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Practitioner Profile – Dr. Dean MacDonald, DC

Welcome to our newest Blog Series – our “Practitioner and Staff Profiles”, a series designed to let you get to know our awesome team a little bit better! Recently I connected with Dr. Dean MacDonald, owner and senior Chiropractor here at Norfolk Chiropractic, and asked him a few questions, and his answers (and some insights into what makes him tick!) follow.

 

Dr. Dean MacDonald - Chiropractor - GuelphQ: Where was your home town, and what were your favorite things about it?

A: I was born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario. My favorite thing about growing up in Kitchener-Waterloo was playing competitive sports. I played rep hockey, soccer and baseball throughout my childhood. This taught me a lot of great life lessons and I made many lifelong friends through the process. Waterloo has always been a great youth sports town with a lot of parks and great sporting facilities. Waterloo was also very supportive of their local competitive sports teams. I was fortunate enough to have played Junior B hockey in Waterloo and won the Provincial Championship Sutherland Cup in 1990-91 with the Waterloo Siskins. Another great thing about growing up in Waterloo was having two great Universities in town. I went on to study and play Varsity Hockey for the University of Waterloo Warriors from 1991-95, where I achieved Academic All-Canadian status and graduated with an honours Degree in Kinesiology, which ultimately led me to my career as a Doctor of Chiropractic.

 

 

Q: What made you enter your field of practice?

A: The reason that I became interested in chiropractic was due to a personal experience I had with it when I was a teenager. In my early teen years, while playing competitive hockey, I began to have problems with my lower back and began seeing a chiropractor in Waterloo. I had great results from my treatment, but I also learned about the spine and nervous system and became very interested in how the body worked. This interest in the body led me to study Kinesiology (Human Kinetics – the study of Human movement) at the University of Waterloo, and eventually to my interest in Chiropractic as a profession. I have been under regular chiropractic care since my first experience with it as a teenager and am grateful to have chosen such a great profession to be a member of. My first chiropractor – Dr. Jeff Goldsworthy was definitely a huge influence on me and later became a mentor for me in seeking out a career in Chiropractic and I feel fortunate to now call him my colleague in practice.

 

Q: What is the most rewarding experience you have had in your practice?

A: I don’t think I could list just one experience as the most rewarding… Sometimes it is the small day to day things that are the most important and most rewarding for me in practice. The most rewarding experiences I have in my practice are being able to help people achieve better health and “Wellness” every day. Being a chiropractor, I treat many different conditions, but the most rewarding is being able to help people become healthier through “chiropractic adjustments”. Chiropractic adjustments remove spinal misalignments or “subluxations” which interfere with proper nerve function in the body. Correcting these misalignments improves nerve function, allowing people to achieve better health and function, helping them to heal.

The following link is a video of a quote from one of the founders of the chiropractic profession which best exemplifies the idea that sometimes it is the small things that can make a big difference. This famous chiropractic quote is called “The big idea”.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite sports team? Which one?

A: Although I grew up playing hockey, and have always been a fan of the Leafs, the Toronto Blue Jays are my favorite sports team. I am not sure why I love watching the Jays so much, but I think it goes back to when they won the back to back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993. I was in University then and fell in love with baseball and especially following the Jays and have been a hard-core fan ever since.

 

Q: What are your favorite pastimes away from the clinic? 

A: My favorite pastimes away from the clinic are fitness and travel. I am a very active person, so staying fit and healthy is a priority for me in my life. In the winter months, I continue to play ice hockey 3 times per week, as well as work out (lift weights) 2-3 times per week. In the summer months, I enjoy golf, biking and running. I completed my first half marathon in 2011 and my first full marathon in 2012 and have continued to occasionally participate in various trail running half marathons since then as a way to stay fit and help satisfy my travel bug.

 


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Christmas collection for the less fortunate

It's that time of year again! Are you looking for a place to drop off food bank items? We are collecting donations for our friends at Chalmers Community Services Centre, right up until December 21st. A full sheet of Chalmers' Wish List items can be found in the clinic! From all of us at Norfolk Chiropractic, thank you for your generosity in helping us to help others!  #BeGood #DoGood


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Reader's Choice Awards

Voting is open for the Guelph Mercury Tribune, and we have been nominated in a number of categories. We would sure be honoured to have your vote! Voting closes on August 25th. Just follow the link below and make your vote count.

 

https://guelphmercurytribune.communityvotes.com/2016/06/best-business-service

 

Thank you!!


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Massage Therapy and Pregnancy

Prenatal massage can be an essential part of well-being and pain management during your entire pregnancy.  There are many physiological and emotional changes that occur beginning in the first few weeks of pregnancy and continuing into the postpartum period after childbirth.

 

As your pregnancy progresses and you begin to gain weight, there are several changes that your body makes and responds to:

• Your body’s centre of gravity shifts forward.This causes a natural tendency to make an adjustment in posture affecting daily activities, including walking and sitting, leading to back pain and discomfort.

• The ligaments and tendons supporting the pelvis and lower back soften and stretch in pregnancy due to hormonal changes.The stress on these structures often leads to muscle spasms and tightness in the hips to provide extra support and stability.

• Sore and overworked muscles can lead to incorrect movement or lifting to perform regular daily activities.Minor injuries in the neck, shoulders or back can develop.

• The calf muscles often tighten up to provide extra stabilization for changes to posture and weight.This can lead to leg cramps, most commonly occurring at night.

 

Massage therapy offers many benefits to relieve many of these symptoms and more:

• Promotes a healthy pregnancy by creating a relaxing and positive environment for stress relief

• Provides relief from aches and pains, muscles spams and cramps

• Promotes better posture

• Increases circulation of blood and lymph

• Assists in decreasing fluid retention, commonly in the ankles and feet

• Promotes better sleep by reducing physical and emotional stress

 

What is different about a prenatal massage?

 

As part of your medical history intake, your RMT will ask questions about your health during pregnancy to ensure any treatment modifications are made.  Your treatment will then be tailored to your current needs, and will likely change throughout your pregnancy as your body changes.  Leslie’s treatment table is designed specifically for prenatal massage with a removable belly insert.  Extra pillows are always used to provide the necessary support for your growing belly and to eliminate any strain on the front of the hips and pelvis.  Treatment can also be performed sidelying in any necessary situations.  Any questions or concerns specific to treatment during pregnancy are always welcome and should be addressed immediately.

 

On a personal note, I can honestly say that receiving regular prenatal massage helped minimize my pain and discomfort during my pregnancy.  I was able to sleep better, move with more ease, and work until I was 38 weeks pregnant.  Now that I have returned to work, I would to spread the awareness of prenatal massage and provide that same relief to others.  I leave you with this question: what better time is there to take care of and nurture your body than during pregnancy?  You are already watching what you eat, drink, and do to care for your growing baby, so while your body is doing everything it can, make sure you give it the care it deserves too.

 

Leslie Brown, RMT


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HAppy Holiday Weekend!

A friendly reminder that it's John Galt Day this Monday, which means the clinic is closed for the civic holiday weekend. We will be back in office Tuesday, August 2nd. Have a great weekend!!


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More congratulations!!

And we're on a wedding roll! Big congratulations go out to our lovely Chiropractic Health Assistant Teresa and her new husband Mike, who tied the knot at the end of June!! Join us in wishing them well on this happy occasion!


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Welcome Back!!

We are super excited to have Leslie Brown RMT returning from her maternity leave next week! Give us a shout to get pencilled in before Leslie's schedule gets completely booked up. She is working Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays for now to balance her work life and home life. You can book us either by calling 519-827-0440 or emailing us at info@norfolkwellness.com.

 

Welcome Back Leslie!!


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Congratulations!

Best wishes and congratulations to our own Brook Bennie RMT on his wedding last weekend! Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness together!

 

 


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Is Your Mobility Up to Par? Part 2

Part 2 – Thoracic Spine

 

As briefly mentioned in Part 1, the mobility of the thoracic spine is often overlooked.  The thoracic spine is made to move!  We spend most of our time hunched over our work so we forget about the rotation and extension (standing up nice and tall) that our T-Spine (thoracic) can do.  This is the region of the spine that players on the PGA and LPGA tours use to create the big shoulder turn and generate incredible club head speeds.  In the back swing thoracic extension and rotation play key roles in creating space for a full shoulder turn, while maintaining your head position over the ball.  This decreases your side-to-side sway.  As you transition in to your downswing and make contact thoracic rotation and extension again become key to keeping your hands and club head moving down the line.  These positions may be very difficult to achieve with limited T-spine rotation or extension.

 

Now, what if you are limited in T-spine mobility.  Simply put, your body will adapt.  The amount of movement that occurs at your shoulder, elbow, wrist and, neck will increase to make up for any lost range of motion.  With all these extra movements it makes a perfect swing much harder to recreate and destroys consistency.  When compensations start to occur injury is not long after to follow, as muscles are forced to generate force they are not capable of or stretch more then they should.  Lack of T-spine mobility can result in rotator cuff injuries, golfer’s/tennis elbow, carpal tunnel like symptoms (numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers) and an increase in neck tension.  These overuse injuries or impingement syndromes will force time away from the course, or a string of rounds that are not as fun as they should be.

 

Reduced T-spine mobility also results in generally poor posture.  Recently listening to Swing Thoughts, a podcast about the mental performance of golf; I was made aware of research performed by Amy Cuddy.  Amy Cuddy is a professor at Harvard Business School and performs research on our bodies and how our postures affect our mind.  (If you are a fan of TEDtalks you may be familiar with her).  She, with her associates, discovered that people who assume “power” positions for even two minutes are able to increase their feelings of optimism and control over situations.  Improving your posture will change the way you view the course and where you bring your attention, which will lower your score.

 

Signs of poor T-spine mobility:

• Lots of side-to-side (lateral) movement throughout the swing
• Unable to make a full shoulder turn in the back swing
• Loss of balance during swing
• Difficulty finishing the swing
• Low swing speed
• Hunched posture
• Unable to achieve neutral spine at address

 

If you are experiencing any of the injuries above there are a variety of treatment plans your chiropractor or RMT can offer, as well as, identify the root of the problem and help correct it.  If you want to feel more confident and powerful on the course and in all other aspects of your life make an appointment to see your chiropractor or RMT today.

 

Brook Bennie RMT.

 


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Make sure your mobility is up to par!

 

Part 1 – The Hip

 

The golf season may finally be here with tons of courses opening this weekend.  Are you ready to get out and play?

 

To those who play it is common knowledge that the golf swing is one of the most complex athletic movements in sports.  It takes a fine balance of power, stability and mobility.  Lacking in one of these three areas will lead to a less efficient swing and possible compensation injuries.

 

The most common place golfers lack mobility is through the hips and thoracic spine.  With a lack of movement in these regions compensation occurs at the lumbar spine and shoulders.

 

Did you know your lower back (lumbar spine) is designed primarily flexion and extension (bending forward and backwards) and rotational forces put an extreme amount of stress on the joints in the lumbar spine.

 

With proper rotation at the hips the lumbar spine will be able to stay in neutral alignment protecting it from injury.  Another benefit to having full range of motion at the hips is the ability to create more power from proper force production from the ground and up through your core.  Turning will take less effort making it more consistent.  This means more yards on your drive and shorter irons to the green!

 

Signs that you may have an issue with hip rotation in your swing:

- A short backswing
- Difficulty turning hips in backswing
- Difficulty squaring hips to target on follow through
- Being told you are not finishing your swing
- Sore back after every round
- Difficulty maintaining balance during swing
- Consistent slice or push shot

 

If you experience any of these issues, book an appointment with your chiropractor or RMT for an assessment to determine if your hips are holding you back from better golf!

 

Brook Bennie RMT

 

In Part 2, we will discuss thoracic

mobility and how it affects your

shoulders, wrists and neck


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