Stiffness, tenderness, and pinching, muscle knots can be a real pain in the neck...or back, or hamstring (you get the picture) for many of those who suffer with them. But, what exactly is a muscle knot, and more importantly, how can we treat them in order to find some relief?
Sometimes referred to as myofascial trigger points, muscle knots are due to the binding, or adhesion of our muscle fibers and fascia (the tissue surrounding our muscles fibers), creating a localized area of pain and restriction that can impair everyday life. While muscle ...Read more
Acupuncture detoxification, also commonly referred to as Acudetox or the NADA protocol, was initially introduced in the 1970’s at the Lincoln Hospital, Bronx NY, as part of their substance abuse detoxification program.
In 1985, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) was established to promote education, oversee training and encourage community wellness through the use of the standardized five-point auricular (ear) acupuncture protocol for addiction and behavioural health treatment. Since its development, further research has shown the NADA protocol to be an effective complementary treatment that has been easily integrated into a variety of different settings worldwide including: addiction and mental health ...Read more
Fat. I can’t think of any other dietary issue that elicits so much confusion and negative feelings and is so misrepresented and misunderstood. The fact is that “fat” has become synonymous with a curse word. It’s seen as a dietary evil that must be avoided at all costs.
I’m not usually one to take a very strong, polarizing position on issues, but here’s the thing…that attitude towards dietary fat is flat out wrong. In fact, fat is a very important, essential part of our diet. The most valuable thing to remember is that it’s the quality of fat that can either ...Read more
When was the last time you read the ingredients on your make-up and skin-care products? We often glaze over the long list of hard to pronounce words, like diethyl phthalate, or abbreviations for even more complex words…butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) anyone?
These labels make it difficult to actually know what we’re putting on or in our bodies. The problem is many of our beauty and personal care products contain toxic chemicals. In fact, according to the David Suzuki Foundation, 80% of products used by Canadians contain one or more toxic chemicals!
Well I’m here to help clarify these confounding ...Read more
“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try” – Gail Devers
Wellness is a journey. An epic voyage filled with ups and downs, twists and turns and plenty of lessons to learn along the way. It is a constant movement propelling us forward into our future armed with new experiences and knowledge. My life, health and education, intimately entwined, have been my journey to wellness, strength, confidence and acceptance.
I was born without my kidneys and bladder connecting. The tubes that transport urine in order to be excreted, called ureters, were too short on both sides. ...Read more