Fall Naturopathic Immune Boost Clinic!

It’s time for the
Fall Naturopathic Immune Boost Clinic!

Wednesday October 4, 6:30 -7:30 pm
Friday October 6, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Help boost your immunity this cold and flu season with homeopathic remedies!
More about the remedies…

  • activates and supports the defense mechanisms of your body to better defend you from viruses
  • oral administration
  • safe for anyone 2 years and older including pregnant and breast feeding mothers
  • the effectiveness of the remedies is not reduced if you have had the conventional flu shot
  • most effective if administered once in October and once in January (more often for those with increased exposure)
  • cost is $50 per treatment including the taxes
  • covered by most extended health benefits as a Naturopathic Visit
Book your time by
website book now (flu clinic) or
phone 905-257-5888 or
email: info@themassageclinic
We now have 2 Naturopathic Doctors!  Dr. Michelle Peters started with us in September.  With 12 years of clinical experience, we are excited to add her to the team.  She available Tuesday and Thursdayafternoon/evenings.
New Naturopathic Client Visits
receive a free *product at the first visit.  That’s the part insurance doesn’t cover!  Now is the time to send in your friend or relative that has been meaning to make an appointment.
This offer is for New Client appointments October 1 – November 30, 2017 only for any of our Naturopathic Doctors.*product value up to $20 or $20 towards more expensive supplement

 

 

 

Sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes?

Sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, headache, sinus pain and pressure, and increased asthma symptoms – the symptoms of Spring and Fall allergies are the same, but the causes are different. If you thought you were safe from these symptoms because you didn’t have them in Spring, think again. There are far more culprits that can cause allergies in the Autumn months – and for most allergy sufferers, the main solution is to avoid allergy triggers. But what if you can’t avoid them all the time? What can you do? If seasonal allergies differ do we need to treat them differently? Allergies are often tied to weakness in the adrenal, immune, and/or digestive systems. Here are a few ways to help you and your family enjoy the Autumn season – and sniff through it less.
Sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, allergies

Spring and Fall allergies

FALL ALLERGY TRIGGERS
Changing seasons can often include a change in allergies. Just when you thought you had them under control, the natural cycle of our environment creep up to create a whole new set of sensitivities and reactions. There are naturally more airborne allergens in the waning of Summer and the Autumn for a few reasons: Pollens, like those from ragweed, are airborne this time of year, particularly in windy weather.Warm, wet weather is the perfect environment for mold spores, which thrive in early fall and can be kicked up in yards full of fallen leaves and damp grasses as well as in dark damp places indoors.Other indoor allergens intensify too, because as the weather cools, you’re more likely to close your windows and seal up your home, keeping whatever is already inside – or enters into – your home, settled there.Where there is dust, there are dust mites. When old comforters and quilts come out of storage the natural occurrence of dust mites increases where you cuddle up most.Finally, your best friend may also be causing your allergies to worsen. As your pets coats shed and thicken in preparation for the winter months, dander and fur become a greater presence causing sniffles, sneezes, and itchy eyes.
GAIN RELIEF AND CONTROL – NATURALLY
Enjoying Autumnal weather for allergy sufferers might seem impossible but there are many natural ways to help you combat your symptoms so you can experience the fun of the outdoors – and indoors – this beautiful harvesting season!
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
Often allergies are seen as symptoms of weaknesses in the adrenal, immune, and digestive systems. There are a number of nutritional supplements, vitamins, and minerals that are known to support and strengthen each of these systems, and also to have very positive effects in helping to combat seasonal allergies. Bioflavonoids – While onions make our eyes tear up, they also contain the bioflavonoid quercetin – a natural antihistamine – that can treat allergy related itchy, watery eyes! It’s also an anti-allergenic and anti-viral that can reduce other symptoms including asthma, hay fever, and even cold sores. Onions aren’t the only source of quercetin; apples, berries, cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, and black tea are good sources too. Bioflavonoids work best when taken with vitamin C. Multivitamins – Unless you’re eating a clean, healthy, unprocessed diet 100% of the time, it’s likely that you are deficient in a few vitamins and minerals. A high potency multivitamin can help you ensure that your essential nutritional needs are cared for, and your body is ready to fight off the allergens that come your way. Probiotics (like lactobacillus acidophilus) when you take care of the good bacteria in the gut, your digestive system and your immunity benefit, combating allergies by keeping inflammation at bay. Probiotics are naturally occurring in fermented foods like yogurt, kimchi and sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, pickles, and miso soup. Vitamin A – This vitamin is the key to helping your gut make good decisions, particularly when it comes to responding to inflammation. The body cannot synthesize this vitamin on its own. So getting it from your diet, or from a supplement can be beneficial, but choose wisely, because vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin and overdoses could be toxic.Vitamin C – This supplement has multiple benefits! It prevents the formation of histamine (instead of interfering with histamine once it’s already produced in the body, like over-the-counter antihistamines do). It has a great reputation for preventing infection and illness, keeping your immune system strong. And it can amplify the action of bioflavonoids – in fact, you can purchase them separately or in combination.Zinc – You might know that zinc lozenges are a great for scratchy throats that come with colds but did you know that sufficient zinc might help reduce allergies too? Zinc is important in how histamine is stored in the body. A deficiency means that more histamine can be released throughout the body, increasing your sensitivity to allergens overall.
NASAL IRRIGATION
Flushing the nose with saline solution twice a day goes a long way to ensuring that congestion causing allergens like pollen, spores, dust and dander are expelled before they can settle in and cause the symptoms that make it hard to enjoy the change of seasons. Since your eyes, nose, and throat are connected, Nasal irrigation or using a Neti Pot are a great way to naturally remove allergens that can cause all kinds of congestion and discomfort from itchy ears and eyes, to sneezing and stuffiness, and even sore or itchy throats. If you choose to make your own saline solution, make sure the water you use is distilled or purified so no micro-organisms are present.
HEPA FILTER
Open or closed, doors and windows as long as allergens are floating in the air, they’ll make a home inside your home. Using an air purifier with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter can significantly reduce airborne allergens like dust, dust mites, pollen, mold spores, and pet dander. HEPA filters trap these allergens and lock them away. If you’re particularly sensitive to allergens, it could also be helpful to use a vacuum cleaner that also has a HEPA filter so that you can allergen-proof your home even more.
CHANGE AND ELIMINATION DIET
Allergies are often tied to weak adrenal, immune, and/or digestive functions. If your allergies are unbearable, and the above solutions fail to provide relief, it might be time to try an elimination diet to provide your gut the opportunity to heal and strengthen, in order to help your body better protect itself from sensitizing elements. Sensitivity to airborne allergens and sensitivity to certain foods may also be related. At the very least, when the body is already coping with one form of sensitivity, it makes it harder to fight off multiple ones – making allergy symptoms worse. Good health always begins with good nutrition. Removing certain foods from your diet can improve your overall health and reduce your allergy symptoms. Elimination diets can be challenging and are best implemented under the care of your integrative health team. Speak to your practitioner about whether an elimination diet could help you better manage your allergy symptoms this season.
FINAL THOUGHTS
Natural treatments often take longer to take effect than typical medications. So, beginning natural treatments 1-2 months before the season begins can help prepare your body ahead of when allergens are at their most severe. Not sure you can wait that long for relief? Try pairing nasal irrigation or HEPA filter air purifiers with your nutritional supplement of choice for speedier results. Just remember: more is not always better. For best results, choose only one or two dietary or indigestible supplements along with other efforts to physically remove potential allergens from your environment, breathe deep, and enjoy your Fall season!

In health,

Dr. Lisa Vecchi, ND, RAc

Naturopathic Doctor and Registered Acupuncturist

7-575 River Glen Blvd

Oakville, ON L6H 6X6

905-257-5888

 

 

5th Annual RBC Beach Volleyball Tournament 

Today we supported the RBC Beach Volleyball Tournament in support of Joseph Brant Hospital Critical Needs. This was the 5th and final year of this tournament. Our 3rd year coming out and supporting it. And what a great day it was!!! Over the last 5 years, this tournament, had raised over $88,000.00, for Joseph Brant Hospital!!!! Amazing community support! Thank you to all of the RBC employees that have volunteered their time and efforts over the years to ensure that this tournament is a success and that they reach and exceed their fundraising goals. #themassageclinichealthcentres #burlington #rbc #oakville #mississauga #toronto #cummunityfirst #jackedsports @jackedsports

Happy 2nd Anniversary!!! 🎂🎉🍾

Happy 2nd Anniversary To Us!!!!! We can not believe that it was only two years ago today that we opened our doors! We started out with just one Massage Therapist, and now we have grown to a full multidisciplinary clinic! Our services now include Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Athletic Therapy, Osteopathy, Holistic Nutrition, Massage Therapy, Manual Lymph Drainage, Naturopathic Doctor, compression garments and orthotics. . My have we grown!! Not only have we grown, and built an amazing team, but our team is more like a family. We support each other through both professional and personal growth and development. We are so proud of what we have accomplished in just two years! Looking forward to what we can do in the years to come! #themassageclinichealthcentres #oakville #burlington #toronto #massagetherapy #physicaltherapy #chiropractic #athletictherapy #holisticnutrition #osteopathy #naturopathicmedicine

30 And Done!….maybe

Whole 30 Queen. We made it! 30 days, no grains, dairy, legumes, sugar, junk food or alcohol. We are all feeling fantastic, with new perspectives on our food and everyday habits. Let me tell you about some of the highlights of our journey.

First, there was ravenous hunger ALL the time! Luckily this lasted only about 3 days! Second, there came an over-abundance of fruit; pineapple and I are currently on a break….enough said. Third, came the great night of sleep…..zzzzz! So wonderful, and so highly recommended for all things healing and peaceful. By the halfway mark we had all shed about 2 inches of inflammation from head to toe and dropped a couple of unnecessary pounds. By the end I think we can all safely say we learned something about kicking cravings to the curb and becoming master food preppers!

You might be wondering what we ate for 30 days. Everything! Anything that constitutes a whole and well balanced diet we were allowed to eat. We utilized all the fresh fruits and vegetables we could get into our days, made our own sauces and dips, mayonnaise and toppings; roasted chickens and char-broiled steaks!

Did we miss anything, like chocolate? We thought we did, but as I can attest, once it is over and you try that thing you thought you were missing so much, it turned out the appeal had totally left, and the craving you had was really just your mind playing tricks on you. Admittedly, the first week was a bit of trial and error, trying to locate a beef broth or a tomato paste we could use that didn’t have sugar added. But once we got our sources sorted out, it was smooth sailing. And it was not difficult at all, as it was not restrictive of how much you could eat. We weren’t deprived, or hungry and it didn’t take long to get used to a new way of eating.

Each person who participated seemed to gain a different benefit from the experience. While some of us were doing it for dietary and health reasons, others just wanted to kick some bad habits and learn to eat more healthy foods and eat regularly. There were some victories, like eating salad for the first time and starting to like vegetables and eating her first avocado! And there were, of course, some flops, like banana pancakes that turned out to be banana mush…..but overall, all the ladies who participated did an amazing job!

I tracked everyone’s progress with weekly measurements and weigh-ins and the results were by far the best results I have seen with any program I have ever run. While usually there are a few people who do really well, there are typically a few who do not make it. During the Whole30, EVERYONE, did well and had incredible results. The most incredible result was 5 inches of inflammation off of one person. That is unbelievable! The average amount of inflammation was 2 inches over the whole body for everyone. It is not meant as a weight loss program but the most weight lost was 4lbs with the average being 2lbs. We had ladies of all different body types and ages, and the results were very uniform across the board. Everyone was more rested, no bloating, cravings reduced or gone, less headaches, more clear thinking, and generally much more energy.

If you are reading this thinking you might like to try it, it is not too late! Just contact the front reception to learn more about how you can be guided through the program by myself Jaclyn Clarkson R.H.N.

Community Living Mississauga 

We are always looking for ways to give back to the community and last night will go in the books as one of our best events to date! Such a fun night filled with games, prizes, music, food and massage treatments, all in support of Community Living Mississauga. We would like to thank @breakthroughbootcamp for the opportunity to help support such a great organization. .This also is the only time that we will be offering ‘couples massages’. #breakthroughbootcamp #communitylivingmississauga #mississauga #healthcare #oakville #burlington #giveback #themassageclinichealthcentres

IS YOUR SUNSCREEN SAFE?

It may seem like second nature to apply sunscreen before going outside. This is preventative health, right? Wrong. Using sunscreen is not a good way to limit your sun exposure. Many scientists studying skin cancer have come to the conclusion that the use of sunscreen chemicals may be increasing the incidence of cancer. Chemical sunscreens have free radical generating properties. They also have strong estrogenic actions that could cause serious problems in sexual development and adult sexual function. With experts’ recommendations to apply generous amounts every few hours, you absorb a fair amount of toxic, synthetic chemicals. It is hard to believe these chemicals will not have any effect on our systems. As opposed to the long list of chemicals still allowed in sunscreens in the USA, in 1997 Canada changed the rules to allow only Avobenzone, Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to be used as sunscreen in products. Here’s the information on them:
 
Avobenzone – the only chemical sunscreen allowed to be sold in Canada has questionable safety since it easily penetrates the skin and is a strong free radical generator. Check your labels. It’s in almost every sunscreen on the shelf.
 
Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide – physical sunscreens. These come in more than one form. Harmful and Helpful.
Harmful forms leave no white residue on the skin so, they are cosmetically pleasing. They are put into sunscreens in a “nano particle” form. Nano particles are named for their extremely small size (a human hair is 80,000 nanometers wide). Nano particles can pass directly from your skin into your bloodstream, tissues and cells. These particles are activated by the sun to produce free radicals and cause DNA damage to skin cells. Unfortunately, this is the form available in most sunscreen products.
Helpful forms are larger sized particles or “microionized” particles. These are forms that leave a white residue on the skin. If you think of the lifeguard with the white zinc oxide on his nose, you’ll get the idea. There are currently sunscreen products available that contain microionized zinc and titanium to block the sun combined with other ingredients that are antioxidants to the skin. These are not as thick as pure zinc oxide and therefore do not leave an obvious white shield on the skin.
 
Of course a sunburn is never good but, you should be getting a fair dose of sun on your skin daily. This is one of the best ways to get your Vitamin D which is essential to disease prevention and health. Sunscreens block your skin’s ability to make Vitamin D. 

 

Have a Healthy Sun Plan

 
At the beginning of the season go out gradually and limit your exposure to 10 min per day. Progressively increase your time in the sun. The pigment melanin that develops in your skin is protective.
 
When you can’t limit sun exposure, spend at least 10 minutes in the sun and then apply a sunscreen that is chemical free and nanoparticle free (zinc and/or titanium dioxide based – like the one we have on sale at the clinic)

Cover up with a wide brimmed hat and clothing.
 
Omega 3 fats are important for prevention of a wide range of cancers. Make sure you are getting enough of the right one for you.
 
Eat plenty of whole fruits and vegetables to protect against sun induced damage
 
Supplement with a high quality antioxidant combo specific for your body.

To see if your sunscreen is safe visit: https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/

 

Safe sunscreens are in stock and on sale for a limited time!

Kid’s and Regular Goddess Garden Sunscreens SPF 30 – Organic Version:

103 ml baby: $18 (reg $ 24)
103 ml cream: $15 (reg $20)
180 ml cream: $20 (reg $26)
180 ml spray: $23  (reg $29)

 

Have a safe and healthy summer!

Dr. Lisa Vecchi, Naturopathic Doctor and Registered Acupuncturist

Tendon Injuries

Many injuries and pain complaints are often tendonopathies; rotator cuff, elbow (golfer’s and tennis), patellar and Achilles tedninopathy are among some of the most well known. Tendons, which connect muscle to bone, are made of dense collagen fibers. They are innervated with certain nerve fibers, more than muscles. These conduct pain signals that cause the tendon to be more sensitive. When a tendon is stretched, the collagen fibers stretch out like an elastic and temporarily deform from their original wave pattern. When the tendon exceeds its range, the collagen fibers fail to return to its original pattern. Over time, a tendon can experience micro or partial tearing resulting in a tendonopathy, or tendon over use injury. 

Tendon over use injuries can be caused by muscle imbalances, poor biomechanics, lack of flexibility, poor blood supply, and chronic degenerative changes in the tendon. The most common tendon injuries are tendonitis and tendinosis.

 

Tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendon (the suffix “itis” means inflammation), which results from micro-tears that is caused when a joint is over loaded with a force that is too heavy and/or too quick. This is an acute injury, and the patient will experience localized pain, swelling, warmth and redness. The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation, which includes resting the affected joint, icing, and often taking anti-inflammatories such as NSAIDS, ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve). Tendonitis often recovers with in several weeks. Although most tendonopathies have previously been diagnosed as tendonitis, it is actually quite rare, and many injuries fall under the proper term tendinosis.

 

The primary difference between tendonitis and tendonosis is that inflammation is generally not present in tendonosis. Tendonosis occurs when the tendon does not have time to heal, or suffers from repetitive trauma. Small movements, such as clicking a mouse, can cause tendonosis when done repeatedly. Chronic micro-tears and over use leads to loss of collagen realignment, resulting in loss of strength, poor blood supply, degenerative changes and increases the chance of reinjury. The primary treatment goals for tendonosis is to break the injury cycle and reduce adhesions, optimize collagen production, and increase circulation.

 

In chronic tendonitis, inflammation and swelling is present, where as in tendonosis there is adhesions and tendon thickening. In both cases, there is pain during and after activity, decreased range of motion, strength, and circulation.

 

Massage benefits anyone experiencing a tendon over use injury, and each treatment is different depending on the stage of injury. If it is new, the goal will be to decrease any swelling in the area. Once swelling is no longer present, therapy will involve addressing muscles affected by the injury. The muscle attached to the tendon, as well as those compensating, need to be addressed to decrease the tone and trigger points that may be causing more pain. A technique called frictions is also used to disrupt and break down existing adhesions in the tendons to help properly realign the collagen fibers. It is important during treatment, and as self-care, to continue taking the injured joint through pain free range of motion and stretches. A progressive strengthening program can be implemented when local tenderness and pain during activity is gone, as well as a full pain free stretch.

Chelsea Romany RMT

Let’s get saucy!

Yesterday’s meal prep was all about making sauces. When I first joined this diet, I have to admit, I was a little nervous. I was never good at prepping my meals; or I just didn’t care enough to do it. That’s what this Whole30 diet has taught me so far. It has forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and really start to think about what kind of foods I am eating. At first, my meals were pretty simplistic, nothing fancy just preparing meat and veggies to give me sustenance. But as the days went on, I started to get more inspired not just by the diet itself but by the amazing group of women who are doing the diet with me. What amazes me is the support we have for each other. We give each other tips and tricks, share pictures of our dinners and snacks, and ask questions when we are stumped. If you’re thinking about doing this Whole30 diet, I recommend doing it with someone else or with a group for those reasons alone. You will be less inclined to give in to foods you should be avoiding and you will get a sense of unity and that you are all in this together. 
Getting back to the sauces. Yesterday, I decided to dedicate the whole day to cooking. Along with the dinner I was making, which included marinated chicken with cauliflowers, I made a roasted red pepper sauce to go along with it. I also decided to make some baba ganoush; something to store in the fridge and take out anytime I feel like a snack or an extra side dish. With the baba ganoush, I started out by roasting the eggplant in the oven for 40 minutes; once it was ready I let it cool, then put the contents of the eggplant into a food processor. I added some other ingredients like parsley, tahini, spices, lemon juice and mixed it all together. It turned out amazing! Throughout the week, I will be making more sauces and side dishes to store in the fridge as a go to for any breakfast, lunch or dinner meal. Next up is some homemade tabbouleh, which will be made with cauliflower rice, parsley, cucumbers, tomatoes, spices and oils; along with some nut butter, made out of almonds and hazelnuts which is perfect as a dip for fruit. The nut butter is loaded with healthy fats and essential nutrients and is perfect for a quick snack. 
Even though I look forward to getting back to eating ice cream, I will definitely do it in moderation and continue to get inspired by new recipes and new ways to prepare food. I am happy I joined this diet; it has decreased my bloating, it has given me more energy, and overall has made me start thinking about adapting to a new healthy lifestyle!
Klara Ric RMT, CDT 

Saturday June 3rd!

Join us 5:00pm June 3rd at Breakthrough Bootcamp, 2880 Argentia Rd, Mississauga. We are helping raise money towards Community Living Mississauga; an organization that supports individuals with intellectual disabilities.

 

It’s going to be a fun night out with games, raffles, food, prizes and of course treatments from us! All donations received for treatments will be going to Community Living Mississauga!