Welcome back to Active Life Health Clinic's November newsletter.
Please note that Dr. Carr will be away from the clinic from December 5th to the
20th, so if you’d like to address your health issues before the end of
the year, you’d better contact us soon! For December, she will be in the clinic as follows:
- December 2, 3, 4 as normal
- (December 5-20th away)
- Decmeber 22, 23
- (December 24, 25, 26 away)
- December 27, 29, 30, 31
- (January 1 away)
- Then back to normal Tuesdays to Saturdays
For ongoing acupuncture
treatments when she's away December 5th-20th, her registered acupuncturist Tina Tse
will be covering her patient care. Don't be shy to ask to see her as
she's a very effective, and gentle, acupuncturist. You could also take
this opportunity to see Helene Decarie for a reflexology session. She's fantastic! Inessa, our office manager, will be checking emails and phone
messages on a periodic basis as well.
Okay, so this month is almost done, but while we're still hanging on to this month...November is both Osteoporosis Month and Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness month
If you suffer from any of these issues, or know someone who does, did you know that TCM can help? Read on.
And, if you are feeling the effects of too much desk work, check out the helpful yoga exercise offered by Lynn Roberts of Pure Yoga.
Helping you help yourself!
To work in partnership with you to bring you to
your optimal health.
Ongoing health, not just temporary relief.
This is active health.
We haven't yet hit the holiday
challenges of healthy eating, but it's coming soon! Acupuncture,
Chinese herbs, and TCM food cures can all play a large role in
improving digestive health, whether it is specific for a particular
disease such as Crohn's or colitis or just general digestive troubles
like bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or heartburn.
Are you dense?
How dense are you? Okay, what I really mean is how dense are your bones?
Osteoporosis is a loss of the normal density of bone, leading to
abnormally porous bone (osteo=bone; porosis=porous). This
"sponge-like" bone is weaker than denser "brick-like" bone and
increases the risk of bone breakage.
Osteopenia (osteo=bone; penia=poverty) is a mild thinning of the bone
mass--less severe than osteoporosis--but genereally considered the
first step on the road to osteoporosis.
The tricky thing about both osteoporosis and osteopenia is that you may
not know that you have either. In fact, you may not know until
you suffer from a bone fracture.
If you don't know if your supplement
choices are working for you, bring them in with you when you come in
for your appointment with me. I can evaluate whether your bone
supplements (or lack thereof) are really enough.
Acupuncture can also increase blood supply and digestion, both of which can help with supporting a healthy bone structure.
by Lynn Roberts of Pure Yoga
Stretches chest, arms and shoulders. Releases tension in back,
shoulders and neck. Increases circulation to entire upper body,
including brain, facial muscles, neck, arms, fingers, wrists, chest,
shoulders and back. Increases energy to heart and lungs.
Step 1: Sit upright in your chair, slightly forward at the edge of your
seat, feet flat on the floor, legs at a 90 degree angle.
Step 2: Reach your arms around behind your back and clasp your hands
together, palms facing in toward each other. Send your shoulder blades
down your back and relax your face and neck. Keep your arms straight.
TIP: If you cannot reach your hands together, try using a strap, towel, necktie, scarf, etc., to bridge the gap.
Step 3: As you inhale, lengthen your spine and contract your abdominal
muscles. As you exhale, start to reach your heart forward and
bend forward and down with a straight spine. At the last moment,
let your spine round. Let your arms soar over your head.
Step 4: Immediately begin to breathe deeply and slowly. If it's
difficult, just stay there and take deep breaths. If it feels okay, go
even deeper by beginning to move your arms up and down and from side to
Step 5: To come out, bring your arms back to center. Keeping your
hands clasped, inhale and sit up straight, resisting with your arms as
you come up. As you exhale, lower your arms, release your fingers
Step 6: Take a few deep breaths and notice what you feel in your entire upper body.
From Pure Yoga
Active Life Health Clinic
Dr. Melissa Carr, B.Sc., Dr.TCM, R.Ac.
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Regent Medical Building
#410-2184 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C., V6K 2E1
In appreciation of each of your referrals, Dr. Melissa Carr will offer you 10% off of
your health product purchase, so don't forget to tell your friends,
family, colleagues, and acquaintances to give us your name when they
book an appointment.