• 15-03-2016

    Diana ice fishing and snowmobiling in Northern Ontario

    • 13-03-2016

    Diana ice fishing in Northern Ontario

    Diana, one of our Registerd Massage Therapists, spent last week ice fishing in Northern Ontario with her family.  Perhaps this will become an annual event ?!😀

    • 08-03-2016

    A Good Night\'s Sleep (Published by Canadian Chiropractic Association)

    Everyone knows there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep for feeling refreshed and alert in the morning. On the other hand, not getting the seven or eight hours of sleep that you need may leave you feeling grumpy and tired all day. But here’s something you may not know: you have far more control over the quality of your sleep than you think.

    Choose a Good Mattress

    Your mattress should be flexible enough to adapt to your body’s shape, but firm enough to support your spine. If you share your bed, look for one that provides independent support for each sleeper.

    Test Your Pillow

    Your pillow should help keep your head and neck in line with your spine. Try out a variety of pillows in the store to find the one that feels comfortable and works best for you. Different types include memory foam, fibre, feather and buckwheat.

    Don’t Sleep on Your Stomach

    Canada’s chiropractors recommend sleeping on your back or side. These positions allow your head, neck and spine to relax into their natural alignment. This reduces stress and strain on your muscles and joints that can disrupt your sleep and lead to aches in the morning.

    Low Back Pain?

    If you have low back pain and sleep on your back, put a pillow under your knees to take some of the pressure off your back. Side-sleepers should put a pillow between their knees for support.

    Get to Bed on Time

    Try to go to bed at the same time every night – even on weekends – to keep your sleep cycle in a regular rhythm. Avoid naps, but if you must, limit naps to less than 30 minutes, and be sure to have your siesta before 3 p.m.

    Help Your Body Wind Down

    Avoid caffeinated beverages, heavy meals, alcohol and vigourous exercise within two hours of bedtime – they can all disrupt sleep.

    Bedtime Rituals Act as Relaxation Cues

    Some people like a hot shower before bed while others like to listen to relaxing music, watch TV or read. These cues let your body know it’s time to prepare for sleep.

    Light Up Your Life!

    In the morning, open the curtains or blinds soon after you wake up. Bright light helps to regulate your natural biological clock.

    Still Having a Sleepless Night?

    If you can’t fall asleep after 30 minutes of tossing and turning, get up and do something boring in dim light until you feel sleepy. Try not to look at the clock – it may only make you feel anxious.

    Sleep is an important aspect of your overall health – both your body and mind rest and refresh while sleeping. If you have continued difficulty getting a good night’s rest, consult a health professional, such as a chiropractor, who can help identify the problem and find solutions.

    Waterpillows are available at Northview Health.

    #rightmattress #waterpillow #NorthviewHealth

    • 28-02-2016

    6 Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

    6 Benefits of Infrared Sauna (article published by Mind, Body, Green in Jan 2014; author Dr. Amy Myers)

    As you might know, sweating is a great way to burn calories and rid your body of unwanted toxins. But how do you sweat when you’re injured, or unable to exercise? 

    I like to sweat in an infrared sauna. Infrared saunas help your body release a number of toxins, including heavy metals like mercury and lead, and environmental chemicals. The benefits don’t stop there. With infrared sauna technology, you can also lose weight,relax, relieve unwanted pain, increase your circulation, and purify your skin. 

    6 Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

    1. Detoxification

    Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification. When compared to traditional Swedish saunas, infrared saunas allow you to eliminate about seven times more toxins.

    2. Relaxation

    Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna will also help to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress. 

    3. Pain Relief

    If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, infrared saunas can relieve this form of inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles.

    4. Weight Loss

    The heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate — the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. When your body has to work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body will burn more calories, resulting in weight loss. An article, titled Effect of Sweating, in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that a 30-minute infrared sauna session could burn roughly 600 calories. 

    5. Improved Circulation

    As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase along with it. Consistent infrared sauna sessions, especially in the middle-infrared level, can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation after intense exercise. 

    6. Skin Purification

    Infrared sauna technology can help purify your skin by eliminating toxins from your pores and increasing circulation, resulting in clearer, softer, and healthier-looking skin. 

    Infrared Levels

    Infrared sauna treatments may be available at different levels: near, middle, and far. 

    These different levels represent the different sizes in infrared wavelengths and refer to the intensity of the treatment. Most people find that: 

    • near-infrared levels are best for wound healing and increased immune function 
    • middle-infrared levels are ideal for increasing circulation and promoting muscle relaxation
    • far-infrared levels are used primarily for detoxification purposes

    #NorthVancouver #NorthviewHealth #infraredsauna 

    • 14-02-2016

    Infrared Sauna now available at Northview Health

    We are pleased to inform you that INFRARED SAUNA is now available at Northview Health. Our sauna, SaunaRay, works by using Infrared rays to heat versus steam, which is used in conventional saunas. This makes for a more comfortable sauna experience as it allows you achieve better results at a lower temperature. While other saunas are generally run around 150-175F, this sauna reaches a maximum heat of about 130F.

    Research has shown many benefits to Infrared Saunas:
    • Detoxification
    • Chronic Pain
    • Arthritis related joint pain
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Weight Loss

    Do not use sauna if:
    • Pregnant
    • Breast feeding
    • Lymphedema
    • Check with a doctor if you are in poor health, or under medical care.

    For further information, please call the clinic at (604) 986-3771. Package rates are available.

    ‪#‎infraredsauna ‪#‎northviewhealth ‪#‎NorthVancouver