New Year, New Beginnings

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Alright so it's not exactly a "new year" anymore, but I felt it was worthwhile to dedicate my first blog post of 2017 to my new space and the team I get to work alongside every day.

Many of you know, I moved my practice mid December to the SE community of Ramsay. With a gorgeous view of downtown, this space exudes warmth and a feeling of being home the minute you walk in the door. Working alongside Dr. Arnel Beaubrun, Dr. Andrea Beaubrun & Dr. Tricia Breckon of Integra Naturopathics, Kelsey Marshall of Fluid Movements and Kathy Teal of Classical Osteopathy of Alberta we share a common vision of helping people live healthier lives naturally.

Having known Drs. Andrea and Arnel for years, it was rather serendipitous how the collaboration came about. What was interesting though, was that after making the final decision to take the leap to my dream neighborhood, I realized the office had been my dream for sometime too. Truly. As I started packing up my office materials and organizing some of my books and supplies, I came across a number of different files and notes I have hung on to over the years in which I had collected ideas and inspiration of a dream clinic I hoped to one day have. As I looked through the small and larger scale characteristics I aspired to acquire, it didn't take me long to see that they all existed in this "new" space, right down to the health-centered cafe, Bruhe, on the corner!

I am excited to share this environment with our practice members past, present and future. I think I speak for all of us at 1026 Bellevue in saying that we will continue to strive to deliver a world-class experience with professionalism, integrity and compassion, while facilitating a life of health and vitality. This is our community. This is our city. Shine bright!

 

Catching some ZZZZs - How to Prevent Sleep Associated Pain

Originally written and posted by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors

 

Sleep. All of us could probably use more of it with our go-go lifestyles. A good night’s sleep is essential to our overall health and well-being.

It can be frustrating, when we do get around to getting some shut-eye, we can wake up with neck, back or shoulder pain. We should wake up from our slumber refreshed and relaxed instead of in pain.

Changing or altering your position in bed can help you reduce the pain associated with your sleeping pattern and will go a long way in making your slumber that much better.

Changing your sleeping position can be easier said than done. You’ve most likely slept that way your entire life, so breaking that habit can prove to be quite difficult.

Below are some common sleeping patterns and what you can do to improve your sleep for each.

Sleeping on your back – This is the optimal position to reduce pain while sleeping. Sleeping on your back is great for keeping the spine, neck and head aligned and does not force your body into any contortions. This position helps the mattress do its job of supporting the spine. When sleeping on your back, your face should be parallel to the ceiling, not tilted up or down.

Sleeping on your stomach – Sleeping on your stomach is regarded by chiropractors as the worst position for putting stress on your body. This position alters the natural curve of your lower spine, or lumbar and can cause numbness, tingling and pain in your extremities.

If sleeping on your stomach is absolutely necessary, try to shift positions several times in the night to avoid prolonged stress.

Sleeping on your side - Sleeping on your side is an effective way to reduce pain if your mattress is properly suited to your body shape. A good mattress should distribute your weight evenly while ensuring your lower back keeps its proper curvature. Sleeping on your side keeps your body in a relatively neutral position.

Also, for side sleepers, try placing a second pillow between your knees. This helps to keep your hips open. The pillow will help reduce low back pain as well as the strain on the ligaments in your hips.

Sleeping in the fetal position (knees to your chest) - Sleeping this way can be very harmful to your body. This position may be acceptable for pregnant women, but isn’t good for your body in the long run. Keeping your body and spine tightly curled in the fetal position can lead to muscle and ligament adaptations in one of or all of your neck, back or hips.

See your chiropractor if pain persists

If you are still experiencing pain in the mornings as a result of your sleep, see your chiropractor.

Chiropractors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the spine and musculoskeletal system (the body’s bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, joints and connective tissue). Your chiropractor will first assess your current condition or the source of your problem and then develop a treatment plan for you to help ease your pain.