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with New Leaf’s Massage Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture & NIS

As one of Abbotsford’s Leading Integrated Wellness Centres
New Leaf is a place to rejuvenate Body and Soul.

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Posture! Posture! Posture!

By now, we should all know about the ill effects of long hours sitting at a desk, or looking down at our cell phones and other tech devices. Unfortunately, many of us have been doing this since kindergarten, and the effects of poor posture only worsen overtime. Max Banfield, researcher and fitness expert, for many years has been advocating for changes to counteract the effects of poor posture, discussing how the angle of the body places pressure on the various structures and organs, etc. Many of the side effects of poor posture we commonly see at our wellness centre: headaches, shoulder, back and neck pain, digestive and breathing issues. Simply fixing our posture may not always be as easy as standing at attention and rolling back our shoulders. We do have to consider the ergonomics of our work or study space, which may not always be in our control. Or there may be underlying structural issues that need to be considered. But we can do as much as possible within our circumstances. For example, set a timer for every 90 minutes, to stand up or shift your position and give yourself a quick postural check. This can be a simple scanning of your body and an adjustment, if necessary, to place your head over your heart, and your heart over your hips. Bruegger’s postural stretch, can also easily be done sitting at your desk or while standing (known as “mountain pose” in yoga), or lying down (otherwise known as the “corpse pose” in yoga). Basically you are counteracting the inward, fetal-like desk posture by splaying the body outward: Stack the... read more

“Really?! You can massage there?”

“Really? you can massage there?!” Massage therapy isn’t limited to just your back, neck and shoulders. Areas such as hands, feet, glutes, face and even inside your mouth can all be treated.Don’t be afraid or uncomfortable to talk about any area that you are feeling pain or discomfort. Massage therapy to the glutes is very effective for low back pain or pseudo sciatica. You would be amazed how tight they can get; you don’t need to be active for it to happen. Sitting at a computer all day deactivates your glutes and tightens your hip flexors which can cause low back pain. Have you ever felt any numbness or tingling on your legs or feet? There is a network of nerves that travel thru the glutes that could be compressed by tight muscles. A major culprit of this is the piriformis which can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Temporal mandibular joint dysfunction can cause pain and muscle spasms in the jaw or head, a clicking or snapping feeling, headaches, earaches or dizziness. Many people suffer or experience some of this at one point in their life. Treatment to the muscles of mastication is very helpful with relieving pain, tightness and imbalance. The lateral pterygoid is the only muscle that opens that jaw and can be difficult to treat without intraoral work due to its attachments to sphenoid and the mandible. There are many muscles attached to your head and face. You would be amazed how tender and sore they may be. There may even be knots that you don’t know about. Treatment to the face and head can... read more

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New Leaf Wellness Centre proudly sponsors these causes that support children and families. These causes have a particular significance for New Leaf Massage and Wellness Centre founder, Lisa Fershau. Read more on our About Page.

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