The Art of Chiropractic: June 2012 Newsletter

Office Updates

Come in for a free 15 minute mini consultation with our new resident naturopath, Michelle Chin.  Michelle works on Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Take the opportunity to see how naturopathic medicine can benefit you and your family.  Call us to book your mini consultation today!

We offer massage therapy five days a week.  One of our therapists is always in the office to help answer questions or take last minute appointments. Do yourself a favour and put yourself in their hands!

The Art of the Chiropractic Adjustment

Many years ago, a very fortunate woman had the opportunity to meet the famed artist Picasso.  She asked Picasso, “Would you be able to draw my portrait?  I would be willing to pay you whatever you think is fair.”

Picasso replied, “I would be honoured to.  In fact, now is a good time as any.”  He immediately grabbed a pencil and started furiously scribbling on a pad of paper.  Within five minutes, he signed the paper with a flourish and handed the drawing to the woman.  “That will be one thousand dollars, madam.”

“But Mr. Picasso, that couldn’t have taken you even five minutes to complete!”  The woman asked with bewilderment.

“Ah madam, I must correct you.  It has taken me a lifetime to complete this.”

I once heard this story at a seminar, and while it is likely not true, it proves a point.  Mastery takes practice, and practice brings skill.  The best practitioners have honed their craft with hard work, years of study, toil, and sweat.  The study of chiropractic goes beyond the seven or eight years of post-secondary education: we learn and practice every single day of our careers. The art of the chiropractic adjustment is truly a masterpiece.  We have delivered thousands of adjustments before we have ever laid hands to your spine.  It may have only taken us five minutes to correct the chiropractic subluxation causing your back pain, but our lifetime of study has brought us there.

Focus on Health: The Health of Your Skin

Skin Rejuvenation for a Spring and Summer Glow

Written by: Michelle Chin, ND

You often hear people talking about their detox for their body but you don’t often think about what role your skin plays. The skin has many purposes for your wellbeing. Your skin is your protection from the outside world. It’s important to ensure that any cuts, which weaken your protection, heal at a good rate. Your skin is also the biggest detoxification organ in your body. Other organs that help remove toxins include your liver and kidneys. The skin sweats and this brings toxins and “wastes” to the surface to be washed off or evaporated. It’s important to include some exercise and even saunas to increase sweating during a detox program. This will help to rejuvenate your skin.

To further your spring & summer glow, along with sweating, naturopathic doctors often recommend dry-skin brushing. By taking a dry loofah, natural sponge or washcloth you gently brush your skin starting at the tips of your toes and fingers moving towards your heart. Use circular movements while being gentle with your skin. This rejuvenates your skin in a few ways. First, it takes away the dead skin cells. Second, the friction brings circulation to the area. This will increase blood flow to remove toxins from the area and bring more nutrients to the area. Dry-skin brushing is a great tool anyone can do at home. Follow it with your morning shower to feel refreshed and energized for the day.

Finally, your skin requires the right amount of nutrients to keep it healthy. A balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes is necessary with your beverage of choice being water. Hidden food sensitivities can cause skin problems. Working with your naturopathic doctor, you can identify those foods causing problems. Supplementation is also sometimes needed to improve skin issues or address any nutrient deficiencies. Overall, it is important to realize you are what you eat and the proper nutrients

Spring and summer is a great time to detox and feel great in your skin. To get your skin to glow make sure it is working to its fullest potential by detoxifying properly and giving it the nutrients it needs.

Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade

This is the time of year when you start seeing strawberries in the supermarket.  There are many ways to enjoy this delicious fruit including a refreshing summer beverage!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint of strawberries
  • 8 tablespoons plus 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 8 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Seltzer water

Directions:

  1. Puree strawberries and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a blender
  2. Set out two glasses, and spoon 3 tablespoons of the resulting strawberry puree, 4 tablespoons of sugar, and 4 tablespoons of lemon juice into each glass.
  3. Stir the lemonade and add ice.
  4. Top off the glasses with seltzer water.  Add more sugar if desired.

Did You Know?

Did you the human heart beats roughly 35 million times in a year?

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