• 4 Tips for Spine-Friendly Road Trips

    Road trips are an awesome way to see our country and visit new destinations. Who doesn’t love being in cramped spaces for prolonged periods of time with close friends or family?! The road trip adventure can take a toll on your body, especially your spine. Sitting in general puts tension on the low back, and […]

  • Tips To Prevent Back Pain on an Airplane

    Travelling can be a wonderfully exciting experience. However, it is often also accompanied by stress and discomfort. Often, you are sitting for long periods of time and carrying heavy luggage around. You may experience increased levels of stress from being in an unfamiliar place, trying to meet connections, etc. Travelling can also bring on new […]

  • 6 Tips to Shovel Safe

    It’s that time of year again – we may not get outside or exercise as much in the winter, but when we do, it’s to shovel snow! We’ve had a few good dumpings already, and I’m sure there will be plenty more before spring rolls around. I often see patients come in after a snowfall […]

  • 5 Reasons to see a Naturopathic Doctor

    Dr. Danielle Watson, ND, shares her top 5 reasons why you should consider seeing a naturopathic doctor. Naturopathic doctors are medically trained and naturally focused. Want a doctor that has the knowledge to get you the right diagnosis but uses natural treatments? Look no further than a naturopathic doctor (ND), a primary care provider who […]

  • Active living tips for you and your children

    Active living has so many known benefits for the young and old: it improves self-esteem, the health of the cardiovascular system, bones and muscles, as well as posture; it also encourages healthy growth and development. Outdoor activities are also a great way to get children to socialize and meet new friends. Children aged 5–11 should participate […]

  • Scoliosis

    Everyone has probably heard of the term scoliosis before. Most people also realize that it has something to do with the curves in your spine. But why is it important? And what can you do about it? Scoliosis refers to an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. The spine may have either a C-shaped or […]

  • A fixated first rib

    Our previous blog described symptoms associated with a classic rib dysfuction, what some might call ‘popping out a rib’. Although most people may suspect a rib is involved when there is pain in the upper-mid back, possibly with some shooting pain into the chest, there is another condition involving the first rib that often goes […]

  • Can you really ‘pop’ a rib?

    Let’s get some basics rib anatomy out of the way first… Most humans have 12 ribs on each side. The ribs connect to the breastbone (sternum) in the front, and the spine in the back. The first 7 ribs attach directly to the breastbone, ribs 8-10 attach via cartilage, and ribs 11-12 ‘float’, meaning they […]