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The Webster Technique for Expectant Mothers

Expectant mothers are often prone to health concerns due to the tremendous changes their bodies are undergoing. As their bodies prepare to bring a new life into the world, pregnant women experience profound transitions in hormone levels, neurotransmitter balance, and biomechanics. Added to these challenges is the stress that often accompanies the preparation for a […]

Plant and rake without the ache

Reprinted with permission from the Ontario Chiropractic Association. Gardening is a great way to stay active and have fun in the sun. But many people sustain injuries that could easily have been prevented with a little know-how. S-t-r-e-t-c-h before you start To plant and rake without the ache, do each of these stretches five times. Don’t […]

Pack it light. Wear it right: Handbags

Reprinted with permission from the Ontario Chiropractic Association. Some women carry the whole world in their handbag, but a heavy bag or purse can cause pain and injury to your back, neck and shoulders. Overstuffed bags can also cause poor posture by encouraging the carrier to lean to one side. The good news is pain and […]

Sciatica: what is it, what causes it and how chiropractic can treat it

Have you ever heard someone mention sciatica as a reason for why they’re feeling uncomfortable or experiencing pain? If you have; but were left with more questions than answers, you’re not alone. While sciatica is a common condition, it can be challenging to understand exactly what it means. Sherwood Park chiropractor, Dr. Shawn King breaks […]

Minimize Pregnancy Related Back Pain

Reprinted with permission from the Ontario Chiropractic Association. Did you know that at least half of pregnant women experience back pain? And 10% of those report discomfort severe enough to disrupt their daily routines. The good news is that there are steps you can take to protect your back during pregnancy. What causes pregnancy-related back pain […]

A Tool for Your Self Care Kit: Chiropractic for Optimal Well Being

Chiropractors have a role to play in their patient’s general well being and self care. One way that chiropractors do this is through maintenance care. Most people associate a visit to the chiropractor with injuries like whiplash, thrown backs and other kinds of pain that require immediate treatment. That is only one part of a […]

Sleep Help

Written in partnership with The Sleep Help Institute.   Age, an old injury, and a failing mattress are only a few of the many sources of sleep-disrupting pain. But no matter the cause, the result is the same: sleep deprivation. Any time you find yourself getting fewer than seven hours of sleep, your body changes the […]

How to Stay Active All Year Long (Even When the Weather is Miserable)

Let’s be honest; no matter what our commitments to keeping active are, the weather outside can have some powerful vetoing powers on those plans. In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to find themselves passing up their regular walk around the block in favour of avoiding cold or nasty weather. Unfortunately, trading out activity for […]

From Toasty Toes to Giving Tuesday

Nothing chases the chill out of the bones and warms the heart during the winter months quite like kindness. For many people, this is the time they begin looking at ways of spreading a little cheer. At the beginning of fall, chiropractors, their clinics and their patients collected new sock donations from Lethbridge to Grand […]

#LoveYourSpine

When is the last time you said, “I love my spine”? Usually, declarations of endearment like that would follow something unique, like an extraordinary feat of strength. On October 16, Canadians across the country are invited to say just that and celebrate World Spine Day by embracing the skeletal system that’s had their back throughout their lives. […]

Toasty Toes

Across the province, clinics have opened their doors to patients, colleagues and community members alike in a shared goal: helping Albertans who are experiencing homelessness and joblessness to stay warm during the frigid winter season. How are they doing this? Through collecting warm, new socks. Socks are easy to take for granted. They are often […]

Back Health Beyond the Classroom

Let’s face it: the long hours spent sitting for class, hunched over a computer or bent over homework isn’t good for anyone. Whether you’re preparing your child for the new school year or you yourself are heading back to the classroom, there are some things you should keep in mind about two everyday items every […]

Keeping Competitive with Chiropractic: Spotlight on Kurt Bensmiller

Introducing the defending WPCA Pro Tour World Champion It may be no surprise that professional athletes include chiropractic treatments in their busy lives to keep in tip-top competition shape. As sponsors of this year’s World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) Pro Tour, we had the opportunity to connect with the defending WPCA Pro Tour World Champion, […]

Setting the record straight: Scoliosis and Chiropractic

You don’t have to be a chiropractor to know that our backbones are some of the most important bones in our bodies. They protect our spinal cord and for most people, they keep us walking straight and tall. For a person with scoliosis, however, the spine can also be the source of a number of […]

Arthritis? Chiropractors can help

This blog is brought to you by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors, in partnership with the Arthritis Society. Cindy Stephen is a 61-year-old Calgarian, professional communicator, mother of six and grandmother of seven. Below is her experience as someone who suffers from arthritis and uses chiropractic treatments to help alleviate the symptoms. Many […]

Preparing for your outdoor adventures

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors We reached out to Albertan adventurer Ina Lucila for to get her perspective on how she prepares her body for playing in outdoor spaces. As the days get warmer and longer, the urge to hibernate and binge watch your favourite series is fading away, replaced by […]

Get Ready for Spring! Cleaning Safely

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors As of March 20, spring is upon us. You can almost smell the grass under the snow, feel the warmth in the breeze, taste the Easter chocolate you will inevitably sneak out of your child’s basket. And if that extra dose of sunshine is giving […]

Get Ready for Spring! Cleaning Safely

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors As of March 20, spring is upon us. You can almost smell the grass under the snow, feel the warmth in the breeze, taste the Easter chocolate you will inevitably sneak out of your child’s basket. And if that extra dose of sunshine is giving […]

From Kids to Seniors: Fun for the Whole Family

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors Life only ever gets busier – at least, that’s what it feels like sometimes. Between work, caring for dependents, keeping the house clean, getting the car in for maintenance, taking your dog to the groomer’s and on and on … With all of life’s demands, […]

Staying Active During Winter

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors You go outside, only to find your hands freezing and nose running. You drive to work in the pitch-black of darkness and step outside after a long day on the job, only for it to be dark again. It can be hard to stay motivated […]

Beat Blue Monday – Reset your New Year’s Resolutions

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors It has been two short weeks since the start of the new year. Two short weeks since you promised yourself you would learn to love kale salads, commit to going to bed early and finally learn how to work those intimidating machines at the gym. […]

How changing your exercise routine can help your overall, joint health

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors A large part of chiropractic is helping patients find patterns in their lifestyles that may be contributing to their pain. Your chiropractor can also help identify ways to adapt some of your current habits or routines to place less stress on your joints. One possible […]

Your Feet May be Causing Your Lower Back Pain

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors Can’t seem to find an answer as to why your back is aching? The answer might lie right below you … your feet. It’s easy to assume aches in pains in our backs are originating from where you are actually feeling it. So if your […]

Chiropractors as Part of the Opioid Reduction Strategy in Canada

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors It is hard to live in Canada and not be aware of Canada’s current Opioid Crisis. An estimated 2,000 Canadians are dying annually from prescription opioids. Our country is facing a national crisis. Currently, Canada is the second highest consumer of prescription opioids in the […]

Chiropractic Care and Chronic Medical Conditions

Chiropractic care can be helpful for a variety of chronic, or long-lasting, medical conditions. These include spinal issues, sciatica, chronic pain, headaches, and many others. But what about non-orthopaedic chronic medical conditions – diseases that do not primarily affect the bones, joints, and connective tissue? These problems include diabetes, heart disease, mental illness, lung disease, […]

How Soon After Surgery Can You Have Chiropractic Treatment?

Surgical operations are a standard part of modern medicine. By many estimates, the average person will have about nine surgical procedures during their lifetime, including outpatient and in-office procedures. These surgeries may be quite minor and routine, such as a mole removal – or extremely serious, as with organ transplants. Proper postoperative care is a […]

Heat vs. Ice: Which Works Best for Treating Injuries?

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors Heat vs. Ice … It may sound like the title of an upcoming blockbuster movie, but it’s a question most active people have mulled over during their life after they’ve sustained an injury. Like most dilemmas, there isn’t really an easy answer to this question. […]

“If it Hurts” Campaign Kickoff

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors The ACAC is pleased to announce the kickoff of our “If it Hurts” campaign. The campaign kicked off with our new television commercials, which can be viewed here, hitting the air on April 17. You can view all three commercials here. The commercials depict Albertans, […]

Chiropractic Tips for Gardening

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors As the weather warms, many Albertans will be dusting off their spades and unraveling their hoses in anticipation for a spring and summer full of gardening. As peaceful and relaxing as gardening can be, it’s undeniable that it brings with it a lot bending, twisting, […]

Food for Thought: Nutritional Counselling in Chiropractic Practice

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors We all know nutrition is an essential part of a healthy, active lifestyle. It’s been engrained in us. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” ““You are what you eat.” What may seem foreign to you though is how nutrition and chiropractic go hand-in-hand.  […]

Chiropractic a Piece of the Puzzle in Dealing with your Child’s Concussion

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors The hardest injuries to diagnose and treat are the ones we can’t visualize. Imagine trying to tend to your child’s scrapped knee if you couldn’t see it. Even with all the publicity that concussions receive, they still remain, in large part an enigma in the […]

Avoiding Injury While Shoveling Snow

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors Shoveling. It’s a sad reality of living in Alberta. Every time the powdery white stuff falls, someone has to be outside to clear it. Some winters can be harsher than others, but shoveling is inescapable. What can be avoided is the stress shoveling can put […]

THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS COMING. DON’T MAKE GIFT WRAPPING A PAIN

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors We’ve moved into November. Whether we like it or not, the weather is getting colder, snow is beginning to fall and……gulp……. Christmas music is already starting to ring through the speakers of your local, probably over crowded, department store. Sadly, you are only a few […]

Stay Out on the Dance Floor and Out of Pain

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors Dance is a beautiful art form. The hallmark of a great dancer is one who incorporates fluidity and mobility into their movements. This also means a dancer is one who places tremendous stress on their body. As of 2011, 35 per cent of Canadian children […]

Chiropractic for Tennis Elbow

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors Tennis elbow is a misleading name for a common injury. Despite the name, tennis elbow is not just a concern for Serena Williams or Roger Federer. While tennis players can be affected by this problem, it also affects baseball players, swimmers, carpenters, plumbers, meat cutters, […]

Chiropractic for TMJ Pain

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors When most people think of the work a chiropractor does, their thoughts immediately go to correcting problems with the back, neck, spine, etc. Perhaps, the last place you’d expect a chiropractor to relieve pain is in your jaw. Your chiropractor may be able to relieve […]

Catching some ZZZZs – How to Prevent Sleep Associated Pain

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors Sleep. All of us could probably use more of it with our go-go lifestyles. A good night’s sleep is essential to our overall health and well-being. It can be frustrating, when we do get around to getting some shut-eye, we can wake up with neck, […]

BACK TO SCHOOL – BACKPACK SAFETY FOR YOUR CHILDREN

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors has long been a huge proponent of backpack safety for children. That’s why, as the pencils are sharpened, the smell of fresh Velcro litters the air, and your kids come to the realization their summer is coming to […]

Chiropractic for Treating Vertigo

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors How many of us loved the sensation of spinning around in a circle to make ourselves dizzy as children? We spun and spun and spun, were dizzy for a few seconds and laughed it off. Vertigo sufferers feel this dizzy sensation constantly and it can […]

Sitting Properly: Decrease Pain and Improve Productivity

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors Research has shown, sitting at work accounts for one-third to one-half of sitting time. Sitting at your desk, in meetings and in your car to and from work, are common for most people. You’re most likely sitting while reading this blog. Sitting for prolonged periods […]

Frequent Headaches: How Chiropractic Can Help

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors Headaches are a common inconvenience for many Albertans. They can seemingly strike at any time. Nearly 90 per cent of women and about 70 per cent of men will get a tension headache during their lifetime, while 37 per cent of women and 21 per […]

How to Protect Your Body While Cycling

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors Cycling in Alberta has seen a spike in popularity, trading in the car for a bicycle has become more commonplace than ever. Some cyclists strap on their helmets and ride for exercise or enjoyment while others view cycling as a way to protect the environment […]

NAOSH WEEK PROFILE: STAYING HEALTHY IN A BUSY WORLD

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors  North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week runs May 1-7. During NAOSH wekk, anyone in the workplace, whether they work at a desk or on their feet, are encouraged to learn about how to make safety a priority. We reached out to a guest […]

Parenting Without Injury: How to Prevent Injuries for New Parents

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors Having a young child is hard. This isn’t exactly breaking news to any parent. Most new parents can foresee the mental exhaustion that comes with the gig; long days, sleepless nights, forever being on your new, tiny boss’ schedule. What most new parents don’t realize […]

Protecting Your Body during Golf Season

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors Golfing season is upon us. With the weather heating up, some of us will be dusting off our clubs and refocusing on our short games. As frustrating as the game of golf can be, it can be even more frustrating to develop a painful injury […]

Chiropractic for Treating Sciatica

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors Sciatica is one of the most searched terms for people seeking help for musculoskeletal conditions. It’s also one of the most misunderstood conditions, even to those who suffering from it. What is sciatica?  Sciatica is actually a set of symptoms rather than a diagnosis for […]

The Extreme Pain of Wry Neck

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors The first time you experience Wry neck, you immediately know something is wrong. Even the smallest movement is excruciatingly painful. You aren’t able to turn your head without pain. You may feel like you’re not even able to get out of bed without help if […]

Chiropractic for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors The expression “lending a hand,” has come to mean offering great assistance. We use this expression because we realize how important our hands are in our day-to-day activities. Those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) understand the key role our hands play better than […]

Flat-feet: How Chiropractic Can Help

Originally posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors We live in an age where counting our steps everyday has become the norm. People spend an average of four hours each day on their feet and take 8,000 to 10,000 steps. It’s easy to forget the part of our body taking the brunt of […]

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