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Donate to the Oakville Firefighters Toy Drive!
What is A.R.T®?
A Cupful of Cupping Therapy

Have You “Liked” Us?
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December 2015

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Donate to the Oakville Firefighters Toy Drive!

Wellness for the Body will be accepting contributions until Wednesday, December 16th

dr tara brown

Each year during the holiday season, our clinic invites staff and clients to donate as a group to a local organization doing good work in our community. This year, we are supporting the Oakville Firefighters Toy Drive. Donations are collected at each Oakville fire station and then distributed to local agencies including Kerr Street Ministries, Oakville Parent-Child Centre, Fareshare Foodbank, The Children's Aid Society, The Salvation Army, Halton Women's Place, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Halton.

We are accepting new, unwrapped toys or gift cards at the clinic until Wednesday, December 16th when we bring our collection to our local fire station. Here is a list of donation suggestions from the toy drive website:

  1. There is a strong need for gifts for infants as well as adolescents aged 12 and up
  2. Some ideas for the older ages: Sports equipment, Electronics, Headphones, Posters, Calendars, Journals, School Supplies, Backpacks, Clothing, Winter Hats and Gloves, Jewelry, Hair Accessories, Nail Polish, Makeup, Blankets, Shower Products, Movies
Head to www.oakvillefirefighterstoydrive.com for more information about the toy drive.



What is A.R.T®?

dr tara brownDr. Tara Brown, (Hon) BA Kin, DC, ART®, D.Ac
Doctor of Chiropractic
Active Release Techniques, Acupuncture & Graston Technique Provider

ART® (Active Release Techniques) is a patented, state of the art, movement-based soft tissue therapy that treats problems related to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. ART® helps by breaking down soft tissue adhesions (scar tissue) that can accumulate with overuse.  

Overuse conditions can occur when muscles and other soft tissues change. These changes can be due to acute conditions (sprains/strains), accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma) and not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia). Each of these factors can cause the body to produce dense scar tissue (or “knots”) in the affected area. As the scar tissue builds up, it can tie down the tissue, making it difficult to move freely. This condition can lead to a reduced range of motion, loss of strength, numbness, tingling, weakness and pain. 

Most musculoskeletal conditions can be treated with ART®. Each ART® session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The practitioner uses their hands to evaluate the tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. From this point, abnormal tissues are treated using a combination of precisely directed tension and movement patterns. ART® allows practitioners to identify and correct specific problems affecting each individual patient.

Some conditions commonly treated with ART®:

  • art logosports injuries
  • back and neck pain
  • headaches
  • whiplash
  • shin splints
  • plantar fasciitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • golf/tennis elbow
  • nerve entrapments

Book a free consultation with me to learn more about ART® and how it may help you. Simply contact the clinic at 905.465.4595, and reception will be more than happy to schedule this complimentary appointment.


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

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A Cupful of Cupping Therapy

Monica Bourque, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Monica Bourque RMTThe use of Cupping Therapy dates back over 3000 years. It is used universally throughout the East and the West. Cupping is widely used by athletes, especially competition swimmers, and there is growing interest among medical doctors and chiropractors.

How does Cupping work?

A dozen specially designed glass orbs the size of cue balls are swabbed on the inside with alcohol and then used to line the spine. A flame is lit and the heat creates instant suction. The client is not affected by the flame, they simply feel a warm sensation. The skin beneath the cups becomes ruby-red as blood is drawn to the surface.

The general idea is negative pressure, rather than tissue compression. Cupping is de-compressive in nature; the technique employs suction to tug on the tightest muscles, stretching the fascia (soft tissues). The vacuum lifts the connective tissue off the muscle or bone and breaks up and drains stagnation while increasing blood and lymph flow to skin and muscles in ways not possible using compression.

Benefits of Cupping

cupping techniqueCupping is effective for pain relief, repetitive strains, inflammation, toxicity, bronchitis, cold and allergies, respiratory problems, digestive problems, and many other issues. The Mayo Clinic has also reported positive results for treating fibromyalgia. Combining cupping therapy with massage is highly recommended for optimal results; cupping loosens the affected area in order to receive the maximum amount of blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients from the massage – both body cells and nerves are richly nourished as a result. 

Cupping therapy is one of the most effective treatment for reducing cellulite. Cupping combined with massage quickens the drainage of toxins from cellulite trapped between soft tissues, which is responsible for the orange peel texture on the skin. The suction from the cups stimulates the fibroblast cells to increase collagen and elastin production. With improved blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, the skin tone and texture is vastly improved. The treatment also helps keep the skin looking youthful and rejuvenated. Cupping for cellulite can be painful, depending on the individual and how much cellulite is accumulated. Cellulite (toxins) are attracted to the cups and stay tight. Once the treatment is complete, you will feel great relief as well as a little bit sore, which is a healthy sign of recovery.

Should I worry about the marks left behind by treatment?

The marks are not bruises, they are from the toxins that come to the surface during the treatment. The worse the toxicity in a certain area, or the older an injury, the longer the marks will be apparent. Depending on the skin type and other conditions, these marks can last from a few hours to a week.

Warning: Pregnant women and people with medical conditions should consult family doctors before receiving Cupping Therapy


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