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In This Issue:

Taking Steps Toward Falls Prevention
An Introduction to Reflexology
What is Massage Therapy?

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August 2016

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Taking Steps Toward Falls Prevention

Dr. Tara Brown, (Hon) BA Kin, DC, ART®, D.Ac
Doctor of Chiropractic
Active Release Techniques, Acupuncture & Graston Technique Provider

dr tara brownThe topic of falls prevention hits very close to home as my Grandmother, at age 81, recently fell and fractured her hip. She is a very strong, active, and independent lady, so I never expected this to happen to her.

So what can you do to prevent a fall? Improving your strength and balance is one of the best ways you can reduce your risk of slipping, tripping and falling. Below I will describe some of the activities recommended by the Canadian Chiropractic Association that can deliver the greatest benefit in reducing the risk.

Strong legs for Stability
Strong legs reduce your chance of falling as they are better equipped to stabilize the body if you lose your balance. There are many activities that increase leg strength, but it is recommended that you find something you enjoy. Brisk walking and strength training are both great options that often require minimal equipment.

Improving your Balance
Proprioception (knowing where you are in space) and balance are two components that keep you from falling. Without these components we would not be able to stand upright. Not only does poor leg strength affect your balance, but also poor eyesight, some medications, and certain health conditions. Therefore, it is important to:

  • Have an annual eye exam
  • Review your medications, vitamins, and supplements with your MD
  • Inquire help from a health professional if you suffer from dizziness/feeling faint
  • Eat regularly
  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages

Your Goal!
I challenge you to aim for at least 20-30 minutes of exercise at least three days per week.  Even better, build some type of activity into your life every day! I guarantee that in the long run, it will be worth it. To help get you started, book an appointment with me and we can put together a personalized strength-training program for your legs and core to help improve your stability and balance.

 

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An Introduction to Reflexology

Aundrea Da Rocha, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist & Certified Foot Reflexologist

Aundrea Da Rocha RMTReflexology is a hands on approach that requires a focused pressure technique to stimulate reflex areas of the feet that correspond with specific organs, glands, and certain parts of the body as a whole. When the specific areas on the feet are stimulated, it lets the body’s nervous system know that changes such as homeostasis are taking place.

Homeostasis is a natural response to bring systems in the body back to normal levels. For example, in the body of someone who is constantly stressed, reflexology can help activate the parasympathetic nervous system to bring the stress levels down to equilibrium (normal healthy balance).

Stress relief is not only a potential benefit of reflexology, it can also enhance circulation, assist metabolism, improve the immune system, improve energy levels, and help rid the body of toxins through the stimulation of organs and glands.

reflexologyReflexology is a great modality for people of all ages. Children especially benefit from this therapy as it can help them with concerns such as constipation, being more attentive, and decreasing anxiety. For pregnant woman closer to their due date, reflexology can help keep the body relaxed and distribute energy flow while stimulating the reproductive system and other organs of the body.

Reflexology can also help certain conditions such as arthritis, allergies, hormonal imbalances, thyroid imbalances, mood disorders, anxiety, stress, bowel movements, constipation, and many more. Reflexology pairs well with any other treatment modalities to help care for your body, including Naturopathic, Chiropractic, Osteopathic, and Massage Therapy.

As both a Certified Foot Reflexologist and Registered Massage Therapist, I am able to combine reflexology and massage into your session, creating the best treatment for your individual needs. Call the clinic at 905.465.4595 to schedule your next appointment with me. I am now available for daytime, evening, and weekend appointments!

 

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What is Massage Therapy?

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

Andrea Antaya RMTMy name is Joseph Wilson, RMT, and I would like to introduce you to my approach to massage therapy.

Massage Therapy is a protected term, which is defined in Ontario as:

The practice of Massage Therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain. (Massage Therapy Act, 1991)

While I find this definition accurate, it is incomplete.

Massage therapy is more than a “manipulation” of the physical body.

Every session is a journey into the client’s state of being.

Every treatment is a dialogue between the client’s mind and body, with the therapist acting as facilitator of the conversation.

Every massage is an evolution of the client’s entire self – mind, body and spirit – toward a greater awareness and deep relationship with the core of the Self.

Every appointment is an awakening.

Yes, I do ‘deep tissue’. I can apply pressure to tight spots. I can trace the compartments between your muscles with my elbows and thumbs to free up compressed nerves and restricted blood flow. Yes I can deliver just that right level of ‘good-pain’. I can leave you feeling like you’ve been run over by a very gentle bus, where you might feel sore for a day after, but feel amazing after that.

Yes, I can make a grown man cry.

Yes I do ‘just relaxation’. Yes, I will chat with you about every topic under the sun if you like (I love the sound of my own voice). Yes, I will remain silent and allow you to rest in silence and let you shut off your racing mind for an hour while you turn over your body to my care.

The client always dictates the type of experience he or she needs for that session.

Yes, I have years of experience working with athletes of all calibres, and have seen all the common, and some most-uncommon, types of injuries from a variety of sports: running, crossfit, hockey, curling, dragon boat, tennis, football, boxing, climbing, yoga, judo, volleyball, baseball, and roller derby to name a few.

Yes, I have treated ‘desk-jockeys’ and other high-stress, low-activity lifestyle clients who need someone to help them maintain their body and give them immediately useful and time-efficient self-care practices to keep them functioning at work.

Yes, I fix work-related repetitive-strain and habitual-posture injuries. Electricians, hair-stylists, dental hygienists, teachers, police officers, as well as dancers, gardeners and do-it-yourself-home-renovators – come to me and I will get you back on the road to normal function.

Yes, you need a massage. It begins with making an appointment and starts with a discussion about what you need, what you want and what you are feeling that day.

Let’s begin!

 

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