Rib Pain Sometimes Caused By Stress And Being “Busy”

rib pain or stomach problems?

People usually think of the stomach as the thing around our belly button that hurts sometimes after some meals, but in the medical field we are talking about the stomach that sits in your left rib cage between the esophagus (the tube going down from the mouth)and the small intestine (that is the one around your belly button, this time!) An unhappy stomach can cause many symptoms that may seem unrelated: shoulder pain, neck pain, jaw pain, rib and back pain, dental problems, palpitations/chest pains, dry cough in the mornings……

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Calming a Worried Mind: Three Powerful Tips

worried woman trying to calm her stress

Today in the Psychologist Calgary blog, I want to talk about worries and how you can better manage them. In Chinese Medicine, problems with the stomach are associated with excessive worry and rumination (re-experiencing the same thoughts over and over again without progression or solution). Worry and rumination are common experiences because our brain is hard-wired to worry.  Worrying can help us explore to multiple possible outcomes to current situations and can also assist in creating possible solutions. However, sometimes, worry just leads to more worry.  And chronic unproductive worry…

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Demystifying “Heartburn” – Calgary Naturopathic Blog

man experiencing heartburn (GERD)

Today’s Calgary Naturopathic post is about heartburn and the stomach. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), aka “heartburn” or indigestion, is the symptom you experience when stomach acid moves up into the oesophagus and irritates the lining. It’s common name heartburn is quite deceiving as it has nothing to do with the heart. It gets its name from the burning feeling that can be felt in the upper chest. Most people describe ‘heartburn’ as burning pain in their chest following a meal, however there are several ways it can be felt. Some…

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Acupuncture Helps Reduce Stress


Stress and acupuncture are the topics of today’s Calgary acupuncture entry: stress is at the root of many health concerns. It sets off hormone imbalances and causes qi to stagnate. The liver has a major role in stress response in Traditional Chinese Medicine. When the body is stressed, liver qi doesn’t flow smoothly and stagnates, causing a variety of unwanted responses including insomnia, fatigue, depression, diarrhea, constipation, increased blood pressure, and more. Stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) are yang hormones- they trigger the flight-or-fight response to real or perceived threats…

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The Three Biological Stages of Stress

stressed woman in need of Osteopathy

Today in the Osteopath Calgary blog, I’m going to talk about the three biological stages of stress in the body. A question all of our patients get asked during an Osteopathic treatment is: “do you feel stressed?” About 90% of the time, the patient says “no”, or “gosh, it’s nothing compared to what it used to be.” Then I ask: “do you think you’re busy?” And then some will admit that they might be a little! It seems that stress has a very negative connotation in our culture today and…

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Anxiety and Depression in Pregnancy


Anxiety and depression during pregnancy and after pregnancy are the focus of this entry in the Psychologist Calgary blog. When I was pregnant with twins a few years ago, the medical professionals who were taking care of me were great in supporting me to take care of my body in order to help my babies grow. However, as a mental health professional, it did strike me that no one ever asked me if I was experiencing any prenatal depression or anxiety. The topic of mental health is still a tricky…

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Managing Stress in a World That Values “Busy”


Today in the Psychologist Calgary blog, I’m going to discuss ways of managing stress when you live in a culture that values being busy all the time. Everyone uses the word stress to describe something a little different. Stress could be someone’s emotional experience in response to increased responsibilities at work. It could also describe the anticipation one feels for an upcoming event (e.g. planning a wedding, going on a first date). Another person might describe how stress has impacted his or her body when they talk about having a…

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Osteopathic Treatment Through A Future Mom’s Eyes

osteopathy during pregnancy

Today in the Osteopath Calgary blog, a patient of ours shares her experience with Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy: “At my first appointment, I was in the middle of my third pregnancy and was experiencing lots of pain in my lower back making it difficult to walk, my mid back, and my neck causing daily headaches. I couldn’t find relief for more than a couple of days from chiropractors or massage therapists. I assumed that this was just how my body did pregnancy and that I wouldn’t find much relief from…

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