Examining the Foot: Hallux Valgus

Hallux valgus, or a bunion, is a bump one gets on the side of the base of the big toe when the big toe deviates inward. Yes, that is the classic explanation but what is really happening to the big toe? Besides the three bones that make up the big toe (metatarsals, proximal and distal phalanges) there are also four muscles and two small bones (sesamoids) that support the big toe. When these bones and muscles shift from their anatomical...

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Top 5 Babywearing Take-Aways

Early in April, I attended a course with the Center for Babywearing Studies, the first step in becoming a Certified Babywearing Consultant. It was a thought provoking and wonderful experience that was led by this organization's President and Founder, Joanna McNeilly. Coming from New York, Joanna shared her experiences working with family from diverse backgrounds, family composition, and income levels- each with the same goal of providing education about how caregivers can provide affordable, practical, ergonomic, and nurturing ways to care for...

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After the baby arrives… Post partum chiropractic care

(based on Vancouver Mom post, March 11, 2011)   Life after birth The birth and delivery process is life-changing for both the mother and the baby. The birth process, even straight-forward vaginal births, can be stressful, exhausting and on occasion, traumatic for both the new mama and her baby.  The process of labour is exactly that... labour.  And like any other physical activity, it can place great stress and strain on the muscles and joints of the mother's already over-taxed...

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Immune Hacks for the Holiday season

By Dr. Emily McManus We know everyone wants to be feeling their best for the holiday and as chiropractors we want that too. In addition to being able to celebrate with loved ones, we know it’s easier for people to take care of their bones, joints, and muscles with exercises and activities if they’re feeling well rather than fighting a cold or flu. Read on for ways to make sure you feel your best this holiday season. Vitamin D –...

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Upcoming Maternity Leave & Staffing Changes

At the end of the summer,  we will be saying goodbye to one of our front desk staff.   Tatiana will be at Kiwassa Neighborhood House full time,  running three amazing non-profit youth programs.  We wish her all the best in her future plans! Taking her place for the next year is a familiar face.   Liz Stacey has been a back up receptionist for the past year.   Some of you may have met her behind the desk already.   Starting in August,...

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Top 5 Tips For Selecting an Office Chair

Adapted from the OCA's Your Back Health June 11, 2013 article.   If you have to be inside while the weather is so nice this summer, make sure you have the best ergonomic office chair you can!  Getting a chair that fits your unique needs should be the top priority. Not every chair labeled “ergonomic” has all the adjustment features necessary to truly be ergonomic. The top 5 things you need to consider when selecting an office chair are listed below:...

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What is that “Popping” sound anyway?

One of the the most common questions I get as a chiropractor is  "what is that popping sound that usually happens with an adjustment?"  Whether you hate or love that popping sound and resultant release of the nearby muscular tension,  it is a question that has a very scientific answer. The popping or cracking sound is related to a specific process: Cavitation.  The term cavitation refers to the formation and collapse of air bubbles in a fluid or fluid-like space.  ...

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Chiropractic Care for an Easier Pregnancy & Safer Birth

Excerpt from an article by Dr. Jeanne Ohm in Pathways, December 2009 Issue #24   Hormonal and structural changes can lead to spinal and pelvic misalignment and the lower back pain many women experience during pregnancy. Lower back pain, in and of itself, is a burden to a woman’s daily function and quality of life. However, the misalignment of the spine and pelvis have a far more crucial consequence to a mother and her developing baby. These misalignments cause stress...

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Moving Day!

As of August 15th, 2010, . I will be practicing at Eastpoint Natural Health Clinic, located at Suite 202  - 1448 Commercial Drive in Vancouver for the next while. Please feel free to contact me by email or telephone if you have any questions or would like further information about appointments or booking arrangements.

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