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Laser Acupuncture for Stress Reduction

Stress is an inevitable part of day-to-day life, but when it becomes too frequent or intense, it can have negative effects on our minds and bodies. We feel it in our muscles as tension, and in our minds as frustration, anger, or anxiety. Laser acupuncture can be a useful tool in helping to manage stress levels. Non-invasive cold lasers are used to stimulate various acupressure points on the body, promoting increased relaxation that helps with decreased heart rate, lower blood pressure, stress reduction, and increased energy and tissue regeneration. While the treatment cannot alter a client’s life situation, it can improve their wellbeing, making it easier for them to take on life’s challenges.

Insight Scans of Your Nervous System

Insight scans allow a practitioner to see how your nervous system is adapting to daily stresses. State-of-the-art technology is available that will allow a non-invasive approach. Insight Subluxation Station is technology that was once used by NASA and now chiropractors have adopted it to measure the deeper tensions in the nervous system that one cannot feel. Since it is non-invasive, this is used frequently to measure how the adjustments are changing the stress patterns in your body. The Torque Release Technique is a very sophisticated, gentle, and specific adjustment that involves using an instrument on the area of concern. It’s great for children and the elderly, with no cracking sound involved. This technique is powerful in releasing deeper tensions and resetting your nervous system. Finally, the Webster Technique is a super gentle technique for pregnant women and allows room for baby to grow by keeping mom’s hips stable as she gets bigger.

Rabies Shots Before Travel

Are you travelling with your pet to the US this summer? Remember that legally you are obliged to have a current rabies vaccination status for your pet. If official status has lapsed, the booster is meant to be given 30 days prior to travel to the US. This helps protect your pet against the rabies virus, should it come into contact with any infected animals, and also ensures your pet isn’t going to transfer rabies to other animals or humans. Depending on where you travel, you should also think about the risk of disease from ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes, as they are more common in many US locations than they are here.

Rejuvenate Your Skin with Ease

Enhanced Microcurrent Facial Treatment acts like an electronic syringe, which enables the therapist to fill lines, reduce wrinkles, pigmentation, and stretch marks. It can provide the results offered by traditional mesotherapy and/or micro-needling, but without the painful injections, bruising, or downtime. The active compounds we use during the treatment have no unnecessary chemical ingredients, just effective, natural formulations to help improve the skin. The treatment time is short, at only 45 minutes, and there is no healing time needed or any risk of scarring. Six weekly sessions can provide optimal results for issues such as acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, dehydration, and signs of aging.

Golfing is Like Investing

It’s golfing season! Apply the same strategies to investing that you do to being out on the course. When golfing, you have to choose the right club for the stroke. It’s the same when choosing an appropriate investment for your portfolio, which should be based on your financial goals and risk profile. In golfing and in investing, success comes not from comparing yourself to others, but from focusing on your own game. Patience and practice are important when golfing, just like in investing – think about the long-term. Finally, rely on your advisor/partner for guidance, just like during a round!

Surgery for ACL Injuries

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is commonly seen in sports such as soccer, rugby, and skiing. Although many individuals initially recover well, the ongoing instability often prevents return to sports and leads to further knee injury, and the risk of developing future osteoarthritis becomes increased. Bracing is rarely sufficient. Surgical reconstruction performed early, within 3-6 weeks, helps to minimize the risk of further injury. ACL surgery should be treated as an urgent matter: assessment, diagnosis, and surgery can usually be completed within a few weeks. The athlete, elite, or weekend-warrior can then start early rehabilitation to maximize the benefits of the knee reconstruction.

Core Training vs. Strengthening

The terms core training and core strengthening have been used interchangeably in both the physiotherapy and fitness industries, yet there is a significant difference between the two. Your core is the area between your breathing diaphragm and your pelvic floor. Core training exercises focus on restoring the timing and sequencing of your deep muscles to reinforce an optimal pattern of muscle activation (motor learning). Core training helps to make the right connections between your brain and your core. Once core training has restored deep muscle function, core strengthening exercises can be added to further improve function and performance. There is a difference, come and see for yourself.

Fentanyl is Stealing Our Kids

The opioid crisis is rapidly escalating, and not showing any signs of slowing down soon. We must protect our “kids” — which, by the way, our kids are always our kids, no matter their age or ours. Please listen and don’t react or preach. Make a safe space for drug use conversations. If they are going to use anyway, for example, encourage them not to use alone. Love them, support them, try and get them to help. A good listening ear from a non-judgmental counsellor may be just what they need.

Book Club: Making a Good Brain Great

By Daniel Amen, MD. When our brains work right, we work right. But the brain is easily injured. A bump on the head, sleep deprivation and poor nutrition can all have long-term consequences leading to problems with attention, mood and even dementia. Dr. Amen shares his exciting insights into protecting, repairing and maintaining our brains with good nutrition, supplements and special exercises. A great read!

What is an Investment Advisor?

Investment advisor, financial planner, financial advisor, wealth planner, financial consultant – what’s the difference? Investment Advisor is a term generally adopted for those dealing in the investment industry. While some of the titles above work with portions of a financial plan, investment advisors tend to be full service, and are able to offer a broad range of products and services, meaning they can work with stocks, mutual funds and bonds. A good investment advisor should help you understand what makes sense for you, help you find your investment style to take advantage of the markets and the best investments for those markets, and as much as possible, take the emotion out of investing.