a decrease in depression and physical pain. Soldiers, police officers, fire fighters and countless others who have been diagnosed with PTSD are using acupuncture to experience relief.

Meet Your Practitioner

Meet Mandy Fraser – Individual and Relational Therapist/Yoga Practitioner (BAH, MMFT, they/them). Mandy is an experienced clinician specializing in helping people navigate relationships. They teach coping skills to regulate strong emotions so that we can work on safely unearthing root causes of problematic patterns. Mandy enjoys helping people connect to their true selves; prioritizing creating safety so clients can experience vulnerability without being overwhelmed. As a member of the queer community, they are passionate about working with 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. Whether the issue is related to gender/sexual identity, or you simply want to experience therapy in a queer affirming space, they would love to support your process!

Runner’s Knee?

“Runner’s knee” is commonly used to describe two types of injuries of the knee, iliotibial band syndrome and patellofemoral pain syndrome. Both fall into the category of overuse or repetitive strain type injuries. They can occur in isolation or in combination, but both have been shown to be related to poor running mechanics and improper training volumes. What’s the solution? First step is a proper diagnosis by your healthcare practitioner. This should be followed by strength and mobility exercises to improve biomechanics, adjustment of training volumes as needed, and possibly gait analysis and footwear adjustments if it is deemed necessary.

7 Days of Self-Care

Self-care refers to any activity we do purposefully to take care of ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally. On July 24 each year, people celebrate Self-Care Day – but any time is a great time to start practicing self-care. Why not try seven days of self-care to create new, healthy habits? Day 1: Unplug from technology for the day. Day 2: Declutter your physical space and mind. Day 3: Nourish yourself with food, water, sleep, and exercise. Day 4: Create something with your hands. Day 5: Listen to your feelings. Day 6: Express yourself to others. Day 7: Explore something new!

Book Club: Mind Over Mood

Change how you feel by changing the way you think. By Dennis Greenberger, Christine A. Padesky. Discover simple yet powerful steps you can take to overcome emotional distress–and feel happier, calmer, and more confident. This life-changing book has already helped so many use cognitive-behavioral therapy–one of today’s most effective forms of psychotherapy–to conquer depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems.