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Self Massage Technique for Headaches

Do you suffer from headaches or neck pain?  Maybe it is aggravated from computer work or driving?  We asked our Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) at Legacies Health Centre in Surrey / Delta BC to help us with this problem.

This video will show you a simple self massage technique to remedy your tight muscles that are causing your headaches or neck pain.

Try this technique, 2-3 times a day, and notice a decrease in those headaches and neck pain.  It’s that simple!

If you need more assistance, and require the expertise of a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Delta or Surrey BC, please call our clinic: Legacies Health Centre, at 604-591-5569.  We cam help!

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Easy Remedy for Shoulder Pain and Dysfunction

Do you suffer from shoulder pain due to an injury?  Maybe you have developed neck and upper back pain because of it?  Or headaches? Has your shoulder mobility decreased?

This easy remedy will help restore normal mobility of your shoulder, decreasing pain and muscle tightness.  Armin Ghayyur, physiotherapist at Legacies Health Centre in Surrey BC, demonstrates how in this short video below:

This is one of the most common dysfunctions of the shoulder which leads to pain, tightness, and a decreased range of motion.  Start with this simple exercise, 3x/day and for 15 repetitions each time, and watch your mobility increase as your pain and dysfunction gradually disappears.

For more assistance, contact our clinic today at 604-591-5569, and schedule your appointment with one of our expert physiotherapists.

Legacies Health Centre has 2 locations to serve the communities of Surrey and Delta BC.

Have you stopped running because of an injury? At Legacies Health Centre in Surrey BC we see a wide range of injuries that limit people from the activities they love – including running. When your recreational activities stop because of injury, depression can soon set in, making a comeback all that much harder. Exercise releases serotonin and dopamine (the “happy” hormones), and greatly affects our mood and motivation when these levels drop.

So what can we do?

  1. Well, as “Dory” from Finding Nemo has taught us, “just keep swimming” – or just keep moving in our case. Maybe you can’t run, but can you walk? Maybe you can’t walk, but can you swim? Maybe you can’t swim, but can you push your own wheels in your wheelchair? Our bodies NEED to move, and no matter what it looks like, movement will get you back on the road to recovery.
  2. Get treatment. Recovery times can be decreased dramatically with quality treatment. At our facility in Surrey, we can often get people back to their optimal-selves again in half the time, which for some people means months or even years sooner than if they did not receive therapy. Work with your doctor and a team of quality practitioners and put this injury behind you.
  3. Watch what you feed yourself… When you are in pain, you will reach for those comfort foods, often containing sugars to get that dopamine response you are now missing from exercise. But this can quickly become a slippery slope, and weight-gain can lead to more depression and physical pain. It is very common for people with injuries to gain weight because of this, making the battle to come back even harder.  It’s important to remember, even when you are in pain, that you have a choice.

Running with an Injury, Surrey BCTo assist you further, here is a gift and a helpful link!

  1. “Stop Pain Now!” is our 7-Part Online DVD set to help you conquer chronic pain with no medications and using techniques that have zero cost. Regularly $136, now at no charge!
  2. Dr Shalviri’s 8-week Weight-loss Program has been internationally acclaimed as creating a lasting lifestyle change simply through understanding foods and making healthy choices. With recipes you make from your common grocery, Dr Shalviri walks you through what may be your greatest 8-week life journey to better health.

Healthy Gardening Tips

It’s that time of year again when we start seeing an increase of low back and shoulder problems at Legacies Health Centre.  Gardening season is upon us, and it’s a time when the body can be challenged with new activities and postures.

Take a moment to read this article adopted from the CDC, which gives the top gardening tips based upon the most frequently occurring gardening health challenges.

Click here for Gardening Health Tips.

Gardening health tips by Legacies Health CentreDo you have seasonal allergies?  Nothing seems to help?  Many people suffer with seasonal allergies and struggle to find remedies that don’t leave them “fuzzy-headed”.  At Legacies Health Centre, our naturopathic physicians administer a special treatment that boosts the body’s immune system, which increases your natural resistance to allergies.  For many people, this is a game changer.

Click here for more information on Naturopathic Allergy Remedy.

 

Car Accident Treatment in Surrey BC

ICBC Car Accident Injuries in Surrey

Legacies Health Centre is Surrey’s first choice in exceptional therapy for ICBC car accident injuries. For any patient who has had a MVA (motor vehicle accident) and has an open ICBC claim, Legacies Health Centre can bill ICBC directly. That means the patient pays less. In fact, Legacies Health Centre is the only clinic in Canada that has a Lowest Cost Guarantee. With highly experienced practitioners and a diverse choice of therapy options, they will ensure every patient gets back to their optimal health after car accidents.

Common MVA therapy treatments covered by ICBC is Chiropractic, Registered Massage Therapy, Active Rehab, Physiotherapy, and Cold Laser Therapy… ALL of which Legacies Health Centre bills ICBC directly for. Each MVA patient receives a customized treatment plan specific to his or her health and injury needs.

See how we can lower your ICBC cost for treatment HERE

See how you can pay nothing for ICBC Treatment HERE

Had a recent car accident?

Call 604-591-5569 to book an appointment or to find out more information, our staff will be happy to assist you.

A FREE Gift from us: Stop Pain Now DVD Series

 

IMS Physiotherapy in Surrey

IMS Physiotherapy Treatment in Surrey

Legacies Health Centre, located in Surrey BC at 604-591-5569, offers a wide range of treatment options, which includes IMS (intramuscular stimulation) used by our registered physiotherapists. Below is some information about IMS and how it is used in physiotherapy treatments to help get our patients better.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE IMS TREATMENT?

At Legacies Health Centre, if you are seen by a physiotherapist for IMS treatments, small thin needles are used to “reset” unhealthy muscle tissues (often referred to as trigger points). With IMS, no medication or substance is injected in to the skin, just the needle itself. The needles used by the physiotherapist in IMS treatments are similar to those used in traditional Chinese acupuncture. The application of the needle, however, is significantly different from traditional Chinese medicine.

IMS needles are intended to be used on tight, sensitive “knots” or bands of muscle tissue that may have been irritated by posture, trauma (such as a motor vehicle accident), and day- to-day activities such as sports or work. In Surrey at Legacies Health Centre, the actual IMS technique with the IMS Physiotherapy in Surreyphysiotherapist is just one part of the visit, and may take anywhere from only 3-10 seconds. If required, the physiotherapist will move on to the next group of muscles. While IMS only takes 3-10 seconds per muscle, its effects typically last much longer. Our physiotherapists aim to use IMS to cause neurophysiological changes to the local tissue and nervous system.

Physiotherapist in Surrey at Legacies Health CentreSince utilizing IMS in my physiotherapy practice, I have seen quicker and more effective results in treating muscle and nerve pain than I would have seen before. The effects last longer, and the changes are almost immediate.” – Jasub Jarquin, Physiotherapist in Surrey& Delta BC at Legacies Health Centre

WHAT TYPE OF INJURIES/CONDITIONS DOES IMS HELP TREAT?

IMS has been supported heavily in current research to treat chronic myofascial pain. Clinically, our physiotherapists find it is effective in numerous treatments for nerve/musculoskeletal conditions, such as:

  • Tennis Elbow/Golfer’s Elbow
  • Chronic mechanical low back pain
  • Headaches (ie. Cervicogenic)
  • Plantar fasciitis/Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Postural dysfunction related to the Neck, Midspine, Low Back or Pelvis
  • Patellofemoral Pain or Mechanical Knee Pain
  • Sciatica/Piriformis syndrome

Are you looking for IMS physiotherapy treatment in Surrey, BC? Call Legacies Health Centre now to schedule your appointment at 604-591-5569.

5 Ways to Better Health & Fitness

Sore Neck and Shoulders is a Seasonal Pain

With the hustle & bustle of the season often comes a sore neck and shoulders.  But why?  Carrying shopping bags, longer hours shopping on-line at the computer, increased driving times – all these behaviors increase demand on the muscles that shrug your shoulders.

upper trapezius and levator scapulaeThese muscles are most commonly the upper trapezius and levator scapulae, although several other neck and shoulder muscles may be involved.  The problem is that with the increased physical demand comes fatigue and dysfunction of this tissue.  Essentially, our bodies have not been conditioned for this spike in shopping behavior!  Thankfully this holiday season comes just once a year!  But what can we do about this pain in the neck and the related headaches and body-aches?

5 Essential Tips to Surviving the Holidays:

  1. Targeted stretches to the “shoulder shrugging muscles” are one strategy.  Take a look at this short VIDEO to see how you can easily stretch the neck and shoulders to instantly reduce muscular tension.
  2. Using soothing heat is another strategy.  Heat will increase blood circulation to the muscles, and promote a relaxation effect through the nervous system.  15 minutes of heat (using a shower, bean bag, or heat blanket) will have a tremendous therapeutic effect at the end of the day.
  3. Exercise.  Maintaining your normal exercise routine helps reduce abnormal muscular tension developing from shopping.  Contrary to popular belief, shopping is not considered a substitute for your daily exercise routine.  Just because you spent 1 hr walking in the stores does not mean you can skip your daily walk!
  4. Hydrate.  As we get busy and thrown off our normal routine, we often forget to drink water.  Coffee and seasonal drinks are not good substitutes for proper hydration.  Don’t forget your water!  Your muscles are over 80% water, and without good hydration they are more susceptible to tightness and injury.
  5. Schedule your therapy in advance.  Knowing you have increased physical demands on your body during the holiday season is a great reason to schedule your therapy in advance.  Utilizing clinical treatment at LEGACIES in Surrey BC will help get you through the holidays feeling your best… but book your appointments in advance.  This is our busiest time of year and practitioners are booked solid days out.  If you call on the same day, the best we can do is put you on our cancellation list.

Did this article help?  Check-out our other Holiday Articles:

  1. Coping with Holiday Stress
  2. Reduce Neck Pain by Wearing a Scarf
  3. How LEGACIES saved Christmas
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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!

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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. Sukh Mann professional advice from Legacies Health Centre in Surrey on what to consider when purchasing a backpack for your child:

  • Dr. Sukh Mann, Chiropractor

    Dr. Sukh Mann, Chiropractor

    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 Sukh Mann, 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. Sukh Mann, Doctor of Chiropractic

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

Essential Backpack Tips

Essential Backpack Tips