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We live in a very chemical environment. Chemicals are everywhere in today’s modern era and we are not only ingesting them in our foods and breathing them in with every breath we take. Some of these chemicals are absorbed through our skin…the largest organ in the body. So when you decide to have a long, relaxing, soothing, hot soak in the bathtub to take advantage of the therapeutic effects of hot water, you may be inadvertently exposing yourself to some unwanted, toxic substances if you are making it a bubble bath. This link takes you to an article that will give you the knowledge you need to make healthier, safer choices for your bubble-bath soaked body and, therefore, your well-being.




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(Carl Jung 1875-1961)

The mystery of healing is a process…not an event; embrace the journey!! Let the gentle, hands-on techniques of John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach help you solve your mysteries and facilitate your healing process.

Call 204-725-3301 for your appointment.

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Welcome back!!! Spring is close to springing. Hope you all remembered to set your clocks ahead.

If anyone is wondering if you can trust the supplement companies, if you can trust your government agencies to look out for you, if you can trust the product claims or if you can even trust what’s actually in the bottle or box you spend your money on…then you are encouraged to watch this episode of The Fifth Estate from a few years ago.


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Over the years of treating people, I (James) came upon enough of them who were not experiencing something taken for granted by many that I began asking new clients during their initial assessment as to whether they were experiencing “this”. What is “this”?  Stretching; the type that is to occur naturally upon waking from a long sleep,  without conscious thought and the same behaviour we see in cats and dogs after awakening.

The following link presents an interesting talk, less than 5 minutes, by an anatomist as to why stretching and movement in general is so important in preventing more significant issues that can interfere with out ability to move and enjoy life. Thank you, Carol, for bringing this to my attention!!

Gil Hedley Video: The “Fuzz” Speech


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Take the time and check this out; knowledge can be an important thing. Knowing about this potential hazard could save you a lot of time, money and pain.


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Things are changing with respect to the use of cryotherapy in acute injuries, and the way we use ice in physiotherapy practice. There has been some very good research done over the past decade or so indicating that RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) or PRICE (Protection, etc) may not be as effective as we once thought in the acute stage of injury. There have been several articles published that help explain the move away from significant cooling. Follow this link for more information brought to you by this website and The Canadian Physiotherapy Association.


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This is a replay of CBC Television’s The Fifth Estate presentation of the possible, very real dangers of too much sugar consumption. When a person consumes too much sugar the liver will have trouble processing it and will create liver fat which, subsequently, may lead to: certain cancers, heart disease, Alzheimer’ Disease, dementia and, of course, diabetes. When it comes to obesity, sugar may be a greater contributor, by many times, than how much fat you eat.

A MUST WATCH PRESENTATION!! If you have trouble with the above link, go to:


Scroll to to the bottom and click “The Secrets of Sugar” from October 4, 2013.

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It’s like having a monkey on your back; sometimes it’s a small monkey, sometimes it’s a large monkey…sometimes it’s just huge. It can put you on the sidelines for days or weeks at a time. Most of the time you are able to do the things you need and want to do but it doesn’t feel good…it doesn’t feel right; it’s not normal. Chronic pain is a complicated interaction of physical, mental and emotional factors. The most recent and promising theories for chronic pain as well as many other chronic disorders involves the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).

How does the ANS affect your pain/symptoms?? The ANS controls numerous parts of your body automatically and without your conscious effort. Things like digestion, respiration, circulation, and heart rate. It has a significant influence on your immune, endocrine, muscular, and nervous systems. It is run automatically and is primarily directed by the primitive parts of your brain, especially the brain stem. A crucial role of this primitive or instinctive brain is protection. It does that through protective reflexes aimed at quickly altering body systems in order to respond to danger. When a dog runs out snarling and barking at you unexpectedly, you startle and prepare for action – this is an example of your Autonomic Nervous System at work. It has two components; the sympathetic, which ramps you up for danger, and the parasympathetic, which calms you down balancing the stimulation of the sympathetic.

Unfortunately in our modern world we have too many stressors, or sympathetic activation, and too many of those stressors where we don’t complete the act of “fight or flight”. When a car cuts you off, when your boss yells at you, when you’re frustrated because you’re in a job you don’t like – all these activate your fight or flight response causing chemical and physiological changes in your body. When we don’t complete the act of fight or flight, those stressors get trapped in our body. Add to that real dangers such as a car accident, trauma, surgery, etc. and you can see how your nervous system becomes one-sided, operating primarily out of the sympathetic mode.

You can think of your chronic condition as a wild fire burning out of control, doing what it likes, when it likes. New, gentle, non-invasive therapies based on cutting edge science have been developed over the past several years and continue to evolve and improve. Westman Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center is pleased to be able to offer several of these new therapies and add these unique “weapons” in the fight against chronic pain. These treatment techniques begin to pour water onto the fire and combine both in-clinic and at-home techniques.

It all works together to recondition your brain in how threatening it perceives your environment to be. When the brain consistently receives information that is telling it there is no danger it will lower it’s threat response and gradually establish a new, more normal level to exist at allowing you to be more relaxed, less tense in your muscles, less “on guard”, less “wound up” mentally, and emotionally more “even keeled”… in other words, nearer to homeostasis, balance, wellness.  You do not have to live the rest of your life the way you are.

Our therapists will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this information and can assist you in determining whether you are a good candidate for this type of therapy.







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This story on the news recently really highlights why concussion management is so important. Head injuries are serious, and need to be treated as such! The following link will take you to the story.


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Check out this link to CTV news, note you may have to copy entire link to web browser.


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