By Mackenzie Seymour, RMT (Honours) of Shelburne Family Chiropractic
There’s a lot of confusion in the world over how to define registered massage therapy. One of the most frequent questions I get regarding my profession is: “what kind of massage do you do”?
It’s a hard question for me to answer because what people expect to hear from me is the usual: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Relaxation, Therapeutic, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy, Myofascial, and a plethora of other adjectives that get thrown around in association with my profession.
The formal definition that the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario provides is: “hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.”
I happen to like this definition because it doesn’t limit the possibilities that massage offers. If we work with this definition we realize that all of the above options fall into it.
Essentially, massage is massage. If you’re receiving treatment from an empathetic and responsible professional, you will receive quality care because they treat according to that definition with a focus on healing your ailments, not fitting to a mold. Here in Ontario, that typically means receiving treatment from a Registered Massage Therapist. They have been vetted by the College under the law of the Ministry of Health, with a minimum training of a college education and two serious provincial level exams.
With an RMT you can expect them to be comfortable treating the young and the old, from infancy to palliative. The incredibly fit,, to the sedentary. Those recovering from a strain or sprain, to outpatients of cardiac and orthopaedic surgery. People with chronic pain, to people who just want to relax. People with lymphatic deficiencies, diabetes, fibromyalgia, HIV, Lyme, even cancer.
Working as I do in Shelburne, and Dufferin County, I see a wide range of people come through my door. Commuters from the GTA, factory workers, farmers, mothers and mothers-to-be. One of the best parts of my job is learning about a person’s life and catering their treatment to fit their goals and needs.
The possibilities are endless. In each of these situations the treatment will be different. It changes from treatment-to-treatment and from person-to-person. Just as no individual person is the same, neither is a massage treatment ever the same.
We're moving!!! As of November 1st, 2017, Shelburne Family Chiropractic will be moving to:
310 Main Street East, Shelburne, Ontario
(Yellow Brick House with Red Door, 2 Doors Down from Funeral Home)
Our clinic is very excited for the new space and we hope that you'll enjoy the new clinic location too!
For now, Dr. Magder will continue to practice from his current location at 215 First Ave East. Closer to November 1st, we will send out an email reminding everyone of the move to the new location.
With our move comes growth!
We're happy to announce that ADDITIONAL wellness services will be available at Shelburne Family Chiropractic.
Since we first opened up, our goal has been to provide you and the Shelburne community a one-stop wellness centre for most of your needs. Therefore over the next 2-6 months, the following services will become available:
We are currently finalizing our growing team and will provide introductions to our new practitioners shortly. We will also continue to work closely with our partners at Towne Fitness, Soaring Heart & Wellness, and Shelburne Physiotherapy in both health/care needs and providing patient exclusive offers.
The beginning of another school year brings with it a variety of emotions for both parents and children alike. The thoughts of what to order from School Dayz Café for lunch, or how you’re going to shuttle your young athlete from Wolves practice to dance class is enough to worry any Shelburne parent. While we at Shelburne Family Chiropractic cannot help with those decisions, we can at least help ensure that your young scholar is prepared to carry their books to and from school without injuring him or herself. It is important to ensure that your child’s backpack fits properly from an early age. If a backpack is worn incorrectly over an extended period of time, not only can they result in neck, shoulder or back pain, they can result in changes in posture and gait.
In conjunction with the Ontario Chiropractic Association, the Pack it Light, Wear it Tight campaign has helped countless students avoid musculoskeletal pain so that children can focus on their studies rather than nursing their injuries. The following are a few tips for you to ensure your child is wearing their backpack right.
Choose carefully: Make the choice of a lightweight vinyl or canvas backpack to reduce the weight placed on your child’s back. Select a backpack that has two wide, adjustable and padded shoulder straps, along with a hip or waist strap, a padded back and plenty of pockets.
Make sure it is the correct weight: Ideally, a backpack and its contents should be no more than 10-15% of the wearer’s body weight. This is especially important to consider in smaller children.
Pack it properly: Make sure the backpack contains only what is needed for the day or the activity. Distribute the weight of the contents evenly.
Wear it right: Both shoulder straps should always be used, and adjusted so that the pack fits snugly to the body without dangling to the side. Never sling a backpack over one shoulder. You should be able to slide a hand between the backpack and the carrier’s back. For proper support, the backpack should fit securely on both shoulders and should rest on the contour of the back. If it’s hanging over the buttocks, it’s too low. It might take a few tries to adjust it just right.
Choose a bag with wheels and an adjustable handle when possible: An alternative to the traditional backpack is the rolling backpack, which is similar to rolling luggage that you use for vacations. Rolling backpacks contain two wheels on the bottom of the bag, so that your child can put their backpack down and wheel it around on smoother parts of their trip to and from school. The downside of this type of backpack is that they must still be carried up and downstairs and can be difficult to roll in the heavy snow of Shelburne’s winter. However, for children who tote a heavy load of books throughout the day, this type of backpack allows for decreased load on the back and a more energized student!
It’s a fact! More than 50 per cent of young people experience at least one episode of low back pain by their teenage years. Research indicates one cause is improper use of backpacks. So pack it light and wear it right! It’s a new year and lets start it off right Shelburne!
One of life’s greatest difficulties is keeping your children calm and entertained for substantial periods of time. In the past, the preferred method was to enrol your child in sports or other physical activities with the added benefits of healthy habits and increased self-esteem being engrained from a young age. However these days, you’re more likely to see children entertained on a little screen at the rink while their parents are watching the Shelburne Muskies on the ice. Over the past generation, the increase in technology has led to many parents using tablets, smart phones, computers and television as a way to relax and even educate their children. While it’s certainly becoming the entertainment form of choice for your little one’s, new research is showing that children who spend extended periods of time on their digital devices, such as Ipads, can suffer from chronic neck and back pain later in life. The behaviour’s children develop early in life can cause musculoskeletal issues later on in life. In response to my sister’s complaints that my nephew’s spine is turning into a pretzel due to his posture while on his iPad, Shelburne Family Chiropractic is here with a few tips on how to ensure your child surf’s the web as safely as physically possible.
2. Awkward body positions lead to awkward posture.
Many children (and adults) find it easy to slouch into their favourite comfy chair and stare at that iphone propped into their laps. This leads to increased flexion of the neck and upper-back and an unnatural angle that the spine is not meant to sustain. Encourage your children to hold their tablet at eye level, or at 60 degrees when set on a flat table. Even better, get a case with a built in stand that allows for positioning of the screen at multiple viewing levels. Keeping a neutral spine at all times is vital to pain-free and healthy growth in a child.
3. The 90-90-90 rule is in full effect!
Having a keyboard attached to your child’s mobile device is another method of teaching proper posture techniques. When seated, encourage your child to keep their elbows bent at about 90 degrees when using a keyboard, while sitting in a comfortable, upright position with their hips approximately at 90 degrees with their feet resting flat on the floor or on a footrest. This position will help reduce back strain and tension, and also make you look like a champion of parenting in the Shelburne community when your child brings this posture to school!
Luckily for those parents who just can’t seem to convince their children that exercise is better than mobile device stimulation, some video games have been proven to be a good source of physical activity. Consider downloading an app that incorporates movement, such as Sworkit Kids or Heads Up or invest in a Wii Fit for the whole family.
IPad neck is real, and as a chiropractor, I am privy to the severe impact that poor positioning can have on the body with prolonged use of mobile devices. Follow these tips to help teach the children of Shelburne, Ontario & Dufferin County proper body mechanics before their positioning becomes a pain in the neck!
~Dr. Magder, Shelburne Family Chiropractic
Remember back a few weeks ago when, like millions of Canadians, you likely resolved to create a substantial and lasting change in your life? For many of us, the first week of January brings anticipation and excitement that the coming year will bring about positive change for you and your family. Almost assuredly, one of your resolutions for the up-coming year was to be healthier than you were last year. After all, what better time to implement change than the start of a new calendar year? Unfortunately, the majority of resolutions fall by the wayside by the end of January and negative feelings can set in. Luckily, Shelburne Family Chiropractic in Shelburne, Ontario is here to provide some helpful tips that will keep you on-course to maintaining your new year’s resolution into the second month of the year, and feeling satisfied with yourself come time to make your next new years resolution.
Write Down Your Goal
Striving for self-improvement requires a lifestyle change and not just a quick fix. Don’t be like the 70% of the population who can’t make their resolutions last more than one month. Follow these tips to make a successful and lasting change in your life!
It’s the most, wonderful time of the year Shelburne, Ontario and Dufferin County! But not all guests this season will be welcome ones. Stress and depression can infiltrate this time of year due to the dizzying array of demands being placed on you and your family. With all of the gift shopping, meal preparing and travel plans that the holiday season requires, it may seem like the only part of you that gets a workout is your heart rate and your credit card! Excess eating, eggnog and a lack of exercise can leave you feeling the opposite of wonderful at this time of year. The holidays should be a joyful time where you get to reconnect with the traditions that make this season so special. Luckily, Shelburne Family Chiropractic is here to provide a few practical tips to help you relax and enjoy the holidays with friends and loved ones.
1) Tell those holiday blues to “Take a Walk”
We at Shelburne Family Chiropractic are confident that if you follow these tips, you will find yourself if great spirits this season, with fewer episodes of discomfort and greater episodes of holiday cheer! We wish only the best of the holiday season to you and your families and look forward to an exciting 2017 in the Shelburne community.
Welcome to everybody’s 4th favourite driving season, Shelburne! Weather (pun intended) you like it or not, winter time is here and with the deep freeze, blowing snow and icy adventures on the road upon us, getting out that old shovel is for many of us a necessity. Dufferin County winters are notorious for dumping heaps of snow on the roads of the region and since many residents commute long distances to work, the last thing you want to do is injure yourself before you even get out of the driveway. Shoveling out of a storm does not need to leave you feeling stiff and sore! Shelburne Family Chiropractic is here to provide some helpful tips to help you clear your driveway without the all-too-common accompanying back, neck and shoulder pain!
If you do find yourself with muscle pain or other injuries that last more than 1 or 2 days, come in and see your friends at Shelburne Family Chiropractic. We are the experts at diagnosing and treating back pain to get you back to shoveling pain-free!
~Dr. Richard Magder
What better day to start this new venture than the day after Halloween? This seems an appropriate time as any to take off the costume I’ve been wearing for the past 35 years as a big city resident that truly has a country soul. I’m Dr. Richard Magder and ever since I could remember, I’ve had the desire to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a more comfortable and quaint country lifestyle. Shelburne, Ontario has always held a special place in my heart as I’ve been drawn to the friendliness of the community as well as close access to many outdoor activities. My uncle Dr. Gary Magder has been practicing dentistry in the community for close to 40 years and when it came time for us to set up our chiropractic clinic, he didn’t need to advocate too hard for this community. As a place to raise a family and build a business, the town of Shelburne was always at the top of my mind. I could not envision anywhere else I’d rather be.
Having had the opportunity for the past few months to meet members of the community, we gathered many aspects that we believe Shelburne entails and decided to implement them into our new practice. My wife Alexandra and I have been working diligently to create a clinic that is equal parts warm, inviting and family oriented and we are excited to become involved with the Shelburne community. We believe that promoting an active and healthy lifestyle is of the utmost importance in any community. As a health care provider, I’m pleased to be at the forefront of creating a more active, happier Shelburne family.
Like the entire Shelburne community, I consider myself open, friendly, and I never take myself too seriously. Need anymore evidence that Shelburne Family Chiropractic is a great fit for this community? Check out my introductory video and see for yourself: