By Dayna Mulkay
A woman’s menstrual flow can be a sign of good health. When the body is out of balance, various symptoms can show up: such as having no period (amenorrhea), excessive bleeding(menorrhagia) and/ or pain during your period (dysmenorrhea), spotting, and/or cramping. These changes often can be due to hormonal imbalance, other bodily changes and life stress. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help restore better hormone function to achieve the correct rhythm, flow and address the following issues:
•Lower abdomen pain
What is PMS or pre-menstrual syndrome? PMS refers to a wide range of physical or emotional symptoms that typically occur about two weeks before a woman begins her menstrual flow or period. PMS can not only be painful, but it can indicate a noticeable hormonal imbalance during this time.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, PMS is commonly attributed to poor blood flow through the liver during menstruation- Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can encourage better circulation through the hepatic artery. This is a short blood vessel that supplies 70% of oxygenated blood to the liver. …
Pregnancy brings new adventure and beginnings. Over the approximately 9 months (40 week) gestation period, where a tiny human is being made, the body undergoes a tremendous amount of change. A pregnant mother’s body changes more in those 9 months than most people typically change in 9 years! Along with the obvious change of the belly getting bigger, there are other changes that affect the body as well. The ligaments and joints start to respond to the hormone relaxin which allows the pelvis to widen to make room for the little one. Relaxin helps to increase mobility, but it also decreases stability and can amplify pelvic imbalances as center of gravity shifts forward — this can lead to low back pain and other body aches and pains. …
Robyn Webster is a children’s well-being and activity advocate, the newest Director of Talent Optimization with Athletics Alberta and Canada’s very own female athlete and pole vaulter. She is inspiring beyond words, an amazing role model for women in sport and we were excited to sit down with her for a little Q& A.
How did you get into the sport of pole vaulting?
I was into track and field events as a kid, but as I grew up in a small town, and many places do not have access to pole vault facilities. Regardless, I didn’t end up trying it until my first year of university. I showed up for the cross country practice, and they very quickly transitioned me over to the speed power group, ha- ha!. One of the coaches there suggested that I try pole vault with my jump and sprint background, so I did. I found it crazy addicting, and never looked back! …
Can babies receive chiropractic care?
Yes! Babies can benefit from chiropractic care just like adults can. The birthing process can be very traumatic for babies, which can lead to future issues if they are not addressed. Did you know that an infant’s spine doubles in size in their first 2 years of life? With such rapid growth and development, it is important to have their spine and nervous system functioning optimally. Getting your baby checked early in life can set them up with a healthy foundation for their growth and development.
What does a pediatric visit look like?
Just like any initial chiropractic visit, we need to look at the whole picture. We will ask mom or dad about the birthing experience to help us get a clear idea of what the baby may have gone through, this helps us get a thorough history and rule out any red flags. Next, we will complete a physical assessment and exam; this includes checking the infant’s ranges of motion, reflexes and doing some orthopedic tests. We then determine where mis-alignments are and work on any tight muscles and perform tiny adjustments. Throughout the entire visit, we will be informing the parents or guardians of everything we are doing so that you are informed and there are no surprises. …
Written by Dr. Alyssa Clarkson
What is the Graston Technique?
The Graston Technique is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) that uses a metal tool to break up fascial adhesions and scar tissue. The goals of this therapy are to restore range of motion, eliminate pain and restore normal function. This technique can be used for chronic pain, acute pain and even for post-surgical conditions such as scarring or edema.
What conditions can be treated with Graston?
There are a lot of conditions that can be treated with Graston. Some of the most common are:
If you happen to have a sedentary desk job, you are no stranger sitting for extended periods of time, staring at a computer screen, taking phone calls, and rushing to meetings. It can all get a little overwhelming, not to mention stressful, and take a serious toll on your body. Taking 5–10 minutes out of your day however, can be a lot easier than you may think.
These quick and easy stretches are going to leave you walking out of the office feeling refreshed, loose and more motivated to keep moving throughout your work day.
“Tech Neck” is real and a product of too much screen time. When we lean towards the screen of our computer, tablet, and phone we weaken our deep neck flexor muscles, these muscles help with keeping our head and neck in alignment with our spine. Pushing gently on your neck reminding yourself to bring your neck back helps to eliminate the stress on your neck that can lead to tight neck muscles and eventual headaches. …
by Hannah Zabolotniuk, RMT
What is Cupping?
Cupping is a form of Chinese medicine that is used to alleviate pain, remove toxins from the muscles and tissue, move congested and stagnant blood, loosen muscles, and encourage new blood flow to the area. Cupping is used to produce suction and negative pressure that lifts the skin; this creates space between muscles, skin and fascia.
The Benefits of Cupping
Cupping is used to release tissues deep inside the body, relax tense muscles, and ease stiffness associated with chronic back and neck pain. It can help athletes improve performance and reduce stiffness, along with muscle cramps, joint pain, and scar tissue often caused by sports injuries. Cupping promotes blood circulation to help speed up muscle recovery and reduce inflammation. …
We met up with the MacEwan Women’s Soccer team for a Team Sweat at Champs Boxing Studio this past month. Putting the bronze medalists to the test, we found out just how tough and powerful this group of women truly are. Nothing was left on the table as we participated in a high intensity K.O. class led by Erin from the Champs Boxing Crew.
The team is no stranger to hard-work, perseverance and dedication — especially this season. …
Michael Dietrich | @michaeldietrich
Michael is a personal trainer, hiker extraordinaire, and proud dog Dad. You aren’t born with the nickname Mountain Mike — it’s a name that was well-earned. Michael has managed to climb his way to the top of a large portion of Alberta’s Rockies, and the list just keeps growing.
Do you remember your very first hike that you did solo?
I do! It took some time. I had taken some baby steps at first. I went on several trips with friends going up one specific trail, we progressively made it further and further. From 5km to 8km to 10km. Then one weekend, none of friends could make it so I went in solo, in winter for the first time ever. I ended up going in something like 25km, way past my comfort zone, but for the first time in my backcountry journey I felt what it was like to experience true disconnection. …
All about that Fascia!
All of the muscles in our bodies are surrounded by fascia: a connective tissue made up of collagen fibres. If the fascia becomes too tight, it decreases range of motion and impedes our muscles from doing their job.
So Why Foam Roll?
Foam rolling helps break down adhesions that form in the fascia that build up over time due to repetitive movements or injury. Once these adhesions are broken down it allows the fascia to glide over the muscle and increases overall range of motion.
How do we do it?
1. Roll back and forth in the region that is ‘tight’ for about 30–60 seconds. …