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Tips on Backpack Selection
Is Pre-Natal Massage Safe? Yes!
Osteopathic Principles Regarding Pregnancy

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September 2016

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Tips on Backpack Selection

Dr Caren Fortin DCDr. Caren Fortin, BHK, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic

It’s that time of year again! It’s September and the beginning of another school year. Whether you are a student, or a caregiver/guardian of a student, you know that a backpack is an essential part of the back-to-school gear. The colours and numerous pockets offer many different choices in the selection process. What you may not think about as part of the selection, is the fit and material. These factors are important because research suggests that improper use of backpacks could lead to lower back pain in teenage years.

The Ontario Chiropractic Association offers some great tips on choosing the right bag for back to school.

  • Choose a canvas or vinyl pack as it’s a lighter material than leather.
  • Pick a pack that has two wide, adjustable, padded shoulder straps along with a hip or waist strap.
  • Ensure that the pack is not too snug around the arms and armpits.
  • The total weight of a filled bag should be no more than 10-15% of the wearer’s own body weight.
  • Pack only what is needed for the day.
  • Pack heaviest objects close to the body, and place bumpy or odd shaped ones away from the back.
  • To put the backpack on, slide one shoulder strap on at a time. Adjust both straps so that the backpack fits snugly to the body (you should be able to slide a hand between the backpack and the wearer’s back).

If you would like to know if the selected bag is right for the intended wearer, book an appointment with one of our Chiropractors today. We’re here to help!


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

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Is Pre-Natal Massage Safe? Yes!

Erynne Williams RMTErynne Williams, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

The number of questions you have during your pregnancy can be overwhelming, so let me answer at least one of them for you. Yes, massage during pregnancy is safe, and is an important part of maintaining a healthy pregnancy! Here are two important benefits of prenatal massage:

  • Massage can help reduce anxiety and increase feelings of relaxation.
    Pregnancy, whether it’s your first second or third, can bring a wave of uncertainty (and hormonal changes don’t make that any easier). Massage can promote better sleep and aid in reducing symptoms of depression.
  • Massage can help correct muscular imbalances and prevent injury.
    As you move through your pregnancy, your posture tends to change. This can put extra strain on your neck and shoulders. The hormone relaxin is responsible for making joints more flexible, especially the hips and pelvis, but all joints and muscles in the body are affected. It’s likely that you will feel sore and achy through your mid to lower back and hips. Regular massage can help reduce tension, increase circulation, and help you to maintain proper posture.

Remember, when receiving your massage, make sure to let your therapist know if the pressure is too much or not enough. Also, consider the side lying position for your massage treatment, as it is the safest for you and your baby.


To book a prenatal massage with Erynne or any of our Registered Massage Therapists, call our clinic at 905.465.4595!

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Osteopathic Principles Regarding Pregnancy

Lisa Marie ForemanLisa Marie Foreman, B.Sc., RMT, DO-MTP, M.OMSc.
Osteopath & Registered Massage Therapist

Pregnancy is a time in a woman's life that causes increased stresses on her physical body. The Osteopath’s goals are to maintain the maternal homeostasis and to provide optimal growth and development of the fetus. The stresses on the body include Mechanical and Physiological changes.


The centre of gravity is the point at which the entire weight of a body may be considered as concentrated, so that if supported at this point, the body would remain in equilibrium in any position. Gravity mainly affects the anterior and posterior curves, especially the low back. When the centre of gravity shifts forwards or backwards it causes increased stress on the weight bearing structures (the legs). This also affects the spine from the pelvis to the neck because the spinal structure has been altered. Mechanical stress is also accelerated by the effect of circulating pregnancy hormones, which tend to weaken the muscle and supporting ligaments.


pregnant stretchFrequent Urination -  The growing uterus puts pressure on the bladder.
Heartburn - The growing uterus puts pressure on the sphincter of the stomach. Eating small, frequent meals, avoiding spicy foods, fried foods, oils, and eating almonds and ginger can help ease heartburn.
Nausea/Vomiting - Nausea and/or vomiting is caused by hormonal and chemical changes during pregnancy. An empty stomach may increase the feeling of nausea.
Fatigue - This is caused by progesterone disturbances. It is a sign that your body needs to rest.
Sleep disturbances - This can be caused by frequent urination, the inability to find a comfortable sleeping position in bed, fetal movements or stress and worry. Avoiding caffeine and using soft cushions to improve comfort can help.
Constipation - Constipation happens when there is a decrease in intestinal function. The colon absorbs excess fluid as a result of the rise in progesterone. This can be alleviated through proper nutrition. Drink 2-3 liters of liquid per day.
Hemorrhoids - Hemorrhoids occur due to the expansion and congestion of blood vessels. In order to prevent hemorrhoids, try to avoid constipation by drinking plenty of fluids and consuming enough fiber.
Back Pain - Back pain is caused by a change in the center of gravity, weight gain, and muscle tension due to the need to maintain stability of the body. The relaxin and progesterone hormones sometimes cause softening of the ligaments, joint laxity and instability in the ankles.
Leg Cramps - Leg cramps occur when there is poor absorption of calcium or local deficiency of blood supply.
Swelling of the Hands and Feet - Swelling is caused by the accumulation of interstitial fluids during pregnancy.
Varicose Veins - Varicose veins are caused due to the expansion and vascular congestion. More blood gets to the tissues than can be returned by the venous system. Varicose veins usually occur in the legs, vulva, and anus. To relieve these symptoms, raise the end of your bed 10 cm. This angle reduces congestion. Wearing elastic socks before starting your day and exercising your feet also help.
Gum Disease - Gum disease occurs because gum blood vessels are influenced by pregnancy hormones. As pregnancy progresses, the gums might swell and bleed easily. Brush your teeth (gently) two to three times a day and visit the dentist or oral hygienist at least once during pregnancy.
Anemia - Anemia is a common problem among pregnant women and is characterized by feeling constantly tired. To prevent anemia, eat iron rich foods such as green vegetables (green peppers, broccoli, lettuce), nuts, egg yolks, red meat, turkey, and whole grains. Additionally, you can take iron tablet supplements.
Darkening of the Skin - The pigment of the skin changes due to hormonal changes and/or sun exposure. Brown spots (chloasma) around the eyes and nose can appear during the third trimester. Some women will notice a dark line (linea negra) from the naval down. Most symptoms disappear or decrease six months to a year after delivery.
Mood Swings - Mood swings are a result of hormones and anxiety about the upcoming birth. Often a heart-to-heart talk can improve your mood and situation in general.


Interstitial fluid, or tissue fluid, is a solution that bathes and surrounds the tissue cells of multicellular animals. It is the main component of the extracellular fluid, which also includes plasma and transcellular fluid. During pregnancy the interstitial fluids are increased. Osteopathy treats movement restrictions in your body tissues by removing restrictions to the natural flow of body fluids, which must be liberated, preserved and maintained. The body has self-regulatory mechanisms which will provide optimal compensation for the stresses of pregnancy if they are free to work efficiently. Patients with good flow of interstitial fluids have decreased complaints of breast congestion and a reduced incidence of “postpartum blues”.

For more information about the services I offer, please visit: /oakville-osteopathy.html. To book an osteopathic appointment, please call the clinic at 905.465.4595. I look forward to meeting you and working together to help you have a happy and healthy pregnancy.


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