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Equilibrium Therapeutics (Eagle Creek) Unit #2-130 19 Helmcken Rd. Victoria, BC V8Z 5G5 Phone: (778) 405-7888

Equilibrium Therapeutics 101 – 3645 Tillicum Rd. Victoria, BC V8Z 4H4 Phone: (250) 590-7888

Equilibrium Massage Therapy 101 – 1121 Yates St. Victoria, BC V8V 3N1 Phone: (250) 388-7888

EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS EXERCISE TO RELIEVE NECK PAIN Cervical Retraction Stand with your back against a wall and with a rolled up towel behind your neck. Keep your eyes fixed ahead and your head upright. Tuck your chin like you are nodding “yes.” Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 10 times. Does your neck hurt? You might be suffering from stress-related pain — also called a tension headache. During anxiety, muscles tense up. As muscle tension increases, the back, shoulders and neck are affected. The more pressure they cause, the more discomfort you get. Let’s take a closer look at stress-related neck pain. Is My Neck Pain Caused by Stress? Pain worsened by keeping your head in one place — like when you’re driving, or using a computer — is neck pain. While neck pain has a slew of symptoms, its major symptoms are: • Muscle tightness and spasms • Headaches • Decreased ability to move the head Stress-induced neck pain isn’t rare. It also isn’t psychological. Many experts think stress-induced neck pain is caused by physical RELAX & MOVE FORWARD HOW REL I EV ING STRESS CAN HELP YOU WALK AWAY FROM NECK PAIN

factors — low, but constant, trapezius muscle activity. If your neck pain starts at the base of your shoulders, traveling upward, it may be stress related. Causes of Stress-Related Neck Pain While stress alone can trigger neck pain, a few factors can make it worse. Office environments tend to create neck pain problems — as they confine people to chairs, bad posture and little mobility. Driving often, too, can make your chances of stress-related neck pain higher. Contact a professional if you’re experiencing neck pain. Even if it’s caused by stress, untreated neck pain might later reveal treatable underlying conditions such as muscle, nerve or joint dysfunctions. Call us today at your nearest Equilibrium location. Our team of Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists and Osteopaths can help you find the source of your neck pain and guide you along the way to achieve greater health.

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NECK PAIN HOW MANUAL THERAPY CAN BRING YOU RELIEF

Neck pain, fortunately, can be alleviated with manual therapy. Because neck pain is often caused by activity, changing your activity can relieve it. Sometimes, this “activity” means “no activity.” Before you contact a professional, try reducing your neck movements. Sometimes, simply letting your neck muscles relax is enough. If you don’t see relief within two weeks, contact a professional. Manual therapists (Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists and Osteopaths) can target your pain’s source by examining your symptoms. Then they can offer exercises that stretch, flex and relax your neck muscles. In time, your neck will

become more resilient — giving you the comfort you deserve. Where after-care treatment is considered, custom-tailored neck exercises will assure your neck stays loose, limber and healthy. If you’re dealing with neck pain, you’re not alone. Call your nearest Equilibrium location today and schedule an assessment. Even if your neck pain is caused by stress, it still needs attention. We’ll work side by side with your goals, creating the proactive, effective programs you need to achieve mobility once more. Sources: spine-health.com/blog/how-relieve-neck-pain-caused-stress

everydayhealth.com/neck-pain/neck-pain-reduce-stress.aspx ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0027055/ medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000802.htm newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/most-neck-pain- improves-with-self-care-time/ mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/symptoms- causes/syc-20375581 Call Equilibrium today or visit equilibriummassagetherapy.ca to learn more about how our services might benefit you. We will help you get moving and take a step toward a pain-free life.

HEALTHY RECIPE BL ACKENED CHICKEN & AVOCADO SAUCE

• ½ tsp garlic powder •⅛ tsp salt • 2 tbsp green onions, thinly sliced

• 4 (4 oz) chicken breasts • 2 tbsp blackened seasoning • ½ cup plain, Greek yogurt • ½ avocado • 1 tsp lemon juice

DIRECTIONS: Place the chicken breasts and blackened seasoning in a large resealable bag. Seal and shake a few times to evenly coat the chicken. Lightly coat a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until cooked through, 4-6 minutes per side. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the yogurt, avocado, lemon juice, garlic powder, and salt and pulse until smooth and creamy. To serve, top each chicken breast with 2 tablespoons of the creamy avocado sauce and garnish with ½ tablespoon green onions.

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‘Tis the season get back into your healthy routine and it’s also our busiest time of the year! Have you made the most of your benefits? If you have any benefits remaining, there’s still time to use them before you lose them! Don’t wait until it’s too late; your Extended Health Care Plan coverage resets on January 1st and you are unable to carry over any unused benefits into the next year. Take care of yourself now with an intensive treatment program to rid yourself of aches and pains, and then get onto a regular maintenance program in 2020. Remember, don’t be disappointed; book your appointments ahead of time at this busy time of the year. We fill up FAST in December! We still

havemassage therapyappointmentsatournew locationatEagleCreek VillagenearVGHhospital. IncludePhysiotherapy,Chiropractic,Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Osteopathy in your maintenance routines to keep you feeling great. Book your Treatment with Equilibrium today!

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KINESIOLOGIST SPOTLIGHT VICTORIA GOUDY, KINESIOLOGIST

RMT SPOTLIGHT STEVIE GARMAN, REG. MASSAGE THERAPIST

Stephen was born and raised in Victoria. He graduated from Victoria’s WCCMT in 2014. His love of sports, and the many injuries that come with it, pointed him in the direction of massage therapy. His experience ranges from treating people with everyday postural problems, to athletes, to those with neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy. Stephen’s treatment style has been

Victoria graduated from UVic with her B.Sc in Kinesiology. As a Kinesiologist, Victoria will assess and work with you on your balance, rangeofmovementandstrength.Shewillhelp youwithyourgoals,whether it isreducingyour pain, increasingyourfitness,orhelpingyouwith youractivitiesofdaily living.Victoria iscertified inFunctionalMovementScreening(FMSLevel1), agreat foundational tool toassessmobilityand motor control. She has plans to get her CSEP- CPT (personal trainer) certification early 2020.

As her primary treatment modality is exercise; she is involved in a treatment plan after the initial injury phase and once you are able to begin participating inprogressivedegreesofactivity.Shestronglybelieves inpromotingphysical activity as active rehabilitation for all kinds of injuries or illnesses. Island born and raised, Victoria had opportunities to play soccer quite competitively, develop a deep love of golf, and compete as a hunter-jumper equestrian. Currently playing for LIWSA Div1, Victoria’s personal sport participation and background led to a variety of injuries growing up and first stirred her interest in the rehabilitation process. Victoria’s passion is focused on golf biomechanics and rehabilitation. She is intrigued by the way every swing can be completely different and individual – hello,MatthewWolff!–butstillaccomplishthesamegoal;which iswhyshewill be pursuing certification with the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) in 2020. Victoria looks forwardtohelping injuredgolfersrehabilitateandreturntoplay, adjustswingbiomechanics foralteredphysiologicalstates tocontinueplay,or simply assess how to improve swing efficiency and performance. • Tillicum Rd. location • ICBC Provider • FMS Certified

described as that of a “composer”. Using information from your health history, assessment and daily lifestyle he will create a treatment plan that suits you. His treatments blend myofascial release, deep tissue, joint mobilization, trigger point and relaxation technique. In his spare time Stephen writes and performs music and plays almost any kind of sport from hockey to skateboarding. He loves to travel and help people. His passion for athletics led him to fund raise and build a recreational facility for at-risk youth in a rural area of Colombia in 2009, where he instructed youth in skateboarding classes and stretching routines. • Yates St. Location • ICBC Provider • Wide Range of Experience, • Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Joint Mobilization, Trigger Point, and Relaxation Technique

From Postural Problems to Athletes and Treatment for those with Neurological Disorders

PATIENT SPOTLIGHT EQUILIBRIUM SUCCESS STORY

RMT SPOTLIGHT LISA SIMPSON, REG. MASSAGE THERAPIST

Lisa is a graduate of The West Coast College of Massage Therapy program in Victoria. She is a Registered Massage Therapist in good standingwiththeCollegeofRegisteredMassage Therapists of British Columbia. Lisa has always been amazed at the bodies’ astonishing ability to heal, to adapt, and compensate in the face of dysfunction, injury or illness. Her treatment tools are a diverse integration of Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release,

Joint Mobilizations, Trigger Point Therapy and Relaxation Massages to appropriatelyaddressherpatientsneedsandtreatmentgoals.Shehasgained usefulexperience in treatingpeoplewithamyriadofconditions.These include butarenot limitedto:migraines,diabetes,sports injuries,Parkinson’sdisease, arthritis, pregnancy, and Multiple Sclerosis. She has a particular interest in myofascial dysfunction, repetitive strain injury, respiratory disorders, stress management, postural dysfunction and imbalance, whiplash, palliative care, post mastectomy care, and post-operative scar tissue care. Lisa has a true passion for educating her patients on anatomy and physiology and helping them find ideal rehabilitation practices to assist them to become activeparticipants inachieving theirhealthgoals.Withstructureand function in mind, Lisa aims to help bring balance back into the lives of her patients. Outside of the clinic, Lisa is an avid reader, an ardent cyclist, a novice painter, a worshiper of nature, and most importantly: a life-long learner.

“For the longest time, I went to spas to have an RMT work on my troubled spots. While I felt “good” after my treatment, I never quite got to “great” or a resolution of the problem. It was a lot of money for 75% success. After thinking about it, I had an epiphany: there must be a place where RMTs is a way of doing business. In talking with a professional, I was referred to Equilibrium. Ahhhhh, success! Thank you, for getting to my spots, relief, and a resolution.. for a price that takes my dollar further!! Thank you.”

Massage, Myofascial Release, Joint Mobilizations, Trigger Point Therapy and Relaxation Massages

• Yates Street, Tillicum Road, and Eagle Creek locations • Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports

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OUR SERVICES AT EQUILIBRIUM

• Massage Therapy • Physiotherapy

• Vestibular Therapy • Electrical

• Manual Therapy • Myofasical Release • Therapeutic Exercise

• Chiropractic • Acupuncture • Manual Osteopathy & Rolfing • Concussion Therapy

Stimulation • Ergonomic Training • Graston Technique • Kinesio Taping

• Ultrasound • Kinesiology

We’re here to help you on your journey to overall health and wellness.

How Can a Kinesiologist Help Treat My Specific Condition? A kinesiologist is an expert inmovement who looks at all the mechanics of the body to determine the best course of treatment for each patient’s specific needs. When working with a kinesiologist, you may be asked to perform certain diagnostic movement tests that will analyze your body function. From there, your kinesiologist will help guide you through both manual and non-manual treatment methods that will both help you find relief and get your body back to its normal levels of physical function. As kinesiology is centered around movement, it is likely that much of your treatment with a kinesiologist will be focused around moving the body in ways that will aid in healing, so you can reach optimum levels of health and wellness. If you are interested in learning more about kinesiology and how it may benefit you, don’t hesitate to contact Equilibrium today. We would be happy to set up a consultation with our kinesiologist, Victoria, so you can get started on the best plan of care to optimize your health and get your body back to where it is meant to be.

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What is Kinesiology? According to Kinesiology Connection, “A fundamental premise of Kinesiology is that the body has innate healing energy and is doing its best to care for itself, but sometimes needs assistance to achieve this state.” Thegoalofakinesiologist is toaid thebody in itsnaturalhealingprocess. Much of what a kinesiologist does revolves around muscle testing as a waytodetermineany imbalances inthebodythatare inneedoftreatment SOCK DR I VE HELP US DONATE SOCKS TO THE HOMELESS Peopleveryrarelydonatenewsockstothoseexperiencing homelessness! Please join us in raising awareness and donatingasmanypairsofNEWsocksthatwecan.ThehealthofourFeet is something inwhichwetakeforgrantedeveryday.Whysocks? Environmental –Socksprovidealayerofwarmth!Smokingalsoconstricts bloodvessels,makingtoesmoresusceptibletodamagebycold. Mechanical –Sockshelpwithpainassociatedwithwalkingforlongperiods oftime.Theydecreasefrictionbetweentheshoescontactwiththeskinand helpcushionthebottomofthefoot. Physical – Not only do clean socks decrease the amount of contact with bacteria,buttheyalsocreatealayerofdrynesstotheskinwhichslowsdown bacteriagrowth. Social – Embarrassment associated with the smell of feet and the poor condition of shoes and socks are deterrents in using available foot care services. Providing clean, new socks helps those in need to get one step closertohealthcare. Adult and male socks are preferred. The socks donated will be distributed to homeless shelters in the Greater Victoria area. We will be matching the contribution raised!

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