Matt Furlot, Clinic Director

The 3 Critical Skills of a Great Health Practitioner

The 3 Critical Skills of a Great Health Practitioner

Matt Furlot, Clinic Director and Trainer of Health Professionals

Matt Furlot, Clinic Director and Trainer of Health Professionals

It’s not what you might think!  Most people would assume it’s being knowledgable, compassionate, or a good listener.   And although these are definitely preferred character traits of a health practitioner, they are not what will make a great practitioner. So how do we define a great practitioner?  If I said that a great health practitioner is someone who gets their patients better faster, most people would agree.  Results speak for themselves.  The reality is that the majority of health practitioners out there are not getting their patients better as fast as possible, despite being a good listener, compassionate, and knowledgable!  It’s because they do not do these 3 Critical Things:

Give the patient a Treatment Plan.  A treatment plan is what will get the patient better, and as quickly as possible.  It’s very rare that someone recovers with just one visit, no matter what their injury or ailment.  The treatment plan tells the patient exactly how many treatments will be needed, how often, and with a prognosis.  For example, “I need to see you twice a week for 3 weeks to fully restore your neck range of motion”.

  1. The next step is communicating the treatment plan clearly and logically.  The treatment plan has to make sense to the patient.  It needs to be based on the clinical findings, and based on best practice methods. For example, “You have a muscular strain of your neck.  This type of strain recovers well with manual therapy over 3 weeks, with 2 visits per week to fully restore range of motion.”
  2. The last is communicating with confidence.  With a clear and logical treatment plan, communicating it with confidence (not arrogance!) will create a sense of trust by the patient.  This will require a certain amount of self-confidence and conviction in what the practitioner believes is the correct course.  A trusting patient will “buy-in” to the treatment plan and be compliant with the practitioner’s advice.

Would this not be a Great Practitioner?  Someone who gets their patients better, faster?  Absolutely!   Yet so many practitioners do not communicate their treatment plans clearly, logically, or with confidence.  So what happens? The patient is left to figure it out themselves as to when to come back, or better yet conclude “this practitioner is not getting me better”, and leave to find someone who can.  The practitioner despairs; wonders what they did wrong or why the patient no longer sees them.  Always remember: It’s never the one “miracle visit”, but the practitioner who clearly outlines the treatment plan and creates trust and buy-in by the patient who will be the Great Practitioner, getting the patients better as soon as possible.


Treating Myofascial Pain Syndrome with Nutrition and Massage Therapy

Treating Myofascial Pain Syndrome with Nutrition and Massage Therapy in Surrey, BC.

Did you know that nearly half of the patients treated for chronic myofascial pain have some form of vitamin inadequacy which affects lasting relief from pain? Vitamin inadequacy has been shown to increase irritability of myofascial trigger points. Thus if lasting results are to be achieved, the vitamin inadequacies must be addressed.

naturopathThere are several key vitamins and minerals that are associated with myofascial pain relief—vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, biotin, folic acid, potassium, sodium, calcium, iron and zinc. Vitamin B12 and folic acid inadequacy are more strongly related to chronic myofascial pain syndromes (MPS) than others. Insufficient vitamin B12 and folic acid reduces blood cell production. Blood cells carry oxygen to the muscles and plays a role in energy metabolism. When there is a dysfunction or energy crisis sensitizing substances are released which interacts with local pain receptors leading to pain at the myofasical trigger points.

While massage therapy is an excellent treatment option for mysofascial pain syndrome, vitamin supplementation will help to create more long lasting effects. The Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) at Legacies Health Centre takes an integrated approach to pain management and may refer you to other practitioners within our clinic to address any underlying vitamin and mineral deficiencies that may be delaying your recovery.

You may be experiencing myofascial pain syndrome if you have any of the following:

  • Deep, aching pain in a muscle
  • Pain that persists or worsens
  • A tender knot in a muscle
  • Difficulty sleeping due to pain

Our qualified and highly trained RMTs can further assist you with diagnosis and treatment to restore you to optimal health and wellness.

5 Ways to Better Health & Fitness

5 Ways to Better Health & Fitness

Legacies Health Centre Private Studio

Legacies Health Centre Private Studio

In Canada, the most common New Year’s Resolutions are to become healthier and to increase fitness. At Legacies Health Centre here in Surrey BC, we’re here to help you achieve these goals – whether it’s your New Year’s Resolution or just your lifelong journey. Here are 5 Ways to Better your Health & Fitness that we offer at our facility with low-cost options (some even free!):

1. Therapeutic Yoga Sessions. We offer Therapeutic Yoga in our private studio with renowned Yoga Instructor, Tobey Booker. These classes are only $16 each (with a package of 4) and gives you 1-on-1 attention in a small group of 6 participants. We supply all equipment needed. Call to book your sessions 604-591-5569. Space is limited!

Therapeutic Yoga in Surrey Delta BC

Therapeutic Yoga in Surrey Delta BC

2. 8-Week Naturopathic Weight Loss Program with Dr. Asal Shalviri. This program is for people who want to make a huge lifestyle impact and positive diet change. Blood tests, food sensitivity testing, and a customized meal plan will be given with supportive therapies such as acupuncture and B12 boosters. Average weight-loss ranges between 13-20lbs over 8-weeks. Book your FREE Consultation today 604-591-5569.
3. Start 2014 off on the right foot, with Dr. Alice Wang, Podiatrist & Surgeon. Dr. Wang specializes in foot problems, and casts custom foot orthotics now at Legacies Health Centre. With only 86 podiatrists in BC, this is your highest level of expertise when it comes to foot care. Podiatry is often covered under Extended Medical Plans, often with a doctor’s referral.
4. Expert Therapy & Treatment. Take care of those nagging injuries and pains with a visit to our RMT, Chiropractic, or Acupuncture professionals. Our practitioners will help you design a plan for keeping you injury & pain-free for 2014. We use a team approach and do not over-prescribe, to ensure you get the most appropriate care when needed. For many people, this means just 1 visit/month to achieve optimal wellness.
5. Private Kinesiology Session. Hire one of our kinesiologists to design a personal fitness program specifically for you! Many people want fitness advice but are intimidated with the big gyms out there. At Legacies Health Centre, you get 1-on-1 expert advice in a private and friendly environment. We’ll help create your perfect program – whether you desire to continue in a gym or even just at home!

Santa Claus

Breaking News: Health Team helps Santa

This December the practitioners at Legacies Health Centre helped Santa’s strained back and arguably saved Christmas.

It was a typical snowy day in the North Pole when Santa slipped on some ice on his way to the Workshop, and strained his lower back.  Luckily he knew who to call, and traveled to Surrey, BC, to the Legacies Health Centre.  According to Paula Littlejohn, Integrated Health & Wellness Director,

“We were able to offer Santa with what we call an Integrated Approach, which is simply the coordinated team approach of our many different health practitioners – something that we offer all our patients.”

And that’s exactly what they did! After a detailed assessment, it was determined Santa was suffering from a muscle strain (pulled muscle) which had his lower back in spasm. Santa said,

“I could hardly walk and the pain was shooting down my leg.”

Santa ClausHis first treatment on Day 1 (same day as his injury) was with the Registered Acupuncturist to control pain and reduce spasm.  Santa appreciated the recommendation to use Tournesol lotion for the first 3 days to control inflammation and spasm.  On Day 2 and Day 4, Santa received Registered Massage Therapy which began reducing muscular tightness and restoring flexibility. Here’s what Adryon Hutton, RMT had to say:

“We see this type of injury all the time in the clinic and its what we call a First Degree Muscular Strain. Basically the muscle fibres get overstretched, and there can even be slight micro tearing. It is easily treated. Santa was no exception. After our two treatments, Santa was already wanting to return to the North Pole. I did notice however that his lumbar vertebrae were not moving well, so I wanted him to consult our chiropractor before hopping in his sleigh.”

So on Day 6, Santa was seen by Dr. Sharon Dhaliwal, DC, for Chiropractic Care.

“With a simple adjustment, Santa was his old self again. It’s very common that joints stiffen or get restricted after an injury – even if that injury was of muscular origin. Because Santa was not moving very well due to spasm, the joints in his back were becoming compromised. This could have progressed to a worse, more complex chronic injury, but with early intervention it was a simple fix.”

And so after just 1-week at the Legacies Health Centre, Santa was returning to the North Pole in time for Christmas.  An Integrated Health Team Approach is always part of the care-process for all the Legacies Staff.  The Legacies Health Team has suggested to Santa to start Dr. Shalviri’s Naturopathic 8-week Weight-loss Program once the holidays are over.

To see what health services Legacies Health Centre offers, click here.

Source: The Kringle Press

Dr Oz on Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy is one of the newest forms of treatment for injury and pain in healthcare solutions.  Yes, we’re talking “laser beams”, but maybe not the type you would initially think…

Yes, Laser Beams People

Yes, Laser Beams People

But seriously, Cold Laser Therapy is making serious headlines as a solution to pain and injury where other traditional methods have failed.  Take a look at what Dr. Oz has to say:

Dr Oz on Cold Laser Therapy

Dr Oz on Cold Laser Therapy, CLICK HERE

Legacies Health Centre is pleased to announce our Cold Laser Therapy Program for the community of Surrey and Delta BC.  We are offering an introductory rate of only $30/session (regular $50) for as many sessions that are needed – no catches, no gimmicks – just extreme value!  Further to this, for a limited time, we are offering FREE initial consultations with Dr. Sukh Mann, DC.  There is no obligation, and you can discuss if this choice of treatment is right for you.

*Cold Laser Therapy is under the Scope of Practice of Chiropractics in BC, and is claimable under qualifying Extended Medical Plans.

Want to learn how Cold Laser Therapy can help you or a loved-one eliminate pain and become injury-free?  Click Here


LEGACIES Prescribing Scarves?? Wearing a Scarf in Surrey BC

Wearing a Scarf in Surrey BC

Wearing a Scarf in Surrey BC

Wearing a Scarf in Surrey BC

Do you suffer from chronic tensions headaches, upper back tension, or maybe even whiplash?  There’s a reason why you’re feeling more pain now when the weather is getting cooler.  Your body will naturally shunt blood away from the area that is cold which creates a physiological response creating muscular tension.  The McKinley Health Center in the University of Illinois states “wearing a scarf in cold weather helps keep you from hunching your shoulders.”

Wearing a scarf in surrey BC, especially when you have a neck or back injury, will increase warmth, which in turn increases circulation.  That has a positive physiological effect of increasing circulation, decreasing muscular pain, and even assisting the recovery of injury.  At our therapy clinic in Surrey, especially this time of year, we find ourselves prescribing a simple remedy: “wear a scarf”.  A simple solution that makes a huge difference!

Watch this 45 sec video to hear what our expert therapists have to say. Save your Neck! wear a scarf in Surrey BC!

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Wearing a Scarf in Surrey BC

Wearing a Scarf in Surrey BC

Naturopaths provide advanced Biopuncture Therapy, Surrey BC

Biopuncture Therapy, Surrey BC

Biopuncture therapy is emerging from Europe utilizing very dilute injections of natural products which are introduced into the skin or muscle to stimulate the immune system. Instead of just covering up the symptoms, the injections promote the natural healing ability of the body by attracting the immune system to the site for repair.  Watch the video below to learn more.

Biopuncture Therapy Surrey BC

Biopuncture Therapy Surrey BC

What conditions are typically treated with biopuncture therapy?

The common factor is pain and inflammation, be that in a soft tissue or joint or in the lining of the respiratory or gastrointestinal tract.  Each of these tissues has nerves that become chronically inflamed and cells secret chemicals that initiate and maintain pain and inflammation.

  • Musculoskeletal problems:
    • Sprains and strains, joint pain, tendonitis, back and neck pain, mild to moderate arthritis
    • Medical problems:
      • Asthma, hay fever, allergies, IBS, migraine headaches, PMS, Menopause, fibromyalgia

What is injected?

The two most commonly injected products are ultra-low doses of mainly medicinal plant and mineral-based products and/or glucose. The plant and mineral derived formulas were introduced in Germany in the 1930s. Currently, more than 100 million injectable vials are used per year throughout Europe, United States, and Canada.

Who can use Biopuncture Therapy in Surrey BC?

Biopuncture therapy is a great treatment for those people who have tried conventional medicine but have had no success, for those who have had to stop conventional treatments due to side effects, or for those who prefer alternative therapies to treat injuries. You can also use Biopuncture therapy in conjunction with existing treatments if you prefer.

When is Biopuncture therapy not appropriate?

While a very effective natural therapy, Biopuncture used by itself is not appropriate for serious or life threatening illnesses or disorders. It is also not appropriate for depression or other mental disorder, if you are needle phobic or your immune system is impaired.

Video Interview on Biopuncture Therapy in Surrey BC:

Doctor Robert Davis discussing Biopuncture – 2011

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Low Back Pain – stop it now!

Low back pain is one of the leading causes for a work injury claim in Surrey and Delta BC.  In fact, just over 25% of all WorkSafeBC claims are for back strains.  It is also a BC statistic that 60%-90% of the population will experience low back pain in their lifetime.  At Legacies Sports Massage & Chiropractic, we want you to know some interesting facts that will help you the next time you injure your back.  We also have a special “Lifting Ergonomics” handout at the end of this article…

low back pain

Did you know:

  • Aging of the back begins before 30 for most people.
  • Smokers are more likely to get back pain.
  • If you’ve had a previous back injury, you are more likely to reinjure.
  • More than 90% of low back pain has no specific cause.

Lets face it – a low back injury is painful.  But how you handle that pain is crucial.  Studies show that activity more than rest will help your injury recover faster.  Try to keep moving.  Aches and pains can linger even after you have returned to work.  Gradually return to your normal activities as you recover.  Seek the expert advice of your physician, massage therapist, or chiropractor to help control pain, speed recovery, and guide you to a full recovery.

FREE Lifting Ergonomics handout

Prevent a low back strain!  Read these simple tips on correct lifting ergonomics…  Look at what most people aren’t doing!  CLICK HERE for your free Lifting Ergonomic Handout.




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Get better faster & cheaper!

How important is it to follow my massage therapist or chiropractor’s treatment plan?  Simple: do you want to get better as soon as possible and at the lowest cost?  Because that’s what the goal of your treatment plan is all about!

Get better faster & cheaper!

At Legacies Sports Massage & Chiropractic, we’re all about getting results – its what we’re known for and is likely why you were referred to our clinic.  So that means outlining a specific Treatment Plan (like a road-map to recovery) for each of our patients.  This is specific to you – based on your assessment – to ensure you get better as soon as possible.  Sooner means cheaper, right?  You bet it does!  Without a clear Treatment Plan (or if you don’t follow your practitioner’s advice), you will find that it is “pain” that keeps bringing you back to the clinic – and that is often too late.  You may find you get into a chronic cycle, and never fully recover if this is the case.  So what’s our advice?  Follow our advice! Do your part, and we’ll do ours – and the results will be amazing!

If you are unclear about your Treatment Plan that your practitioner has designed for you, please just ask.  ** Did you know that Legacies Sports Massage & Chiropractic is one of the only clinics in Surrey & Delta that gives written Treatment Plan slips to our patients, and sends a Patient Progress Report to all referring doctors? We’re proud to be your choice – thank-you!

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