Relationship Inflammation: When Couples Fight

couple fight

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?

period pains

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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Traditional Chinese Medicine for Children

cupping for children

So, you have completed all of your prenatal acupuncture sessions, delivered your beautiful bundle of joy, and are now going through all the motions involved with being a new parent. Now, who can you turn to when your child has a problem? What are your complementary health care options? Many people are aware of the chiropractic, naturopathic, and osteopathic care options, but what about Traditional Chinese Medicine for children? You may be thinking “my child can’t sit still for that long” or “my child is afraid of needles,” in which…

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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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Children and Traumatic Life Experiences

traumatic-emotions

It is difficult to think about traumatic experiences happening to our children. Unfortunately, negative and traumatic events do happen to children and their families. Often, people think that children may not remember the event, or those that do will “bounce back”, or even that children do not fully understand what has happened. In some cases, this may very well be true. However, children often absorb what they experience during traumatic events. Each child is different and may or may not exhibit signs of distress for an extended period of time…

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Parenting Stress in a Busy World

social support team

Parenting is hard. Parenting can take you to your emotional and physical limits. There tends to be very few breaks associated with being a parent. And despite the wealth of books and courses available to many people, I would argue that it is difficult to prepare for or prevent some of the stressors that parenthood brings. However, there are some ways to prevent these stressors from becoming too overwhelming. 1. Manage Expectations (of Yourself and your Children) I think by now most of us know that how people represent their…

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Gastro-Esophageal Reflux in Babies

baby bottle

Gastro-esophageal reflux occurs when the contents of the stomach moves backwards, up into the esophagus and can cause quite a bit of discomfort as contents carries stomach acid along with it. Babies with reflux have mild symptoms such as posseting and regurgitation, to more severe symptoms like projectile vomiting. It is common for babies to do this occasionally. Their small stomach is easily distended during feeds and their lower esophageal sphincter (the circular, constricting muscle between the stomach and esophagus) is still maturing. This maturation is typically done by about…

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