Initial visits are typically longer because it is important to gather information about your symptoms to create a diagnosis.

History

The history is where you tell your story.

This is the part where you tell me where it hurts, when it started to hurt and what makes it worse.

Then, I will ask you to go deeper.

There are injuries and medical conditions in the past that can have an impact to today’s issue. For example, being an elite figure skater during childhood can create issues with the way you activate your core at the gym. We develop motor patterns that become subconscious and as adults, we don’t know how to adjust these patterns to different types of activities. This “go to” motor pattern, can cause injuries like hip and knee pain for example.

Car accidents

I know, it’s hard to recount past traumas, however even the smallest perceived trauma can have lasting effects. I’ve had patients in my office who downplayed past accidents where they lost consciousness, the car flipped over and the “jaws of life” were required to remove them from the scene. As they recounted the trauma, they said it was “no big deal” and that “no follow up treatment was required.”

Trauma gets stored in the body.

And so, as the holistic detective I gather information about your lifestyle, level of activity, quality of sleep and stress levels to get the whole picture.

Physical examination

In this phase, I do a postural assessment as well as a joint specific assessment in the areas that need to be assessed.

Chiropractors assess beyond the spine. I also assess shoulders, wrists, ankles and hips. Basically if it’s a joint or a muscle, I will assess it if it part of your symptoms.

Specificity and Big Picture

I also investigate kinetic chains. In this way, I don’t “spot search” or “spot treat”. I keep the biomechanics of the movement in mind.

The goal is to improve performance, therefore if you have knee pain, but we don’t address foot posture or the stability in your spine and pelvis, then we won’t get a full reason why your body is functioning the way it is.

Anatomy Lesson

After the assessment is complete, I will sit with you to discuss the findings and teach you a mini anatomy lesson so that you understand WHY and WHAT is happening.

When you are empowered to know what is going on, then you can make a positive change.

Report of Findings & Consent

A copy of the summary of findings will be emailed to you with a list of self-care action steps to support your treatment plan.

Treatment options like: Chiropractic, Medical Acupuncture, Myofascial Release, Kinesiotaping and Prescribed Exercise Rehabilitation will be offered.

Once you decide which tools you feel comfortable to heal your issue, then formal consent it taken.

Treatment

Then it’s healing time.

Treatment is always offered at your initial visit.

Exercise prescription

Every new patient will be prescribed a curated set of exercises and stretches that will support the healing of their condition via the Physitrack app. The app is free and you will get a complete video library through which you can track your pain levels and your attendance.

It’s all about accountability when you want transformation.

Well there you have it.

The initial visit is all about:

  1. Gathering information
  2. Assessing your body’s mobility, strength and neurological signs
  3. Empowering you with information
  4. Consent
  5. Treatment
  6. Tools for your successful transformation

Now over to you.

If you have a goal that you want to accomplish, comment below.

Why functional training is good for you.

My philosophy is that optimal alignment in your body is important to developing proper movement patterns which will improve performance and avoid injury.

Chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, myofascial release techniques and Kinesiotaping methods are all strategies that I use to re-educate your body to undo  abnormal muscular imbalances, scar tissue and joint misalignments that have developed over time as a result of poor posture, inactivity and improper movement techniques.

One-on-one individualized programs teach your body how to progress to more sophisticated movement and is important to maintain the healthy alignment that is achieved through chiropractic care.

The multifunctional Tower Trainer™ can be used for Pilates, dance and traditional fitness training, facilitating hundreds of exercises, from simple to complex multi-planar movements – including the majority of the exercises done on a STOTT PILATES® Cadillac, along with full matwork repertoire. Portable and foldable, the Tower Trainer™ features a comfortable, cushioned mat surface with accessories including springs, straps, handles and bars that will add variety to any workout. Ideal for all fitness levels from professional athletes to active adults and for all body types and abilities.

Re-align. Strengthen. Live your Life.

Like Santa, we lift, stand for long periods of time and work around the clock.  During this holiday season, ask yourself this:

“Why am I so quick to invest in material things and not my own body?”

Being young and full of vitality takes work. A healthy lifestyle trumps depending on “good genes”. (oh yes it’s true)

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image taken from The Chiropractic Journal

See a chiropractor. Learn about your posture and alignment. Prevent unhealthy alignment and pain. Get on the right foot.

It’s important for me that my patients understand what is happening in their body. This is why I come up with analogies. A lot of times, they come so spontaneously I surprise myself.

When a patient complains of pain and numbness and tingling that radiates from the neck to their fingers as a result of postural strain from sustained desk work and excessive sitting, this is what I say:

“Your nerve is like a USB connection to your computer which is your brain.  Sensory nerves are responsible for giving messages about sensation (hot, cold, vibration, pressure) to the brain and the brain uses motor nerves to send messages to muscles to move.  When muscles are chronically tight, they compromise your posture which compromises your nerves ability to relay those messages like a really poor USB connection.  As a result, you feel numbness and tingling or pain”.

Suddenly the patient’s “inner light bulb “goes off and understands this concept much better. In the digital age, you need to think of the nerves like USB connections.

Being aware and connected to the messages that your body give you is the first step in healing. How can you correct something that you don’t understand?

My analogies are simple and are not meant to be very physiological to the point of confusion. My intention is for my patients to understand CONCEPTS not become adept in neuroanatomy (for those of you hardcore anatomists who find this analogy too simple).

Chiropractic helps to restore those connections. I also layer in myofascial work , acupuncture and exercise prescription so that proper alignment becomes a lifestyle choice.

Take care of your USB connections. Take care of your body.

by Dr. Blessyl Buan, Chiropractor & Pilates Expert

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copyright Dr. Blessyl Buan

 

They say that you can’t truly give love to another or to your work until you love yourself.  Inner peace, joy, health and true happiness will not unfold until you make the steps to live a healthy lifestyle. As a treat for Valentine’s Day,  I’d like to share with you two personal images that have definitely opened my eyes.

Whenever I feel balanced in my life, hearts show up in my food. The above pictures are two examples of this and are NOT products of photo post production! It started when I was pregnant with my daughter 2 years ago and ever since, they show up in waves.  Now, they even show up in my surroundings.

We all have personal signs that resonate inner happiness.  For me they are hearts. 

Take care of your body. Slow down, BREATHE, take a moment to journal, DE-CLUTTER your mind and surroundings, EXERCISE, stretch, and receive BODY WORK like massage, chiropractic or acupuncture that will help you to get IN TUNE with your body.

BALANCE the mind, body and soul.

Dr. Blessyl Buan, DC1167998_healthy_lifestyle

Do the following sound familiar?
“I haven’t worked out in month. I’m just too busy.”
“I haven’t eaten a vegetable or fruit in a long time. I just need carbs and coffee to get me through”
“What’s a massage therapist?”
“The last time I got a chiropractic adjustment was 10 years ago…”

These are all very common excuses for not taking care of yourself.  Life is busy, but if you change your perspective on the value of your body and health, you will find that your schedule opens up.

Here are some tips:

  1. Think of yourself as an elite athlete or “A-list”er. Get professional help on your side. Your personal trainer, chiropractor, massage therapist, dentist, esthetician, nutritionist and more are a team to keep you  at your best.
  2. Write it in your calendar: commiting a lifestyle change to pen, or even your twitter/facebook status gets you to follow through with your plans.
  3. What’s your dollar value?: If you can spend money on your car, clothing or other material things easily, ask yourself how much YOU are worth in $$$. Compare that dollar value to those purchases and it will be an eye opener!

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It’s easy to believe that you can continue at the same pace and intensity from where you left off last spring when you haven’t trained all winter. The weather is warmer and you may have registered for some races to motivated you.  Here are some tips to keep your goals realistic and increase activity in a healthy way.

1. Are your shoes still good?

Even if they look good they may have run it’s course (no pun intended).  Running/walking shoes should have a cushiony and supportive upper (ball of the foot part of the shoe). There should be some resistance when you bend your shoe in half from the sole.  If you can do this too easily, then you need new shoes! The more mileage you have, the more often you need to replace them. Even if you are a minimalist runner, meaning you are anti-cushioning, running footwear must still be up to date.  This will not deter your ability to feel the road.

2. Be realistic. 

If you’re a bit rusty, be honest with yourself and don’t pick up from where you left off last spring. Increase your level of intensity in a gradual way. There are many apps and resources that can help you with a running training program.  When you use an objective method to increase your running distance, injuries can be prevented. If you signed up for the Toronto Nike 15K run in June, Nike has great information here: http://content.nike.com/content/dam/one-nike/en_us/running/nwes-toronto-15k/training-program.pdf The information integrates information on how to safely increase your running distance and incorporate cross training.

3. Cross Train

Strength conditioning of your core muscles like transverse abdominus, obliques, glut medius and pelvic floor will help prevent IT Band issues, low back and knee pain that often develop from an unstable lumbar and pelvis. Remember, distance running is about endurance not power, so make sure that your muscles are ready for the distance.  Overall resistance training of upper and lower body will also improve performance.

4. Stretch it out

Working out new muscles will cause muscle soreness as your body adapts to your new activity. Stretching will reduce muscle stiffness and pain. Keeping the fascia mobile will help to prevent injury and improve motion. Also, don’t just focus on your legs.   A loose jaw, neck, chest and hand help to ensure that breathing is effortless during your runs.

5. Begin!  A body that hasn’t run in a while will think of many excuses. Just get started and remember you run for the joy.  Enjoy being outside.  Running is fun.

If you need help with your alignment. I am happy to get your body back into shape.  A body that is aligned can absorb shock better and injuries can be prevented.  Chiropractic, acupuncture, myofascial release and kinesiotape are all tools to keep you moving. Email info@dblessyl.com for more information.

Realign. Strengthen. Live your Life.

runner-stretchDid you know that your muscles adapt to the level of activity that you do? The heavier you lift, the bigger your muscles become.  Likewise, the more you stretch the longer your muscles become.

For example, when you sit for most of the day, your hip flexor muscles shorten. You may think that this is not be a big deal , but when you want to start to become physically active, you become more prone to injury because your body is not used to being lengthened, especially if the range of motion is ballistic (quick spurts).

To prevent injury, stretch once a day and hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds. 

 

 

Ask Dr. Blessyl

ITB SYNDROME

 

Do you ever get a dull pain on the outside of your knee after running for approximately two kilometers? Chances are you may have I-T Band Syndrome. 

 

The Iliotibial band is a connective tissue that attaches from your illiac crest to your knee.  When this band becomes tight it tugs on the knee causing pain. 

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Causes:

The cause of IT-Band syndrome is multifactorial.  Here are some of the potential causative factors:

  • A sudden increase in running distance
  • Running with old running shoes or shoes without the proper support
  • Starting hill training
  • Feet that over-pronate (roll-in) or over supinate (roll out)
  • Weak core musculature most especially gluteus medius
  • Treatment:
  • Ice the area that feels painful.
  • Stretch the IT-Band after your run or workout
  • Strengthen your core musculature
  • If the pain is too intense while running. Remove running from your training schedule until you heal.
  • See your health care provider to treat your symptoms.