Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Children and massage

Children and massage

Massage is beneficial for children of all ages. It can help with muscle growth pain, depression, reduce stress, and help with their immune systems. 

I always try to encourage a child to tell me when they’re feeling discomfort throughout the massage. I can also tell this by their body language when I am massaging them. If they’re feeling any discomfort. 

Massage can help heal injuries quicker in a child, and can also prevent them from occurring.  Massage is also a great way to help a child bound and also gives a therapeutic response to the child.

Nichole Mullis  practices at Family First Chiropractic, 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, Alberta.  403-347-3261. www.family1stchiro.ca.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Broken Heart?

Broken Heart?

On December 27, 2016, actress Carrie Fisher, aged 60, died from a heart attack. The very next day, her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds died from a stroke. In the wake of the loss of these two popular Hollywood icons, many have asked whether you can actually die from a “broken heart”.The answer is yes. Broken heart syndrome, formally known as stress cardiomyopathy is a real medical condition. It is triggered by acute, major stress or shock — such as the death of a loved one.Indeed, your heart and mind are closely interlinked, and your mental states can have a distinct influence on your heart health and overall longevity.

Symptoms of broken heart syndrome are very similar to those of a heart attack, including chest pain and shortness of breath. The difference is there's no actual damage to the heart to trigger it. Extreme shock or stress may also trigger a hemorrhagic stroke by causing a dramatic rise or change in blood pressure.According to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), broken heart syndrome is a "temporary condition where your heart muscle becomes suddenly weakened or stunned." The left ventricle, your heart's largest chamber, also changes shape, which adds to the temporary dysfunction.This sudden weakness of the heart is thought to be due to the sudden release of large quantities of adrenaline and other stress hormones.

Adrenaline increases your blood pressure and heart rate, and it's been suggested it may lead to narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to your heart. While most will successfully recover, in some, the change of shape of the left ventricle can trigger a fatal heart attack. An estimated 90 percent of broken heart syndrome occurs in women.
Having a history of neurological problems, such as seizure disorders, and a history of mental health problems is thought to raise your risk. While the condition can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention, it's usually a temporary condition that leaves no permanent damage.A number of studies have also shown that the loss of a loved one raises your own risk of sudden death, also known as the "bereavement effect." There's even evidence showing that spousal illness increases the partner's mortality risk.

A 2011 study found that, following a partner's death, the odds of the surviving partner dying remained elevated for six months (the widowhood effect), independent of their age and gender. A 2012 study found that losing a significant person in your life raises your risk of having a heart attack the next day by 21 times, and in the following week by six times. The risk of heart attacks began to decline after about a month had passed, perhaps as levels of stress hormones begin to level out.

There are compelling links between cardiac health and mental health. Having untreated depression or anxiety disorder increases your odds of having a heart attack or developing heart disease. Stress hormones are again a primary culprit.

A 2011 study, which found that those who reported higher levels of satisfaction in areas like career, sex life and family had a reduced risk for heart disease.
According to Julia Boehm, "The absence of the negative is not the same thing as the presence of the positive. We found that factors such as optimism, life satisfaction and happiness are associated with reduced risk of CVD regardless of such factors as a person's age, socioeconomic status, smoking status or body weight."

Dr. Stephen Kelly D.C.

Dr. Kelly practices at Family First Chiropractic located at 142 Erickson drive in Red Deer. Call us today to book an appointment (403)347-3261 or visit us at www.family1stchiro.ca

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What is Food Sensitivity?

What is Food Sensitivity?

Food sensitivities are becoming more common in today’s society. However, many people don’t even know what they are! Food sensitivities and food allergy are similar in that the immune system is reacting to what we eat. The difference between the two is that food sensitivities are caused by an IgG reaction, where food allergies like tree nut allergies are caused by IgE reaction. Again they both stimulate the immune system, but they use different pathways to get there. The main difference between the two is that IgG antibodies response is delay and accumulate over time. Whereas IgE response is immediate (such as anaphylaxis or hives). IgG responses caused by food sensitivities can have the following symptoms.

Leaky Gut:

Leaky gut is a term used to describe a digestive tract that has become highly inflamed due to long term exposure to food sensitivity. A more in depth description of this is that our digestive tract is filled with microscopic holes. Designed to absorb the nutrients from the food we eat. If there is a food sensitivity, overtime the digestive tract is subjected to inflammation after inflammation. Eventually these holes widen and larger particles of food pass through into the blood stream. This causes the immune system to react. This reaction leads to a variety of symptoms that people experience on a daily basis and believe to normal.


Gastrointestinal issues, include gas, bloating, constipation, heart burn, and irritable bowl (diarrhea) are only some of the symptom from leaky gut symptoms due to prolonged food sensitivities. These type of symptomatically is not normal. Your body is reacting to something you ate. The only way to reverse these effects is to completely remove the offending food, and allow the digestive tract to heal itself.
Fatigue is another common symptom that people attribute to what they eat. Food sensitivities can cause a restless sleep and patients can then feel tired even with eight hours of sleep. This is due to the body’s immune system fighting something in your body.  As the weeks prolong you start to feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Fatigue is from your body’s constant immune response. This can cause a person to be more prone to other illnesses, such as colds.

Skin can also be effected by food sensitivities. Skin is your largest organ in your body and is correlated to your digestive tract. So irritations to your digestive tract could cause irritations as well on your skin. Some of the most common skin conditions that are linked to your digestive tract are acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. Avoidance of foods causing sensitivities could eliminate and treat these skin conditions.
Joint pain is another hint that your body is sensitive to certain foods. Overtime, constant immune response to food particles, lead to depleted resources to reduce joint inflammation. People with food sensitivities tend to have more bouts of arthritis pain and joint pain, and take longer for these conditions to resolve.

What Can We Do?

How would you know exactly what foods are causing your Food sensitivity. The answer is by taking a Food sensitivity blood test. This type of blood test looks for IgG particles in your blood, and sees which ones they are reacting to! It’s specific in telling you which foods to avoid and which foods are safe to consume. Lastly some people may think eating a small amount won’t cause a reaction. This is not true! People with gluten sensitivities just 5ppm (parts per million) of these offending foods could cause the immune system to go into over drive.
Please let us know if you or somebody may be interested in taking a Food sensitivity blood test, or if you have any questions.

Dr. Elton Clemence

Dr. Elton Clemence is a Chiropractor at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, located In Red Deer, AB 142 Erickson Dr ,www.family1stchiro.ca 403-347-3261 to book an appointment.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Why have CranioSacral Therapy?

Why have CranioSacral Therapy?

          Some people come because they feel as though they aren’t coping and that life is very difficult. CranioSacral Therapy can often be a last resort after many years of struggle.

         Some people come because they have long standing health issues which make it very difficult to cope. CranioSacral Therapy can help relieve the emotional and physical side-effects of living with long term illness or pain and can support the body in its natural movement towards health.

         Some people come because they have experienced traumatic events that they cannot move past. CranioSacral Therapy is a very safe, gentle and effective way of treating trauma and post-traumatic states.

         Some people come because they are incredibly stressed and anxious and can’t seem to find any relief from a very busy mind. CranioSacral Therapy is especially good at encouraging a very deep sense of stillness allowing the mind slow down and rest. Many people say they sleep very well after a craniosacral treatment.

         Some people come because they just need to be held and listened to. The most important thing a CranioSacral Therapist does is to simply be present for the client and hold the therapeutic space allowing the client’s process to unfold naturally.
Jeannette Raskin practices at Family First Chiropractic, 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, Alberta.  403-347-3261. www.family1stchiro.ca.