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

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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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Exercise with Purpose: Listen to Your Body and Optimize Your Health

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We all know how important exercise is to our health. When used appropriately, it has numerous benefits and can even reverse disease. There isn’t a single condition that does not benefit from exercise to some degree. But, it’s all dependent on how, when, and how “hard” you exercise that determines this benefit. We all have different needs when it comes to the type, frequency, duration, and intensity of exercise. One size does not fit all! Beyond that, I challenge you to evaluate if your exercise routines are serving your long-term…

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Women, Mothers, and Balance: What does “Having it All” Really Look Like?

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Compared to other times in history, we as women currently have many more choices available to us. Under the law and within society, there are many more “acceptable” ways we can work, marry, raise children, etc. Women in my mother’s generation often talk about the privileges women in my generation are privy to that they never were. And for all of this, I am grateful. Growing up in the 80s, I often heard the phrase that women were now able to “have it all” (e.g. work, families, social lives). Those…

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Acupuncture: Using Micro-Inflammation to Heal Injuries

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Generally, when we talk about inflammation, we tend to think of the negatives first: redness, swelling, pain, heat, and loss of function. Inflammation is commonly associated with injuries to the muscles or joints, but it can also used to describe certain internal dysfunctions. For the purpose of this article, we will focus on physical injuries. Imagine you are out for a run when suddenly you trip and fall. Instantly, you feel red hot pain in your ankle, your hip, and maybe even your shoulder depending on how you have landed.…

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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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Relationship Inflammation: When Couples Fight

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Believe it or not, verbal disagreements in relationships are not only normal but can be healthy. We all are individual people with our own values, our own opinions and priorities – and they do not always line up with those of our partner. So when we become aware of these differences, we may fight. And if we are not fighting, this might mean we are simply avoiding the conflict which can lead to many other issues. HEALTHY vs. UNHEALTHY: It’s all in how you do it So what is the…

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How Angry are your Periods?

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Where there is physical pain, there is inflammation: these two things go hand in hand. Menstruation is no different: when there is pain with menses, there is inflammation. But inflammation isn’t just located where you experience pain; there is actually an effect all throughout the body. It is important to start thinking of inflammation as systemic rather than isolated to one part. Our bodies are not separated in segments, all of the parts work and flow together as a whole. In order for immune messages to be delivered and resources…

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The Perks of the Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede

There are many stereotypes that exist around the potential risks of Stampede time in Calgary, and many of them are realistic. For example, the risk of high alcohol consumption can lead to many not-so-great experiences. However, sometimes it’s useful to look at the benefits of these kinds of events as they are less often discussed. It can be easy to complain about the challenging things that the Stampede brings (e.g. traffic disturbances associated with the parade, lowered productivity in businesses, increased risky behaviour, etc.), but let’s take a moment to…

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