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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 00:40

A Recipe for Healthy Holiday Times

Start with         1 cup of planning and preparation  Mix in              a dash of spontaneity Add                  2 scoops of service & outward focus Season with       a sprinkling of gratitude Blend in             4 tablespoons of regular exercise Garnish with       liberal amounts of rest and relaxation The holidays can be a season that makes us rejuvenated and refreshed. It can also be a season that leaves us frazzled and exhausted- feeling like we need a holiday to recover from our holiday! Here is a recipe to help you make your holidays a time to enjoy, that your health…
Monday, 02 November 2015 21:38

Self Healing through Self Connection...

I was reading an article on blogging, and the author suggested that one should have a slogan that summarizes who they are and what they do. I pondered this for some time. What image would I like to convey? I thought about the image of the coach. There are times when members of my practice would like to see me as a mechanic. They would like to come in for treatment in the same way that one drops their car off at the mechanic. I have even had a patient try and check their texts on their smart phone while lying face down on the table! Just let them know when I'm done and their body is ready, and they will pick it up. Unfortunately,…
Friday, 16 October 2015 21:55

What happens when YOUR body goes on strike?

There is an analogy that I like to use in our practice that all of us have a relationship with our own bodies that is similar to the relationship of management and labourers in a company. Sometimes that relationship is great, sometimes it is not. The brain is the manager. It can tend to over-ride and ignore the needs of the body- the labourers. The brain can tell you that you must work through your coffee break, that you don't have time to stop and go to the bathroom or get a drink of water. It can ignore the needs of the labourers, the body, until the labourers go out on strike! That is what pain is. It is a crisis where the brain has…
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 15:35

Celebrating Wellness

We have just enjoyed our fourth annual  "Celebrating Wellness Day". There was food and fun, and a party to celebrate the launching of Dr. Ivey's book "Handbook 2 Health"!!! Madeline won a copy of the book, but anyone can get this as a free ebook by contacting the office.  29 members of our practice and community came out for complimentary chiropractic visits and classes in Yoga and Pilates. As in previous years, the "Celebrating Wellness Day" was sponsoring a local charity, EVA'S PLACE, a homeless shelter for youth located just south of us.  Many thanks to all those that donated cash and items useful at the shetler.   We had door prizes at the event.  Thank you to our generous sponsors that joined us in…
What a claim. How audacious! Okay, are you ready? You are not going to believe it. You opened this article to see what would improve your health and here is my answer. YOU ALREADY KNOW THE ANSWER! If you think about it, you know of three things that would definitely make you healthier- pick from the endless list: drink more water, eat different food, get better rest, exercise, stretch, change your posture, floss before bed... the problem isn't knowing what to do, it is in following through and actually doing it! What am I talking about? Let me use an illustration. We have a wonderful puppy. Becca. She is just over one year old. If you are a patient in our office, you may have heard her…
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 19:17

Do you get TENSE when you DRIVE?

If you get tense when you drive, you are not alone! With the increase of traffic and stress on the roads today, many people experience tight shoulders, lower backs and neck muscles as they make the journey from A to B in the relative comfort of their car.  This tension doesn't magically disappear as one exits their vehicle, and it can affect our overall health if not dealt with. I have two things to offer, to combat this tension before it builds up. The first thing to do is to examine your posture as you drive. Many of us first learned to drive while sharing the car with our parents or someone taller than us. As a result, we have developed habits in our driving…
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 16:13

Why I don't like "Diagnosis" as a doctor

If you are a patient in my office, you may feel concern to hear that your doctor doesn't like diagnosis! It isn't the act of determining a diagnosis that I don't like. It is that, once a label is given, there is frequently a change in mindset that follows "the sentence".  I have had patients come to me that have been previously given a diagnosis of arthritis, who consequently attribute every subsequent twinge anywhere in their body to their arthritis. It doesn't matter if the arthritis is in 2 specific joints of their neck, that foot pain they experience must just be "their arthritis acting up". They don't look for another cause! It doesn't matter that they have been wearing stiletto heels all day, or…
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:56

Shrug off those "winter shoulders"!

Every year at this time, I notice that many of my patients are exhibiting significantly more tension stored in their upper dorsal musculature. By this I mean that their shoulders and neck muscles are tighter! I think that there are a number of factors that contribute to this phenomenon. With the arrival of the winter weather, we naturally hunch our shoulders against the cold to keep the wind out of our collars. Even once when we have safely arrived at our warm destination, we are inclined to keep our shoulders up around our ears. Some of us also tend to carry our stress in our upper back. Physical stress from shovelling, carrying packages, or winter hobbies (like knitting) can combine with the emotional stress assocciated…
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 19:36

What's this about maintenance?

I had a patient ask me this morning about hip replacements. She is 70 years old. Her friends are all concerned about needing hip replacements and talk about problems with sciatica. She wondered if she should be doing something to avoid these conditions. I told her the good news that she already is doing something! She comes for regular chiropractic care. The body is like a car. It functions better when it is in alignment. When a car's wheels are out of alignment, the tires will wear unevenly. You can drive the car that way, but certain parts will wear out more quickly and eventually you will be more likely to get a flat. When our body is out of alignment, the stress on certain…
This summer, our family took at trip to Guelph to visit the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. This is a beautiful 100 acre farm, currently housing 61 equines (donkeys, mules and hinnies). It has been a home and refuge to 142 different animals since it started in 1992. At the sanctuary, there are fascinating tours in which knowledgeable guides teach a great deal about donkeys. There are many qualities of the donkey that we value today: an undemanding nature, sure footedness, relative strength and hardiness. These are characteristics we value in people. The famous "stubbornness" of donkeys refers to an instinct that donkeys have to stand still, when faced with a strange situation, and consider what is expected. If the donkey is being asked to do…
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