Hangover Helper

By: Jennifer Boake, R.H.N

The holidays are around the corner and for many of us this means overindulging in food and alcohol. Tis the season of celebration and socializing! Here are some handy & healthy tips to speed your recovery.

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Traditional Chinese Energy, Pain & Stress Management 

Q & A with Evelyn Cho, RMT, R.Ac

Meet Evelyn! She is a new acupuncturist at Innate Wellness. She brings a great balance to our acupuncture practice with a background as a Registered Massage Therapist & Registered Acupuncturist. She blends the two therapies but only offers acupuncture sessions at Innate Wellness. Her knowledge gives her a great edge in the treatment of chronic fatigue, chronic pain and chronic stress. We sat down to ask her a few tips about managing these conditions with acupuncture. Evelyn practices on Wednesdays at our High Park location. Call the front desk to book an appointment!

What is your focus in your acupuncture practice?
My main focus is chronic pain and fatigue.  I have worked as a Massage therapist for 10 years, so I have a lot of experience treating acute injuries, repetitive strains, and trauma from sports or accidents.  Recently, I’ve turned my attention to chronic pain or fibromyalgia, which doesn’t always have an obvious cause or progression.  The combination of massage therapy and acupuncture work very well together to alleviate pain and improve energy levels.  In addition, I’ve worked with a lot of fertility cases, headaches/migraines, and facial rejuvenation.

Can acupuncture be used to improve energy & motivation? 
It sure can! Many find the cold months very challenging, moods are depressed and energy is lower.  It’s usually helpful to make a few lifestyle and dietary tweaks in conjunction with acupuncture treatments. I usually recommend a course of 10 weekly treatments to make a major shift, but people usually notice significant improvement by 5-6 treatments.

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Cupping Therapy in Athletic Recovery

By Dr. Kathleen Regan ND

 

Cupping therapy is an ancient treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been practiced for thousands of years. This involves using glass cups and heat to create suction on the skin or by using modern plastic or glass cups with a pump to create suction on the skin. This technique creates read, circular markings that can last hours to days. Cupping has recently gained media attention due to the number of cupping marks seen on athletes in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Which is great because cupping is AMAZING for athletes. […]

Sports Medicine & Injury Prevention

Q&A with Dr. Jonathan Cartile, DC

It’s official! The warm weather has arrived and with it naturally comes more running, swimming biking and outdoor sports. Injuries can be common especially as people are getting ramped up for summer training schedules. In this month’s Q&A Dr. Jon shares his top tips for building fitness and staying injury free all summer long!

Dr. Jonathan Cartile, DC

You have worked a fair amount with fitness from the average person to the athlete. Do you have any general recommendations for those beginning a new fitness program?  […]

Fitness, Nutrition & the Menstrual Cycle

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

When it comes to fitness and nutrition, women have different needs than men. Fitness-based nutrition programs & training schedules have long assumed that men and women are the same. Modern research has taught us that there are important differences between the sexes and understanding our uniqueness can help maximize female performance.

Female body composition is naturally higher in fat. The upside is that women use fat as their primary energy source. Women use dietary fats more efficiently than men but tend to lose fat less readily. How is that fair?! Estrogen seems to play a large role in this paradox. It has been shown that estrogen enhances fat use during exercise BUT reduces a woman’s ability to burn fat as energy after eating. Therefore, women may be better off to consume food before exercise but avoid food for 90 minutes after exercise to allow for the body to reach the maximum benefits of exercise induced fat burning.

Women’s bodies tend not to burn carbohydrates as fuel until they reach very high levels of exercise intensity (~80-85% max effort). Carbohydrate loading may not be appropriate for the female fitness routine unless she is training at max effort (80-85% VO2max). If a woman is carbohydrate loading during moderate exercise she may not utilize this macronutrient. Worse, these unused carbs are ultimately converted and stored as fat. Therefore, unless a woman is training at a regular high intensity, she will benefit from keeping carbohydrates more moderate or approximately 30% of daily nutrient intake.

The menstrual cycle and hormonal fluctuations women experience throughout the month influence their physical response to training as well as their metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. This mean that women need to vary nutrition and fitness schedules based on where they are in their cycle. Ignoring this important variable can lead to fatigue, delayed onset of muscle soreness, injury and ‘hitting the wall’ with a thud.

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Renew this New Year with Tuina Massage

with Matthew Richardson, RAc.

Tuina is good for anyone! It stimulates the bodies energies and blood to benefit the skin, muscles, tendons, joints and organs. ‘Tuina’ translates to “push – grasp” and is a traditional form of hands on body work with its roots in Chinese medicine. But, it is much more than just a simple massage for relaxation. Tuina is based on the same points and lines as acupuncture, with the same diagnostic methods. This means we use our hands to stimulate the appropriate acupuncture points and areas that will benefit each individual the most. No two treatments are the same as everyone comes into the clinic with their own unique life experiences. These experiences are stored in the body. We walk around with all that we have done during our lives inside of us. We define ourselves from our experience, and this experience in turn defines our body and how it functions. Tuina therapy considers the whole body, the whole individual and forms a treatment that captures your needs in the moment.

Tuina is performed by a trained acupuncturist. If you are coming for acupuncture, don’t worry you won’t miss out! Acupuncture and Tuina are often done together to give a complete internal/external, yin/yang treatment of the body. This is a great treatment, and you leave feeling well grounded with renewed energy.

One of the unique aspects of Tuina is the practice of Self-Tuina. This can be a complete set of techniques to treat yourself or just a few simple tips to get you through the day. There is nothing better than being able to treat yourself at the exact moment you feel your symptoms coming on!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is Tuina for Infants and Small Children?

Tuina is […]

Listen to Dr. Jon Cartile, DC on Stress, Headaches and TMJ

Do you suffer from stress, headaches, or TMJ? Chiropractic medicine can help to support and treat these conditions.  Listen to Dr. Jon Cartile, DC as he explains his approach to stress, headaches, and TMJ.

To listen, please follow this link: http://thehealthandwellnessshow.com/the-show/headaches-stress-tmj-jonathan-cartile-dc/

Thank you to Paul Hambleton @ The Health and Wellness Show for the interview!

By |November 26th, 2013|Chiropractic Medicine, Media, Pain and Fatigue|0 Comments

Live Pain Free! The Natural Way

Whether your pain is caused by an injury or by chronic inflammation in the body, these lifestyle tips can make a big difference in your pain management.

The Big Five Tips!:

Hydration
Sleep
Sunlight
Nutrition
Joy

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By |October 23rd, 2013|Pain and Fatigue, Self Care|0 Comments