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Events at Wellness for the Body
What is Graston® Technique?
Osteopathy Returns to Wellness for the Body
To Get the Flu Shot or To Not Get the Flu Shot...That is the Question

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October 2015

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Events at Wellness for the Body

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary and a Peak at Upcoming Events

foam roller workshopWellness for the Body celebrated our 10th anniversary this past month and to commemorate this milestone, we threw a big party! We spent the evening eating food and giving away prizes to the friends, family, and clients that joined us. Through our silent auction and donations, we also raised $770 for the Milton and Oakville Human Society that night. These funds will go a long way in helping to care for the animals at the shelter, so thank you to all our local small businesses that donated the auction and prize items!

Our next big event is our FREE Foam Roller Workshop on Saturday, October 24th at 12pm in Taste of Colombia's "El Salon" studio space (67 Bronte Road, Unit 3, Oakville, ON, L6L 3B7). The Foam Roller Workshop will be run by our Chiropractor, Dr. Tara Brown, with the goal of helping participants learn the proper technique to foam roll both the upper and lower body. The benefits of using a foam roller include relaxation, post-workout recovery, and reducing scar tissue.

Our workshop is free for everyone, but advanced sign-up is required as space is limited. Bring your own foam roller, or pre-order once when you sign-up (pick up at the workshop, $35 cash only). Call our clinic to sign up: 905.465.4595

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For more information feel free to call us (905.465.4595), email us (info@wellnessforthebody.com), or check out our events page (www.wellnessforthebody.com/events.html).



What is Graston® Technique?

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

Graston® is a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that allows practitioners to break down scar tissue and restrictions in the fascia. Scar tissue is an issue because it can limit range of motion and in many cases cause pain, which can prevent a patient from functioning to their full capacity. Using specifically designed stainless steel instruments, areas of scar tissue can be effectively detected and treated.

To detect areas of fibrosis (thickened areas of tissue due to injury) the instrument combs over and “catches” on the fibrotic tissue. Once the problem tissue is identified, the instruments are used to break up the adhesions. Removing scar tissue will improve range of motion and decrease pain, which will allow the patient to function as they did prior to injury. It is also effectively used to treat “knots” found in tight muscles. 

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Some conditions commonly treated with Graston®:

  • Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)
  • Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis and golfers elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff tendinosis
  • Patellofemoral disorders (knee pain)
  • Shin splints
  • Trigger finger
  • Scar tissue

If you or someone you know is suffering from any of these conditions (or others), Graston® Technique may just be your solution! Please feel free to speak with Dr. Shahidy or I if you have any further questions.


Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information and to book your appointment.

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Osteopathy Returns to Wellness for the Body

We are so excited to welcome back Lisa Marie Foreman to our wellness team!

Lisa Marie Foreman OSTEOPATHLisa Marie is a Registered Massage Therapist and an Osteopath, registered with the Ontario Osteopathy Association. Many extended health benefits cover osteopathy services, just check with your provider. Here is a little bit more from Lisa Marie on what osteopathy is and how this therapy can benefit your health and wellness:

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a hands-on gentle approach used to identify structural changes and rhythms in the body. The practice depends on detailed knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, paired with a highly developed sense of palpation (touch). It treats movement restrictions in your body tissues by removing restrictions to the natural flow of body fluids (lymphatic, vascular, and neurological), which must be liberated, preserved and maintained. When the body has no restrictions, it has the inherent ability to heal itself.

Osteopathy provides highly effective therapy for the regular aches and pains of everyday living. Chronic back pain, headaches, migraines, sciatica, golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel syndromes, TMJ dysfunction, and repetitive strain injury all respond well to osteopathic treatment. It can even help the patient avoid surgery.

The practice of Osteopathy includes, but is not limited to: craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, muscle energy technique, strain/counter-strain, mobilizations, and self-care.


Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information and to book your appointment.

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To Get the Flu Shot or To Not Get the Flu Shot...That is the Question

Dr. Samantha Ristimaki, BSc, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

dr ristimaki‘Tis the season! People are starting to come to work with runny noses, sore throats, coughs and fatigue. With the onset of cooler weather, comes a wave of infection.

Last October, Dr. Michael Gardam, the director of infection prevention and control at the University Health Network in Toronto - a leading voice in infection control - was quoted in the Globe and Mail: “a few years ago, I was also for mandatory flu shots [for health care workers]. […] Then what happened is I started reading and I started going back to the original studies. I don’t feel that I can sugar-coat those any more.” He argued against the use of mandatory vaccinations for health care workers based on lack of evidence and that health care workers should have the right to choose. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in July 2013, found vaccinated health-care workers had no measurable benefit on flu rates or the number of related complications of long-term-care residents. Another review by researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the quality of evidence for reduced influenza death and total number of cases among patients to be moderate and low, respectively.

The general public also has a right to choose, but the data in prior years that suggested it was up to 90% effective, is false. At best, the very best flu vaccine is 60% effective, but if you look at the data year to year, the effectiveness varies. What does that mean exactly?

Let’s assume that the vaccine works at its best and is 60% effective. Every year roughly 5% of adults get the flu, therefore, the flu vaccine may reduce your chance of getting the flu down to 2%. In children, the risk is 10% and getting the vaccine reduces the chances to 4%. In the elderly, the evidence is of poor quality and provides no significant guidance regarding safety, efficacy or effectiveness.

But wait, those numbers are only valid if the vaccine actually works. It is well documented that it did not work last year. Last year’s vaccine was not 60% effective, it was 18-23% or less because the vaccine did not cover the strain of flu virus that caused the majority of infections. The vaccine is created long before cold and flu season begins and is based on a best guess as to what strains may be active during the season.

I’m not saying you should skip the flu shot. I’m just challenging you to consider its effectiveness and not consider it as a guarantee against getting sick. Your best defense is taking precaution to prevent infection and to take active steps to support the body’s immune system throughout the winter months.


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