Strengthening your Immune System this Fall with Naturopathy

person feeling sick this fall season

The immune system becomes extra important at this time of year. As the seasons change and we move from summer to fall and winter we have more exposure and more vulnerability to viruses. As we come in from the outdoors and congregate together in close contact, we see lots of children getting sick and sharing with parents and caregivers who bring it to work and presto! Cold and flu season is upon us! Most of us will get a couple colds throughout the year, but what about those of us…

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Ankle Sprain: a Complementary Treatment Approach to Physiotherapy

sprained ankle

Did you know that 20% of sports-induced injuries are lateral ankle sprains? Most people will experience one at some point in their life and the degree of severity will vary. A sprain is a traumatic lesion affecting a joint, caused by a lengthening or tear of the ligament fibers holding the joint together. When we talk about an ankle sprain there are actually different joints that can be affected. Depending on the direction of the trauma, the inside or outside of the ankle will be affected (the latter is more…

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Can Acupuncture Improve Sports Performance?

acupuncture for sports performance

Yes! Acupuncture can be used to heal from injuries, decrease recovery time, and enhance rest time. There can also be bonus side effects such as improved digestion and sleep–both of which lead to better overall health and wellness. Acupuncture activates your body’s own healing response which are responsible for the release of your natural pain relieving hormones while simultaneously increasing blood flow to the affected area to promote further healing. This reaction not only triggers a local effect to the injured tissues, but also a systemic anti-inflammatory effect through the…

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Grieving a Lost Sport: Injuries and their Impact on Mental Health

sports injuries and how they affect mental health

As a teenager, I was a big fan of badminton. Though I was not particularly talented, I enjoyed taking weekly lessons, participating in a badminton ladder during the school year, and I generally enjoyed hitting the birdie around with my sister and various interested friends. When I was thirteen, however, I injured my knee in a bicycle accident and was not able to play badminton for almost a year. Though I was not aware of it at the time, losing a sport I enjoyed had quite an impact on me.…

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