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The team at Dynamic Health Group wants you to feel as relaxed and comfortable as you can. Our goal is to eliminate every shred of apprehension and make you feel at home. Since chiropractic care involves a series of visits, with each one building on the ones before, it’s important that our relationship can go the distance. We’ve found that one of the best ways to have successful patient relationships is to explain everything in advance. No surprises! The more you understand who we are, what we do and why we do it, the better results we can get together. We like to keep it as imple as possible. So, check us out here. Poke around. Get to know us. Then you can feel confidant to contact us and make an appointment. 

  • First Visit: To find out if we can help you, we ask questions and listen.
  • Second Visit (report of findings): We’ll report what we found and answer all your questions, review any images that you bring or we have recomended.  
  • Regular visits: A typical visit will be much shorter, but just as important!
  • Extended visits: An extended visit is usually longer and many include one on one coaching and exercises. 

FIVE REASONS TO SEE A CHIROPRACTOR DURING PREGNANCY

1. Keep that spine aligned - safe effective adjustments to help combat spinal misalignment or dysfunction during pregnancy 


2. Relief from pain and discomfort - 16/17 Saw clinical improvement of lower back pains


3. Easier Labour and Delivery - 50% reduced need for pain medication

4. Customised Exercises - Less weight gain, Shorter Labours, Fewer Medical Interventions, less fetal distress, Faster recoveries.

5. Post-Partum Care - Proper restoration of Normal Bio-mechanics, improved posture and breast feeding. 

Sit Right

Our backs were not designed to spend long periods of time sitting at desks – a common feature of many work environments.

In the office

Spending six to eight hours a day in front of a computer can lead to shoulder, arm, hand and neck problems, as well as issues with balance and coordination.One study has found that over 45% of office workers experience neck pain. Back problems are big contributors to lost productivity in the workplace. Low back pain is one of the most common causes of disability among people of working age, and its impact on industry is enormous. It’s been reported that after headaches and colds, back pain is the third most common reason for taking time off work.Specifically, the work-related physical activities that are believed to be related to the onset of low back symptoms include lifting heavy weights, bending and twisting, and, of course, working in the same position for extended periods. 

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Common Posture Problems

Forward Head Posture
Forward head posture is the most common postural defect found in computer operators.

Round Shoulders
Round Shoulders is distinguished by the hunched over appearance it creates, and is a poor posture that is often associated with office workers and computer operators.

Rotated Hips
Rotate hips can be caused by holding a poor position for a long period of time, such as sitting at your desk twisting to write as well as looking at the computer. In severe cases, long term bad posture can lead to Scoliosis, a condition that results in the spine twisting from side to side, instead of running in a straight line from top to bottom. Depending on the severity, scoliosis of the spine can have a detrimental impact on vital organs, such as your heart, liver and kidneys.

Correcting Posture

The good news is that postural issues can be improved, and even, in some instances completely corrected. When in a working environment that requires a lot of desk and computer work, make sure your workstation equipment is ergonomically sound. Take regular breaks – in fact you should take a 1 – 2 minute break every 30 minutes you spend sitting at a desk or workstation. We can assess your spinal health and provide the chiropractic care needed to improve it.Your chiropractor can also provide guidance on some exercises that, when done regularly, will help to strengthen your muscles and maintain improved posture. 

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Not Sleeping?

  TOP 5 TIPS FOR A GREAT SLEEP

     1. Total darkness. The darker your sleep environment (including clocks, phone lights, tv lights, etc…), the better.

   2. Exercise daily (not within 3 hours of bed)   

3. Avoid stimulants and depressants. Stimulants such as caffeine affect people differently. Some people are slow caffeine metabolizers and others are faster, so it is best to avoid after 12 noon unless you know which you are. Alcohol disrupts quality sleep even though it might make you fall asleep faster.   

4. No media for 1 or more hours before bed. This includes but is not limited to phones, computers, ipads, tv’s… If you can, use some sort of blue light blocking device (glasses, screen covers) or program (Iris, f-lux, …)   

5. Stay cool at night. 20 degrees Celsius ( 68 deg F) is considered optimal.   

Bonus tip: See your chiropractor on a regular basis to keep your spine aligned and your nervous system firing optimally. Even low level discomfort can mess up your sleep.   

More profound sleep disturbances may require more effort than these top 5, but give them a try. Come for a consultation to find out more.  

Scoliosis?

An easy pre-screen for scoliosis:

while standing;

1) are the shoulders uneven?

2) does one shoulder blade stick out more than the other?

3) do their hips or waist look uneven?

4) Is there a viable curve? in the Mid back and or the lower back?


While bending forward:

1) can you see a hump either side of the spine on the rib cage?

2) is there a hump or bump on one side of the lower back?


A great Resource for Scoliosis can be found at app.scoliscreen.com

or have a look at Scolicare 


Is it Really the Same Condition?

 Is it really the same condition? Day after day, week after week, year after year, I have people come in to the clinic and say to me “Nothing has changed. It’s the same problem I’ve had for ___ years”. I understand that from their paradigm of believe, this is a completely true and reasonable statement. Consider for a moment a different perspective. Have a look at the chart below. The turnover rate represents the time it takes for each type of cell to be replaced completely. For most cells in your body, you will be a completely new person within 4 months – 10 years. So if your complaint is more than 4 months to 10 years old, is it really the same thing? Consider what this means in terms of your healing potential. Given the right resources, reason, and opportunity, your body can remake itself completely.  Feed yourself with high quality clean foods, mostly plants, not too much. Exercise enough, but not too much every day. Engage in some form of mindful practice – meditation, prayer, etc… Drink enough clean water. Avoid toxic chemicals. Supplement where you are deficient. Get adequate high quality sleep. Get a chiropractic adjustment regularly to help your nervous system function at a better level. 

     

Cell type and approximate Turnover rate    

Small intestine epithelium   2-4 days

     Stomach   2-9 days     

Blood Neutrophils   1-5 days    

 White blood cell Eosinophils   2-5 days

     Gastrointestinal colon crypt cells   3-4 days     

Cervix   6 days    

Lung alveoli   8 days     

Taste buds   10 days     

Platelets   10 days    

Bone Osteoclasts   2 weeks     

Skin Epidermis cells   10-30 days     

Pancreas beta cells   4 months     

Sperm   2 months     

Bone osteoblasts   3 months 

Red Blood cells   4 months     

Liver hepatocyte cells   6 – 12 months

     Fat cells   8 years     Cardiomyocytes   0.5 – 10 % per year

     Skeleton   10% per year

     Nervous system, lens, oocytes (eggs)   Life time     


 Consider further, that many different conditions present with the same symptoms, so just because it feels the same, that doesn’t mean that it is the same. Should the issue be a continuation of an earlier issue, it doesn’t exist in isolation. Everything that happens in and to the body affects everything else. Your previous issue may have morphed and spawned new challenges yet to be noticed. These are just some of the reasons we do a new exam if we haven’t seen you in a while