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How Did that New Years Resolution Go?

In physiotherapy, many patients come in with pain or injuries that have occurred secondary to a sedentary lifestyle. ‘Why did this happen? ’ I often get asked. Well, if you spend most of your day sitting or yes, even standing at a desk, and don’t take time to move your…

JANUARY is Thyroid Awareness Month

Thyroid disorders are becoming an increasingly common health concern today, especially among women. In my naturopathic family practice, I see many individuals that have a diagnosed thyroid disorder but also many others who have sub-optimal thyroid hormone levels that can explain their symptoms even though they haven’t received a formal…

ADAPTOGENIC ENERGY BALL

Dr. Shah made these delicious and healthy energy balls for our 100th celebration! It balanced out the chocolates the cookies nicely! Ingredients: 25 pitted dates 3 tbsp cacao powder 4 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut + extra for rolling 2 tbsp Botanica chocolate greens** 2 tbsp natural factors chia seeds 5…

You’re NOT Broken – Mark Austin, PT

Dealing with an injury or pain is never easy, especially if the problem persists beyond a few weeks and into months or even years. Chronic pain can really interfere with your life as it keeps you from doing the things you enjoy, or from earning enough money, or from enjoying…

Raspberry-Rose Elixer Recipe – Dr. Shah, ND

Have you heard about ‘moon milk’? It is a term coined for a hot, bedtime non-dairy milk beverage that contains adaptogen(s).  Adaptogens are herbs that help to modulate the adrenal glands. These include herbs such as rhodiola, schisandra, licorice, holy basil, ashwagandha, ginseng and others.  What you need to know is…

Celebrate our 100th Bday with us !! Dec 7th

We would love to have you join us on Dec 7th at the clinic to celebrate our 100th anniversary. We will have lots of goodies to share and will be making a draw for our $1000 Sport & Wellness Giveaway! You can still by enter the draw by leaving a…

Do you have Osteoarthritis and Knee/Hip Pain? Prolotherapy and Other Treatment Options

Arthritis is defined as inflammation (-itis) of the joints (arthro). There are two forms of arthritis: One type is inflammatory arthritis which is includes joint pain and inflammation from autoimmune conditions like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. The second type is osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease…

So you have arthritis. So what?

“There is not much you can do for me, buddy. The MRI said I had the back of an eighty year-old.” My new patient, a man in his mid-forties, sat across from me, eyes locked with mine, lips pursed, eyes and his arms crossed in a proud show of defiance—a…

Move More After Pain, Not Less.

It’s hard to be objective when you are the one in pain. I first hurt my neck when I was about 20, during my brief stint in judo while attending university (I’m 31 at the time of writing this). I had just joined a local class. Although at first I…

Yoga for Extension-Sensitive Backs

This beginner-level yoga practice was designed for a patient who had a lot of back pain, especially with extension movements (bending backwards). If you have similar issues, or have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, facet joint issues, anterolisthesis, or stenosis, this routine may be helpful for you, or at…


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