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Acupuncture for Headaches

If you experience headaches, try Acupuncture to alleviate your pain! There are four main types of headache: tension, cluster, sinus and migraine. Headaches are typically caused by triggers, such as food, stress, hormones, dehydration and weather. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the goal is to diagnose the root cause of the headache, not to just treat the symptoms. After diagnosing the correct cause of the headache, the acupuncture treatment facilitates blood flow, treats the underlining cause and alleviates pain.

Take Care of Yourself

Providing long-term care for a loved one can be very taxing and time-consuming. With spring around the corner we are all itching to leave our cozy winter hearths and get back to being active. By bringing in in-home elder care, you can take time to care for your own health. Care for you loved ones frees up time for tackling your next challenge and helps ensure that you can enjoy the good things in life, going forwards. If you or someone you know would benefit from in home care, reach out to explore the options available.

Accept Help to Remain Independent

Sometimes people find it very difficult to accept help. With many seniors, accepting help seems like losing independence. Many feel that admitting you need help tells the world that you are no longer able to live on your own. Installing a medical alarm system can actually increase your independence and reduce the risks of living alone or being left alone in your home. In fact, with a locally monitored system, you may be able to remain in your own home, comforted by the fact that if something should happen, help is just a button push away.

Maximize Your Balance and Stability

Did you know that lack of stability and balance account for a large portion of foot and back pain issues? Today, wellness consumers want products to enhance their quality of life and are asking for natural, safe solutions for more energy, pain relief and enhanced mobility. VoxxLife socks and insoles with HPT optimize the user’s stability and balance at the nervous system level and provide relief from aches and pains with drug free proven technology. Voxx Human Performance Technology (HPT) is based on 45 Years of research in Neuromuscular Science, Chiropractic Neurology and Reflexology. Come test your balance at the Wellnessnews Women’s Expo on February 9th at the VI Conference Centre.

Lotteries Most Popular Form of Gambling

According to the 2014 British Columbia Problem Gambling Prevalence Study, approximately 72.5% of British Columbians gamble. Lotteries remain the most popular form of gambling (81.6%), with 43.6% of gamblers naming it as their favourite form of gambling. Interestingly, when speaking with people in a community, very few individuals initially identify themselves as gamblers but at some point in the conversation, the person may say “Oh, but I buy lottery tickets every week.” This simple reflection exemplifies some of the myths and misunderstandings that surround what gambling is and is not, and who is stigmatised, and who isn’t. Food for thought …

Laughter is the Goal

If you are looking for serious themes and messages in a theatrical production, keep looking. In the upcoming Norm Foster comedy “Self Help”, laughter is the goal. Norm Foster is considered the most produced playwright in Canada’s history. Differentiated from a comedy, a farce is a light, humorous play in which the plot depends upon a skillfully exploited situation rather than upon the development of character. As always NTG takes producing quality theatre very seriously with attention to every detail on stage and backstage including set, properties, costumes, lighting and sound.

Wellnessnews Women’s Expo – February 9

The Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo is the place to be on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Women of all ages will discover things of interest at the largest Women’s Expo north of Victoria with over 100 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. The Wellnessnews Women’s Expo features wellness seminars, shopping opportunities and a Diva Oasis to indulge the senses. The Expo is FREE. Get your VIP tickets where you get your Wellnessnews or from one of the exhibitors. While not required to attend, tickets redeemed raise funds for the Samaritan House Room for Hope Campaign to expand their women’s shelter.

Pair Relief with Bowen Therapy

Do you experience joint pain or restriction in range of motion? Bowen Therapy is safe and effective to help with repetitive work injures, back and neck pain, chronic pain and more. It stimulates the body to heal itself with long term lasting results. A treatment consists of sequences of small moves with a rest period in between to let the body process the information. It is a gentle, pain-free and effective soft tissue therapy that balances tension patterns in the body, resulting in a deep state of relaxation. Many people turn to Bowen Therapy when other pain treatments have failed.

The Benefits of Laughter

It is often said “Laughter is the Best Medicine”. This time of year on the West Coast is often very dull and grey, making it at times, difficult to keep a positive outlook. We often feel isolated as we spend more time indoors during poor weather. Research indicates that laughter is a powerful antidote to conflict, depression, pain and stress. When we laugh, it triggers the release of endorphins known as the “feel good” hormone. With the release of the endorphins there is an improvement in our mood thus improving our general wellbeing.

Dangers of Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D is considered an essential vitamin, meaning our bodies need to take it on a regular bases. As a fat based vitamin, we store vitamin D in our adipose tissue until needed. Living above the equator, Canadians are at great risk of becoming Vitamin D deficient, especially in the winter. Deficiencies have been linked to numerous diseases including, Alzheimers, osteoporosis, diabetes and some cancers. Signs you may need to increase your vitamin D include; depression, bone and muscle aches, hair loss, slow healing and fatigue. If you suspect you are low, contact your health care professional as supplementation may be necessary.