A Happy Mind is a Healthy Body

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Why should a manual practitioner care about your happiness? Because your state of mind influences the state of your body more than you think. Moreover, osteopathy is holistic, which means we consider you, the whole of you, to be a piece of the puzzle to get you healthy again. What is Happiness? It can be hard to define, we usually know it feels good, and we want more of it! It’s a sense of deep satisfaction, well being, optimism, and meaningfulness in life. Through new research, scientists are only beginning…

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Striving To Be The Next Gretzky? You Might Encounter Pubic Pain (“Pubalgy”)

pelvic pain: "Pubalgy"

When asked to write an article about men’s health, we had to consider what the most common reason men seek Osteopathic Manual Therapy might be. Well, we agreed that pubic pain (except during/after pregnancy) is a common and predominantly masculine symptom that we could write about. What is Pubalgy? The name of this pain was not picked very wisely. This is because it refers to a pain in the pubic bone but also in the area around it. It can create pain in the perineum, toward the groin laterally, and…

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You Might Not Be A Klutz: It Could Be Your Ligaments!

knee anatomy

When Zara was a little girl, she always used to sit on one side, it just felt right whether she was eating her snack or playing with her toys. As you can see, side sitting favours a tilt in the pelvis, rotating one hip inward and the other one outward, each foot weight bearing on the opposite side. After a while, the lower back, pelvis, hips, knees, and feet become moulded to this position, which can lead to injuries in the future. At only 7 years old, Zara started spraining…

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Tennis Elbow: An Invisible Wildfire of Inflammation

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Adam came to the clinic complaining about tennis elbow (tendinitis in his elbow) that was extremely painful, preventing him from doing his job as a carpenter, taking care of his family–helping his wife with their newborn baby–and from doing his regular CrossFit workouts.  Using my osteopathic brain, we started looking for the root cause. No, not the elbow, but the factors contributing to this inflammation of his elbow.  The Latin word ‘inflammatio’ means the action of setting ablaze. We can recognize a pathological link to inflammation by the use of…

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How do I know if My Child could benefit from Osteopathy?

does YOUR child lie like this?--with a side bend?

As an Osteopathic therapist, we often follow our patients through life, beginning from their active 20’s as athletes, to their 30’s when they start building their family, which allows us to help the aches and pains experienced during pregnancy. Naturally, our patients ask questions about their babies: how we might be able to assist them, when to come in for treatment, and what to look for that might indicate that their child could benefit from a treatment. “Meow” the cat is going to help us illustrate what to look for!……

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Your Child’s Asthma/Eczema/Allergies might be Related to his/her Intestines

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At birth, our digestive tract is sterile meaning it does not contain bacteria. It is during the birthing process that our digestive tract becomes colonized by bacteria from the mother’s vagina, colon, and rectum. Let’s compare this to a Baby Born by C-Section Since babies delivered by caesarean do not go through the birth canal, they are not exposed to the same diversity of bacteria. However, these babies will be in contact with the skin’s bacteria, which is more exposed to the outside world and this then increases the chances of…

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How Osteopathy Can Help the Mind and the Body: The example of SAD

winter used to be a season for rest...

Often, patients ask me “why would you move to Canada when you could have stayed in France?” Well, let me tell you: it wasn’t for the cold, snowy, never-ending winters! It was quite shocking at first to truly experience a cold and very long Calgary winter. Whereas it was gloomy and more humid at home in France, winter certainly did not last until April. This is likely why it appears as though more patients are affected by the weather here, in Canada. The other practitioners have well described what Seasonal…

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How does your Osteopath Know what You’ve been up to? A couple of Tips to Help your Tired Body out

things your body does when it's tired

Osteopaths listen to their patients with all their senses. We look at you, but also through you; we listen with our ears, but also with our instincts; we feel with our hands, but also see with them; it’s a sense that grows with each year we practice. When Sam came to the clinic, she was complaining about numerous joint pains in different parts of her body, and needed help getting back to feeling 100% again. During our chat before the hands-on treatment, I learned that she also had tension headaches,…

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