Spring Time Training Tip and Other Great Health Tips
Announcing New Practitioners and Health Services
Northwest Wellness Centre
Dear Valued Client,

Spring Time Training Tip

Family Walking

Spring is the time to get out and walk...

But sometimes this could lead to unexpected pain. Often when you come in with back pain from increased walking, we start our examination by first measuring how tight your calf muscles are.  Your tight calf muscles can be very sensitive to the touch, but often they are not sore at all.  Either way, your tight calf muscles will have a negative effect on how your feet, knees, hips and back work.  Tight calf muscles will result in less motion of the ankles. You may compensate by turning your feet out or rotating your knees in.  Clinically this can present at either knee or foot pain.  If the pain in the feet is bad enough, you could be diagnosed with plantar fasciitis that will make it very painful to walk. When your feet turn out, or your knees turn in, it will affect how your hips and low back functions.  Poor foot and ankle motion will cause your hips to turn out in compensation.  You could present with hip pain that could even cause pain to refer down the legs.  Often our clients will also complain of very tight hip muscles that are very sensitive to the touch.  Tight hips mean that you will not have enough motion in the hips for normal walking.  Your body will compensate by increasing motion in your lower back to counter act the tight hips.  This can result in low back pain and muscle stiffness.

Fortunately, the problems in the feet, knees, hips and low back are frequently functional in nature and can be treated by some simple techniques.  First and foremost, stretch your calf muscles out. Full ankle and foot motion will help your foot, knee, hips and low back move better.  Chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture and massage of the affected areas will help to restore normal motion and decrease pain.  Good footwear is also crucial in maintaining function of the legs, hips and back.  If you are not sure how to assess your shoes, feel free to drop by and have us evaluate your shoes. Sometimes your foot function cannot be treated by chiropractic adjustments, muscle therapy, acupuncture or footwear and you may need to wear orthotics to improve your feet.  We can do a foot assessment and gait scan to determine if this is necessary.

Don’t let foot, knee or back pain prevent you from enjoying this spring.

Welcome New Practitioners

The Northwest Wellness Centre is pleased to welcome the following practitioners to our team:
  • Kalua Rhody, BA, MA is a provisionally licensed registered psychologist
  • Michelle Hailey, DHHP, DMH is a practitioner of Heilkunst and Homeopathy
  • Marisa Fisher, RMT is a registered massage therapist. Marisa will add her skills in hot stone massage, prenatal/postnatal massage and sports therapy massage to many therapies provided by Amie Tunke RMT and Rachael Tabaka RMT.
All three practitioners are now accepting clients at the Wellness Centre and you can learn more about them here.

Relationship & Support

Kalua RhodyLife presents us all with challenging experiences, from conflict in relationships, to unexpected loss, to major stress at work and home.  Often these challenges lead to personal self-reflection and growth. Other times, they leave us feeling "stuck" or not knowing how to cope. Counseling can be very helpful to individuals who find themselves struggling to solve their problems and move forward with confidence and dignity. 

> Learn more about counselling with Kalua Rhody, Registered Psychologist who specializes in working with adults and adolescents and is experienced in the areas of abuse and trauma, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, anger and stress management, grief and loss, life transitions & adjustment difficulties, anxiety and depression.

Natural Thyroid Balancing

ReflexologyThe thyroid, located just below the Adam's Apple, supports a wide range of functions - from controlling our weight, heart rate, cholesterol, muscle strength and skin conditions to our vision, and even our emotional health. Obviously, a healthy thyroid is vital for total health!  Whether you are dealing with hyperthyroidism (over active) or hypothyroidism (under active), research studies have proven that reflexology is an excellent treatment method for dealing with thyroid gland issues. By manipulating certain reflex points on the hands and feet, it is possible to calm or stimulate the activity of the thyroid, bringing relief from symptoms on either end of the spectrum. A trained reflexologist can provide a wonderful, all natural therapy for finding and maintaining balance within your body.

> Learn more about our Reflexology services

Natural System of Medicine

Michelle HaleyDid you know that there is an effective and natural system of medicine that can help release the stronghold of the past on your life so you can live more sound in health today?  This system of medicine is called Heilkunst. Heilkunst, pronounced Hile-koonst, is a German word that means "the art and science of making one whole", and it was the name Dr. Hahnemann, founder of Homeopathic Medicine in the 1800's, gave to his full body of work encompassing the principled use of Medicine and Regimen (guidelines for one's diet and lifestyle). Heilkunst Medicine is gentle for all ages and treats beyond symptoms. Complex and chronic conditions for example, are often rooted in one's inherited predispositions and are complicated by the the sum total of one's emotional traumas, physical and never-been-well-since injuries and traumata, reactions to drugs, vaccines, etc. Like a detective on a crime scene working diligent to uncover the guilty party, a practitioner of Heilkunst utilizes natural medicine in a systematic way to detoxify the body of these offenders, allowing one's health and wellbeing to improve on the level of mind, body and soul.

Michelle Haley DHHP, DMH is a practitioner of Heilkunst and Homeopathy and is taking new clients at the Northwest Wellness Centre on Tuesday's and Wednesday's. Now is a good time to take responsibility for your health!

> Learn more about Heilkunst & Homeopathy

Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT)

Laser TherapyRachael Tabaka RMT has added Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) to her many therapeutic services. The healing potential of LILT extends to a wide range of medical conditions such as repetitive strains, sprains, injuries of ligaments, bones, inflammation of tendons, muscles, joints, chronic degenerative disease and other systemic presentations.

> Learn more about Low Intensity Laser Therapy


Happy Spring from the team at NWWC!

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