If I’m healthy and pain-free, should I still see a Chiropractor?
Absolutely! Did you know the discs in your spine rely on movement to stay healthy? The movement occurs between two vertebrae and the disc in-between which acts as a shock absorbent. Once that movement is lost in a vertebral segment, the disc starts to degenerate. A chiropractic adjustment regains lost mobility in the spine to support healthy disc and longevity. Getting adjusted is key to a healthy physical body. Let’s get you adjusted before your body experiences pain. Pain is not the first sign of dysfunction, it is your body yelling at you that something is wrong.
Does an adjustment hurt?
Nope! If you’re experiencing pain, an adjustment may just be the thing to get you OUT of pain! An adjustment releases endorphins (your happy hormone) so don’t fret – you’ll leave feeling good! It is possible you may experience post-treatment soreness, similar to what you experience after a deep tissue massage. This will only last for a day or two and shouldn’t hold you back.
What is Webster technique?
Webster technique is a chiropractic technique aimed towards supporting a more comfortable pregnancy and natural delivery. By aligning the pelvis and surrounding ligaments the baby has more space to grow and move into proper delivery position. Through pelvic adjustments and soft tissue therapies, we aim to create optimal space in the pelvic canal for a quicker, more natural delivery.
What is the popping sound in an adjustment?
Some adjusting techniques produce a popping sound. This is NOT your bones cracking or moving. It is simply gas releasing from the joint, much like opening a champagne bottle or removing a suction cup. The goal of an adjustment is to restore spinal alignment and regain segmental movement, not the creation of a “pop” – so don’t get hung up on it! The pop does not need to occur for the adjustment to happen – although I know how satisfying it is for you to hear!
What education and training do you have?
I graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management while on a soccer scholarship. After four years of completing my Bachelor of Science, I moved to New York to begin my doctorate. While in graduate school I completed my 200hr yoga teaching certification and shortly after graduated as a doctor of Chiropractic. I have gone above and beyond to have the highest form of training to care for and treat prenatal women by becoming Webster certified in my chiropractic practice as well as completing a 25-hour pre-natal yoga teacher training. I have also taken many courses and trainings to care for pediatric patients and athletes of all types. Most recently I completed the functional range conditioning workshop to be a certified FRC mobility specialist.
Does chiropractic care and yoga support one another?
Absolutely! Chiropractic care is all about regaining mobility, yoga can be used to supplement your chiropractic treatment to maintain the mobility and keep your body moving, pain free! Both have similar values and beliefs that the body has an internal, and natural innate way of healing itself.
Where do you practice and instruct?
My chiropractic and yoga practice is based out of Align Health Centre in both their Sharon and Newmarket locations. I am also available for privates or semi-privates yoga classes either in our space, or at your home!
Favorite yoga pose?
Savasana – this is where the magic happens!
What type of yoga do you teach?
ANYTHING. Yoga is anything you want it to be, so depending on what is being craved, I teach anything from meditation with restorative feels to anatomy based flows.
Can I do yoga if I’m not flexible?
Absolutely! Yoga can be a great way to improve flexibility and mobility, if that’s your intention. However, yoga and flexibility are not synonyms.
What is your morning routine?
When I first wake up I try to drink a glass of water before making my coffee. I really love coffee so I enjoy sitting in silence and being present with my morning coffee. I try to take this time to practice gratitude and visualization.
How do you practice self care?
To me, self care is listening to my body and intuition. My physical body and emotional state will always tell me how I’m doing, and what I need. What I usually need is some alone time to become grounded and a little bit of movement whether that’s running, yoga or weight training. Another big self care practice in my life is saying no and creating boundaries so I don’t stretch myself too thin.
What does balance look like to you?
Balance is ever changing, both in our yoga practice and life. Balance is learning to become more fluid so we can flow with the ever changing point of balance. It is a dynamic practice of falling so we can find our edges and coming back with an improved awareness of our balance.
If I’ve never done yoga, can I still book a yoga class with you?
Absolutely. What better way to start a yoga practice than with a strong understanding and a sturdy foundation so you can practice on your own for years to come.