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Issue: October 2011


In This Issue:
Backpacks: Pack it Light. Wear it Right!
Deep Tissue Massage
Giving is good for your health!
Health & Wellness: Shop In-Store or Online!


Unused Group Benefits for 2011?

If so, take the opportunity to maximize your benefit coverage. All of our therapists are registered with their respective colleges, allowing you to claim your therapy for reimbursement under your group insurance.

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Backpacks: Pack it Light. Wear it Right!

Dr. Shima Shahidy, (Hon) B.Sc., DC
Chiropractor, Acupuncture & Graston Technique Provider

dr shima shahidyIt's been a month since school started and now that there are binders and textbooks and laptops to tote around, some of you may be starting to feel like you need a suitcase! Choosing a load, lifting and wearing a bag properly can go a long way in preventing pain and injury. A heavy uneven load can cause muscle strain, back and neck pain and in the long run even nerve damage. 

1) Choosing a bag
  • Pick a bag made of lightweight material
  • Look for multiple pockets and compartments to help distribute the load
  • Shoulder straps should be wide, adjustable and padded
  • If a larger bag is necessary then choose one that has wheels so it can be pulled rather than carried

2) Packing a bag
  • Your load should not weigh more than 10-15% of your body weight so avoid packing EVERYTHING. Just take what you really need. 
  • Make efficient use of all pockets and compartments to evenly distribute the load.

3) Carrying a bag
  • With backpacks always use both shoulder straps and never wear the bag on one shoulder.
  • With a single strap bag, wear the strap on the opposite shoulder to help distribute the weight more evenly and alternate shoulders often. 

As always, I'd be happy to help you fit your backpack properly, so bring it in with you (with your usual load) on your next visit. 

If you're suffering from aches and pains that last two or three days, come in for an evaluation and we will determine the right course of treatment and work on longterm solutions to avoid chronic pain.


Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information
and to book your appointment with Dr. Shima Shahidy.

For pricing information please click here.


Deep Tissue Massage

Gabriella Tozser, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

gabby tozser RMTDeep Tissue Massage (DTM) uses a combination of techniques from Swedish massage to myofascial release and a variety of tapping techniques called tapotement. It also uses hydrotherapy (deep moist heat), several active and passive stretches and active resisted tension and movement release to name a few.

The idea behind this concept is to effectively treat muscles that are found deeper within the superficial muscle layers and to have lasting beneficial effects for the clients. This massage is not a relaxation massage done with deeper pressure. It is very specific and not done throughout the entire body at once as it would trigger the sympathetic nervous system and that would be overwhelming for the client.

The benefits of Deep Tissue Massage:

•  Treats the muscles under the superficial muscle layers so the pressure won’t be absorbed by the ones on the top layers.

• Breaks up fascia and scar tissue restriction so the muscles are able to expand and elongate.

• Elongates chronically shortened muscles fibres.

• Increases the range of motion (ROM) in the joint that is involved with the treated muscle group.

• Decreases the lactic acid and toxins accumulated and built up in the muscles cells and surrounding tissues.

• Relaxes the muscles that are hypertonic (more muscle tension than normal).

It is important to know that there is only a certain amount of pressure that can be given by the therapist because of his/her limitations. As well, using deep pressure can bruise the capillary beds (superficial blood vessels) and the muscle can spasm up from its own counter pressure causing the client to feel pain. It is for this reason that the client is more involved throughout the treatment session than during a regular relaxation massage.

Therapists and clients work together to maximize the effectiveness of certain techniques. For example the therapist would ask the client to contract his/her thigh (mostly the quads) while the therapist would perform a deep slow stripping technique on that area with his/her elbow, knuckle or forearm. The active participation of the client is very important. While contracting his/her thigh, inner pressure would be created. This inner pressure in the muscle would meet the external pressure, which in this case is the therapist hand, and would make sure that the client would feel less pain.

This example shows us that the deeper pressure can be more tolerable and less painful for the client while the therapist is targeting deeper muscle fibers. Deep tissue massage can be used to treat several conditions such as iliotibialband contracture (ITB); chronically shortened hamstrings and tennis and golfers elbow; muscle strain; plantar fasciitis; and on the pectoral muscles to help improve posture. Also DTM can be used on the muscles of the back to help with common postural imbalances.

Most of these conditions or the symptoms of these conditions can be improved with each DTM treatment. It is a very effective treatment that can have a lasting and beneficial effect for the client when performed safely by a registered massage therapist.


Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information
and to book your appointment with Gabriella Tozser.

For pricing information please click here.


Giving is good for your health!

Dr. Shima Shahidy, (Hon) B.Sc., DC
Chiropractor, Acupuncture & Graston Technique Provider

dr shima shahidyThis month I am challenging myself to LET GO of THINGS by giving them away and I'm challenging you to do the same! I'm going to seriously downsize my considerable wardrobe and shoe collection of things I hold onto because I "may use them someday" or "it might come back in fashion" or "I'll fit into it again." Bring in your clean and gently used clothing, shoes, toys and books and I will collect and donate them along with my own to the Salvation Army in Oakville on behalf of the staff and patients of Wellness for the Body. 

This is a great time to talk to your kids about giving to others, shaking off our attachments to things and focusing on community building. With Christmas around the corner and new gifts to be unwrapped, perhaps this year your kids would like to donate some of their old toys to other children. It is a win-win situation as it also helps us simplify our lives and de-clutter our homes! 

I look forward to seeing you this month!

Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information
and to book your appointment with Dr. Shima Shahidy.

For pricing information please click here.


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