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In This Issue:

Parenting and Back Pain Prevention
Participating in a Therapeutic Massage Session
Naturopathic and Infertility

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May 2015

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Parenting and Back Pain Prevention

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

dr shima shahidyI often joke with my patients that I will no longer give them advice, as I now know from personal experience that it is often impossible to remember how to lift a young child while sparing your back. As is true for most of us, we don't change our ways unless we are forced, which is why many young parents eventually end up in our office with no idea why they have back pain. If you fall into that category, or if you're a grandparent or a caregiver for an infant or young child, it is important that you spend some time thinking about how you will lift and carry them, especially if you have a history of back pain. Rather than thinking we won't be able to do it perfectly all the time, it's better to try to do it right as often as we remember!

First things first – Lifting:
You should lift with the power of your thighs! Stand with your feet at least shoulder width apart, keep your back straight and bend your knees. Pick up and hold your child with both hands and, rather than twisting your back, pivot to face your intended destination. Get low to the ground or crib by bending your knees again and keeping a straight back.

Try to carry your child facing your chest rather than on one hip. Carrying on one hip will create postural imbalances and can result in low back pain. There are some excellent baby carriers that are both supportive of your back and safe for your child. It's important to practice baby wearing if you plan on doing it because often the baby needs to get used to it too. If you plan on buying a carrier or wrap, talk to us and we can help you pick the best one for you and your child.

Remember to sit in a good chair and use supportive pillows to help you stay comfortable. Whether you're breastfeeding or feeding your child in their high chair, try to avoid slouching and leaning forward.

Come in and talk to us about your individual situation and we will help you brainstorm ideas unique to you. In the meantime, there is a free seminar being offered at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College for moms and babies on May 14th from 2-4 pm. You will learn safe lifting techniques and take part in the mom and baby yoga class. I will be there with my son and I hope you can make it too!



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Participating in a Therapeutic Massage Session

Gabriella Tozser RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Gabriella Tozser RMTMassage therapists use a variety of different techniques in order to provide the most effective treatment for your body. We all enjoy receiving a massage and simply relaxing during the treatment. At the same time, when you are part of the process as an active participant, your massage therapist can tailor their techniques to achieve the common goal of making you feel better.

I’ll give an example for you to better understand the amount of participation we are talking about. Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a manual therapy where we are working with your hypertonic (shortened and achy) muscles. Muscle Energy Technique originated from Osteopathy and is one of the gentlest techniques in that field; a Registered Massage Therapist may choose to study Osteopathic techniques and extend the scope of their practice by incorporating them into your treatment. Without getting into too much detail in regard to MET, let’s just start by saying you have a sore achy neck, and after several tests, I conclude that you may have a shortened upper trapezius muscle that is in spasm. In order to stretch and relax that muscle, which will ultimately lessen your pain and give you more range of motion, I decide to use MET.

Firstly, I would hold the muscle and put it into a comfortable stretching position. Then, I'd ask you to look to the side with only your eyes while taking a deep breath, holding both for 3 to 5 seconds simultaneously. I would then gently put the muscle into a new stretching position, hold it, and repeat the process with you a couple more times.

Little by little, and with your help and cooperation, I gently lengthen the shortened upper trapezius muscle fibers. This process takes only a few minutes, and afterwards your neck will feel better, move better, and be less tense.

This is just one example of a technique in which you, as a client, could actively participate in your treatment. I do hope if you find yourself with the opportunity to become involved, that you will give your therapist a chance to incorporate this, or any other interesting and effective technique, into your session.


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Naturopathic and Infertility

Dr. Samantha Ristimaki, BSc, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

dr ristimakiRoughly one in six couples in Canada have difficulty conceiving. According to estimates, up to 16% of heterosexual couples (where the woman is aged 18 to 44) are experiencing infertility – nearly double since the last time infertility was measured in the nation in 1992. Fertility declines with age, and with women choosing to have children later in life, it is not surprising that the incidence of infertility may be higher. Yet, infertility in younger women has also increased dramatically.

Researchers didn’t set out to discover why the numbers are increasing; however, possible explanations range from the growing number of women who are pushing back pregnancy to later in life, to rising rates of obesity and heavy drinking among women, to declining sperm counts in men – though experts aren’t convinced about that final factor.

Throughout my 10 years of practice I’ve seen a significant rise in the incidents of people seeking naturopathic care for infertility and the use of reproductive technologies. Although it is concerning how many young women are now in need of these services, it is encouraging to see reproductive endocrinologists referring patients for acupuncture and supporting naturopathic options. Studies have shown that acupuncture in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization can increase the incident of conception 26-40% more than in-vitro alone. Aside from increasing the conception rate, acupuncture is also commonly used to reduce the incident of miscarriage.

From a naturopathic perspective, optimizing fertility requires optimizing health in both partners. The goal is to bring them to a balanced state of health through nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and lifestyle optimization in order to minimize stress.

An unhealthy diet can lead to several hormonal imbalances, as well as weight gain and increasing inflammation – all factors that impact conception rate. Herbs in infertility care can help to reduce stress, support hormonal imbalances, and help increase sperm production and egg quality.

If you feel naturopathic medicine would be beneficial to your fertility treatment, feel free to call the clinic to book an appointment. We can discuss the treatment options mentioned above and cater them to your current needs and situation.


If winter has left you feeling sluggish, heavy and not quite like yourself, it’s time to hit reset and join our 10 Day Spring Cleanse. Join Dr. Samantha Ristimaki for nutritional coaching and support throughout our Total Body Detox program.

Call 905.465.4595 to join the group session on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00pm.

The education program, daily e-mail support, and all detox supplements are included for only $125.

spring cleanse detox


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