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Laboratory Testing
Kinesio Taping
How to Sleep

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July 2016

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Laboratory Testing

Available Through Our Naturopathic Doctor - Dr. John MacIntosh, ND

Laboratory Testing and What Tests are Available?

Laboratory Testing is available to help diagnose and monitor disease. Numerous blood, urine, hair, saliva and stool analysis tests are available to assess health concerns such as food allergies/sensitivities, hormone imbalances, digestive problems, nutrient deficiencies, toxic overload and cardiovascular screening.

Dr John MacIntoshMore About the Tests and Cost

Your first step would be to book an appointment with our Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. John MacIntosh, ND.

Dr. John may recommend blood, urine, hair, saliva or stool analysis tests. You may then be sent to the lab for a blood draw, or some tests are collected with a supplied at home kit.

The cost for Laboratory Testing will vary depending on how many and which tests you choose, ranging from under $100 to over $400. These tests may or may not be covered by your extended health insurance plan. It is best to contact your provider directly for more details in regard to the specifics of your plan.

Understanding Food Sensitivity

The terms food allergy, food intolerance, and food sensitivity all refer to abnormal reactions to foods, and the terms are often used interchangeably. However, food reactions fall into one of two categories: those that involve activation of the immune system (IgE or IgG antibodies produced) or; non-immune mediated reactions such as lactose intolerance.

To read more, please visit: wellnessforthebody.com/oakville-lab-testing.html

 

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Kinesio Taping

Dr. Caren Fortin, BHK, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr Caren Fortin DCOne of the modalities that I have started using in my practice more regularly is Kinesio Tape, also known as Neuro-Proprioceptive Taping. If you are familiar with seeing high-level and Olympic athletes wear brightly coloured strips around their knees, shoulders or backs, you are probably seeing this tape. You may find yourself sporting some of your own after leaving a chiropractic treatment. Here is a bit more information on what kinesio taping is about:

What is it? Kinesio Tape is a very thin tape made of porous cotton or specialized nylon fabric so it is breathable. The non-latex tape has an elastic component to it with a medical grade adhesive on the sticky side. The adhesive is water repellant to allow the tape to stay on for 3-4 days, even with showering and sweating.

What does it do? The tape, depending on the application, is used to give support and stability to joints and muscles without compromising circulation or range of motion. The tape is applied in a variety of patterns around the body focusing on specific areas of need.

To learn more about Kinesio Tape and how it can help you, book a complimentary chiropractic consultation with me. I’ll spend about 10-15 minutes discussing this and other chiropractic treatment options with you. You can also visit our website at: http://wellnessforthebody.com/oakville-taping.html

 

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How to Sleep

Joseph Wilson, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist, Sports Injury Therapist & Yoga Therapist In-Training

Andrea Antaya RMTYou probably need more sleep. We all do. Between the barrage of amazing electronic entertainment devices and the demands of our mortgage-driven lifestyles, we are all not getting enough sleep, and when we do, we are doing it really, really poorly.

Here are three things you can do to get more out of your sleep.

1. Train yourself to wear an eye-mask that simulates sleeping in utter darkness. 

As much as I’d like to believe you will stop texting in bed, toss your blinky digital alarm clock out the window, and paint your windows black, it is more realistic to think you will go to the dollar store and buy a soft, puffy eye mask and train yourself to get used to wearing it while you sleep.

Why? Something about our brainwaves going into deeper, slower oscillations in absolute darkness. Our eyes can sense light even when they are closed, and we have these deep parts of our brain that are influenced by them from back in the day when we rose with the sunrise and slowed down with the sunset. Try it, you’ll like it.

2. Arrange your sleep into 90-minute cycles.

Apparently we fall into and come out of deep sleep in 90-minute cycles. Wake up at the end of one cycle and you’ll feel refreshed. Wake up in the middle of a cycle, and you’ll feel groggy all day. Ever woken up after just a few short hours of sleep feeling abnormally rested and refreshed? Ever woken up after sleeping in and went through the day wondering why you feel like there isn’t enough coffee on earth to keep you going? Yeah, like that.

Oh, you will need to add a 15-minute ramp-down time to actually fall asleep before your first cycle starts, so If you have to wake up at 6:00 am, go to sleep at 11:45 pm. 15 minutes to fall asleep followed by four 90-minute cycles. Get up immediately and Ah! Go get ‘em tiger!

If you look up from your computer and see that it is 12:30 am, it is better to stay up until 1:15 and then go to sleep. 15 minutes to fall asleep, then three 90-minute blocks between 1:30 and 6:00 am. Staying up until the start of the next cycle ensures that you don’t wake up in the middle of one to face the day in full-on zombie mode.

Don’t take my word for it, try it out yourself. Avoid operating heavy machinery on your interrupted sleep cycle day.

3. Stop hitting snooze!

Why? See pointer (2) above. You essentially keep falling asleep and getting jolted out of your body trying to enter into its next sleep cycle, over, and over again. You are setting yourself up for a serious caffeine addiction (plus sugar, cream, flavor-syrup pumps and other calorie rich additions) as your body seeks out energy to fight the mid-day mind-fog. 

You are torturing yourself, and there really is no need to do so. You, and the people around you, deserve to see you act and be at your best. 

Remember these wise words: “Rest is a weapon.” ~ Jason Bourne, or Yoda, …probably not Gandhi.

 

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