Assessing Posture

January 31, 2018

What Causes Poor Posture

Poor posture can result from a combination of 5 reasons:

  1. Central nervous system disorders,

  2. Peripheral nervous system disorders,

  3. Eye problems,

  4. Ear problems,

  5. Musculoskeletal system problems.

In terms of Chiropractic, chiropractors focus more on the musculoskeletal system and its relation to the nervous system. Many musculoskeletal problems can affect posture, but in terms of the effects of posture, the most common problem is deconditioning of the muscular system. Holding the body in the wrong position over a long period of time can result in muscle weakness in certain areas. Eventually this can cause excessive stresses and strains on the spine and can result in restricted range of motion of spinal segments which may eventually cause pain.

Mechanical and structural changes such as a scoliosis can cause poor looking posture. However, poor posture can cause a ‘functional’ scoliosis which is a sideways curvature of the spine.

Bad posture can result in stress on the spine at certain levels. For instance the slouched position can put a lot of unnecessary loading on the middle back spinal region, which can lead to jutting forward of the head and jaw. This then leads to headaches and the inability to concentrate. Poor posture also can put strain on the low back, as poor posture goes hand in hand with poor lifting and carrying techniques. Heavy school bags and children sitting all day it is no wonder kids as early as 9 year olds can be suffering with posture pain.

What to Look For in Kids Posture

So, are there specific things that parents need to be specifically aware of when it comes to the way their child sits or stands?

Parents should look out in the newborn for the way they carry their head, whether it is always off to one side, or they prefer to feed on one side more than the other.

As the child gets older, from six months onwards, it is good to look at the way they are sitting, whether they are leaning off to one side more than the other. As the child learns to walk and gets more proficient at it, it is good to keep an eye on the walking pattern or, not putting as much pressure on one leg, or limping etc...

As the child gets older into the two years and upwards, this is the time when posture should be really looked after and taken notice of. Take a look at whether they are slumping their shoulders or appear to be very unbalanced. The same applies here when looking as the way they play with their toys and play games, are they always looking down, slumping the shoulders forward, or leaning off to one side. All of these could be due to problems in the neuromusculoskeletal system and should be assessed as soon as possible by an appropriate health professional


Aromatherapy Part 2

October 1, 2017

By Jennifer Fleming, RMT
In the last article we discussed a little bit about what aromatherapy is, what essential oils are and some of the ways they have been used and why people are turning to them today.  This article I want to focus on some basic need to knows about acquiring essential oils.
Currently there are many of resources and a lot of conflicting information about what the best sources of essential oils are.  The aromatherapy community is in agreement about one thing though; we want o...

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Introduction to Aromatherapy

September 11, 2017

By Jennifer Fleming, RMT

It's no secret today, thousands of people are trying out new (and old) ways to self manage their health and wellbeing.  As a health care provider, I think this is great.  One of the things I try to encourage my patients to do is take their health into their own hands when they can.  Of course, I recommend they have some qualified guidance in doing so, after all it is their health and I bear responsibility for it.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the use of plant der...

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The Chiropractic Adjustment

June 27, 2017

By Dr. Marnie Mabee D’Andrea

“What is that popping sound”?  In my last article, I discussed the examination that happens on the first chiropractic visit.  After an examination or assessment is completed, the chiropractor will give you a treatment.  One form of treatment is an adjustment.  An adjustment is used to correct a restricted joint, or rather, to apply motion to the joint to make the joint move better.  An adjustment can be given through several different techniques.  The one t...

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The Chiropractic Initial Visit

June 27, 2017

By Dr. Marnie Mabee D’Andrea

Welcome to the Chiropractic Clinic!  In my last article, I wrote about why you should choose chiropractic care and some of the injuries we treat.  Here, I will discuss what you should expect on your first visit. 

Most chiropractic offices will book your initial visit for 30 minutes to an hour, as every chiropractor has their own initial visit procedures.  At our office, we book the initial visit for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  This gives you time to fill out the r...

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Why choose chiropractic care?

June 27, 2017

By Dr. Marnie Mabee D’Andrea

Low back pain?  Neck pain?  Shoulder pain?  Have you considered seeing a chiropractor for these problems? 

Chiropractors are licensed healthcare practitioners.  Chiropractors undergo several years of postgraduate training, after obtaining an undergraduate degree, in order to obtain their Doctor of Chiropractic degree.  Training is similar to that for Doctors of Medicine; however, a much larger focus on radiology and muscle/skeletal courses and less focus on p...

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Intra-Oral Massage Therapy: Your First Appointment

November 29, 2016

Your jaw has been in pain for some time now.  Your dentist has outfitted you with a new mouth guard to protect your teeth at night.  While you can be assured your teeth are ok, you still wake up with pain and stiffness in your jaw and headaches are becoming more regular than you can stand.  As the stress in your life ratchets up, your ability to put on a happy face dwindles.  You've heard about seeing a massage therapist for stress, know it can help the tension in your shoulders and neck.  A ...

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Phases of Spinal Degeneration

November 29, 2016

We have recently added some "Chiropractic" info posters to our office, which have sparked some interest among many of our patients.  In particular is the poster on Spinal Degeneration.  This poster was not meant to scare you, but educate you on the phases of spinal degeneration and the anatomic and symptom changes that occur at each phase.  Let us take a closer look

Phase 1 or Dysfunction Phase

During phase 1, we will see the initial effects of repetitive micro trauma with minor small tears in ...

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A Dull Grind: Treating Bruxism and Clenching with Massage Therapy

November 29, 2016

Many of us, at some point in our lives have or will experience TMJ dysfunction.  Perhaps you have discovered that you clench or grind your teeth at night, or maybe your jaw is an on-going source of entertainment at birthday parties and work functions.  Everyone likes a good "weird body" trick once in a while, but when it starts to hurt or hinder your everyday life, it's time to call in a pro.  We all know to seek a dentist or other oral doctor when trouble in our mouths comes up, but did you ...

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Ten Reasons to Stretch

November 29, 2016
Stretching pumps irritants and inflammation away from muscles, and increases the blood supply and flow of nutrients to muscles and joints. This process promotes tissue healing and injury repair. Here are some more reasons why stretching can be beneficial:

1.  Reduces muscle soreness after exercise
2.  Accelerates tissue healing
3.  Improves balance and co-ordination
4.  Improves Posture
5.  Promotes muscle relaxation
6.  Boosts your energy levels

7.  Relieves back and joint pain
8.  Reduces the likel...

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