Allergy Season is Here! We have the answer…

Now is the time to get ready for Allergy Season!

At Legacies Health Centre practitioners Alexandra Herold (Reg.Acu.), and Dr. Asal Shalviri (ND), offer homeopathic allergy injections approved by Health Canada.  Pascallerg by Pascoe (Click Here to see product info and patient brochure) is a natural remedy and an excellent alternative to regular medication that provides relief from:

  • runny nose
  • coughing
  • skin reactions
  • watering eyes
  • sneezing
  • wheezing

allergiesAdditionally, Legacies Health Centre provides acupuncture treatment to relieve allergy symptoms.  Acupuncture can positively influence symptoms of seasonal allergies by restoring balance in the immune system and increasing the overall sense of wellbeing. Positive results can be seen by symptom relief related to the eyes, nose and ears. Best of all, Acupuncture can do so without any side-effects.

Not sure?  Call Legacies at 604-591-5569 and ask for a FREE consultation.


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

Video with Dr. Shalviri, ND: Natural Flu & Cold Prevention

Natural Flu & Cold Prevention

Are you ready for Flu & Cold Season?

kids_snow_day_funLegacies Health Centre is proud to announce a NATURAL solution to the colds and flus!  At our Surrey location on Nordel and Scott Rd, our Naturopath and Acupuncturist offer PASCOLEUCYN, a natural remedy for your whole family, which gives you broad protection against colds and flus.

This remedy is approved by Health Canada, and is available at limited locations throughout the Lower Mainland here in BC.  Legacies Health Centre is pleased to offer this immune booster, for only $25 by appointment only.  Say “no” to the flu this season and give yourself the advantage.

Video with Dr. Shalviri, ND: Natural Flu & Cold Prevention

Video with Dr. Shalviri, ND: Natural Flu & Cold Prevention

Watch Matt Furlot, Clinic Director, receive the immune booster and ask Dr. Asal Shalviri, ND some common questions:

school backpack

School Backpacks – a Doctor’s Advice

School Backpacks – a Doctor’s Advice

It’s that’s magical time of year again!  Kids go back to school and parents get a break again!  And if you are like most parents this time of year, you are running around to gather school supplies, clothing, and backpacks…

Here are Dr. Sharon Dhaliwal’s professional advice from Legacies Health Centre in Surrey on what to consider when purchasing a backpack for your child:

Doctor Sharon Dhaliwal, DC

Doctor Sharon Dhaliwal, DC

  • The backpack should not be wider than your child’s chest, and no lower than the small of their back.
  • A loaded backpack should not weigh more than 10-15% of the child’s bodyweight.
  • Distribute the load correctly by first putting heavy books near the bottom, and lighter objects near the top.  Use the pockets to further distribute the weight.
  • Dr Sharon Dhaliwal, DC“Take this opportunity of buying a new backpack to teach your child proper lifting techniques.  Bending knees when lifting the backpack and encouraging your child to use both shoulder straps to balance the weight on their spine are tips for life.”   Dr. Sharon Dhaliwal, Doctor of Chiropractic

Here’s what the BC Chiropractic College has to say:

Essential Backpack Tips

Essential Backpack Tips

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


Massage Therapy Health Centre, Surrey BC

Anticipation Builds for new Therapy Health Centre, Surrey BC

Health Therapy Centre, Surrey BC

Surrey’s newest and largest multidisciplinary health and therapy facility has been rescheduled to open June 3rd, and is being met with great anticipation!

“Legacies has kept me moving and healthy for 6 years now with their cutting edge Therapy facilities in Surrey, and I have seen the demand for their expertise grow over the years.  This expansion of health and therapy services combined with the quality we’ve come to expect from Legacies is going to be amazing!”   - Brian Pengelly, Firefighter

The construction is a LEED project, an environmentally conscience build, and truly state-of-the-art, headed by the award-winning Design/Build firm Counterpoint.

“I am extremely pleased with what Counterpoint has created, and it was a rewarding process to be a part of.  The end product will be a modern health and therapy facility with high-tech electronic records and therapy equipment.  Our focus to give the Patient the highest quality of treatment at the most competitive price has never wavered, and now to be able to provide this outstanding facility is truly a proud moment for us all.”   - Matt Furlot, CEO; Clinic Director of Legacies Health Centre

Additional services and practitioners have been carefully selected to bring together a healthcare Team that provides more solutions to pain and injury than your average clinic.  Already trusted by the BC Lions and the Vancouver Whitecaps as their official provider of therapy for six years now, Legacies Health Centre is confidently taking strides forward to become a showcase facility for all things related to health and therapy of the Lower Mainland.

Press Release, May 6th, 2013

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What do the Canucks, Whitecaps, and Team Canada Tennis all have in common? – Their Sports Therapy Facility in Surrey, BC

Sports Therapy Facility in Surrey, BC

Are you getting back to fitness this January?  You’ll want to read this…

Sports Therapy Facility in Surrey, BC

Sports Therapy Facility in Surrey, BC

Guess what the Canucks, Whitecaps, and Team Canada Tennis all have in common?  They are all focusing on recovery and regeneration during their training camps.  That has kept our therapists very busy this month!  This January, LEGACIES therapists have worked the training camps for the Vancouver Canucks, the Vancouver Whitecaps, as well as with Team Canada Tennis for the upcoming Davis Cup.  This is because the Professional Athlete understands a crucial element of returning to sport (activity): returning to activity means a high risk of injury.

That’s right – when we challenge our bodies to adapt to a higher level of performance, we also elevate the risk of injury.  A good rule of thumb is to not increase overall fitness by more than 10% a week.  This allows the body to adapt to increased challenges without being overloaded and resulting in injury.

Here’s another secret: invest in recovery and regeneration.  Massage therapy from an RMT, chiropractic treatment, vitamin therapy from a Naturopath – all of these are amazing ways to keep you healthy and recover after exertion.  Many people overlook the benefits (or at least until its too late and there is an injury) of stretching, hydrotherapy such as warm baths or contrast showers, icing inflamed areas, and a healthy replenishing diet when returning to activity.

So take a tip from the Pros: when increasing activity, increase recovery and regeneration techniques – or you may not last the season!  Click Here to learn more about our Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Services, located here in your home town of Surrey.

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Finding “Routine” Again After The Holidays And Coping With Holiday Stress In Surrey BC

Coping With Holiday Stress In Surrey BC

You survived the Holidays – great!  So all the holiday stress is over, right?  Wrong.  There is actually a medically defined condition called Post Holiday Stress Disorder (PHSD), which is used to describe the coping with holiday stress.  But don’t get too excited – it’s not likely to warrant a doctor’s note to stay home from work.

There is a reason the Holidays come just once a year – we need 365 days to recover!  After the parties, the drinking, the food, the late nights, and yes – the bills.  It’s difficult to now coax our bodies back into a routine and normal schedule.  To make it seem worse, many of us have made New Years resolutions that give us a bit of extra pressure and make coping with holiday stress that much harder.

Coping With Holiday Stress In Surrey BC

Coping With Holiday Stress In Surrey BC

So what do we do?

  1.  Studies show that those suffering from PHSD can benefit from increased social interactions.  Stay connected with friends and recreation groups during the next few months.
  2. People who also suffer from Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) will also benefit from regular bright light exposure, particularly fluorescent lighting.
  3. Setting realistic expectations (especially with those New Years goals), staying active and mobile, and a return to a healthier diet are all ways to help beat post holiday stress.

Clinic note:  It’s a seasonal observation for us at Legacies that many patients do find it difficult finding routine again post-holidays.  We see this when re-scheduling appointments: many do not know their schedules and will opt to phone in once they know.  The only problem is that once they do call in, they are disappointed to discover that they can’t get the appointment time they want because the clinic is so busy.  Our clinic is currently looking at expanding both space and services, but until then, we encourage patients to schedule appointments 2-3 weeks in advance to avoid disappointment.  Your health and recovery are our top priority, and we too do not want to see a disruption in your treatment schedule.

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