Functional assessment and dynamic, informed treatment. It’s healthcare, for your muscles.

    What is Kinesiology Taping?

    If you have been in during a week day appointment, you may have noticed Christie wearing Kin Tape, and been asking what it is used for!

    Kinesiology tape can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions.  Kinesiology tape is similar to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows it to be worn without restriction of your movement. It may be used for injury rehabilitation, pain management, swelling and alignment.

    There are many different brands available, and it may be used on a wide range of ailments. Check out this link for more detailed instructions on application. If you have any questions, ask us the next time you’re in the clinic and we’d love to help!

     

    What is Integrative Massage Therapy?

    Our recent hire Amir Salkic has completed the five year program at the Canadian College of Osteopathy and is a D.O.M.P. candidate. Amir integrates his skills and knowledge to better serve your therapeutic needs by providing you with safer and more effective treatments. In doing this he is able to deliver the best therapeutic massage therapy to better aid patients through their journey to recovery, stress management and wellness. incorporates advanced assessment and treatment techniques like Craniosacral, visceral manipulation, precision Joint Mobilizations, positional release & muscle energy to treat musculoskeletal and neurological injuries.

    An Integrative Massage Therapy Treatment starts with a very thorough assessment to understand your body as a whole.You can expect to have a review of your posture, mobility, and general health history using visual and manual techniques.
    Treatment is done with the idea that no part of the body is independent of any other body part or system, and much is done for treatment of the structure of your body. You may have a pelvis which is twisted, or vertebrae in your spine which aren’t aligned properly or restrictions in your joints; IMT will your body restore muscle and tissue balance.
    Things to know about your appointment:
    • Wearing a tank top and shorts to allow for easy visual assessment. Unlike massage, you don’t get under the covers on the table.
    • Treatment may be a mix of gentle adjustments, myofascial release, counter strain and Craniosacral work.
    • Drink a lot of water once treatment is done! You may experience your body releasing strain you have held onto for years, and drinking water may help flush your system and promote healing. An Epsom Salt bath is also a good idea.
    • Some people say they have improved sleep after treatment!

    You may view Amir’s availabilty here.

     

    Fathers Day BBQ Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Butter

    What better way to celebrate Dad than with a BBQ? These chicken wings with blue cheese butter are sure to be a big hit!

    Ingredients

    Directions

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter and 4 ounces of the blue cheese until very smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl and set aside at room temperature.

    In a blender, puree the BBQ sauce, peppers, 1 teaspoon of the cumin and 1 teaspoon of the paprika until smooth. Pour into a large mixing bowl large enough to hold all of the wings.

    In a shallow dish, whisk together the flour, remaining cumin and paprika, and season it with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the wings with salt and pepper. Fill a deep, heavy pot with 6 inches of oil and heat to 365 degrees F, or preheat a deep fryer.

    Toss the chicken wings in the seasoned flour until well coated, shaking off the excess flour. Fry in batches until golden brown, crisp and cooked through, about 13 minutes. Drain briefly on paper towels before adding them to the sauce and tossing them to coat while they are still hot.

    Transfer the wings to a serving platter. Dollop a little of the blue cheese butter on top of the wings to melt; serve the rest on the side for dipping. Sprinkle the remaining blue cheese over the top and serve immediately.

    Four Reasons Why You Should Try Foam Rolling

     

    For those not familiar, foam rolling is almost like a massage that you perform on yourself using the foam roller as an assistive tool for self-myofascial release. The goal is to target the body’s fascia, or the connective tissue encasing our muscles. Here are reasons why you should incorporate foam rolling into your routine:

    1. It increases circulation – Because foam rolling helps to break up tightness in the tissues, it helps ensure that blood is able to circulate properly throughout your entire body.
    2. It improves mobility – releasing areas of tension gives a better range of motion
    3. It aids post-workout recovery  and also facilitates injury recovery –  Rolling increases blood flow, which helps reduce the time it takes to recover!
    4. It boosts athletic performance – reduced tightness may help to ensure your body is working at it’s best.

    Bloordale Adopt-a-Street-Tree Project

    We’re very happy to be a supporter of the Bloordale Adopt-a-Street-Tree project! We have a beautiful Freeman Maple Tree in front of our clinic which we take care of as part of the project.

    This Saturday (June 10th) at 2pm there is a walking tour of interesting trees in the neighbourhood, for people to learn more about different tree species in the community and learn a bit more about how we can help care for our trees!

    Here is their Facebook event page to learn more!

     

     

    Acupuncture FAQ, Part One

    We sat down with our Acupuncturist, Annette Lambert, R.Ac, to ask her a couple questions about what people can expect from an acupuncture treatment. This is the part of a series which answers questions we have been asked regarding acupuncture treatment.

    If I don’t want to have any needles, can I still get a treatment?

    Absolutely!  With your consent, your acupuncturist can choose to do acupressure using her fingers and thumbs or can apply magnetic pellets (“seeds”) to stimulate acupuncture points.  In fact, you can also ask your acupuncturist to perform TuiNa, an ancient form of Traditional Chinese massage, Cupping, or Gua Sha.

    What are Cupping and Gua Sha and what do they do?

    Cupping utilizes suction to break up connective tissue adhesions and scar tissue, it promotes  tissue perfusion, reduces inflammation, decreases tension and stiffness, and thus helps promote local circulation, relieve  sore, muscles and spasms, and facilitates the healing process.  From both a Western Medical and a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, cupping promotes circulation and breaks up stagnation (of Qi and Blood) and promotes relaxation.  The Flash Cupping method is also useful in the loosening of chest congestion and phlegm for removal from the body.  This loosening of chest congestion is thus immensely helpful for treating asthma, bronchitis, chest colds and flus and for bringing some relief for emphysema.  Cupping can also be applied to the abdomen to promote bowel movements and assist with digestion.

    Cupping has become more popular in the West and its popularity has risen with its distinct circular marks.  These distinct marks have been seen on the likes of Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Michael Phelps, Rio Olympic gymnast Alex Naddour to help them with their sore challenged muscles allowing them to recover faster and be at the ready to compete.  The marks have also graced the backs and torsos of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, and Justin Beiber, as well as on the arms of our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

    Cupping has been utilized for thousands of years in the Middle East, East Asia, and Ancient Egypt.  Traditionally, cupping involved the use of a flame inserted quickly into a glass, bamboo, ceramic, or animal horn cup to remove the oxygen and create a vacuum.  Modern cupping can also be achieved with plastic cups and a hand pump or with flexible silicone cups. When applied speedily to the skin, the underlying tissue layers are drawn up into the cup which results in enlargement of the tiny blood vessels; this enlargement promotes the flow of fresh blood  and lymph into the area.  However, this enlargement of the capillaries (tiny blood vessels) can also lead to some extraversion (leakage) which is visible as redness and bruising.  Depending on your body, the quickness with which it heals, and how deeply seated the stagnation is, the redness, bruising and/or suction marks (that look like you have been hugged by an octopus) can disappear by the end of the treatment or last up to ten days.  On average, most cupping marks and bruising will disappear in 3-4 days.  The only other side effect is mild to moderate temporary temporary discomfort as stagnation is dissipated and the underlying tissues opened up.

     

     

    Meet Your Acupuncturist – Annette Lambert

    Annette grounds her practice in the principle that diagnosis and treatment are inseparable. For her, the keystones of treatment are to gently establish a connection with the patient, to be fully present throughout each treatment, and to maintain communication. Annette incorporates acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, TCM nutritional advice and lifestyle awareness, Tui Na, Reiki,and Zen Shiatsu into treatments tailored to the individual.

    Annette has taken these cool courses:

    • Zen shiatsu
    • Reiki 1 and 2
    • Wilderness Advanced First Aid

    Annette is interested in learning more about:

    • Medical Qi Gong
    • Qi Gong Instruction
    • Stroke Rehabilitation
    • Shaolin Kung Fu
    • Prenatal Acupuncture

    Types of Treatment which Annette is really good at are treating people with anxiety, Gua Sha, Zen-Shiatsu and Cupping.

    On a more fun note, Annete enjoys ATVing and loves helicopters! She has also had a black bear enter her tent while sleeping – ask her about it the next time you come to visit!

     

    Grilled Miso Salmon

    It’s BBQ Season! This is a very simple and delicious recipe which may be served with grilled veggies (like asparagus!) or a salad. Salmon contains high levels of the omega-3 fats, EPA and DHA. These fats are responsible for many cardiovascular benefits such as reducing inflammation.

    Ingredients: 

    • 1 salmon fillet, skin on, per person
    • 2 tablespoons miso
    • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
    • 1 green onion, chopped finely
    • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

    How to Make It:

    1. Preheat grill for medium-low heat.
    2. Combine marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
    3. Place mixture on the flesh of salmon fillet and let sit for 5 or so minutes.
    4. Place salmon on a well-oiled grill grate, skin-side down, and cook for about 12 to 14 minutes
    5. Once cooked through, remove from heat and serve.

    Safe Gardening

    Toronto has been having beautiful weather this week! For many that means spending time outdoors gardening and doing yard work. It’s common during this time of year to see people seeking treatment for strains and repetitive injuries sustained while doing work in their garden. Here are a few tips to help you stay injury free this season!

    Shoulders

    Injuries at the shoulders can happen when the same action is repeated over a period of time (such a shoveling).  The fact that most people are typically more sedentary during the winter usually means that more force is needed, combined with high repetitions means there is a higher risk for injury. Follow these quick tips to keep your shoulders more safe:

    • Take frequent breaks.
    • If you need to lift heavy items, practice good lifting form: bend at your knees and not your back, bring the item close to your body, and then stand up. Use a wheelbarrow if heavy items need to be transported long distances.
    • Stretch first! Here are some simple shoulder stretches to try.

    Back

    Practicing good posture while gardening can help you avoid most injuries.  Avoid bending forward at the hips with a rounded back to help protect your spine!  Here are a few tips to keep your back happy:

    • Use long handed tools to help avoid too much bending over.
    • Sit on a short stool if possible.
    • Use knee pads! This encourages you to maintain good posture.
    • Avoid twisting movements while digging.
    • Check in with yourself often, stretching before, during and after gardening.

    Take breaks, be mindful and take your time to help you stay injury free during the spring and summer!

     

     

    Alycia Duff-Bergeron, Founder and Clinic Director

    When I opened Anatomica in 2013 as my private practice, I was committed to offering an unsurpassed level of service and care to every client.  Today I have the pleasure of working with a skillful team of therapists and administrative staff that are equally committed to raising the bar in their fields and providing exceptional treatment. Our therapists are dedicated, professional, and focused on your health. Anatomica proudly offers some of the most effective manual therapy and functional assessment techniques, performed by therapists with several years of practical experience, all of whom demonstrate a considerable effort to further their educations and understanding of current treatment protocols. We invite you to visit Anatomica to experience effective, personalized healthcare in an inclusive space, staffed by practitioners that are setting a new standard of professionalism. We are Anatomica. Welcome.