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Our regular hours are:

Monday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

We will be closed for a holiday on the following days:

Weekend hours will resume in the fall.

 

August 2020 Calendar 

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New Patient Orientation dates: 

Friday August 14, 2020

Monday August 17, 2020

Monday August 24, 2020

Monday August 31, 2020

Friday September 11, 2020

Monday September 14, 2020

Monday September 21, 2020

Monday September 28, 2020

Call us today to inquire about our New Patient Orientations!

Clinic News

Welcome back to the office!

We’re celebrating the end of emergency-only care in our office! Welcome to the “new normal” wonderful care with added attention to safety with social distancing and cleanliness.

Measures we have in place for limiting contact:

  • Spacing out appointment times to limit the number of people in the office at one time and limit your time in the office
  • Contactless payment options
  • Fewer reception chairs, less 1 adjusting bay
  • Removal of refreshments, toys, books, magazines
  • Plexiglass at front desk
  • Staff wearing masks/face shields if in direct contact with others. (masks optional for patients and available upon request)

Measures for enhanced cleaning:

  • Wiping down adjusting tables after each use
  • Wiping down high touch areas every 2-3 hours
  • Doctor washing hands between patients
  • Cleaning sign-in pens after each use

Please help us out:

  • Please wash your hands upon arrival to the office
  • Please always pre-book your appointment
  • Please fill out a COVID19 risk assessment questionnaire before each appointment and let us know the result prior to your appointment
  • Please don’t bring extra visitors with you

Thank you!!!: Love Has No Color Fundraiser

Thank you to all who’ve contributed to our summer Love has No Color Fundraiser!  Together, we’ve collected $4415 in donations to buy backpacks and healthy food for families on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.  Due to COVID19 restrictions, we are not putting on our hugely popular Kids’ Fun Days, the first in 15 years.  In lieu of that, we are showing we still care by hand-delivering food and household supplies to the families, door-to-door.  400 families are receiving our care package on August 6th and August 7th. Travel restrictions prohibit Dr. Sabrina from attending in person, but she’ll be there in spirit.  Thank you!!  To show our gratitude for your contributions, we’ll be having a raffle prize draw on Thurs. August 20th for a lovely local gift basket.

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Canadians for Chiropractic

Do you love chiropractic and what it has done for your family? If so, please like and follow the “Canadians for Chiropractic” Facebook page. It’s an initiative of the Health Action network Society (HANS), a well-respected group that promotes interdisciplinary communication and advocates for public health. Guess what? It’s based here in beautiful BC! To learn more about HANS, please visit www.HANS.org.

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On-line Appointment Booking

You can book your appointments at our website!  This system is fully integrated with our existing scheduler, which means you can book appointments and see future appointments.  Email us at drchensee@gmail.com for your private passcode.

Beyond Masks and Self-Isolation: Building Greater Health and Resilience

There is a time and place to run and hide.  B.C.’s social distancing did have the intended effect of “flattening the curve” and for that, we’re grateful.  We’ve bought time.  Now that warmer weather is upon us, what can we do to make ourselves less vulnerable in the face of relaxing restrictions (and the eventual return of colder weather)?

 

“The greatest wealth is health.”

Globally, we’ve seen that the people most likely to succumb to the pandemic have been those who were in the poorest health and either elderly or living in cramped quarters.  While one cannot change their age and may not be able to move to another home, most people can take at least some steps to improve their current state of health.  The following are some general recommendations.  For more specific recommendations (especially for people with unique conditions or requirements), please consult your healthcare provider.

 

  1. Get fresh air every day

Thankfully, here in BC, we’re not in a full lock down.  Unless there’s a forest fire nearby, our outdoor air quality is much better than re-circulated or stagnant indoor air.  Ideally, get outside for at least an hour a day, and children need even more than that.  Take deep breaths, even if it is while you’re on a balcony or inside by an open window. If you have been wearing a mask, you’ll probably instinctively take a deep breath of fresh air after you take it off.  When outdoors, try to gravitate to a place with greenery, if you can.  Forest therapy is great for reducing anxiety, increasing mindfulness and has an invigorating effect.  Sunshine is also very beneficial for your body and mind in appropriate doses.

 

  1. Eat healthy foods

Yes, you are what you eat.  The food we eat make up the building blocks of our bodies.  The right proportion and amount of nutrients from food is necessary to build cells, enzymes, hormones, plus run necessary chemical reactions and processes in the body.  The most nutritious foods are those which are the least processed and contain the least amount of chemicals additives or preservatives, artificial colourings or flavourings, pesticides or genetic modifications.  You may choose to limit or avoid foods that put your body into a pro-inflammatory state, such as sugar, dairy products and nightshades.  Some nutrients are particularly necessary when your body needs to adapt to stressful situations.  Ask your holistic nutritionist or naturopath the best supplements for you.  If you’re eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, enough healthy fats and protein, and home cooking from scratch, you’re on the right track.

 

  1. Get good rest and enough of it

Stay at home orders, closures of businesses, schools and activities have disrupted many people’s schedules and routines.  This has meant late nights and additional screen time for many people.  On top of that, the blue light emitted by screens are notorious for reducing a person’s quality of sleep.  Endless social media, videos, and videogames can cause people to ignore the body’s cues for sleep.  Disturbing news reports are especially good at contributing to insomnia, nightmares and poor sleep.  Chronic lack of sleep leads to clumsiness, irritability, poor judgement and to an increased susceptibility to illness.  Instead, try to create for yourself a workable bedtime and bed-time routine.  Ideally, keep electronics (cellphones, TVs computers, tablets) out of the bedroom entirely, and turn them off an hour before going to sleep to help your brain wind down.

 

  1. Exercise every day

A sad part of the pandemic is how many people’s normal exercise places have closed due to physical distancing rules.  For me, this was the gym and the ballroom dance studio.  For my kids, it was PE at school, plus their kung fu lessons and badminton training.  We all missed out on the 10km Sun Run.  Those of us who are lucky enough to have a yard or nearby park can make use of these to kick a ball, play catch or throw a frisbee.  Going for a walk has always been encouraged here in BC, and we have many bike-friendly paths.  Exercise is a great way to build up resilience to illness or injury as long as we don’t overdo it.  Given that our daily routines have become more sedentary for the most part, taking the time to exercise is even more valuable now.

 

  1. Watch your thoughts

Some of us have too much of a vacuum of time from cancelled activities.  In that vacuum, our mind can become filled with all kinds of thoughts, not all of them useful or rational.  We may become obsessed with an idea and exaggerate it over time.  This is especially true with ideas or thoughts you have first thing in the morning, or just before you go to sleep.  In fact, what you focus on first thing in the morning, can repeat itself 60,000 times in your mind throughout the day.  Similarly, your last thought as you fall asleep can repeat itself in your subconscious mind 20,000 times throughout the night.  That’s why the most stressful or depressing habit you could have is to have is to check your social media or news report at either end of the day.  For a more positive, productive or peaceful day (or night), choose to start or end your day with a prayer, meditation or good book.  The opposite can also occur… an inability to stay focused on any one thought.  We call it a “monkey mind” when your thoughts flit about in a seemingly nonsensical or frantic manner.  You are very easily distracted.  This can be a result of chronic overstimulation or overwhelming mental or emotional stress.  A good antidote is a dose of nature therapy, as in spending time in a forest, park, or beach.  A hammock, hot bath or hug can help calm down that overstimulated mind.

 

  1. Good social supports

Good social supports can be the most difficult help to procure in a time of social distancing.  What are good social supports?  These are the people who give you a hug when you need it, cheer you up when you’re down, give you a helping hand when you’re struggling and encourage you with healthy habits (and do them with you).  Before social distancing, there were many opportunities to spend time with a large array of people, so it didn’t matter too much if you didn’t get along with a couple of them.  We might have taken for granted some of our most valuable social supports, because we didn’t have to go out of our way to be with them.  Oftentimes, the support we get is non-verbal, and you can’t really put your finger on what’s going on… you just feel more at ease or happier when you’re around these people.  I think this is the biggest support we’ve lost with social distancing.  Reaching out through technology just isn’t the same.  That being said, do what you can to reach out to supportive people, and give your support, in turn to those who mean a lot to you.  We could all use a little more kindness and caring right now.

 

  1. Chiropractic adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments are mentioned at last because they can affect all the other habits mentioned previously.  When your ribcage is properly movable, you can inhale much more fresh air at a time.  Poor posture and fixations in the upper back joints can restrict ribcage mobility.  Chiropractic adjustments to the upper back and ribs can help you breathe deeper and more easily.  This means you’ll get more oxygen into your lungs with every breath, without added effort.  As an added bonus, you can make a more productive cough to clear out your lungs and airways of mucous, dirt and germs.

 

Next, your nervous system controls the processes of digestion, nutrient delivery and metabolism so you can access and use nutrients from healthy foods.  If you’re eating impeccably and want to get the most out of this healthy habit, you’ll want chiropractic adjustments to help the nervous system function optimally.

 

As for getting good rest, this is easier when your body and mind are at ease.  Chiropractic adjustments relieve tensions in the body and simultaneously increase relaxing feel-good chemicals, like endorphins, in the brain.  When you body needs to do a lot of healing, chiropractic adjustments will often make you sleepier for a nap or in the evening.  This will tend to be much more restful sleep, and you’ll wake up more energized.

 

Chiropractic and exercise go hand in hand.  Most top athletes count on their chiropractor to help them recover from pain and injuries and improve performance.  Regular people can also reap these same benefits.  What chiropractic adjustments do is re-align joints so they can function properly and improve nerve communication.  The result of this is better body awareness, better body control and better muscle cooperation for increased strength, agility, balance and finesse.  This combination makes any level of exercise more effective, easier and more fun!

 

Can chiropractic adjustments help with your thoughts?  Why, yes!  When you have better nerve communication, you have more awareness of your external environment, internal environment, and better memory of lessons learned.  With all this information, it is easier to think clearer, remember better, make better decisions and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

 

Your chiropractor and the office staff can be a part of your support system.  Many chiropractic offices exude the energies of hope, healing and happiness, some more than others.  Not only will your chiropractor encourage you in following through with good habits… your chiropractor can guide you and the chiropractic adjustments can make your progress quicker and easier.

 

While the steps outlined in this article aren’t a guarantee of invincibility, they can help you be stronger and more resilient, instead of feeling vulnerable and fearful.  Then you can make better decisions based on your personal circumstances.  Are you looking to build up your resilience and adaptability with chiropractic care?  If so, visit www.FamilyWellnessChiro.ca and contact us to get a free consultation and begin a conversation.

 

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