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Type 2 Diabetes and Osteopathic Care

Type 2 diabetes is a widespread, acquired metabolic disorder. In a nutshell – it’s all about insulin; insulin resistance or inadequate insulin production,…

Dry or Cracked Feet – How a Chiropodist can Help

  A lot of us have problems with dry or even hard skin on our feet, which can be unsightly and painful.  Often…

Osteopathy for Musicians

For musicians, your instrument can be an extension of yourselves.  But losing yourself in the music can come at a cost.  Yes, within…

Subacromial Impingement – An Osteopathic Perspective

Introduction: Ever had that stubborn shoulder pain that just won’t quit? Or found that you simply can’t perform overhead tasks because your shoulder…

Turning Resolutions into Reality: Insights from your Osteopath

New Year’s Resolutions Why do we do this to ourselves every year? Why do we set ourselves up for failure with New Year’s…

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are a type of skin infection on the bottom of your feet, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).  The infection causes…

Hip Osteoarthritis

Understanding, Coping, and Thriving Osteoarthritis is not fun.  This month we’re focusing on osteoarthritis of the hip in depth.  If that’s not related…

Stress Fractures – How a Chiropodist can help

Your feet have to bear the weight of your entire body, so that puts more pressure on them as they impact on the…

Inflammation and the connection to your immune system

  Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury or infection, a crucial part of the healing process.  However, when this process becomes…

Office Worker Elbow

If you’re an office worker and you’ve been dealing with elbow pain, you’re not alone. Many of us spend hours at a desk,…

All About Osteoporosis

Did you know that World Osteoporosis Day is marked on the 20th of October? So we’ve decided to make it our focus this…

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can be painful, making it hard to stand or walk and it can even become infected.  Signs of an ingrown toenail…

All About Quadricep Strains

This month we find ourselves fascinated by quadricep strains and hope to share a little information and advice with you.  If that interests…

Laser Season is Here!

As the vibrant hues of fall approach, so does the much-anticipated Laser Season! It’s the perfect time to explore advanced skincare techniques and…

Your First Osteopathy Appointment

So, you’ve got your first appointment with an osteopath coming up and you’re filled with anticipation and curiosity.  Let’s walk you through what…

Get Ahead of the School Year

  Yes, it will soon be time for students to head back to school. This transition can be both exciting and challenging for…

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

When Your Hands Demand Relief from an Osteopath’s Touch: This month we’re focussing on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and what our Osteopaths can do…

Boost Your Balance and Embrace Stability

We’re all about balance this August. Now, we’d love for you to achieve work-life balance, eat a balanced diet, and balance your chequebook…

Diabetes and Foot Care

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide.  As Chiropodists, we want to emphasize the significant impact diabetes can have…

Venous insufficiency: aching, swelling and spider veins

Venous insufficiency is a medical condition that occurs when the veins in the legs are unable to effectively transport blood back to the…

Medial Ankle Sprain

Ouch! So, you missed your footing on the stairs and fell.  You landed badly, twisting your ankle in a funny direction. It could…

Bunions

  Banishing Bunions: How a Chiropodist Can Help Summer is upon us, and that means it’s time to dig out those sandals and…

New! Facial Spa Services and Microneedling

Facials: Discover the ultimate facial treatment! We understand the importance of healthy, radiant skin, and our experts are here to help you achieve…

Lumbar Disc Prolapse

All About Lumbar Disc Prolapse: Symptoms of a lumbar disc prolapse vary from mild to severe and can affect the whole body (from…

Cellulite

Cellulite, often characterized by dimpled skin on the thighs, buttocks, and hips, can be a common concern. But worry not, as we’ll explore…

Medical Pedicures by a Chiropodist

Many people associate pedicures with a luxurious spa treatment, but they can also be an important part of maintaining foot health. Pedicures can…

Acne: Naturopathic and Aesthetic Options

Acne can be a frustrating and sometimes painful skin condition that affects people of all ages. However, as a Naturopathic Doctor, I have…

Are your joints popping, grinding or clicking?

You know how there’s always a scene in horror movies where a creaking floorboard is the scariest thing? For a lot of people,…

Magnesium Bis-Glycinate

Magnesium is a vital mineral that plays an essential role in many bodily functions, including nerve and muscle function, bone health, and heart…

Diaphragm Function from an Osteopathic Perspective

The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle that separates the thoracic cavity from the abdominal cavity. It plays a crucial role in respiration (the…

Mobilizing Your Joints

It’s miserable when your joints ache. It’s worse when they’re stiff and everyday movement hurts. Often, gentle exercise has everything feeling right again.…

Wrinkles and Sagging Skin?

Nanofractional Radiofrequency (RF) is an innovative and minimally invasive skin resurfacing treatment that offers a number of benefits for patients seeking to improve…

RSI

Recovering from RSI with Osteopathy The human body is meant to move. It’s not meant to move like a machine in a factory…

Superfoods for Christmas

Christmas foods have a bit of a bad wrap! (Please forgive the pun.) Too many mince pies, mulled wine (and all the other…

Reducing Respiratory Tract Infections With Mushrooms

Along with the colder weather, winter also brings an increase in colds, flus, and other infectious diseases. Respiratory illnesses are at particularly higher…

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a health condition that occurs when your body does not produce enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it produces. Insulin…

Exercise For Osteoporosis

It’s World Osteoporosis Day  this month (on October 20th) so let’s look at the benefits of exercise for bone health and osteoporosis.  …

Osteopathic Treatment For Arthritis

Arthritis comes from the Greek word ‘arthron’ (meaning joint) and the ending ‘itis’ (meaning inflammation of). The term arthritis describes over a hundred…

Have you tried Pilates

Whether you’re a long-distance runner, returning to exercise from injury, or at the start of a new fitness routine, Pilates has something for…

Osteopathy For Neck Pain

Did you know that approximately 1 in 3 adults experience neck pain at least once a year? It’s not surprising that it is…

Calf Muscle Strain

You may not give them much thought, but your calf muscles are constantly working hard day-to-day when you’re walking around or exercising. This…

Self-care isn’t selfish

You may have heard the saying ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’. When it comes to mental health and your wellbeing, self-care…

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Are you experiencing wrist pain or numbness in the fingers and hands that worsens at night? Carpal tunnel syndrome could be to blame.…

Headaches/migraines: Treatment and Prevention

Roughly 10% of the Canadian population suffer from one type of headache or migraine. This is a very high number, and what most…

Cholesterol: Do not think of it as bad or good!

Cholesterol comes in many forms, in the past some where labeled as bad and others as good. This is not a correct way…

Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

You may have heard of tennis elbow, but are you familiar with its counterpart, golfer’s elbow? Both are tendon injuries; the connective tissue…

Fibromyalgia

Described by patients as “debilitating pain and fatigue which has been going on forever and all my doctors say there is nothing wrong”.…

Contrast Showers

Contrast showers: From toned skin to improving immune system and much more A contrast shower is a technique of alternating between hot and…

Back to work: Desk tips to remember!

The silly season is over, and we are all heading back to work! Whether you are going into the office, staying at home…

Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Many of us have experienced lower back pain at some point in our lives. Whether that is after a fall, running or simply…

Jingle All the Way to a Healthier You!

Christmas and holiday celebrations!  It’s a great time to mix merriment with muscle, yuletide with your well-being, and excitement with exercise!  We know it’s tricky to find time for exercise over the holidays as there’s so much to do and almost never enough time to do it. But you should keep your healthy routines going, especially now.  Why? Because it will boost your happiness, make you stronger and healthier through the holidays and into 2024, help you think with clarity and move with grace despite the odd bit of feasting and making merry!  But we know that sticking to the same old routine can be boring, so let’s add a few new exercises to spice things up.  If you have any injuries or aches that stop you from doing these exercises or anything else you’d hoped to do over the holidays, call us for an appointment.  Our Osteopaths are here to help you get moving and feeling better so that you can enjoy a happy, healthy holiday.

 

Frosty Squats in a Winter Wonderland (Whatever the Weather!)

How to do it: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, as if you’re ready to join a snowball fight, toes slightly turned out to embrace the chill. Lower your body by bending your knees and pushing your hips back, just like you’re gracefully taking a seat in a winter wonderland. Make sure your knees stay in line with your toes, and then rise back to the standing position, as if you’re greeting the snow-covered sunrise.

Muscles Worked: These frosty squats work wonders for your quads, hamstrings, and glutes, just like building a snowman. And don’t forget your core, which stays as strong as a snow fort!

Christmas Joke: What do you call a snowman with a six-pack? An abdominal snowman!

The Christmas Bridge for a Holly Jolly Booty!

How to do it: Lie on your back, ready to build a bridge to the North Pole, with your knees bent and feet placed firmly on the snowy ground, hip-width apart. Lift your hips like Santa’s sleigh taking off, then extend one leg straight up like a Christmas tree topper while keeping the other on the ground. Lower your hips (and then your extended leg) with all the grace of a snowflake and repeat on the other side. This exercise will have your glutes feeling as merry as Santa on Christmas Eve!

Muscles Worked: This festive bridge targets your glutes, hamstrings, and lower back muscles, making your booty as jolly as a holiday carol!

Christmas Joke: Why was the snowman a great personal trainer? Because he had a cool down routine!

 

Festive Lunge-A-Thon: Stepping into the New Year with Style!

 

How to do it: Stand tall, ready to kick off the festivities with your feet together. Take a step forward with one leg, as if you’re stepping into a new year’s adventure, and lower your body until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. Push off the front foot like a New Year firework and return to the starting position. Repeat the joyful journey on the other side.

Muscles worked: These festive lunges engage your quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes, while also adding a touch of balance and stability to your celebrations. It’s the perfect way to step into the new year with strength and grace!

So, let’s jingle all the way to a healthier and happier you this holiday season! Keep your spirits high, your heart light, and your body active. And don’t forget that we’re here to help if injuries or aches and pains are getting in your way.  After all, there’s no better gift you can give yourself than the gift of good health!

Wishing you a joyful and active Christmas and holiday season!