August Holiday Office Hours
Advanced Chiropractic will have the following office hours for the August long weekend:
- Friday August 3rd – OPEN Regular Hours
- Saturday August 4th – OPEN Regular Hours (only Chiropractic available)
- Monday August 6th – CLOSED
- Tuesday August 7th – OPEN Regular Hours
If you have any questions or concerns about our upcoming office hours please contact us at 905-591-2591.
Focus on Health: Pregnancy Massage
Written by: Dayle Tengnagel
The year 2012 is the year of the dragon, or is it the year of the baby?
The staff at Advanced Chiropractic and Wellness Centre have noticed over the past year that many patients have become pregnant, have had a baby or have come to the office with typical pregnancy related back discomfort.
Many first time mothers are very hesitant about seeking treatment for back pain or nerve related discomfort from being pregnant. The reason for this is the mother’s fear of having to lay on their stomachs, risking compression, pain and miscarriage of their unborn child. Pregnancy massage is very safe and it can help relax and comfort the new mother.
Pregnancy massage can be applied through many different techniques and table set-ups. The most popular set up is treatment in a side-lying position with pillow bolstering for the patients head and legs. There is also specific pregnancy pillowing systems that allows the patient to be able to lay on their stomachs further into their pregnancy. Finally, a therapist can purchase a massage table that has a removable mid-section for the patients belly to hang through with a belt support.
Pregnancy massage focuses on the specific needs of the mother-to-be and the constant changes the body goes through as the pregnancy progresses. As the baby grows, the mothers weight distribution shifts lower into the pelvis causing increased strain on the low back and hips. As the curvature of the lower back increases from the growth of the baby the upper back and shoulders tend to straighten to compensate. With all this occurring in the body a mom-to-be may experience increased levels of pain and tension in her neck, shoulders and lower back. In addition to the physical stresses of pregnancy there are high levels of emotional stress also.
Some of the benefits of pregnancy massage are:
- Stress relief on weight-bearing joints, such as ankles, lower back and pelvis;
- Neck and back pain relief caused by muscle imbalance and weakness;
- Reduced swelling in hands and feet;
- Lessoned Sciatic pain;
- Relaxation and decreased insomnia;
- Fewer calf cramps;
- Emotional support and nurturing touch;
- Assistance in maintaining proper posture;
- Relief of headaches and sinus congestion;
During the month of August a pregnant patient can come in for ONE treatment by Dayle Tengnagel RMT where they do not have to pay HST! A savings of 13%! Dayle is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call and book today!
Your Summer Bucket List
Written by: Dr. Trina Ting
Summer will be over before you know it (sorry), and we thought we’d give you a list to see if you’ve made the most of the season.
- Try out one summer Olympic sport that you’ve never done before. In the spirit of the 2012 London games, take in a new sport such as archery, water polo, or even table tennis. You might find a new hobby. I’d avoid starting out with the modern pentathalon.
- Eat fresh produce: Peaches are coming up for harvest, and so is fresh Ontario corn. If you’re really ambitious, go to a local farm and pick the produce yourself. Ask the farmers if they use chemical sprays or pesticides.
- Get on a boat: or a canoe, kayak, paddle boat…take advantage of the hundreds of lakes we have in this province.
- Catch an outdoor festival: There are tons of these all summer, from Caribana to the Beaches Jazz Festival.
- Have dinner or a drink overlooking the water: Port Perry, Oakville, and Toronto all have amazing waterfront restaurants
- Find a hammock. Lie down. Don’t move for at least 2 hours. Doctor’s orders.
- Prepare your own picnic basket and take it with you under a tree. Even on your front yard, this is a fun way of dining al fresco. If you bring face paint and water balloons for the kids, this will make it a memorable summer day.
- Turn off your cell phone for a day. Pretend you’re at the cottage and there is absolutely no reception in the woods.
- Spend one entire afternoon reading in the shade.
- (Your picks): ____________________________________________________________
Keep this list on your fridge. We’ve only got a few more weeks of summer, so hurry along. What would you add to this list? Tell us on Facebook!
Recipe: Natural Cocoa Body Butter
Written by: Correne Omland, Traditional Herbalist Student
Our skin is the largest organ in or on our body and it absorbs everything you put on it. Our skin also plays a vital function in protecting us against microorganisms. It is our first line of defense, not our immune system. Needless to say I’ve always been concerned about what I put on my skin. I try my best to use all natural products (usually ones I make when I can).
Since becoming pregnant I’ve become even more concerned than usual. Now my decisions affect another little life, not just mine. As my belly continues to expand I’ve been using a commercially prepared body butter that my husband picked up for me. After looking at the ingredients I decided I must be able to make something better with the ingredients floating around my apothecary. As it turns out I was right!
Body Butter Recipe:
- 200 grams cocoa butter (raw and natural)
- You could use a mixture of butters too – 100 grams of Shea and 100 grams of cocoa
- 50 grams of coconut oil
- 100 ml of vegetable oil
- I used:
- 50 ml of calendula infused herbal oil
- 50 ml of almond oil
- I used:
- 50 drops of lavender essential oil
- 20 drops of vanilla scented oil
- Measure out your butters and coconut oil
- Melt the solid ingredients in a double boiler
- Once melted remove from heat and add the oils stirring well into the mixture
- Let your body butter sit for about 30 minutes
- Add essential oils of your choosing
- I used lavender (which is pregnancy safe) and a little bit of vanilla
- Once your mixture begins to harden scoop it into a blender
- Please note this may take quite a while unless you put it in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes
- Whip it up and scoop into clean glass jars
Cocoa butter has a harden consistency then Shea butter. If you use pure cocoa butter like I did you may want to add more liquid (oil) into your recipe because my cream hardened over night. It is still very useable (especially once your rub it between your hands to soften it), but it isn’t as ‘creamy’ as I was hoping.
Did You Know?
Did you know a pregnant woman’s feet can grow up to one size?