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Issue: February 2008

Introducing the Newest Member of Our Wellness Staff

Calais Irwin, RMT

Calais is a graduate of The Canadian Therapeutic College. She has participated in a student outreach at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington as part of her massage therapy training. During that time Calais gained experience treating patients with ailments such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and strokes. Calais’ interest in the alternative health care field began when she was 15. At that time her own injuries and headaches began to take a toll on her health, and she decided to look for an alternative to prescription drugs. After seeing a massage therapist, Calais knew her career path would involve alternative medicine and she has been working toward that goal ever since.

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

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carole smithChiropractic and Pregnancy:
What can chiropractic care do for me?

Dr. Carole Smith, B.A., DC

Why would I need chiropractic care during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, there is an increased strain on a woman’s body due to the excess weight gain, as well as the physical stresses of the baby’s position within the womb. Over 60% of women will experience low back pain during their pregnancy, especially during the third trimester when the baby’s head is pressing against a woman’s back. Chiropractic treatment for low back pain related to pregnancy is a safe and effective alternative to over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Chiropractic care has been shown not only help relieve back pain occurring in pregnancy, but may also decrease delivery time and labour pain.

What are some causes of back pain during pregnancy?

• Increased ligament laxity due to the relaxin hormone

• Increased weight gain and forward center of gravity

• Poor body mechanics and postural habits

• Nerve and vessel impingement due to mechanical pressure

What will my chiropractor do to help me?

• Spinal Adjustments: Chiropractic adjustments are used to help decrease the pain that originates from the joints of body, or muscle spasms. Adjustments are also used to help correct biomechanical dysfunctions, and keep the nervous system free from irritation.

• Soft Tissue Treatment: Chiropractors often use various soft tissue therapies such as trigger point work, mobilizations and massage to work on muscles and help them to relax.

• Postural Correction: Chiropractors give postural advice that can help minimize the amount of stress placed on the body, and decrease the risk of injury and discomfort.

• Exercise: Women, who remain physically active during pregnancy, are better able to tolerate labour and delivery. Chiropractors can provide exercises and stretches for use during pregnancy that will help maintain muscle tone, strength and endurance, and will also help prevent low back pain and maintain spinal adjustments.

What can I do to help prevent back pain during pregnancy?

• Be proactive: Seek treatment for your back pain, and do exercises to strengthen muscles and decrease injury.

• Don’t try to do too much: Although you should remain as active as possible during pregnancy, you will not be able to put the same intensity into your normal activities. You may find that prolonged standing may cause you to fatigue sooner than it used to, so make sure you also get plenty of rest.

• Use proper lifting techniques: When lifting, don't bend from the waist. Instead, squat with your back straight, keep the object close to you, and use your leg muscles to lift.

• Consult your health care provider: Your midwife, physician and chiropractor can all work together to help maximize your health during pregnancy.

Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information
and to book your appointment with Dr. Carole Smith.

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Preventing Winter Falls

Calais Irwin, RMT

We’ve all experienced the pain and aggravation of slipping on ice. In fact in Ontario, over 18,000 injuries reported every year are due to slips and falls and the average time away from work is 6 weeks. Here are a few tips to help prevent you from suffering a fall.

• Wear appropriate footwear! Leave the high heels and big chunky soled shoes at home. Or bring them with you and change once you’ve arrived safely. After all, those heels won’t look so cute once you’ve stuffed your swollen foot into them.
• Make sure to salt or sand your walkway.
• Watch where you walk. Gloomy overcast days cause less contrast in surfaces and make ice patches harder to see.
If you happen to be unfortunate enough to fall, ice any injuries a.s.a.p. to help prevent swelling. And if you’re not feeling better in a few days, it’s time to see your Massage Therapist or Chiropractor for a proper assessment.

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

For pricing information please click here.

Purchase Gift Certificates Over the Phone or Online

Now purchasing the gift of health couldn't be any easier! Gift certificates may be purchased over the phone or online for any dollar amount, and can be sent to you by regular mail or email within 2 business days.

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