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New Year, New Me?

By Kirstie Griffiths

‘Tis the season for reflection and resolution.  A time of year where we analyze our current disposition, and create a mental dream board of what we want out of our next 365 days.  This practice while intentionally positive, is something I view cautiously and I’ll tell you why.  I’ve recently started working at a clinic…

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Are Sit-ups and Supermans Causing your Back Pain?

By Kirstie Griffiths

One of the things we discuss in the Yoga for Low Back Pain therapy program is The Big Three.  Dr. Stu McGill is a world renowned professor at The University of Waterloo and is a wizard when it comes to spinal mechanics.  He integrates the use of three specific core exercises that are particularly useful…

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It Begins with Listening

By Kirstie Griffiths

When I was in the third year of my Biomedical Sciences degree, I worked up the courage to apply for medical school. I wrote about it the day I went out to buy the MCAT prep book.  “All or those mistakes and wrong turns were worth it, just to experience the satisfaction of scraping the…

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Chiropractic Myth Buster

By Kirstie Griffiths

“I’m not sure if I want to see a chiropractor – I’ve heard once you go, they tell you you have to keep going.  Is that true?” This isn’t the first time I have heard these concerns, oftentimes they come directly from my patients on their first visit. So here is my truth. I want…

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Namaste

By Kirstie Griffiths

I have heard so many translations and extensions of this phrase over the eight years that I have exited practice rooms.  “I bow to you” “The divine light within me honours and bows down to the divine light in you”  “My soul recognizes your soul” Tonight in my class, it revealed a depth that I…

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The Body Keeps the Score

By Kirstie Griffiths

For my first few months in practice I suffered from persistent headaches that were intensified by stress.  I began a ritual of carving out care days where I set one day of the month aside to totally step away from my business and take care of my mind and body. It turns out you can…

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Your Pain is Real

By Kirstie Griffiths

Pain is subjective; we experience it in different ways, at different times, and for different reasons. As a chiropractor, that makes our job difficult sometimes. When a patient comes to see me with a sore neck because they slept funny the night before, I know exactly what to do to help that problem; an adjustment…

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Let’s Clear the Air

By Kirstie Griffiths

How many of you are nervous about seeing a chiropractor because you have heard horror stories from people being told they need treatment several times per week for what seems like an eternity, and if they do not comply, the condition will worsen?  I meet new patients every week who come in telling me that…

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Yoga is a Bridge

By Kirstie Griffiths

A regular yoga practice has the power to transcend our mats and show up for us in other areas of our lives. Time invested on the mat allows us to become aware of the inner workings of our minds. It can shape them to become less reactive. It can assist in shifting our perspective out…

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DR Outreach Anniversary

By Kirstie Griffiths

One year ago today, I was pulling on scrubs, preparing for my first morning of treating patients in the Dominican Republic.  It is hard to look at photos of this girl and believe that this was only one year ago. So much has shifted. So many challenges have been met. So many elements of my…

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