Breastfeeding 101: How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Latch Difficulty

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Breastfeeding appears to be most natural experience: A baby is born and mother can simply feed her baby with all the nutrients the baby needs for the first period of life. However, for many women, breastfeeding is not easy and can seem impossible. Problems with breastfeeding can lead to feelings of frustration, failure and depression for many moms.

Our post natal and pediatric Vancouver chiropractors have helped many moms deal with and solve breastfeeding issues. Parents bring their newborns and infants for chiropractic adjustments when their babies have difficulty latching which is when babies are unable to create a proper seal for suckling, swallowing and breathing.

Latch difficulties can lead to a whole host of breastfeeding problems like:

  • Frequent feedings due baby not getting enough breast milk
  • Fussiness during feeding
  • Sore, cracked nipples for mom
  • Gas pains and discomfort as baby swallows air during breastfeeding
  • Crying and fussiness all day long

Pediatric chiropractic care can help improve breastfeeding since often times “the cause of the problem often traces back to undetected biomechanical injuries to the spine and cranium at birth”.*

Gentle chiropractic adjustments for baby can correct the misalignment to the bones of the upper neck and cranium which improves the suck-swallow-breathe sequence needed for breastfeeding.  Once subluxations in the area are removed, proper function is restored and mothers can breastfeed with little or no problems.

Supporting moms to breastfeed very important and often times the “failure to recognize these biomechanical injuries and their relationship to difficulty in breastfeeding leads to incorrect conclusions and therefore, inadequate recommendations and treatments.”*

Jassal Chiropractic works closely with lactation consultants to support moms breastfeed successfully. Book an appointment today!

If you’re a lactation specialist, please join us at our event on April 26th for snacks and sips to meet the other practitioners and share resources and referrals.


How to Get Rid of a Headache

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A pounding headache is the worst. Pain caused by headaches can derail plans with friends, cause work to be insufferable and make you want to lay in bed until it’s gone. There are many causes for headaches like tension, stress, dehydration, food allergies, lack of sleep, sinus congestion and let’s not forget the hangover headache!

When headaches strike, instead of reaching for pain medication, relieve headache pain with 5 recommendations from our Vancouver chiropractors:

  • Water:
    Drink 6 -8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated. Water helps to keep fluids in the brain and promote healthy blood flow. A study found that drinking around seven glasses a day was enough to ease pain and improve the quality of life in patients who regularly suffer headaches.*
  • Compress: If your headache is caused by tension, apply a hot compress to the head and neck to relax tight muscles and promote blood flow. For vascular headaches, use a cold compress to constrict blood vessels and reduce blood flow. Don’t know the difference? If it’s a throbbing headache, that’s likely vascular so get that cold wash cloth on your head stat!
  • Massage: There are many self-healing trigger points on the head, neck and back that can be massaged to relieve pain. Try lightly massaging this neck trigger point to stop pain from headaches or migraines. Take care when massaging trigger points and get a professional consultation at Jassal Chiropractic Vancouver.
  • Soak your Feet: A hot foot bath not only melts away stress and tension, but it also works wonders for headache relief. When feet are placed in hot water, blood flows to the lower body to reduce pressure in blood vessels in the head.
  • Peppermint: Peppermint aromatherapy has a soothing, calming effect to relieve headaches. Simply make some peppermint tea to sip slowly while taking in the aroma or apply peppermint oil to your temples or massage a few drops onto the back of your neck.

If you suffer from headaches or migraines, be sure to try these tips or book a 10-minute phone consultation to learn more about chiropractic for headache relief.


Researched Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

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People often associate chiropractors in Vancouver with bad backs and pain relief for neck or back pain when in fact, chiropractic adjustments have many researched benefits for your health. Chiropractic care is a holistic health and wellness therapy focused on achieving balance in the body to promote optimal health and self-healing of the body.

Our Vancouver chiropractors remove spinal subluxations or misalignments and treat the nervous system to free stress in the body and improve bodily functions. If you’re considering chiropractic adjustments for you or your child, there are many researched benefits of chiropractic care. We’re sharing a few benefits here but this is just the tip of the iceberg!

Lower back pain during pregnancy: Chiropractic treatment reduces lower back pain in pregnant women. In a recent study, women who received a chiropractic adjustment experienced less pain immediately following the appointment.* Dr. Jassal and Dr. Kim focus on the Webster Technique which addressed the pelvis and the ligaments supporting the uterus.

Sleep: Insomnia and sleep patterns are improved with regular chiropractic adjustments. According to a study of over 220 patients, one third experienced a better sleep after the first adjustment and chiropractors were able to give “respite from their insomnia problem”.** Our Vancouver chiropractic clinic has treated children and adults to improve sleep patterns.

ADHD: Children who experience hyperactivity, the inability to focus, impulsive behaviour and other learning issues, can decrease symptoms of ADHD through chiropractic care. Children and teens who were studied over a 5 month period had an improvement in ADHD symptoms (ie, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness, as well as behavioral, social, or emotional difficulties) and provide evidence on the effectiveness of chiropractic in the treatment of children with ADHD.”***

Asthma and respiratory issues: Chiropractic care can improve respiratory function in the lungs and can reduce symptoms of asthma. Patients with chronic asthma who participated in a clinical study experienced a decrease in asthma severity of 34%.**** Getting asthma under control with chiropractic care and medication can improve quality of life and overall comfort of patients.

Read more about the benefits of chiropractic care and book an appointment with our Vancouver Chiropractor today.





Sitting is the New Smoking: How to Counter the Effects of Sitting

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You might want to take a seat for this… did you know that sitting for long periods of time every day is as harmful for your health as smoking?

It’s the shocking truth as our lives have become more sedentary than ever before. With the rise of office jobs, the proliferation of devices that provide entertainment for hours on end without leaving the couch and an increase in urban sprawl leading to hours behind the wheel, we tend to sit almost ALL day!

There’s strong evidence demonstrating “that physical inactivity increases the risk of many adverse health conditions, including major non-communicable diseases such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and breast and colon cancers, and shortens life expectancy.”*

Our Vancouver chiropractors see the effects of this epidemic in patients who are sore, stiff and have poor posture impacting their overall health and wellness. It’s time to make some changes to our dangerous lifestyle. Here are 5 ways to counter the effects of sitting:

Take standing meetings: Meetings can be an ideal time to stretch your spine and improve posture. Plus, standing meetings tend to keep people more focused on the topic at hand and therefore improve productivity. BONUS!

Make changes to a “toxic” office environment: Just as you wouldn’t want to compromise your health by sitting in a smoke-filled room, ask your employer to foster a healthy environment by requesting adjustable height, standing or treadmill desks. Oftentimes, companies are willing to make ergonomically friendly changes for the comfort and health of employees so start a petition in your office to make a formal request!

Include exercise and movement into your daily schedule: According to the World Health Organization, “adults aged 18–64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week.” ** And while scheduled workouts are great, try to fit movement into leisure activities. Take the stairs, visit with a friend while walking around the block, dance around while doing household chores, and do fun activities as a family like hiking, biking, etc.

Be on the ball!: Seriously. Get an exercise ball to sit on at your desk and at home when watching TV or catching up on Insta Stories. The exercise ball engages your core, relieves stress from your spine and can promote movement in your ligaments and muscles.

Break up your day: After every hour, get up from your desk for a quick burst of activity. Do stretches, do a few quick squats or lunges or go grab water. Any activity to break up long periods of sitting will have a positive effect on your health.

If you would like to know more about exercises to improve posture, flexibility and improve overall health, book an appointment at Jassal Chiropractic in Vancouver!



How to Have a Better Sleep: 6 Tips to Help You Sleep

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Sleep is essential. Sleep promotes cell repair, boosts immunity, improves brain function and is so restorative to the body. As Vancouver chiropractors, we recommend patients to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

Here are 6 tips to help you sleep better:

Limit screen time before bed: The blue light emitted from our fave devices confuses our biological clock which normally tells the body to start producing sleep inducing hormones when it’s dark. Avoid using devices at least 1 hour before bed to encourage your body to prepare for a good night’s sleep.

Keep a consistent sleep schedule: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends (GROAN)! Your body follows the circadian rhythm so like babies, a regular routine helps train the body how to sleep and when. Also, try o avoid napping too late in the day and take short cat naps only of 20 minutes only.

Wind down: Allow time to calm the mind, dissolve worries from the day and relax before bed. Take a minute to write down your to-dos for the next day to keep your mind from racing and then start to unwind. Read a book, do some deep breathing exercises, listen to relaxing music, or do a guided mediation to fully relax.

Create an atmosphere conducive for sleep: Your bedroom should be a sanctuary that is clutter free, calm and comfortable. Keep the room cool, use dim lighting and remove all distractions. Make your room a no TV zone and reserve your bedroom for sleeping and intimacy to train your brain to associate your bedroom with sleep.

Use sleep aids: Consider using a sound machine or an app that plays white noise, rain, waves or other relaxing sounds on a loop. Use blackout curtains or a sleep mask for complete darkness and keep essential oils on hand like lavender, sandalwood or chamomile. Oils can be used in a diffuser or even a drop on your pillow case might be sufficient.

Avoid alcohol before bed: While a drink or two before bed might have a relaxing effect allowing you to fall asleep easily, alcohol can interrupt your sleep pattern. In fact, “alcohol educes rapid eye movement (REM) sleep…[and] disruptions in REM sleep may cause daytime drowsiness, poor concentration, and rob you of needed ZZZs”.*

If you’re struggling to fall or stay asleep, book FREE 10-minute phone consultation to find out how Chiropractic helps improve sleep.

Book an appointment with our Vancouver Chiropractors!




Chiropractic for Skeptics: Does Chiropractic Work?

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Chiropractic for Skeptics: Does Chiropractic Work?

Most patients who have been to visit our Vancouver Chiropractors have experienced various benefits of chiropractic care. Yet there are still people who may not understand what chiropractic treatment is about or they may be skeptical about the process. We’re breaking it all down to help you decide whether chiropractic care is right for you!

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the “theory that proper alignment of the body’s skeletal structure, particularly the spine and nervous system, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Adjustments are used to restore proper  mobility to joints restricted by injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress.”*

During chiropractic care, our goal is to achieve optimal health by removing or improving spinal subluxations which are best described as specific sites of spinal malfunction leading to irritation of the body’s central computer, the nervous system.

What does a Chiropractor do?

Our Chiropractors in Vancouver meet with a new patient for a consultation which may include x-rays and/or computerized scans. After a thorough review of results, health history and current health concerns, your Chiropractor will develop a holistic treatment plan to achieve optimal results which usually involves regular adjustments for a set time period.

During a chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractor typically uses their hands or an integrator instrument to “stimulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain”.**

Does Chiropractic Work?

We have seen chiropractic adjustments have results treating diverse conditions from pain relief in adults or pregnant women to improvements in sleep, colic and learning in children.

If you would like to know more about the research for a particular condition and whether chiropractic is right for you, we would love to hear from you! Book a free 10-minute phone consultation today!

Book an appointment with our Vancouver Chiropractors!



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The Power of Whole Foods

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By Heather Woodruff, CNP RNCP
Certified Nutritional Practitioner & Digestion Guru

Nutrition is a journey. This is something I say to almost every client I see or during each talk I give. As with most people, I had my own personal nutrition journey that began over five years ago. For years I suffered from a condition called Interstitial Cystitis which is an inflammatory condition of the bladder. After multiple appointments with an urologist resulting in numerous tests and two surgeries, I was told that it was just something I was going to have to learn to live with. The only diet components mentioned to me were to decrease my consumption of coffee, tea and alcohol which I found to provide no significant improvement.

Shortly afterwards, I began seeing a wonderful Naturopathic Doctor regarding some digestive issues I was having. She began to talk me through the concept of a whole foods diet and explained how a number of the foods I ate which I had presumed were healthy (cereal, flavoured yogurt, crackers, etc.) were actually quite processed and full of inflammatory chemical additives. She recommended the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon to me, and so began my journey. I slowly started transitioning to a whole foods diet one recipe at a time.

I was shocked to find that not only did my digestive issues resolve themselves, but my painful bladder symptoms substantially decreased as well! The whole foods diet rich in vegetables, fruits, quality proteins, whole grains and healthy fats seemed to put my whole body back into balance. There was no one magic supplement, medication or even superfood that drastically improved my health… it was turning nutrition into a lifestyle choice. See the full details of how I truly turned my digestion around in this FREE ebook: 6 Ways to Beat Bloating.

What is a whole foods diet?

A whole foods diet consists primarily of foods that, if you were so inclined, you could grow, raise, harvest or hunt yourself. By no means does this mean that everyone needs to be growing and hunting their own food, but it is a concept to have in mind when making optimal food choices. Foods in their whole, non-processed form come complete with all the components we need to digest them, absorb what we need and eliminate what we do not. Our bodies recognize these foods and easily know what to do with them.

Let’s take butter for an example.  If I were so inclined I could get some milk from a local farm, churn it and make myself some butter. It may take me a really long time, but it is possible. Therefore, I feel comfortable buying local, grass fed butter. Margarine on the other hand involves a large amount of science. There is absolutely no way I could make margarine in my own kitchen, consequently, I choose not to purchase it.

How to get started?

My journey began with the goal of one new recipe made from scratch every week. At that time I was eating a lot of grocery store purchased granola bars. It said organic and all natural on the packaging so I had assumed it was healthy. Unfortunately they contained a high amount of sugar and a number of ingredients that I could not even pronounce. If you do not understand something on the label how can we expect our body to know what to do with it? So I learned how to make my own granola bars and continue, to this day, to make a new batch each week, tweaking the ingredients each time to suit my mood and the season.

Eventually, over time I started compiling whole food based recipes I loved and began making them throughout the week until they eventually crowded out most of my other less than optimal choices. This did not happen overnight; it took time, trial and error and determination. I learned to be patient with myself, as well as with my body while it healed.

The biggest gift I received from going through this process was empowerment; I learned that I could take my health into my own hands and have control over my wellbeing, and so can you!


How to Stop Your Sugar Cravings for Good

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Do you have a sweet tooth? Or maybe you can’t get through the day without a little midday sugar rush? If you find yourself reaching for sugary snacks to boost your energy or mindlessly eating treats, you might be on a sugar craving cycle that’s tough to break!

When we eat sugar, we develop a taste for it and want more! Eating sugar produces the release of dopamine*, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in reward- motivated behaviour, in your brain. Dopamine activates your pleasure center causing you to feel happy, which is precisely where the term “sugar high” comes from. Unfortunately, excessive sugar can have a serious impact on our health and overall wellness causing heart disease, diabetes and obesity, to name a few.

Here are 5 tips to help stop your sugar cravings for good:

1)    Pack in the protein: Increase your daily protein intake to 60-90 grams to maintain blood sugar levels and prevent dips that lead to sugar cravings. Protein also keeps you feeling full longer which leads to less binge eating later in the day.

2)    Drink plenty of water: Oftentimes when we crave sugar, we are actually just dehydrated! Try grabbing a glass of water next time you are tempted to grab a treat.

3)    Change your drug of choice: Replace your sugar high with a runner’s high! Working out produces Serotonin in the body which is the “happiness” hormone.

4)    Re-train your taste buds: Cut sugar from your coffee and remove one sweet indulgence per week. You’ll notice that after the first few weeks, you don’t even miss it and having that Double Double suddenly tastes too sweet!

5)    Pin-point the source of your cravings: When you get a sugar craving, take pause and ask yourself “what am I feeling?”. Do you feel hungry, bored, or stressed? Some times our cravings can be caused by emotions so understanding what’s driving you to reach for candy, will help you address the root of problem.

If you’d like to make health a priority this year, book an appointment with our Vancouver Chiropractors to discuss your wellness plan at Jassal Chiropractic.


How Making Gratitude a Priority Will Change Your Life

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Happy New Year!  

As 2018 begins, are you considering making a few changes to improve your overall health and well-being? If so, consider making gratitude a priority. A study conducted by two researchers showed that young adults who expressed gratitude experienced “greater increases in determination, attention, enthusiasm and energy compared to the other groups.”* Practicing mindful gratitude showed “greater improvements in optimism…in exercise patterns…[and] lastly, it also caused a reduction in physical ailments.”* Sounds great, right?!

Here are 4 ways to help you focus on gratitude:

1)    Morning Reflection: Instead of grabbing your phone to check your notifications or jumping out of bed immediately when you wake up each morning, pause to anchor yourself. Take a few deep breaths and reflect on what you’re grateful for that day or in life big or small. This unstructured exercise will give you a positive outlook to jump start your day!

2)    Gratitude Journal: Yes, Oprah was right! Take 5-10 minutes a day to log 3 things you’re thankful for that are specific, detailed and different each week (if possible). The journal challenges you to look for new things throughout the week shifting your focus away from negativity on an ongoing basis. Also, expressing gratitude on paper acts as a constant reminder of your blessings and allows you to look back anytime you need a boost.

3)    Take a Break from Social Media: We hear you say, ‘NO WAY’, but let’s face it, Instagram and Facebook can lead to comparisons to others. You may find yourself focused on what you don’t have or how you or your life doesn’t measure up. For some, this discontentment can lead to feelings of unhappiness, anxiety or even depression. Taking a break from social media whether it be a few hours, a day or a week will help you be present in your life and allow you to practice gratefulness.

4)    Gratitude Meditation: Switch up your regular meditation practice by reflecting on your blessings through a chant or mantra. You can tap into your spiritual side to increase positivity, happiness and overall well-being. Try a few guided gratitude meditations to boost your overall happiness.   Calm is an easy to use meditation and relaxation app that you’ll reach for over and over. 

Make 2018 the year of gratitude!

We’ll start first…we’re so grateful for you, our patients and readers, thank you!



5 Ways to Beat Stress During the Holiday Season

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The holiday season is a magical time of year! Unfortunately, many people find themselves stressed out and feeling overwhelmed. Here are 5 tips to reduce stress and stay sane over the holidays:

  • Adjust your expectations of yourself: Oftentimes people feel more pressure during the holidays with school bake sales, gift shopping, entertaining, family visits and more. These activities, which are typically enjoyable, can seem more like a burden as they pile up. Instead of saying yes to everything, prioritize each activity and decide if it a) brings you joy or b) will it be significant to someone you care about. Being selective and taking pressure off yourself can allow you to set limits and take a few shortcuts instead of focusing on making everything perfect for everyone.
  • Sing along to Christmas carols: Music is proven to reduce stress and when singing out loud to your fave holiday songs, you focus on something other than the endless to-dos that consume your thoughts. This mental break and the boost of endorphins from the upbeat music will leave you feeling happy and less stressed.
  • Get physical: Getting a workout in during the holidays might seem impossible which can leave you feeling drained, uninspired and bad about yourself compounding feelings of stress. Bundle your workouts into family time or visits with friends. Grab your skates, skis, snowshoes or hiking boots and get outside! There are many winter activities that get your heart pumping, but a simple walk catching up with a friend will reduce stress and lower cortisol in the body.
  • Set a Budget: Holiday stress can stem from financial strain and pressure to buy gifts. It can get pricey when you’re buying gifts for an endless list of friends (and their kids!), office exchanges, extended family, your child’s teacher, your hairstylist, etc. Set a budget, set a limit on who you plan to buy for and get creative with gift ideas to save money and alleviate financial stress.
  • Maintain a healthy, nutritious diet: When you’re busy and surrounded by tempting treats, you may tend to make unhealthy food choices. A lack of nutrients and feeling run down over the holidays leaves you vulnerable to colds and flus which is often the unexpected thing people give to each other at holiday gatherings. Buy a box of mandarins and a veggie tray to keep handy for healthy snacks, wash a bunch of spinach to toss into pasta, omelets, etc. and make veggies a priority at mealtime.

Armed with these tips, you can enjoy this special time of year. Happy holidays from Jassal Chiropractic! We hope to see you in the new year!


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