For the next few months I will be focusing my time in just the one clinic in Pemberton and will re-evaluate after the winter if running both the Whistler and Pemberton locations makes sense.
This means that even more time for you in the clinic will be available for appointments. I can’t wait to see you soon!
Entering the winter season, let’s all remind ourselves to invest in our health. Keep dry, warm, rested, hydrated, happy and healthy. And keep washing those hands! Our COVID-19 Protocols remain in place to keep us all safe and healthy.
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Posture – Upper Cross Syndrome
Upper Cross Syndrome (UCS) refers to a particular configuration of overlapping overactive and underactive muscle groups in the neck, chest, and shoulders. This looks as though you are slouching. What is happens is that the back muscles of the neck and shoulders (upper trapezius, and levator scapula) become extremely overactive and strained, and the muscles in the front of the chest (the major and minor pectoralis muscles) become shortened and tight.
As a result of these overactive muscles, the surrounding counter muscles become underused and weakened. In UCS this causes weak muscles in the front of the neck (cervical flexor muscles) and in the lower shoulders (rhomboid and lower trapezius muscles). The condition gets its name from the “x” shape that develops when regions of overactive and underactive muscles overlap (see image above).
In Pemberton and Whistler there are endless opportunities to live, work and play and it is apparent to me in my daily practice just how many people suffer from this condition. The daily commute to Whistler for work, the hours in front of a computer or device, forward prolonged posture mountain biking, all of which promote this Upper Cross “slouching” position, leaving you in pain with reduced range of motion and feeling stiff.
So, what can we do? The best way to treat UCS is through exercise and postural changes, chiropractic adjustments, massage and movement!! If you think this is something you are suffering from let’s talk about this at your next appointment.
This month one of my awesome running friends and I encountered a wild wind storm in the middle of our run.
It was actually pretty terrifying as we dodged trees falling around us. I felt like a character in a Harry Potter movie, running from the Whomping Willow to save his life. Talk about adrenaline!!
The next day it was completely calm so I went running back past the same spot and took a picture of the area we were in (see below), pretty crazy what came down on the trail!
This was definitely a moment we won’t forget.
Stay safe out there!
Ginger Turmeric Latte!
This is a magical healing latte! The ingredients combined create an anti-inflammatory, soothing, protein-packed, warming drink to nourish your body and mind.
Ingredients for one latte:
2 cups water
1 piece fresh ginger, peeled
1 piece fresh turmeric root, peeled
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 teaspoon raw honey
In a pan on the stove, bring the water to a boil. Using a fine hand grater, grate both the turmeric and ginger. Add all the ingredients, except the cardamom, into a high speed blender and blend for 1 minute. Pour the mixture through cheesecloth or a fine strainer and serve. Garnish with a sprinkle of cardamom.