Baby is not walking yet!

Baby is not walking yet!

Baby not walking yet? Not to worry, there is a broad spectrum of the developmental period that they could fall into! The first information you need to know is how your baby learns to walk. Newborns don’t have nearly enough strength to support their growing body, they use reflexive techniques (such as stretching out like a scarecrow!) against hard surfaces. But this is a development phase and they will only do it for a couple of months. As your baby grows, they reach an age (typically around the six month period) where they LOVE to bounce. Bouncing stimulates the muscles that are continuing to develop while s/he is mastering other skills like rolling over, sitting up and crawling. At the age of 9 months (approx.) your baby will probably start skills that play with your heart strings like pulling himself up on anything and everything he can, this will likely end in a few crashes, lots of tears and even more ‘get better’ kisses. Next, comes bending their knees and learning to sit after standing (tougher than you would think!). Around 12 months of age is when furniture “surfing” begins, walking along anything that can assist with stability (it’s a plus if it tastes good too, mmmm couch!) maybe even a few unassisted...

S’no Good At All

Is low-back pain keeping you down? Calgary has recently experienced colder temperatures with record-breaking amounts of snow. Between shoveling snow and scraping sidewalks, Calgarians are recently experiencing more episodes of low-back pain! Anyone who has experienced back pain knows how debilitating, painful, and depressing the pain can become. So what is the best course of action for these suffering Calgarians?  Addressing the root cause of the problem will speed healing,  and can help bring about increased stability. Research proves that low-back pain is best treated with a combination of treatments, including chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and rehabilitative exercises.  Devices such as lower back support belts, soft tissue manipulation (such as Graston® or ART) and pain management medication can be added when appropriate.  The ideal treatment will be specifically tailored to each individual.   However, the best treatment is prevention!! Warm up before going outside to shovel.  Try marching in place and touching your toes. Keep your back and core adequately strong and flexible all winter long. Push the snow, avoid lifting, as much as possible. With deep snow, skim off the top layer of snow, don’t try to get it all in one scoop. Switch your lead hand, left arm forward, then right & switch grip palm under and palm over. Take frequent breaks  And always ask for help. When lifting snow (which occasionally does have to be done), bend mostly at your knees instead of your back. Do not twist at the waist while shoveling.  Turn your whole body by stepping around with your feet. Try those ergonomic (bent handle shovels) to reduce the strain on your back...

Graston Technique Success for Upper Back and Shoulder Pain

I just wanted to write a short note and tell you how pleased I am with the breakthrough we have had with my upper back and shoulder pain. As you know, I have been having the pain for close to a year, and have visited other specialists.  However, no one was able to address the exact cause of the pain.  That was until I met you and your “stainless steel tools of pain relief”. By using your knowledge and the graston tools, I have found newfound mobility in my back and shoulders.  I am not sure if you know this but before I met you I was unable to work for long periods at a time and golfing was incredibly difficult because of the pain.  That was until you released the scar tissue that had formed over the years. In addition, I am thankful for your awesome fitness advice and stretching exercises you have passed on.  I wonder if your clients know that you are not only an active athlete yourself but also a fitness trainer.  I have found the sessions together to be very proactive in getting the issues with my back resolved. I am very pleased that the sessions have resulted in increased abilities and have remained on track according to your rehabilitation schedule that you laid out on our first visit. Overall, I am very satisfied with your company, you staff and your services. Way to deliver on your promises Jamila! Not all of the therapist’s in Calgary do. [Name...

“When did you break your neck?”

Dear Doctor Abdulla: I can’t let any more time go by without writing to tell you how I’ve been feeling as a result of your chiropractic treatments to my neck. As you may recall, before visiting you the first time I sought help from my family doctor for relief from a very sharp and intense pain in my left shoulder. He put me on painkillers and sent me in for x-rays. An appointment was made to see an orthopedic surgeon 8 months later. The painkillers brought little relief. In desperation I visited a chiropractic clinic in Calgary. No change. Fortunately for me, my barber spoke very highly of how you had helped him. The rest is history! Upon my first visit to your office you took the time to take a detailed history of my health history, and respected what I thought-refreshing! Imagine my surprise when, after examining my neck and viewing the x-rays, you asked, “when did you break your neck?” I have to wonder why no doctor, in the last forty five years, ever discovered what happened to my neck long ago when I suffered a mountain climbing accident. Because you took the time and carefully examined my neck and the x-ray, and followed a very careful procedure in manipulating my cervical vertebra, and relaxing the related muscles, I walked out of your office after only the first two visits virtually pain free. Three more visits and I was pain-free and off the pain-killers. It’s been so ever since! Thank you for your encouragement to pursue holistic and natural healing alternatives. Gratefully yours, [Name...