Tuesday, February 27, 2018

What is Trigger Point Therapy?

Most of us will suffer from stiff, achy muscles, and numerous musculoskeletal pain conditions that are caused by ‘knots’. These ‘knots’ besides causing pain, weaken and limit the full functioning of a muscle. If left untreated, ‘knots’ can also compromise surrounding muscles, which are forced into compensatory patterns. This imbalance can create new trigger points, which can further set the stage for injury, additional pain, asymmetrical bodily appearance, as well as loss of muscle flexibility and strength.

Trigger point Therapy uses a variety of techniques to ‘deactivate’ these painful knots, using cycles of isolated pressure and release. Trigger point is generally simple to perform, by yourself, with a partner, or by working with a trained therapist. For most musculoskeletal conditions, a combination of trigger point therapy together with some simple lifestyle changes will produce quick and lasting results.

Guy Lacoursiere practices at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, located at 142 Erickson Drive. Call 403-347-3261 to book an appointment, or visit us online at 403-347-3261!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Is CranioSacral Therapy for me?

Do you struggle with pain and stress that won’t go away? Maybe you feel constantly “charged” and can’t relax enough to experience a full night of uninterrupted, restful sleep. Or perhaps you can’t dial down your stress levels or take your mind off of your physical pain and discomfort long enough to incorporate self-care into your daily life. 
Do any of these symptoms feel uncomfortably familiar to you?
-       Head and neck pain
-       Headaches and tmj dysfunction
-       Inability to concentrate
-       Chronic pain

If this is you, please know that you are not alone.  CranioSacral therapy can gently give you relief from physical pain issues and emotional discomfort, allowing you to fully experience your life in a new way.

Jeanette Raskin CST, RMT takes appointments Tuesdays, Wednesday evenings, and Saturdays.
Call 403-347-3261 to book your appointment now.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tummy Time is essential for your baby

We are all told that tummy time is critical in our baby’s development and growth but not all tummy time is created equal.
Many babies are not getting enough quality tummy time. Your child by three months should have at least 1 hour total per day- this is a minimum requirement for a healthy baby to foster proper neurological and physical development. One hour of tummy time is critically important to your baby’s health.
Brain facts:
The infant brain grows by 64% in the first 90 days!
The cerebellum is the fastest growing brain region and it doubles in size in the first 3 months of life!
A baby that has a traumatic birth, cesarean, induction, or mechanical type delivery (vacuum or forceps) needs even more tummy time to reverse some of the possible neurosensory damage that may have occurred. There is research that now states that 1 in 6 children will have a neurodevelopmental disorder or sensory processing disorder -SPD.
Some babies do not want to lay on their stomachs at all, so we need to assess these children to see if there is neck or upper back subluxations (the vertebra being out of alignment), reflux, gastrointestinal issues, TOT’s (tethered oral tissues), retained Moro reflex. Ensure your baby has a proper examination and assessment done by an experienced pediatric chiropractor.
Proper tummy time must be 1 hour or more per day- this can be in 5-10-15 min increments at a time.
The child is on their stomach extending their neck looking upwards at first then the upper back and visually focussing on an object in front of them. Tummy time strengthens the postural muscles. This position links several areas of the nervous system- vestibular, visual and proprioception to name a few to enhance healthy integration of primitive reflexes and foster development of the cerebellum and nervous system.
The minimum of 1 hour per day does not include babywearing in a sling or carrier.

Ways you can do tummy time effectively:
    Place baby on their stomach on your chest facing you- your child can then raise the head to look at mom or dad
    Place a folded blanket or towel under the arms/chest while your baby is on the stomach- place toys in front of them, encourage them to reach out towards the toys
    Place your child on their stomach on a physio/gym ball and support them, so they do not roll off, encourage them to raise their head

Always supervise and ensure your baby can see you when doing tummy time as if the baby cannot see mom then I may cause your child into flight/fight/freeze /scared mode and start to become extremely upset. We want this time to bond with your child and to be happy and fun for you both.

Dr. Joelle Johnson is a mother of 3 amazing boys and has practiced chiropractic since 1999, in 2000 Dr. Johnson completed her certifications with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association- ICPA and focused her practice on prenatal and pediatric health in Central Alberta. Dr. Johnson practices at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness 142 Erickson Dr. in Red Deer. www.family1stchiro.ca 403-347-3261 to book an appointment.  

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Fit-in-15- Setting Fitness Goals

Want a more energized lifestyle?
·         Need help finding time to be active?
·         Want to get started with little or no expense?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then there’s a fair to good chance you would benefit from the Canadian Chiropractic Fit-in 15 online tool. Fifteen minutes a day can be the first step in developing healthy habits that can help you achieve your fitness goals and maintain independence as you age.
The Fit-in 15 was developed by Canada’s chiropractors, experts in muscle and joint function, and champions of healthy living. They recognize that it can be hard to find time in a busy day to focus on your fitness. That’s why they created Fit-in 15, an easy and manageable way to start the habit.
Here are some tips to help you fit-in your fifteen minutes each day
and get you started.
1.      Have a distraction: Research studies show that people who have a distraction are more likely to stick with a fitness activity than people who don’t. If you are fitting in your fifteen minutes indoors, listen to the radio, play music you enjoy, or work-out while watching your favourite TV program. These are all pleasurable distractions that will make your fifteen minutes fly by and add to your enjoyment of fitting in time for yourself.
2.      Have a buddy: Research studies also tells us that people who get active with a buddy find it easier to stay active. Invite your partner, a friend, neighbour or relative, one of your children or the family dog to join you for a 15-minute walk or workout. Make it a time to talk, laugh and connect.
3.      Pick a specific time of day: Decide on the best time of day to set aside time for your fifteen minutes. That way it becomes something to look forward to and you can schedule your other activities around your fifteen minutes. Keep to your scheduled time as much as possible.
4.      Try not to miss a day: Think of fitting in 15 minutes as a regular daily activity, like taking a shower in the morning. It can be easy to find reasons not to Fit-in 15—there are always so many other things to do. But the more you fit it in, the easier it gets until you hardly have to think about it.
5.      Change up your program: Keep your fifteen minutes interesting by varying your activities. Try out the different ideas on the Fit-in 15 website or create new activities of your own.
Check out the website fitin15.ca to build your own 15 minutes exercise routines from a menu of simple activities that target strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health.

If you’re having difficulty exercising, a chiropractor can evaluate your strength and flexibility and screen for anything that may limit your physical activities. Ask your chiropractor for an evaluation or treatment to help you meet your health goals.

Dr. Stephen Kelly is a Chiropractor at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, located In Red Deer, AB 142 Erickson Dr., www.family1stchiro.ca