Finding the forest through the trees – connective tissue rediscovered

Hidden from view until now – fluid filled spaces everywhere!   By Gord Grant PhD, RAc and Alina Tousseeva, RAc A medical group from New York City recently discovered something very new and interesting about connective tissue. Connective tissue (or fascia as it is also known) is the tough, gooey, elastic filler stuff between cells in and around tissues, sinews, organs and muscles of the body.  It is simply everywhere!  On…

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Failing Forward

Here is a guest blog from Klaudia Sapieja, a Mental Health Training Coach at the University of Alberta (see her bio at the end of the blog below).  She offers us here some thoughts to provoke us to examine the idea of failure as it applies to sports….but I think the message can be applied to both health and life in general! Enjoy! “Most people dislike making mistakes. Mistakes, setbacks,…

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Taking back the essence of “leisure”

by Gord Grant, PhD., RAc. Wikipedia says: “Leisure, or free time, is time spent away from business, work, domestic chores, and education.”  It goes on to qualify it – “The distinction between leisure and unavoidable activities is not a rigidly defined one” and then further; “Certainly most people’s leisure activities are not a completely free choice, and may be constrained by social pressures, e.g. people may be coerced into spending…

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Are you in a fitness slump? 4 things to help

Many people who want to start getting more active feel overwhelmed by the idea because they do not feel they have enough time, do not know where to start, or have really high expectations for themselves. Unfortunately, this often results in their good intentions never materializing into any action or changed behaviour. I always encourage people to take it slow at first and to remember that something is better than…

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Decreasing your stress

What to do when you’re stressed to the max….? I’m glad you’ve found me today, I’ve got something I’d like to share with you. It’s Greg here to let you know that even though you might be stressed to the max right now, there are still small, practical steps you can take to cope with that stress and stay healthy. But first, why am I talking about stress? Like it’s…

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What is your last straw illusion? Take the tracking challenge!

Normal life situations can sometimes be the proverbial last straw to break your camel’s back when it comes to your health.  Why is it that we have such a hard time seeing the problem coming? We hear people (or ourselves!) say, “It was a good day until I reached down to pick up my suitcase…”, or, “My headaches come randomly, and take away normal life so I can barely function…

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Time for tea?

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc My grandmother, Beatrice Hemming, always had tea at 3pm (I mean, always). She spoke with a British accent when she was a young child. But upon immigrating to rural Alberta from South Africa with her family, she told me how the kids at school teased her for the way she sounded, and would ask her to say “water” in that way the British do –…

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Acupuncture at the end of the rope

Acupuncture is not main-stream, and indeed, is very different – different enough for you NOT to try it until you are at the end of your rope! So this means people often come to see us when everything else has failed.  Unfortunate but true.  But it is often just the nature of change; a necessary and unavoidable stage before, when facing a difficult issue, we will try new things.  Here…

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Stewardship – a deeper meaning of health

It is true that the simple act of a vote we cast (or not) is quite insignificant when considered in its singularity. Ironically though, from a matter of democratic principle, nothing could be more important and ultimately potent, to both the citizen and society alike. It is a human thing, a principle to live by, that each of us can make a profound difference through seemingly trivial and singular acts…

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Short Cuts to Health

Being healthy is relatively easy; that is what your body does by default. It is capable of fulfilling this without extraordinary help when things are OK. However, when you get sick or out of balance, especially if you are not well for a long time, coming back to health can be very difficult. Treating diseases and these chronic imbalances are the domain of the medical doctor. The first and most…

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