New Exercises for Low Back Pain on the CCGI YouTube Channel

The Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative has just published a great series of exercises for those who are experiencing low back pain. These exercises are great to add to your daily routine to help ease your pain. If you are new to exercise or are in considerable pain start with the level 1 series. As you improve you can progress to levels 2 and 3 to build up your strength and stability. There are even a couple of yoga series to work through which are safe for your low back. Give them a try!!!

Concussions…. a BIG deal!

We’ve been hearing alot about the danger of concussions in sport and especially in youth sport. Research shows that if not treated properly, the impact of a single concussion or multiple concussions can be long-lasting.

Dr. Janzen is now a SHIFT Concussion Management Trained Practitioner. For more information and a great video primer for kids and parents, go to: http://shiftconcussion.ca/

 

As a result of now having this training, the clinic is offering Concussion Baseline Testing using ImPACT software for the upcoming Football, Hockey and Ringette seasons.

Call the clinic today at 403-932-1060 to inquire about individual or team testing.

 

 

 

Welcome Dr. Jared Foat to the Bow River Chiropractic Team

We are please to welcome Dr. Jared Foat to Bow River Chiropractic.

Dr. Foat attended Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta where he achieved his Bachelor’s degree in Health Science as well as a minor in chemistry. He went on to attended Palmer West Chiropractic College in San Jose, California where he graduated with Honours and was inducted into the Pi Tau Delta Chiropractic Honour Society. While in school Dr. Foat developed the skills necessary to diagnose and treat the root cause of a variety of conditions including musculoskeletal, nervous system, extremity and spinal problems. Dr. Foat uses evidence based practices that are both safe and effective to help his patients achieve optimal health. Each patient has an individual treatment plan that is tailored to their specific needs and goals.

Dr. Jared Foat specializes in:
• Sport Injuries
• Soft tissue mobilization
• Rehabilitation Protocols
• Neuromuscular Taping
• Extremity injuries/pain
• Musculoskeletal Injuries
• Neuromuscular dysfunction
• Preventive Wellness Care
• Occupational Injury Prevention

Dr. Foat grew up on a farm near Cremona Alberta. He enjoys a variety of sports including hockey, golf and baseball and when he isn’t working in the clinic he can be found working on the family farm.

Dr. Foat will be working Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and evenings. Call the clinic at 403-932-1060 to make your appointment!

Have a Concussion?

Dr. Janzen is a recognized Healthcare Provider of the Shift Concussion Management Program – an evidence-based educational platform for Health Professionals working with concussion patients. Dr. Janzen has been trained in concussion assessment and management techniques and can provide you with the education, care, and rehabilitation you require to get back to your daily activities. For more information, contact us at 403-932-1060.

Signs and Symptoms of Concussion:

-Headache
-Head “Pressure”
-Dizziness
-Light-Headedness
-Nausea/Vomiting
-Blurred or Strained Vision
-Sensitivity to Light
-Sensitivity to Noise
-Feeling “Slowed Down”
-Feeling “In a Fog”
-Not Feeling “Right”
-Difficulty Concentrating
-Fatigue/Drowsiness
-Difficulty Sleeping
-Excessive Sleepiness
-Memory Problems
-Sadness, Anxiety
-Irritability
-Feeling More Emotional

Introducing Sheola – Bow River Chiropractic’s new Massage Therapist

Bow River Chiropractic is pleased to welcome the newest member of our team… Sheola Kin!

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Sheola received her 1100hr diploma in 2015 and continued with advanced training and received her 2200hr diploma in 2016. She is looking forward to continued education as a RMT.

Her approach towards caring for clients is to warm up and relax the muscle to prevent muscle guarding which gives her an opportunity to apply deeper pressure where needed. She feels that communication between a Massage Therapist and client is vital to receiving your best treatment.

Sheola enjoys living in Cochrane because of its friendly atmosphere and is looking forward to providing massage treatments for the community.

Give Bow River Chiropractic Clinic a call at 404-932-1060 to book your massage appointment with Sheola!

Welcoming Massage Therapist Laurie Quillian!

We are happy to welcome Laurie to our team at Bow River Chiropractic!

Laurie graduated from the Calgary College of Holistic Health and Clinics Inc. at the University of Calgary in June 2007.  When Alberta started changing the regulations regarding Registered Massage Therapists, she didn’t hesitate to return back to the classroom. In May 2014, she graduated from the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy with an Advanced 2200 Hour Massage Therapy Diploma.

Laurie enjoys the rewards of working with her clients to identify their unique and individual circumstances.  Since starting massage she has gained valuable experience working with a variety of clients using deep tissue and therapeutic techniques while being able to incorporate relaxation and stress relief for overall optimal health.  She feels a massage session should focus on increasing active daily living and feeling of wellbeing, while decreasing pain, injury and anxiety to allow sessions to be effective as possible.  She is also passionate about encouraging and empowering clients to take charge of their health with small but effective changes in their day to day life.

Call the clinic today at 403-932-1060 to book your appointment with Laurie!

Laurie Quillian Massage Therapist Cochrane, Alberta

Laurie Quillian

Heel Pain

Heel pain is a very common condition that we see and treat at the clinic. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.
Plantar fasciitis presents with sharp stabbing heel pain. It is commonly very painful first thing in the morning and has a tendency to loosen up a little with movement. It is more common in runners, people who are overweight, and those with flat feet.

 

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At Bow River Chiropractic Clinic Dr. Janzen uses a variety of different techniques to treat this condition. If the person has flat feet a common recommendation is custom foot orthotics to help correct faulty foot biomechanics. We also use laser therapy to help decrease the inflammation and give the area a little energy boost to speed up the healing process.
As the pain subsides we give specific stretches and exercises to help release some of the tight muscles that contribute to the condition. Plantar fasciitis generally responds well to treatment and people are back doing their everyday activities in no time .

Straighten up Alberta!!

The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors has developed a great program that helps promote spinal health and posture. This program is available on the Straighten Up Alberta website, as well as an app for your mobile device. It is a great little video for either adults or kids to help get moving and straighten up throughout the day.

Check it out at http://www.straightenupalberta.com/
The app is available at the apple store or google play.

Backpack Tips

It’s back to school time and students are loading up their backpacks with all their school supplies. . Here are some simple tips for picking, packing and wearing a backpack to avoid pain and strain.proper_backpack
Pick the right bag
• Choose a bag made of lightweight material.
• Pick a bag that has two wide, adjustable and padded shoulder straps, along with a hip or waist
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• Ensure the bag is no larger than needed. The top of the pack should not extend higher than the top of the shoulder, and the bottom should not fall below the top of the hip bone.
Pack it light
• The total weight of the pack should not exceed 10 to 15 per cent (unlike image above) of the wearer’s body weight.
• Pack the heaviest items close to the body.
Wear it properly
• Both shoulder straps should always be used and adjusted so the pack fits snugly against the body.
• The pack should sit two inches above the waist.
• Never allow your child to sling a backpack over only one shoulder.
• Using the waist strap reduces the strain on the back and transfers some of the load to the hips.

If you do have some questions or want you child’s backpack checked feel free to ask Dr. Janzen.

What the heck is text neck?

Text neck is a term used to describe the injuries and pain associated with looking down at wireless devices for too long. The symptoms associated with text neck are
– Neck pain
– Back pain
– Headaches
– Shoulder pain
– Increased curvature of the spine
By constantly looking downward it places a greater amount of weight or load on your neck muscles and joints.

When your neck is in a neutral position the head weighs about 10-12 lbs. In a looking down position it can add an extra 30-40lbs of stress to the neck. Over time this extra wear and tear on the neck can lead to shortened and tight neck muscle as well as postural changes such as rounded shoulders.

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At Bow River Chiropractic Clinic we see this condition on a daily basis. We can provide the necessary treatment to get you feeling better as well as give you corrective exercises to help repair some of the damage. One of the best things you can do for starters is to limit your time on mobile devices and also try to hold them close to shoulder height when looking at them.