by Cindy J.
is currently working on her thesis. How can you help?
am still recruiting for my research thesis on the topic
of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. OSA, as defined by the Canadian
Lung Association, is a pause in breathing of 10-30 seconds
while sleeping. This can happen hundreds of times over
the course of one night. (Source: Canadian
If your bed partner observes this, reports that you snore and
you feel tired during the day,
you may have some type of sleeping disorder and should
be checked. Undiagnosed sleeping disorders have been
linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well
as have been the cause of motor vehicle and boat accidents.
I am currently recruiting 25
volunteers for this research. If you have already had
a sleep study within the past 6 months, suspect you have
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or currently use a CPAP, you
may qualify to be in my study. If you know of anyone with these symptoms and are interested in
trying an alternative therapy, have them call me for more information about
the study. From start to completion its approximately 4 months. Included are
3 in-home overnight polysomnograms, 5 sessions of treatment, and 2 questionnaires.
My goal is to find out how osteopathic treatments affect the symptoms of OSA
and if it can affect blood oxygen levels and respiratory disturbances.
Manual Osteopathic Therapy is
a gentle hands-on therapy that looks at the whole person.
By doing a postural assessment, extensive health history discussion, and treating
areas that are misaligned (using training in visceral massage/manipulation,
and craniosacral therapy) an osteopathic treatment can help to alleviate some
of the symptoms of discomfort in many areas of the body.
Book an Appointment:
At Vitality: Mondays 12 - 6pm or Tuesdays 12 - 6pm
Phone to book: 250-370-1020 or book
by Cindy J.
it's just as it sounds: a platform that moves up and
down with a small amplitude and high oscillations. Your personal trainer
guides you in various stretches and strengthening positions that tone the
little muscles in your entire body. You feel funny at first as your body adjusts
to the movements, and enjoy the way your voice jiggles
as you speak. Each exercise is a quick (or long depending on the position
your body is in and the shape the muscles are in) thirty seconds. After
about 10-15 different exercises you are done in 15 minutes! Enough time for a walk
or to grab lunch before heading back to work. I did a trial week and Jenn
put me through 3 different routines 3 different days: weight loss, general
strengthening, and core. Wow, do I ever need more core work!
So I signed up for the 20
pass card and added this to my current weekly workout of yoga two to three times
per week and a 30 minute walk. I felt the benefits in about 3 weeks by
just going once per week. Certain yoga postures were getting easier as my arm and
shoulder strength grew. I no longer had the shaky muscle reactions to some
of the more challenging poses. Yay! I'm hooked! If this helps me advance in
my yoga, without injuring myself, then its totally worth it. Even my endurance
for walking has increased and I want to do more walking. That's a good enough
sign for me to continue and possibly add another day since it only takes 15
Other membership options
are unlimited monthly, 6 months or a year commitment. It's a great addition to
any workout or if you had a hip or knee replacement and
need to bump up some
strength in both legs. They work with your physiotherapist, athletic
therapist, massage therapist, chiropractor or osteopath
to help you recover quickly. The Vibes trainer will
adjust the workout to the level you are at, Couch
Potato or Olympic athlete. We also have a few
one week free trial cards
at Vitality. Just ask us the next time you are in!
contributions by Michelle
Relf, RMT and Corinne Compton, RMT
Michelle Relf, RMT really
enjoys doing myofascial and scar tissue therapy. She has made
a postcard that is available at Vitality for your perusal
and she continually searches for ways to treat those sticky areas. If you
have any questions regarding scar tissue or myofascial restrictions, feel
free to contact Michelle at Vitality. Recently Michelle asked Deanna Schneider to give a talk to the Vitality practitioners.
Deanna showed us some
really great techniques to try on yourself to keep a
check on those restricted areas by using different sized
affordable balls. Deanna also holds training classes
to help you further your ability to self-treat your fascia
and ‘sticky’ bits.
For more information you can check out www.myomelt.com.
has taken part in one of Deanna's classes and finds it
to be a great tool to go along with a regular stretching routine to keep
you limber and loose for those summer activities.
Corinne Compton and Sandra
Pol recently went to the International Myofascial Congress
which is all the rage for the Massage Therapy population
due to the discoveries linking fascia to the immune
system and its increased importance in treatments.
Here is what Corinne has to say about it:
I had the opportunity
to attend the 3rd International Fascia Research Congress
in Vancouver this past spring. Scientists and clinicians from around
the world gathered to discuss fascia/connective tissue.
The theme for this conference was "What
do we notice? What do we know?" It was an exciting few days with a lot
of information - some of the dialogue from the scientist's
presentations was a bit over my head I admit, but the
enthusiasm and discoveries about fascia/connective tissue
was mind boggling!
On the last day I participated
with Sandra Pol in a post congress workshop. The workshop
was titled Fascial
Stretch Therapy, which was taught by Chris and Ann Frederick. It
was a brief four-hour course which gave us a quick introduction
to their stretching therapy techniques. Since this course
I have been experimenting with the therapist assisted
stretches on my family members. Low back and leg stretches.
If you would like to try this out, please let me
know at the time of booking and we can add an extra 15
minutes to the beginning of the treatment to try out
the new protocol.
Up – Lymph Drainage
For those patients who are interested
in the lymph drainage advancements, it's really just
exploding with new options for treatments and Beth Atkinson,
Susan Duckworth, and Lara Eggiman are really getting
elbow deep in experience to better help treat the vast
needs of our patients. In the summertime we will be having
a information session with a representative
who will show us the indications for using a new compression bandage called
Coban. We have already been using Coban with some of our patients,
so we're pretty excited about it. Coban is a thinner
option instead of traditional foam and bandages.
or Spidertech Tape
You may have heard of this tape.
It's all the rage with the high-end athletes. It has been around for
a long time but it's now getting some attention due to
the media. Kinesiotape can
be applied by the therapists or the patient. It is a
multi-purpose tape. Its functions include decreasing
inflammation, redirection of fluid from a congested area
to a less congested area (lymphedema), scar reduction,
post surgery and structural support to name a few. Ask your therapist about it and she may be able to
help you. If Kinesiotaping is something that is effective for you, the therapist
can sell you a roll of the tape and you can re-apply when necessary.
Thank you for your continued
support of Vitality Treatment Centre and keep working on your health! Enjoy
your summer and we're here when you need us.