Community News
Dealing with Dizziness

Input from the vestibular system (located in your inner ear and brain) is essential for equilibrium, and dizziness can occur when this system is impaired. Vestibular disorders can be caused by trauma to the head (whiplash), degeneration of the system itself, ear infections, ototoxicity (high dosage of certain drugs), acoustic neuroma, poor blood supply, or trauma induced by pressure to the ear. Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your dizziness and is highly individual. Working with a physiotherapist who is certified in vestibular rehabilitation can help you sort the cause and best treatment for your dizziness so that you can reduce and hopefully eliminate this very disturbing symptom.

Managing Weight with Laser Acupuncture

Excess weight can be due to a variety of underlying causes, such as hormonal imbalance, emotional eating, liver dysfunction, and malabsorption. Weight management programs require a tailored approach to help clients successfully lose weight. Laser acupuncture uses a non-invasive cold laser to stimulate various acupressure points on your body. Stimulating these points causes your body to release endorphins, which can help with suppressing your appetite, controlling hunger cravings, speeding up your metabolism, and enhancing your current diet and exercise program, all of which can help lead to weight loss and successful weight management.

Post-Pregnancy Acupuncture

Q: I’m unable to lose the weight gained from pregnancy, can acupuncture help with this? A: There are several factors that can contribute to weight retention post-pregnancy. For some, it could be due to emotional and hormonal reasons. In an acupuncture treatment session, we adjust the digestive system by expelling bodily junk, combined with treatment for balancing one’s hormones and emotions. It’s a big change to have a new family member. Our emotional state and physical states are closely related. We must take care of both to live a healthy life.

Chiropractic Care for Seniors

Chiropractic care is beneficial for people of all ages, but it can be particularly helpful for our growing senior population. As we get older, we may experience chronic pain and losses in our mobility, which can dramatically affect everyday activities and quality of life. Chronic spinal misalignment and modern sedentary lifestyle is often the root cause of chronic neck and back pain. Chiropractic is a gentle way of improving joint function and reducing pain. Through regular visits for chiropractic adjustments and with a custom-designed program of stretching exercises that can be done at home, seniors are able to maximize health in those retirement years.

Health Benefits of a Spring Detox

Our bodies can use a good cleaning as we move away from the slower pace of winter, when we tend to eat heavier foods and spend less time being active outdoors. A spring detox helps the body release toxins its absorbed from food, beverages, and the air as well as the metabolic waste products of the body’s natural functions. The benefits of a spring cleaning are reduced fatigue and increased vitality, which translate into feeling better and enjoying life more. We can guide you through a metabolic detox program and suggest complementary treatments, like IV vitamin therapy, to get you on the path to higher energy.

Learning Difficulties and Retaining Information

Students with learning difficulties have what can be described as a loosely woven cognitive basket. Teachers and tutors try to fill the basket with all kinds of information, but the loose weave means that much of the information will trickle through the cracks. If your child is experiencing learning difficulties, before sending them to a tutor, consider looking at options to help boost their brain’s capacity to ensure the information they’re given later actually sticks with them. Many students who work on strengthening their brain’s capacity find that they no longer need tutors and can learn at the same pace as their peers.

Financial Investment for Women

Women often approach investing differently from the way men do. There is the tendency to have emotional attachments to investments, and are often more socially responsible investors, dealing with companies that are a true fit with their values. Gathering too much information can sometimes cause a person to get caught up in analysis and get overwhelmed. There is no perfect investment strategy, and waiting for one can sometimes hinder financial success. Women may feel more comfortable working with female investment advisors, and may find they are better able to guide investors through the process more comfortably.

Connect Better with Your Kids!

Research shows that validating our children’s emotions is a key player in fostering connection. We often miss the simplicity of validating their emotion because we want to provide a solution, or we miss the mark because we’re uncomfortable or afraid. The key to connecting is more in an openness to “be with” them in their emotions. Not so much about what solutions you’re able to provide or how swiftly you can move them through distress. Next time your child expresses an emotion, notice your reaction and challenge yourself to show them that they are truly heard. Connection is everything!

Achilles Tendonitis

Q: What is Achilles tendonitis? A: The Achilles tendon runs down the back of the leg and connects the calf muscle to the back of the heel. It can become inflamed due to overuse or inflexibility. An inflamed Achilles may feel tender and stiff. To deal with the pain, stop doing any aggravating activities and take an anti-inflammatory two or three times a day. In some cases, a 1 to 2 cm heel lift will reduce the tension in the tendon. Stretching before and after activities can help prevent the problem from recurring. If the pain persists after 10 to 14 days, you should see your doctor, a sports-oriented physical therapist, or a podiatrist.

Move More and Feel Better!

Many find it hard to stay active during the long winter days. Once spring arrives, aches and pains can stand in the way of carrying on as you remember. Joints, muscles, and tendons decondition rapidly. Often, a little bit of concerted effort can get you back on track. A proper diagnosis and treatment plan will outline realistic options. Non-surgical interventions are often enough. Recalcitrant problems may respond to precisely administered injections; ultrasound imaging and careful local anesthesia make this well tolerated by virtually everyone. This smooth and effective treatment brings early and reliable improvement in pain, often allowing return to activity within days.

Keeping Pets Healthy

As our pets age, their health naturally begins to decline and there is a higher risk of developing certain age-related conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Some senior pets develop arthritis in the joints, reducing mobility and, if they’re suffering in pain, quality of life. Like humans, pets need us to pay increased attention to their health in order to help them feel good for as long as possible. Preventative checkups become very important as pets get older as they allow you to catch emerging conditions early and implement nutrition and exercise plans that will benefit your pet. Please call 604-560-8344 to schedule your evaluation.