Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Things to do in Red Deer

Looking for some fun events with low cost and a short drive for your Red Deer staycation this summer? 

Here are a few ideas for you. Brought to you by Dr. Joelle Johnson and staff at Family First Chiropractic and wellness 142 Erickson Drive Red Deer
T4R3B3 403-347-3261 www.family1stchiro.ca


Old MacDonald Farm- http://www.olmacdonalds.com/index.html

Discovery Wildlife Park- http://www.discoverywildlifepark.com/
FB- https://www.facebook.com/discoverywildlifepark/

Ellis Bird Farm- http://www.ellisbirdfarm.ca/
FB- https://www.facebook.com/EllisBirdFarm/

Wibit Aquasplash at Sylvan Lake  

Kin Kanyon- http://www.ehcanadatravel.com/alberta/red-deer/parks-trails/2177-kin-kanyon.html
FB- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kin-Kanyon/152039361531352

3 Mile Bend- http://www.reddeer.ca/recreation-and-culture/parks-and-trails/parks/three-mile-bend-recreation-area---off-leash-park/
FB- https://www.facebook.com/pages/3-Mile-Bend/128953600489617

Tennis- http://www.reddeertennis.com/
FB- http://www.reddeertennis.com/

Farmers Market- http://downtownreddeer.com/about/downtown-market/
FB- http://downtownreddeer.com/about/downtown-market/

Downtown Splash Park- http://www.reddeer.ca/recreation-and-culture/outdoor-facilities/blue-grass-sod-farm-central-spray-and-play/
FB- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Grass-Sod-Farm-Spray-and-Play-Central-Park/304701203008081

Bard on Bower- http://visitreddeer.com/event/bard-bower-2/
FB- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bard-On-Bower/480589041968568

Discovery Canyon- http://www.reddeer.ca/recreation-and-culture/parks-and-trails/parks/discovery-canyon/
FB- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Discovery-Canyon/158156380915589

Sunnybrooke Farm- http://www.sunnybrookfarmmuseum.ca/
FB- https://www.facebook.com/sunnybrookfarmAB/

Shake the Lake- http://shakethelake.ca/
FB- https://www.facebook.com/shakethelake/

Gull Lake- http://www.albertaparks.ca/aspen-beach/information-facilities/
FB- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aspen-Beach-Provincial-Park/105787369453613

Kerrywood Nature Centre- http://www.waskasoopark.ca/Kerry-Wood-Nature-Center.html
FB- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kerry-Wood-Nature-Centre/115224355208249

Berry picking at the Jungle Farm- http://www.thejunglefarm.com/
FB- https://www.facebook.com/thejunglefarm/

Kraay Family Farms-  https://www.kraayfamilyfarm.com/
FB- https://www.facebook.com/kraayfamilyfarm

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Forward Heads Increase Head Weight

Neck pain can be a recurring condition that can frustrating to most patients. The simple anatomical answer is because holding your head up is like trying to balance a bowling ball on the end of a pool cue. This presents a challenges for the neck.    

Most common answers from patients experiencing neck pain: Poor sleeping positions, poor desk posture, using mobile phones/ipads, gardening, previous motor vehicle accidents, and over head decorating.

Bottom line is that we humans have very large heads that was designed to protect our very large brains. Head position is to be held high to scan the horizon looking for food and danger. In today’s world we are now sitting far too much either at a desk, driving or texting throughout the day. This causes significant imbalances in the muscles that were designed to help hold our heads up above our shoulders. Over time this continuous strain on vertebral anatomy causing postural weakness and permanent forward head carriage.

Furthermore, for every inch the head moves forward on the shoulders. The weight of the head increases by at least ten 10lbs. So for instance, if a patient’s head weighs 10lbs, and is 3 inches forward past the shoulders. This would increase head weight to 40lbs causing abnormal leverage on the cervical spine, putting extra pressure on muscles and joints of the neck.

Due to our daily activities the body will shift the head forward away from a stiff, tender and jammed joints in the neck. Over time the cervical spine can be reduced or straightened. Causing structural changes and degeneration. Regular checkups, Chiropractic adjustments and specific neck exercises can stop this process from happening.

For more information on forward head carriage, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Family First Chiropractic and Wellness.

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, August 08, 2017

CranioSacral Therapy and Pregnancy

Pregnancy complications are part and parcel of your pregnancy. Most women get through their pregnancies very healthily - they manage their nutrition, exercise and overall healthcare both by themselves and with the help of healthcare professionals. CranioSacral Therapy offers women a very gentle and effective way of complementing the natural work that their body is doing as well as complementing the work of Obstetricians, local Doctors and Midwives.

When we look at pregnancy week by week, there are many natural conditions that come and go as you progress through your pregnancy. Conditions such as early nausea through to lower-back pain can all occur during a healthy pregnancy.

An area that is found especially later in the pregnancy is discomfort in the legs or sciatica. I have found that the majority of clients experience relief from these symptoms for weeks at a time following a CranioSacral Therapy treatment. Probably one of the areas of most discomfort in Pregnancy is back pain - both of the middle and upper back - during the early stages of pregnancy, and lower back during the later stages. The discomfort of back pain during pregnancy can be effectively relieved by CranioSacral Therapy sessions.

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