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DON’T IGNORE YOUR BACK PAIN INJURIES ARE A REAL PAIN IN THE BACK INSIDE: Don’t Ignore Your Back Pain • How to Take Care of Your Back • Exercise Essentials • Healthy Recipe • Sudoku Challenge • Specialist Spotlights
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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
The back is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body. You rely on it so heavily —whether it is to shoulder your emotional stresses or to physically liftsomething thatyouneed tocarry with you. Your back is constantly at risk. It is at risk when you drive, being one of the body parts likely to take the biggest impact in case of an accident. It is at risk when you are safely at home on your couch or at the office, where you are likely scrunched over and not caring onebitaboutyourposture. It isatriskwhenyou run, when you play sports, and even when you find yourself sick and are coughing so heavily that your back begins to hurt. It isnowonderthatsomanypeopleexperience back injuries every year. What is a big wonder is that so many people choose to ignore their back injuries year after year! When you break an arm or get a cut on your leg,youare likelytodosomethingabout itright away. The sight of blood leaving your body or the realization that a bone isn’t sitting right is something that not many people are going to deal with for too long before seeking medical attention.Yetwhenpainbegins intheback, it is almost normal to ignore it. Everyone develops back pain, time to time, right? There is no reason to stress about it or overreact, right? Absolutely wrong! Understanding Back Pain Back pain may be common, but it is absolutely not normal. There are actually a lot of serious BACK PAIN INJUR I ES ARE A REAL PA IN IN THE BACK DON’T IGNORE YOUR
conditionsthatcancauseyourbacktobeginto hurt,and it issmarttohaveyourback lookedat early on so that you know exactly what is going on with your body from the get-go. Oncethecauseofyourbackpain isdetermined, yourpractitioner (physiotherapist,chiropractor, registered massage therapist, manual osteopathic practitioner, acupuncturist and/or kinesiologist) will be able to identify the best treatment options for your body’s needs. This will likely include the following: • Targeted exercises that are specialized to the region of the back that is experiencing themostpain.Theseexercisesaredesigned to help build strength and support the surrounding muscles. • Guidedstretchingdesignedto improverange of motion and flexibility. This will take into account the health and vivacity of vertebrae andanypotentialstretchesthatmaysupport optimal back health. • Support and guidance with an exercise routine and habit formation, especially with cardiovascular activity that can stimulate improved blood circulation to the affected areas of the back, as well as strength- buildingactivities. Ourphysiotherapistsand kinesiologists can get you onto a routine to make you strong. Working with a team of experienced clinicians can provide you with the guidance and ongoing support that you need to ensure that you do not experience any further injury as to heal the cause of your back pain.
Getting to the Bottom of Back Pain There are a lot of different reasons as to why youmaybeexperiencingbackpain,and ignoring any of them is not a good idea. Some of the most common issues that cause back pain to linger include: • Muscle sprain or strain • Nerve and/or joint (vertebrae) irritation • Localized muscle weakness • Arthritis These concerns can develop as a result of a myriadofenvironmental issues,suchashaving poor posture, prolonged sedentary activity, car crash, sporting accident, stress, heavy lifting, and so on. When It Comes to Back Pain, Don’t Wait! Whenyouexperiencean injury toyourback,or realize that you are experiencing regular pain as a result of an ongoing injury or overuse, it is importanttofindoutthecauseofyourbackpain as quickly as possible. Back pain can quickly becomechronic,asapotentiallysmall issuecan become complicated when it is not addressed early on. Working with our team of clinicians can help you to identify the difference between environmental causes and something more medically based. Call your nearest Equilibrium location today or visit our website at equilibriummassagetherapy.ca to book an appointment.
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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BACK
then fail. An easy stretching routine every day can keep you feeling great and put a spring in your step. 4. Stay Strong. You have hundreds of muscles, which control the movement of your spine. Major muscles that support the spine include your abdominal, pelvis, spinal and hip muscles. By keeping your core muscles strong, you support your spine and have the ability to easily control lifting, quick movements, bending and a lot more. 5. Come to Equilibrium. Our health clinicians will keep your body in good condition to tackle the activities you love. If you have a history of back pain, injury or are currently experiencing aches and pains, we can analyze your problem and construct a treatment program that will work best for your individual problem. At Tillicum, you can build a personalized exercise program in our gym with our Kinesiologist. With soothing hands-on therapy to targeted exercises, we can help you return quickly to feeling your best. Our team is here to help you!
1. Keep a Good Posture. When standing, imagine a string through the top of your head lifting you straight up. This puts your neck, shoulders, spine and hips in natural alignment. While sitting, make sure you sit back in the chair with your feet on the floor and your lower back supported. Your shoulders should not slouch when sitting. Avoid soft couches when you can. 2. Lift Properly. Picking things up is a normal part of our day. Even if you pick up something light, your back muscles have to lift the weight of your upper torso and control that movement. Make sure you always face what you need to pick up, squat keeping your spine straight and push with your leg muscles. This helps reduce the excessive pressure on your spine. 3. Stay Flexible. Flexibility is key to maintaining a healthy back. By keeping your body flexible, the normal forces of movement and lifting can be distributed across the spine, rather than focused onto a few segments, which can
HEALTHY RECIPE GARLIC BUTTER MEATBALLS WITH ZUCCHINI PASTA
• 4 medium zucchini, spiralized • lemon juice • salt (to taste) • black pepper (to taste)
• 4 cloves garlic, grated + 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 tsp Italian seasoning • 1/2 tsp crushed red chili
• 1/2 lb ground turkey • 1/2 lb ground pork
• 1/2 cup shredded cheese • 1 crumbled bouillon cube • 1 tbsp hot sauce • 1 cup fresh chopped cilantro
pepper flakes • 3 tbsp butter
TURKEY MEATBALLS: Combine ground turkey and pork, cheese, grated garlic, Italian seasoning, bouillon cube, red chili pepper flakes, chopped cilantro and black pepper. Mix well to formmedium balls. Arrange meatballs on a plate and set aside. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook meatballs for 8-10 min on all sides until cooked through. While cooking, baste meatballs in butter and juices. Remove and set aside. ZUCCHINI NOODLES: Melt remaining butter and add lemon juice, hot sauce, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. Add zucchini noodles and cook for 3-4 min, stirring regularly, until done yet still crisp. Season with salt/pepper and garnish with cilantro. Add the meatballs back to the pan and reheat for about a minute. Serve the meatballs and zucchini noodles immediately with a lemon slice on the side.
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Equilibrium Therapeutics (Eagle Creek) Unit #2-130, 19 Helmcken Road, Victoria, BC V8Z 5G5 To schedule an appointment at our Eagle Creek location, visit our booking calendar online at equilibriummassagetherapy.janeapp.com or call us today at (778) 405-7888. CHECK OUT OUR EAGLE CREEK LOCATION! EAGLE CREEK VILLAGE NEAR VGH HOSPITAL http://1sudoku.com 9 7 1 4 6 2 5 3 8 1 7
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Lower Trunk Rotation Lie down on your back, bend your knees and drop them to either side and hold for ten seconds. This stretch should be felt in the lower back and sometimes in the outer hips as well.
Four Point Trunk Flexion & Extension
Start on hands and knees. Arch your back up to theceilingashigh as you comfortably can, and hold. Then, arch your back the opposite direction as low as you comfortably can, and hold. Repeat 6 times.
Stretches Your Back
Relieves Back Pain
CHIROPRACTOR SPOTLIGHT DR. MERIDEE SENICK, DC
RMT SPOTLIGHT NICOLLE MALONEY, REG. MASSAGE THERAPIST
Nicolle Maloney has lived on Vancouver Island formostofher lifeandgrewup in theCowichan Valley area. She graduated from West Coast CollegeofMassageTherapy inVictoria in2015. Shehashadthepleasureofworkingasamobile therapist in the lower Vancouver Island area and at Le Spa Sereine until its closure in 2016. Fromherexperienceatthespa,Nicollewasable to perfect her rhythmic flow along with special touches tomakeeach treatmentgratifying.Her most recent Continuing Education course was
DrMerideeSenickgraduated fromPalmer College of Chiropractic West in 2003 and practiced in the Seattle area for 16 years. Dr. Meridee has just moved back to her home town of Victoria and we are happy to welcome her to our clinic. Dr. Meridee suffered from migraines as a child and Chiropractic care was the only treatment that helped her. Dr. Meridee is passionateabouthelpingpatientsgetrelief
Lomi Lomi Massage; strokes done with hands and forearms, often long and sweeping, resembling rolling waves traveling along the body in a rhythmic manner.Nicollecreatesarejuvenating treatment focusedon theclient’sgoals and needs for both body and mind. She tends to favour moderate to deeper pressurewithactive techniqueswhilealwaysworkingwithin theclient’spain tolerance. She is also able to accommodate the lightest of touch for a more relaxing treatment. She favours techniques such as Trigger Point Release, Myofascial Release TherapyandTapotement(thebody isrhythmically tapped tostimulateorrelax muscle tissue). Ultimately, she uses the type of techniques that work best for each individual client. Her style of treatment has had a great effect in both physically and mentally aiding her clients goals for optimal results. Nicolle is described as pleasantly professional, a nurturer by nature and meticulouswithacuriousmindwhileprovidingaspacewhereherclientscan feel relaxed and accommodated. In her spare time, she can be found raising her growing family, coaching her kids’ soccer teams and enjoying the many adventures that our beautiful planet has to offer. • ICBC provider • 3 years in practice • Interest in using active techniques and Trigger Point Release • Location: Eagle Creek RMT SPOTLIGHT MICHAEL LOUNT, REG. MASSAGE THERAPIST
from headaches and migraines. She has extensive training in gently adjusting the upper neck, which is often a major cause of headaches andneckpain. Dr.Merideeadjustsherpatientswithseveraldifferent techniques that are gentle yet effective. Her gentle techniques are great for takingcareofchildren, theelderlyandeveryone inbetween. Dr. Meridee also has extensive training in adjusting extremities and she specializes in shoulder and ankle injuries. Outside of the office, Dr. Meridee enjoys an active lifestyle and is an avid NFL fan. • ICBC provider • Special interest in treating headaches including migraines • 16 years of experience • Location: Eagle Creek
PATIENT SPOTLIGHT EQUILIBRIUM SUCCESS STORY
Michael has recently moved to Victoria to enjoy the beautiful west coast. He graduated from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy in Sutton, Ontario in 1996. He’s worked in a variety of clinic settings and has owned his own clinic in Markham, Ontario since 1999. Michael has an interest in sports
injuries, with a focus on concussions and head injuries. He has taken many courses over the past 23 years to stay current and find better methods to treat his patients to get the best treatment outcomes. In his spare time, Michael loves to work out and has entered natural bodybuilding competitions for the past 3 years. This new focus has allowed Michael to stay healthy and promote a healthy lifestyle to his clients.
“I’ve seen Dr. Meridee Senick twice now and she is absolutely amazing! She is very knowledgeable, assessed me quickly, and knew exactly what was going on with my body. I left feeling much better and I strongly recommend her. I also see a couple of registered massage therapists at Equilibrium (Nicolle Maloney and Ashley Cooper) who are also absolutely amazing. The front desk staff is always friendly and helpful. Great experience every time I go in for treatment.”
• ICBC provider • 24 years of experience • Interest in sports injuries including concussions and head injuries
• Location: Eagle Creek
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OUR SERVICES AT EQUILIBRIUM
Therapy • Vestibular Therapy • Electrical Stimulation • Ergonomic Training • Graston
Technique • Kinesio Taping • Manual Therapy • Myofasical Release • Therapeutic Exercise • Ultrasound
• Massage Therapy • Physiotherapy
• Chiropractic • Acupuncture • Manual Osteopathy & Rolfing • Concussion
We’re here to help you on your journey to overall health and wellness.
COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE FEATURED SERVICE AT YATES LOCATION
SHOCKWAVE THERAPY FEATURED SERVICE AT TILLICUM LOCATION
What is Cosmetic Acupuncture? Health conscious individuals everywhere are embracing cosmetic acupuncture as a way to refresh their appearance without surgery or injections of neurotoxins (Botox, Dysport). Youthfulness and beauty are more than skin deep so Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture addresses the internal causes of skin aging from the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective as well as at the skin surface. The Package: The full ten-treatmentpackage isdesigned toprovide lastingresultsby working with the skin’s natural growth cycle and collagen production time frame to retrain the skin matrix. The Results: Everyone can expect softer, fuller, smoother, firmer skin. Other results can includediminished fine linesandwrinkles, liftingofsoftening jawline and jowls, younger eyes (less puffy, darkness, drooping), and smoother skin tone and coloration.
ShockwaveTherapyhasarrivedatEquilibriumTherapeutics! Shockwave Therapy uses a device to send strong energy pulses to the affected areas. It accelerates the healing process in the body by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue. Shockwave isespeciallyeffective forpeoplesuffering fromchronicpain conditions that won’t heal on their own. Our Physiotherapists, Chiropractor and Kinesiologist are trained and able to perform this service. Shockwave therapy has been used successfully to treat a variety of conditions including tendinitis, trigger points, rotator cuff injuries, scar tissue, bursitis. plantar fasciitis and shin splints. Compared to other treatment methods, the Advantages are: • Quick pain relief • Accelerates healing • No side effects • No risk of allergies • Avoids surgery and anesthesia • Effective for chronic conditions • No medication is needed
See our webpage at equilibriummassagetherapy.ca/ physiotherapy-treatments/cosmetic-acupuncture or call our Yates St. location at (250) 388-7888 for more details!
For more information about how Shockwave Therapy can help you, call our Tillicum Rd. location at (250) 590-7888.
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