Women's Wellness Expo 2019

On Saturday April 6th grab all your gal pals and head over to Our Lady of Fatima Church for the second annual Women's Wellness Expo!

This day brings together health professionals from various backgrounds to inform those who identify as female on different health services in the area.

  • Entry is by donation, in support of Transition House and the church faith formation group.

  • There will be a limited number of cab vouchers available for those who may have transportation issues. Please call the Church at (902) 562-3934.


9:15-9:45 Speaker "100 Moms, 1000 Tips, 1 Million Reasons" Author Doreern Coady

10:00-10:30 Cooking Demo "Easy Breakfast" with Thyme Savour Takeaway Food Shoppe

10:45-11:30 Chair Yoga with Jaime Crane

11:45-12:15 Speaker "Naturopathic Medicine" with Dr. Erin Mackenzie

12:30-1:00 Speaker "Food that heals" with Farmer Estelle Levangie

1:15-2:00 CARs (Controlled Articular Rotations) with Dr. Shaun Maher

2:15-3:00 Keynote "The most important thing you can do for your health" with Dr. Jen

3:15 Prize Draw

Expo runs from 8:30am to 4:00pm

Complimentary Massages run from 9:00-4:00pm

Lunch is served between 11:30-1:30 ($5)

Expo Participants include: (click on their name to learn more)

Door prizes have been generously donated by our Expo participants. While this event is specifically aimed towards women and is being held in the basement of a church, all are welcome! We hope to see you there!

** The first 25 participants will receive a free photo shoot and 8x10 gift certificate compliments of Creative Isle & Graphic Design!**

Fall prevention

Fall Stats

  • 1 in 3 seniors will experience a fall each year and half of those people will fall more than once.

  • Falls are the cause of 85% of seniors injury-related hospitalizations

  • Falls are the cause of 95% of all hip fractures

  • 50% of falls happen at home

Why are people falling?

The majority of falls are experienced by seniors. 

Two factors will increase the risk of falling

1. Environmental factors or the unsafe conditions around the person

2. Physical factors - poor/decreased balance, decreased muscle/bone strength and reduced vision/hearing 

What can be done to reduce the risk?

1. Around the home:

  • Install non slip surfaces

  • Install grab bars or rails in the rest room, at the entrances and on the stairs

  • Wipe up any spills immediately

  • Declutter the house

  • Make sure cords are not in walking paths

  • Get rid of rugs or mats

  • If you are using a step stool, find one with a safety rail

  • Store heavy items in a lower shelf or drawer

  • ** Slow down!** rushing a is a  major cause of falling

  • Use the handrail on the stairs and don’t have a full arm load when travelling on the stairs

2. Physically:

- Avoid situations that may make you feel dizzy - like skipping meals or doing activity after taking medications that are known to cause dizziness or drowsiness

- Wear your glasses or hearing aids

- Use an assistive device (cane, walker etc)

- Keep fit - cardiovascular exercise - walking at least 30 minutes a day

                  - strength and resistance training to help build bone and muscle mass

Balance is comprised of 3 major systems that communicate information to the cerebellum, located at the back of the brain

  • The vestibular system in the ear and the visual system tell the cerebellum where the head is in relation to the horizon.

  • In the rest of the body, proprioceptive cells that are found in muscles and joints communicate information about joint angles, muscle length and muscle tension.

If any of those systems are not working correctly or have not properly healed after injury than a person may be at greater risk for a fall. Concentrating on exercises that focus on making those three systems work together can improve reaction time and decrease the chance of a slip

 Is there any way to see if my Balance systems are all working together? 

There are a number of physical tests and neurological tests that a chiropractor will perform to assess your risk for a fall. Based on your test findings, you would then be prescribed a specific list of exercises to help improve the areas where you are deficient. New research from neuroscientist Dr. Heidi Haavik found cerebellar changes with movement related tasks after 12 weeks of regular chiropractic adjustments. 

 What about fall risk in Winter?

  • Keeping walkways clean and free of ice

  • Keep steps and rails in good repair and well lit

  • Wear slip resistant shoes

  • WEAR GLOVES!  hand should be out of pockets ready to help you brace against a fall -

- If you do feel unsteady WALK LIKE A PENGUIN

  •          Keep centre of gravity over your feet

  •          Take shorter/shuffling steps

  •          Keep your arms at your sides and wear your gloves

  •          Go Slowly and concentrate 

For a complete list of strategies to help minimize the risk of falls please follow this link to the fall prevention handout from the Public Health Agency of Canada.


Does it hurt when you move? Have you been told that you have arthritis? Are you worried about getting osteoarthritis?

Decreased mobility can be one of the major causes of pain in the body. The brain will learn to be in pain, just like it learnt how to ride a bike or to play the piano. The way you move impacts the brain and can change how the brain perceives pain.

Dr. Jen Maher will lead a 6-week class that focuses on the improvement of range of motion, strength and endurance for those who are concerned about arthritis.

Your strength and mobility will determine if you age well. Movement is one of the most important investments you can make for your future.

Evening classes

6-week Exercise Against Arthritis $50 @ South End Community Centre

Tuesdays @ 6:00pm (March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16)

Preregistration @ 902-270-7022

55+ Exercise Classes

6-week programme focusing on Strength, Mobility, Endurance and Balance. $30 @ Our Lady of Fatima Church

Wednesdays 10:45am (March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, April 3rd, 10th)

Preregistration @902-270-7022

Chair Yoga

6-week programme $30 @ Our Lady of Fatima Church

Fridays @ 9:00am (March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, April 5th, 12th)

Preregistration @ 902-270-7022


What's more important:

Weight loss or muscle gain?

Muscle mass is directly correlated with longevity and excellent health. Rather than trying to “lose weight”, people are better striving to improve body composition.  This means losing fat and building or maintaining muscle. The lean (non-fat) components of the body are denser than body fat. Therefore, the number on the scale isn’t always to best outcome measure, especially when it comes to health. A better predictor of health is body composition. A method to track your body composition at home (other than looking in the mirror) is measuring your waist-to-hip ratio (waist measurement divided by your hip measurement). As this ratio decreases, your abdominal (visceral) fat decreases, and so does your risk of all cause mortality.  So, it is actually possible for the scale weight to increase and your waist to hip ratio to decrease – and at the end of the day you will be healthier. 

Dr. Gabrielle Lyon calls muscle the organ of longevity.  “The stronger and healthier your muscle is, the more carbohydrates and fat your body burns”.  Healthy muscle mass improves metabolism and decreases risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  Muscle mass is also a reliable protein reserve that is protective for people after prolonged illness (i.e. cancer)

There are numerous methods to lose fat – some more healthy than others.  There are only two basic ways to increase and maintain muscle mass: resistance exercise, and consuming protein. 

Resistance exercise is lifting heavy things a few times a week.  You could try body weight exercises like squats, push-ups and pull ups. I like a single set to failure using the rest – pause technique for bodyweight exercises.  You could lift weights in the gym or rocks in your yard. Compound movements are typically safest and the most effective for your effort.  My favorites are deadlifts, squats, bench press, shoulder press and a bent over row.  For these I prefer hierarchical sets i.e. 3 sets of 15, 8, and 4 reps – increasing the weight with each set.   

Protein is an essential macronutrient, necessary for all the cells of the body. It is needed for the structure, function, and regulation of all tissues and organs - especially for building and repairing muscle. Once consumed protein is broken down to amino acids.  Humans must obtain some essential amino acids from protein in their diet. Proteins also have a key role in immune function, building enzymes for metabolism and DNA repair, and building hormones and neurotransmitters.  High protein diets (45% of total calorie intake) have been shown to decreases blood pressure and increase HDL cholesterol. 

There is no conclusive evidence that a high protein diet can cause chronic kidney disease. Protein may be used as fuel in the absence of carbs and fat, however, excess protein is not stored as body fat and is excreted as urea via the kidneys. 

Protein should be prioritized.  It is nutrient dense and very satiating. Consuming a minimum 30 grams of protein per meal is needed to stimulate muscle protein synthesis. It is actually more important for sedentary people as they are not stimulating muscle growth with exercise and older individuals because muscle mass gets harder to maintain as we age.  Generally speaking, 30 grams of protein at each meal (3 meals a day) should be a minimum target. That’s 90 grams of protein per day. Up to 1 gram of protein per pound of desired body weight may be recommended for active people who want to maximize muscle mass.  

This is what 30 g of protein looks like:

•      7 thick slices of bacon

•      5 large eggs

•      4 ounces of ground beef

•      6 ounces of tempeh

•      1 scoop of whey protein

•      3/4 block of tofu

•       4 ounces chicken breast



1.    Srikanthan, Preethi et al. Muscle Mass Index As a Predictor of Longevity in Older Adults The American Journal of Medicine, Volume 127, Issue 6, 547 – 553.

2.    Srikanthan P, Seeman TE, Karlamangla AS. Waist-hip-ratio as a predictor of all-cause mortality in high-functioning older adults. Ann Epidemiol. 2009;19:724-731.

3.    https://drgabriellelyon.com

4.    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waist–hip_ratio

5.    https://www.bodybuilding.com/content/measuring-your-macros-what-30-grams-protein-looks-like.html

Make Movement a Lifestyle

Everybody knows physical activity is important. Going for a run in the morning,

hitting the gym or yoga class after work are great habits. I encourage you to keep it

up; however, this relatively brief amount of physical activity does not undo the

damage of prolonged sitting many of us do throughout our day.

By tweaking our lifestyle we can incorporate more movement into our day. One

strategy is to recognize and set our own limits on the use of some of the modern

“crutches” to healthy movement. Here are some simple ideas to incorporate more

healthy movement into your day:

  • Walk for errands or park far away

  • Take stairs instead of the elevator

  • Alternate between sitting and standing at work

  • Get rid of wheelie chairs so you have to get up

  • Take a walk during a phone call, meeting, or lunch

  • Make yourself dinner and wash the dishes by hand

  • Take a walk after dinner

  • Do household chores (mow the lawn, garden) and get dirty

  • Go barefoot or wear flat soled shoes more often

  • Take a break form the screen and look out a window, even better, get outside

  • Sit on the floor more (A recent study has shown that our ability to sit down on the floor

    and then get back up may be an indicator of how long we’re going to live)

  • Play with kids and move how they move

Making more movement part of your lifestyle improves your energy, sleep, and

mood. On top of that it reduces your risk of chronic issues like osteoporosis,

hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Move well.

Live your life.

Mom was right

Stand up straight

Modern people are hunched forward on their phones, computers, and behind the steering wheel all day long. This can be the cause of a lot of neck and back pain. It pushes our head and our centre of gravity forward, causing a strain our neck. It increases curve in your thoracic spine, which may prevent you from breathing properly with your diaphragm, further exacerbating pain and stiffness. Evolutionarily this slumped forward posture is a defensive position and triggers the release of stress hormones leading to even more tension. 

By being a little more conscious of our posture we can stand straighter, move better and feel good. Get somebody to take a picture of you from the side and see what your posture looks like.

  • Your chin and neck should be back with your ears over your shoulders

  • Standing in a neutral position your thumbs should be pointing forward

  • Externally rotate the shoulders instead of pointing them toward each other

  • Your pelvic floor should be parallel to your diaphragm, you can accomplish this by tilting your pelvis posteriorly (similar to the motion made during intercourse)

  • Keep the front of the  rib cage tucked down instead of flaring out.   

  • If none of the above makes sense, or your side picture looks atrocious - call us today!

Change your environment

  • Try holding the phone up to look at it instead of looking down at it

  • Take frequent breaks from computer work and sitting

  • Stand and walk more at work and at home

  • Breath through your nose, which stimulants your parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system, and activates your diaphragm

  • Try corrective exercises that stretch the soft tissue that becomes tight from slumping and strengthen the tissue that become weak.  

This will not be comfortable at first but your brain and body will adapt in time and your joints, soft tissue, and even your organs will thank you down the road. 

New Year's Resolution Reset

Health Goals

Dr. Jen was featured on CBC’s Mainstreet with Wendy Bergfeldt a couple weeks ago and they spoke about keeping New Year’s Resolutions.

Where are you with your resolution? If it’s time for a tune up, have a listen to this segment.

Ultrasound for Plantar Fasciitis - let's take a look at the literature.....

If your therapist is still using ultrasound on your plantar fasciitis you may want to ask them about this recent study published in Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.

“Additive Effect of Therapeutic Ultrasound in the Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial”

This prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of 54 people with plantar fasciitis found that those who received ultrasound with active stretching were no better off (less pain/disability) than the control group who was treated with sham ultrasound and active stretching. Outcome measures included a numeric pain-rating scale, the computerized adaptive test for the foot and ankle, and an algometric test.

The addition of therapeutic ultrasound did not improve the efficacy of conservative treatment for plantar fasciitis. Therefore, the authors recommend excluding therapeutic ultrasound from the treatment of plantar fasciitis and agree with results of previous studies that stretching may be an effective treatment for healing plantar fasciitis.

here’s the full link to the study —> https://www.jospt.org/doi/abs/10.2519/jospt.2018.8110

We will go one step further and add that in addition to stretching, your therapist should be working on strengthening exercises combined with some soft tissue work. If this is not happening, it may be time to give us a call.

What you need to know about INFLAMMATION

What is inflammation?

Normally inflammation is a reaction by your immune system to help your body heal from injury or to remove the presence of pathogens. Without it, you could get sick because germs or viruses will overrun your healthy cells.

Cytokines are emergency signals send by your body, they are responsible for bringing nutrients, hormones and immune cells to the site of injury. To help this process, your arteries dilate and your capillaries become more permeable to allow the “medic” cells to access the injured area. From there, the immune system will be hard at work until the problem is fixed.

What Causes Inflammation?

Your body may need to go into “repair” mode after an attack by things such as:

• Microbes — bacteria, viruses and fungi may cause various diseases that result in inflammation on the affected body part.

• Injuries — damage to your cells, like cuts or bruises will cause inflammation.

• Man-made objects — chemicals or drugs.

• Genes — Autoimmune disease, can start the inflammatory response.

Lifestyle leading to chronic inflammation

Inflammation isn’t a bad thing when your body is using it every now and again. However, in today’s world, chronic inflammation is common and this can lead to illness. Common causes of chronic inflammation include:

Unhealthy Diet

  •  Sweets and sweetened beverages — Regular consumption of candy, soda, doughnuts and fruit juices, can increase the production of inflammatory markers in your system.

  •  Vegetable oil — Cooking oils like soy, corn, sunflower and palm oil are high in omega-6, which is an inflammatory oil.

  •  Fried foods — French fries, chicken fingers, fish sticks and onion rings are often cooked in vegetable oil and have been linked to an increased risk of inflammation.

  •  Wheat — Amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs) found in wheat that can trigger inflammation related to chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition many wheat products have been found to have low levels of a chemical called glyphosate (found in pesticides like Round-up). Glyphosate is thought to lead to gastrointestinal irritation, which is linked to inflammation.

Gut Health

Inflammation is directly tied to your gut health. The semi-permeable lining of the digestive sysmtem, fluctuates in response to outside stimuli. As the lining becomes damaged over time, harmful organisms such as viruses, yeast, bacteria and even molecular items can enter through the bloodstream and cause leaky gut syndrome. As a result of the inflammation, your body has a harder time digesting food, resulting in impaired absorption of essential nutrients.

Something as simple as stress can also increase the permeability of your intestinal lining, causing an increase in inflammation.

Cigarette Smoking

Each inhale taken irritates your lungs, this irritation triggers inflammation. If you already have lung problems, smoking cigarettes can worsen symptoms.

Alcohol Consumption

Aside from smoking, chronic consumption of alcohol has been closely associated with inflammation. Research indicates that in healthy people, your body helps keep lipopolysaccharide, a key inducer of inflammation, in check. However, alcohol consumption impairs multi-organ functions, which can disrupt health and lead to eventual systemic inflammation.

Mental Health

Mental health and inflammation are actually closely associated with each other. It is believed that a dysfunction in the “gut-brain-axis” (which includes the central nervous system, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, the enteric nervous system, the vagus nerve and the gut microbiome) is associated with gastrointestinal inflammation and autoimmune diseases.

Fight your inflammation

You can reduce the amount of inflammation your body creates with these simple steps:

Improve your sleep

Sleep is when the body repairs damage. The quality and amount of sleep you get determines how your body manages inflammation. While the changes are small at first, chronic sleep loss may eventually lead to the development of metabolic syndrome disease (hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, etc).

Ideally, adults should get around seven to nine hours of sleep. If you're having trouble achieving this number, try these tips:

  • Dark, dark dark — Get rid of every source of light in your room when you sleep, such as night lights and your digital clock. The tiniest glimmer of light may block your serotonin/melatonin production, which can disrupt your sleep cycle. You can use blackout shades for your windows. If this is not possible, an eye mask can help.

  • Got to bed between 9 and 10 p.m. — Try your best to be asleep as early as possible because your body does the majority of its recharging between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Furthermore, your gallbladder removes toxins during this period, and if you're awake during this time, the toxins can go back up into the liver and create health problems down the line.

  • Establish a pre-bedtime routine — Cultivate practices that will allow you to fall asleep easier such as practicing meditation or diaphragmatic breathing. Try various methods to help you feel relaxed so you can get to sleep quicker.

  • Avoid caffeine — Caffeinated drinks boost your energy, so avoid them during bedtime.

  • Do not watch television before sleeping — The blue light from a tv or handheld device can stimulate the brain, preventing you from falling asleep at your intended time. Also, if possible remove the TV from your room, your bed should be only for two things, sleeping and the other thing that starts with an “S” (sudukou)….

  • Exercise regularly - Getting regular exercise can help boost your health in many ways, such as reducing your risk of chronic diseases, helping you shed excess weight and boosting cognitive function. But did you know that exercising may also help improve sleep quality? Exercise reduces stress which should help with sleep quality and overall health.

Change your diet, save your life

Eating healthy foods can help prevent and even reverse inflammation.

Eat this:

  • Tomatoes — They contain various compounds that may benefit your health, particularly lycopene. Research indicates that lycopene may help inhibit inflammation related to various cancers, as well as cardiovascular disease.

  • Berries — Antioxidants may help fight inflammation and berries are packed with them! They're known for their anthocyanin content, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory characteristics.

  • Fatty fish — only wild caught salmon, sardines and anchovies contain generous amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to have effective inflammation-fighting properties. Studies have found that omega-3 consumption may help fight obesity-related inflammation, and may reduce the production of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (an inflammatory marker).

  • Broccoli — This vegetable belongs to the cruciferous family, which includes other nutritious members such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale. They are highly regarded for their antioxidants that may benefit your health. Broccoli, in particular, is rich in sulforaphane that may help fight against oxidative stress.

  • Avocados — Well-known for their diverse mix of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats, avocados contain carotenoids.

  • Peppers — Bell peppers and chilli peppers are rich in various antioxidants that may help ward off inflammation. Chilli peppers also contain capsaicin, which has been studied and discovered to help ease inflammation.

  • Grapes — These small and succulent fruits are rich in anthocyanins, which are a type of antioxidant that may help reduce inflammation.

  • Dark chocolate — Real, organic dark chocolate is rich in various compounds that may help fight inflammation.

Avoid this:

  • Sugar — This is one of the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation. Sugar increases levels of inflammatory markers. Sugar intake activates higher production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

  • Trans fat — Foods cooked in trans fat vegetable oils such as soy, corn, sunflower and palm oil contain high amounts of omega-6. Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory.

  • Fried foods — Aside from being high in omega-6, unhealthy fried foods contain advanced glycation end products (AGEs). These substances are known to increase oxidative stress in your system, leading to inflammation.

  • Artificial sweeteners — The main ingredients used in artificial sweeteners, particularly sucralose, have been linked with altered gut microbiome that can result in inflammation.

  • Refined grains — In one study, the consumption of refined grains has been associated with increased plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1) and C-reactive protein (CRP), which are inflammatory markers.

  • Red meat — Excess consumption of red meat may increase your risk of developing chronic inflammation. As evidenced in one study, higher consumption of red meat was associated with an increased chance of developing diverticulitis. However, substituting at least one serving of red meat with fish or poultry helped lower the risk.

Additional support fighting inflammation

If you really want to give inflammation th eviction notice, try adding these to your new lifestyle:

  • Omega 3 oil supplement

  • Curcumin

  • Ginger

  • Resveratrol

  • Spirulina

  • Cinnamon

  • Geranium

  • Tumeric

  • Thyme

  • Rosemary

  • Oregano

  • Green Tea

A common saying at our office is,

“People will do anything to get healthy until they learn what it takes”

You have to be disciplined in committing yourself to achieving better health, this is a commitment to yourself, not the purchase of a program or a cleansing kit. We are giving you the blueprint to health, you don’t need to buy into any programs. Consistency is key to a healthy lifestyle.



Text Neck

It’s not just a fad term, with the current use of technology, text neck is absolutely real and it’s bad, real bad.

Text neck is a modern day term used to define a postural / overuse syndrome involving the head, neck and shoulders. It typically results from excessive strain on the spine and the surrounding soft tissues from looking in a foward and downward position at hand held devices such as cell phones, laptops, tablets etc. 

Common symptoms may include:

  • pain in the arms, forearms or hands

  • pain the the elbow or wrist joint

  • numbness in the arm, forearm or hands/fingers

  • tight and sore shoulders

  • headaches

A few tips on how to prevent text neck.

  1. - Hold your phone (or device) at eye level

  2. Take frequent breaks from your phone (or device). Avoid looking down for long periods of time (use an app that will cut off your screen time)

  3. Play outside / exercise outdoors

  4. Set a timer / reminder to get up and walk around every 20-30 minutes

  5. Perform neck, chest stretches and chin tucks daily (If unsure of proper form consult with your Chiropractor or RMT before attempting, Safety first!! )

Suspended Treatment Fund

On November 10th, Dr. Shaun and Dr. Jen Maher of Island Chiropractic & Family Wellness will join other care professionals at “Under One Umbrella”, an event at C200 that provides hundreds of at-risk and home-in-secure Cape Bretoners access to care services they’d otherwise go without.  Last year Island Chiropractic was able to help 25 people during the event - but this year, they’ve found a way to keep helping all season long. 

“To provide such relief to those less fortunate in our community was a rewarding experience,” explains Dr. Jen Maher.  “We knew if we asked our clients to join the effort - we could help even more.”

For the rest of November Island Chiropractic will offer scheduled clients and the broader community the opportunity to contribute to a Suspended Treatment Fund which will be used to help those who couldn’t otherwise afford treatment.  Maher says their staff talked about what they could do to help and she and her husbanded decided to match client donations dollar for dollar - doubling the effort to help those in need. 

All money collected in the Suspended Treatment Fund will used to schedule December appointments for in-need community members confidentially nominated by their friends and loved ones through the Island Chiropractic Facebook Page. 

“We want to continue the momentum of ‘Under One Umbrella’ right through the holidays,” Maher said. 
Those interested in donating to the fund are encouraged to call Island Chiropractic & Family Wellness at 902-270-7022.  Nominations will accepted online and by phone beginning November 9th. 

Under One Umbrella: 

CBRM and the Ally Centre are hosting an Under One Umbrella support services day for those in need on November 10th, 2018 from 12pm-4pm at C200 in Sydney. At risk and home-insecure individuals will have free access to medical services, hearing and vision services, foot care, legal aid, clothing, haircuts, income tax info, housing and more.  The event is managed by Christine Porter of The Ally Center. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)?

Carpal tunnel sydrome is the entrapment of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel. Increased pressure in the carpal tunnel causes the median nerve to be compressed.


What are the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

CTS usually begins as numbness and tingling over the thumb, index and ring fingers. Sometimes the hand may "fall asleep", or experience a loss of grip strength or even drop objects. Some people may experience the hand feeling hot or cold.

Pain may travel down the hand or up forearm towards the shoulder. Day time symptoms tend to increase when you have your wrist and hand in the same position for a prolonged period of time. Usually with your wrist bent forward (flexed) or backwords (extended). Alot of people sleep with their wrist bent so night time symptoms are also very common.

Who is more at risk for developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

  • Individuals with occupational/ activites that require alot of repetitive finger, hand or wrist movements are more at risk.

  • Obesity

  • Diabities

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Rheumatoid arthritits

  • Trauma (dislocation, fracture, laceration)


  • Relative rest or change in activity. Avoid aggravating activites and prolonged wrist positions.

  • Deep tissue massage in forearm flexor muscles, scalenes and shoulder muscles

  • Daily stretching of neck, shoulder, wrist, hand and fingers muscles

  • Grip exercises

  • Myofascial release

  • Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) over the forearm and transverse carpal ligament

  • Wrist and hand mobilization/ manipulation

  • Electrotherapy (Unltrasound, TENS)

  • Wrist bracing or splinting may be recommended at night

  • Work-site ergonomic evaluation for stressors

  • Surgery (usually a last resort and is not a guaranteed cure, however, may be indicated in chronic cases)

Most mild to moderate cases of carpal tunnel syndrome respond very well to massage, chiropractic treatment and other conservative treatments.

*The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained in this post are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this post is to promote broad understanding and knowledge of carpal tunnel syndrome. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

55+ exercise classes

Join Dr. Jen on Wednesdays at Our Lady of Fatima Church at 10:45 for a fun filled exercise class geared towards those 55+.  

Classes start on September 12 and run for 6-weeks.  Classes focus on strength, endurance, mobility and balance.  

All abilities and athletic levels are welcome. 

Cost is $30 for 6-weeks. 

Here are some reasons why you should start today:

  • "In addition to exercises that improve lower-extremity strength, range of motion, and cardiovascular endurance, it is now being recommended that exercise therapy programs also include techniques to improve balance and coordination, and provide patients with an opportunity to practice various skills that they will likely encounter during normal daily activities" (Fitzgerald & Oates)
  • Exercise is an important step towards protecting your bones, as it helps protect your spine, slows the rate of bone loss, and builds muscle strength, which can prevent falls. Exercise is recommended for all people with osteoporosis, even people who have had a spine or hip fracture. (Osteoporosis Canada)

  • A recent Swedish study found that physical activity was the number one contributor to longevity, adding extra years to your life—even if you don’t start exercising until your senior years. But getting active is not just about adding years to your life, it’s about adding life to your years. You’ll not only look better when you exercise, you’ll feel sharper, more energetic, and experience a greater sense of well-being. (Robinson, Smith & Segal)

Call to register 902-270-7022

Capture Cape Breton finalists

Thank you to everyone who entered!  You have no idea how hard it was to choose only six. 

Here are the six finalists for our Capture Cape Breton contest. 

The winner will receive a free massage every Friday in the month of September. 

Vote via Facebook or Instagram, please only one vote per social media account. 

Voting closes at midnight on August 29th 2018.  

Here’s a closer look at our finalists. 


1. Cheticamp, 

Becky Poole


2. L'Archeveque Harbour

Robin Larade


3. Fortress of Louisbourg

Sarah MacInnes


4. Dominion Beach

Shibby Joan


5. Keltic Lodge

Kyle MacDonald


6. Gypsum Mines

Erika Poirier


Take a look at the fine print:

  • entrants must like our Facebook page/follow us on Instagram (this is so we can tag YOU)
  • entry must be a picture of Cape Breton that YOU took - it can be from a "real camera" or a phone, but you must be the photographer
  • winner will receive 4 complimentary Friday 45-minute massages during the month of September
  • massages must be booked in advance
  • prize does not include massage therapist gratuity
  • massages must be claimed by the same person
  • by entering you are giving us permission to use your picture on our website and social media pages  


Capture Cape Breton Contest

Win a FREE massage every Friday for the month of September! 

This summer we've been posting pictures from around Cape Breton, and now it's your turn! 

Send us your most iconic Cape Breton picture and you could be a finalist for a month of complimentary massages!  

How to win:

From August 16th to the 23rd  we are asking people to send us their best Cape Breton picture - it can be of anything (people, scenery, animals, boats)!  We will choose the top 6 entries and have our social media followers vote on the best Cape Breton Picture.  Social media voting will occur from August 24th to the 31st and the winner announce on September 1st!

Fine Print:

- entrants must like our Facebook page (this is so we can tag YOU when asking for people to vote)

- entry must be a picture of Cape Breton that YOU took - it can be from a "real camera" or a phone, but you must be the photographer

- winner will receive 4 complimentary Friday 45-minute massages during the month of September

- massages must be booked in advance

- prize does not include massage therapist gratuity

- massages must be claimed by the same person

- by entering you are giving us permission to use your picture on our website and social media pages  

photo credit: Scott McIntyre, https://www.scottmcintyre.ca

Womens' Wellness Expo

Live a healthier life!
Learn about what types of support exists in our community. 
This is an event mothers can attend with their daughters or grandchildren, sisters can attend with each other and entire families are welcome. 

Saturday, April 7th
Trade Show 9:30-3:00pm
Speaker "Woman's pelvic floor health" with Alana Coady Physiotherapist 10:00 - 10:30am
Cooking Demo #1 with Thyme Savour Take Away 10:30 - 11:00am
Yoga with Kim Lewis 11:00 - 11:45am
Cooking Demo #2 with Ann Marion Willis dietician from Superstore 11:45 - 12:15 pm
Speaker "Getting Healthy and Staying Healthy" 12:15 - 1:00pm
Meditation with Maritime Meditation 1:00 - 1:45 pm
Speaker "Foot issues" with Dr. Amy Welsh - podiatrist 2:00 - 2:30pm
Prize Draw 2:30

Confirmed trade-show attendees include:

  • Ashlee White TCM acupuncture,
  • Enso Float wellness,
  • Dr. Amy Welsh podiatrist,
  • Cabot physiotherapy,
  • Feit physiotherapy,
  • Thyme Savour take away food shop,
  • Ann Marion Willis dietician from Superstore,
  • Island Chiropractic & Family Wellness,
  • Deborah Monaghan RRT & Ayurvedic Reflexologist,
  • Maritime Meditation,
  • Kim Lewis, Yoga instructor
  • Thyme for Ewe Farm
  • CBRM recreation department,
  • CB YMCA,
  • Cape Breastoners dragon boat team
  • Baby Box Canada
  • Cape Breton Family Resource Centre

Volunteers from Our Lady of Fatima Parish will be offering soup and biscuits.  The first 25 people in attendance will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait from Creative Isle Graphic Design and Photo.  There will also be a prize draw at 2:30 pm that participants do not need to be present for.  Admission is by donation.