Wow, what a year! How have we reached fall already? As we approach Thanksgiving I wanted to reach out and connect to say ‘Thank You’ to you and all of my clients this year. I know that it’s been quite the ride for all of us. Here’s to moving forwards and sticking together as a community.
I am grateful to be running my clinics in both Whistler and Pemberton and appreciate your business and referrals. During our appointments we don’t always have extra time to talk so I would like to take this opportunity to address some of the most common questions I am asked as a Chiropractor. I am passionate about what I do and enjoy talking about my profession. I have tried to answer some of the most common questions I receive. If you have any other specific questions for future newsletters, please email me. I will be happy to answer!
Some of the most common questions I am asked as a Chiropractor;
1) Can I exercise after an adjustment?
In general exercise after an adjustment is a Yes! Most importantly, listen to your own body.
I am not one to discourage anyone from exercising, but only you will know if it doesn’t feel right. Pain is such a strong indicator of what to do. Exercise after an adjustment if not in an acute situation, will stimulate blood flow, oxygen, nutrients, and in general circulate healing properties to the joints of the body!
2) Is it normal to hear lots of pops in my body after an adjustment?
Yes, this is completely normal and is common. When the joints of the body are stuck or have restricted motion, and I do a manual adjustment on that specific joint, or joints, the motion of that joint is moving back into its normal state and position. The pops you hear is the gas releasing from that inflamed joint. Following an adjustment it is normal to hear and feel things shifting and popping (adjusting) into their regular spinal position. And usually this feels great!
3) When choosing a Chiropractor, who would you go to and why?
A lot of people decide to come to a Chiropractor through referrals from friends and family. Because chiropractic can be an intimidating experience for some, people like to go to someone they can trust. There are various styles of chiropractic and it can be challenging to find the same style from one Chiropractor to the next. If you have questions, please never hesitate to call and ask the Chiropractor what and how they adjust people, their vision, background, and style.
4) How often should I see the Chiropractor?
I like to let people decide their own path. I don’t like to put pressure on people about how often they have to come for an adjustment as I know every single person has different needs. I encourage everyone to figure out what works best for them. Some people know that if they don’t see me once a month, they will be visiting me way more often in the future, and could experience increased pain. Others prefer to come weekly, while some come only when they’re hurt and that could be once or twice a year. If someone is really trying to change patterns in their body, I would encourage them to tackle the problem and come twice a week for two weeks. At that time we will re-evaluate and decide if they need a few more sessions until their bodies are back in fine form.
This week I ran 30km to Garibaldi Lake which lies within Garibaldi Provincial Park.
The rumours of the most unbelievable blue you have ever seen are true! The lake is the brightest turquoise blue, and the bluebird sky that day made me smile. The ice cold glacier swim mid-run was maybe the best part.
I often remind myself when I get to go on these adventures that this is our backyard!
How lucky we are!!!
This is one of my favourite smoothies and I think you’ll enjoy it too.This smoothie is naturally sweetened with dates so you can feel no guilt drinking it! I find this smoothie great post workout, after a run, or as a quick breakfast.
Ingredients for one smoothie:
1 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons gluten free rolled oats
3 pitted Medjool dates, to taste
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon peanut butter or almond butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (option to add a pinch of nutmeg)
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 to 5 ice cubes
In a high speed blender, combine all of the ingredients, and blend until smooth!