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Manual Therapy for Tethered Oral Tissues

DEFINITION A congenital condition characterized by abnormally short, thickened, or tight frenulum, or an anterior attachment, that restricts mobility of the tongue and/or lip. Variably causes reduced tongue mobility and has been associated with functional limitations in breastfeeding, swallowing, and speech. Orthodontic problems including malocclusion, open bite, and separation of lower incisors, Mechanical problems related […]

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Patient Care Story – More Than “Just a Crack”

How Chiropractic Care Supports Overall Health When Sarah took her newborn daughter Ava in for her first chiropractic adjustment, she never expected it would become such an integral part of their family’s health. Sarah had little experience with chiropractors prior to becoming a mother. She had heard about the benefits of chiropractic care for infants […]

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Microbiome – Understanding what microscopic critters have to do with pregnancy, birth, & baby – Notes from Pathways Connect Kelowna May 2018 Gathering

Where do we even start?  This is a topic I could discuss for days. It is near and dear to me academically, clinically, and personally.  During my master’s degree in clinical nutrition, I studied and wrote papers on the gut-brain axis, the microbiome, and neurodevelopmental disorders (which are my permanent passion focus).  Clinically, I work […]

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Vision Therapy, Sensory Support, & Concussion Rehab – Overview from an inservice with Dr Paul Rollett

Dr Anna Marie and I crashed an in-service that my husband (Ben Stevens) organized for Valeo Health Clinic and Aspire Health & Performance.  We couldn’t help ourselves.  We were too excited about the opportunity to learn more about vision therapy, concussion rehab, and how to better support our patients through sensory awareness. Plus I knew […]

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Touch as an Essential Nutrient – Preparation Notes for Pathways Connect Kelowna (most of which we did not actually end up talking about)

What first comes to mind when you think of touch? As a mother? Memories as a kid? Positive or negative emotions or experiences? It is such a pervasive input system that it is easily overlooked, but touch is important.  I’m sure you’ve seen posts or studies about how when babies are not held, they don’t […]

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Conscious Parenting – Ramblings from our first Pathways Connect Kelowna gathering of 2018

We had out first Pathways Connect Kelowna gathering of 2018 on January 30th. Here are some ramblings put together during my preparations for the event and from reflections afterwards. Pathways Connect Kelowna is part of a bigger movement organized by Pathways to Family Wellness. The focus is to elevate and educate families as they explore […]

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Paediatric Concussion Update

The British Columbia Chiropractic Association (BCCA) invited Dr Tommy Gerschman from Fortius Sport & Health to present an update on pediatric concussions for their members.  It was one of the better webinars I have attended in a while and Dr Gerschman – a board-certified pediatric rheumatologist with multiple certifications and designations in pediatric sports medicine – […]

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Sleep Support: Chiropractic Connection

The magic of chiropractic care for children and infants rests in the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).  The ANS is split into 2 primary divisions: Sympathetic and Parasympathetic. The Sympathetic division is your SURVIVAL mode – Fight or Flight, go-go-go.  The Parasympathetic division is your THRIVE mode – Rest and Digest, eating-sleeping-pooping. We want both systems […]

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