Confessions of a Chiropractor

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by Sera Sheppard  D.C.

 

“A source is like the sun – virtually inexhaustible and continually generating energy, light and warmth.  There is no more powerful source of creative energy in the world than a turned-on, empowered human being.”

– John Mackey

 

 

“ My life is my message.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”

– Rudyard Kipling

 

 

“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.”

- Maria Montessori

 

 

 

 

 

Confessions of a Chiropractor

 

a story tale journey towards a life of expression and freedom

 

 

 

 

This is a story about a young, shy, introverted girl with a dream to join a community of selfless, purpose driven and dedicated individuals who serve to unleash and tap into the wholeness and potential of each unique human being.  Even though this is my personal story, I am sure you can relate, as we are all on a journey to live a purposeful life.  The commonality is the shared experience of feelings, emotions and thoughts we have along our journey to fulfillment, joy and happiness. 

 

 

“Consider one of nature’s many small miracles: a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly through the seemingly magical process of metamorphosis.  For its brief existence, a caterpillar does little more than eat; that is seemingly its only purpose.  Some caterpillars eat so much that they grow to one hundred times their original size.  However, eventually the amazing process of metamorphosis begins.  When the time is right, certain cells become activated in the caterpillar and it enters the cocoon phase, from which it emerges a

few weeks later unrecognizably transformed into a creature of enchanting beauty, one that also serves

an invaluable function in nature through its role in the pollination of plants and thus the production

of food for others to live by.” 

 -  John Mackey

 

 

Unlike caterpillars we cannot wait for nature to trigger our evolution.  We are held with the responsibility to choose and make deliberate actions towards optimizing our personal growth and development. Chiropractic came into my life as my form of metamorphosis. It transformed my life, my identity, and my purpose, and provided the tools to empower and service all of humanity.

 

 

“The purpose of chiropractic is to optimize human potential and state of well being.”

- Dr. Jay Holder

 

 

“ When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that’s when passion is born.”

- Zig Ziglar

 

 

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is chiropractic care to a chiroprator?

 

Current research validates and supports the effectiveness of chiropractic care in the management of a variety of musculoskeletal complaints, such as neck pain, headaches and low back pain.  However, what has been anecdotally reported since 1895 is chiropractic care and its association with a greater fulfillment of human potential and state of well being.  According to the research conducted by Dr. Candace Pert, “your sense of well being, biochemically speaking, is seated in the limbic system, which has outposts throughout the spinal cord in little anatomical features called the dorsal horn”.  Thus, if your spine is misaligned anywhere along its length it interferes with the precise sequence of chemical changes within the brain called the “brain reward cascade”.  Thereby, restoring the alignment of the spine and the cascade of chemicals along the spinal cord and brain, you will ultimately feel a greater sense of well-being, fulfillment and pleasure. 

 

As a chiropractor, chiropractic care is much bigger than back pain, headaches and neck pain.  Obviously, it is of utmost importance to assist someone in restoring full function, but true health is simply not an absence of symptoms, and not something strictly physical in nature.  Chiropractic is grounded in the body’s innate ability to heal and integrate physically, chemically and emotionally the experiences of daily living.  We were all born with an innate ability to run, heal and evolve through the complex network of our neuro-spinal system.  Thus by restoring the integrity of the neuro-spinal system through a specific chiropractic adjustment, it enhances your body’s ability to respond to your environment physically and emotionally moving you closer towards expressing true health.  Chiropractic serves as a catalyst to unlock your inner genius; how this may affect and transform your life is part of the marvelous, mysterious journey we are all on.

 

Chiropractic truly embraces what is right within every single human being.  There is an innate force that built you, that heals you, and that continues to run you.  What I have learned along my journey in chiropractic is that we are all working towards fulfilling our higher purpose, one that creates the most joy in our lives.  Chiropractic has allowed me to realize that my purpose in life is to empower people to know that they are unlimited and to encourage human beings to live their purpose. My intention, my hope, and my reason for practicing chiropractic is to serve as a catalyst to assist people in their evolution from their caterpillar state of being to a unique, expressive, and beautiful butterfly.

The Birth of a Child - The Reason Why All Babies Benefit from Chiropractic Care

One of the most common reasons that parents access chiropractic care for their newborns stems from a concern about their birth experience.  The reality of the birth experience is different from what many women expect.  Our ideas about how things will unfold is often influenced by the ideas of others.  

Pediatric Chiropractic Care and the Birth Experience

More and more women are choosing to include midwives and doulas in their birth plan.  They want to stay at home longer, minimize intervention and trust their bodies in bringing forth new life.  

For many other mothers, a hospital birth provides the comfort and safety they desire.  Birth stories vary considerably, choices about labouring, breastfeeding and parenting are abundant.  At our clinic we respect and support all parents in their journey.  Our role is not to judge but to provide the care to support the outstanding and brilliant tendency of the nervous system to heal after the birthing experience.

Difficulties with Breastfeeding

Putting baby to the breast immediately following birth supports the nutritional, hormonal and emotional needs of the baby and the mom.  The latch of the infant becomes paramount in nurturing this bond between infant and mommy.  It is becoming common knowledge that the inborn ability for rooting (finding the nipple), sucking, tongue protrusion and the movement of the palate are all intricately connected to the health and proper function of the central nervous system.  

It is extremely common to see the negative impact of birth trauma on the infantile sucking mechanism.  Commonly referred to as a lazy latch, this phenomenon is responsible for a increase in maternal stress, "insufficient" milk supply and an unfortunate number of women being encouraged to formula feed their children.  

This is very much a chiropractic infantile issue.  

Very specific patterns of abnormal function in the nervous system of a baby are identifiable by chiropractors trained in pediatric assessment and adjustment techniques.  Restoring the innately wired-in reflexes that are responsible for successful latch and breastfeeding have parents noting positive changes in a multitude of areas.  

Infant Chiropractic Care for Self Healing

To be clear, the chiropractic adjustment does not "treat" the following symptoms or scenarios but rather allows the child's nervous system to restore proper function and to beautifully self-heal as it is intricately designed to do so.  

Always remember that the health of your child is an expression of their neurology.  Chiropractic helps to restore healthy neurological expression and is appropriate for healthy babies as well as babies with health concerns.

 

If the following describes your birth experience or your child, please talk with us.  We would love to help you nurture the loving bond between you and your baby.

 

Birth Trauma

Long Birthing
Proces

Quick Birthing Process

Stressful Birth
Experience

C-Section

Forcep Delivery

Vacuum Delivery

Cord Wrap

Labor Induction

Latch Issues

Breastfeeding With More Ease
From One Breast

Clicking or Slurpy
Sounding Breastfeeding 

Lip Ties

Tongue Ties

Insufficient Milk Supply

Sore Nipples

Painful Breastfeeding

Maternal Stress
and Anxiety

Reflux

GERD (Gastro Esophogeal
Reflux Disorder)

Gassy Infants

Infrequent or Abnormal
Bowel Movements

Undesired Encouragement
to Formula Feed

Abnormal Head Shape
(Plagiocephaly)

Shoulder Dystocia or Injury

Infantile Clavicular Fracture

Premature Infants

Healthy Newborns 

 

We are happy you are here!

Welcome to the new blog for our brand new website!

At Market Mall Family Chiropractic, we want you to have a great experience and find the benefits of our care for improving your health, energy, and vitality! Our doctors, therapists and staff are here to answer your questions and help you create a plan for achieving your optimal wellness.

Our new blog will help us provide you with great information about the benefits of chiropractic care, massage therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine and reflexology and let you know about what is new at our clinic.

The care we offer at Market Mall Family Chiropractic has so many benefits that we want you to know about, so come to our blog page often to find links to articles, information on advances in chiropractic, discussions about the myths and misconceptions about what we do and so many more subjects. 

Have a look through our site and if you have any questions, please contact us! You might be surprised at how we can help.

Dr. Stacey Hornick

Education

Dr. Stacey Hornick obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Toronto in 1992 and completed her chiropractic education at CMCC in Toronto in 1996. She has attained her Master's Degree in Chiropractic Paediatrics. This speciality allows for Dr. Stacey to to bring expertise to her paediatric patients and their families.

Certifications & Achievements

Dr. Stacey has been a guest lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan providing an integrative perspective to the College of Pharmacy. She speaks publicly on health, fitness and paediatric care regularly.

Dr. Stacey is a fitness enthusiast and teaches classes in ballet barre across the city. A rower in university, Dr. Stacey appreciates the athletic patient in her practice. Competitive athletes of all ages and dancers make up a large portion of her patient base.

Specializations & Interests

Dr. Stacey Hornick is a doctor of chiropractic, a wife, and a mother of two boys. Living a healthy lifestyle is important to her family. Dr. Stacey and her husband Michael, also a doctor of chiropractic, are constantly striving to find a healthy balance between family time, nutrition, work and activity.

Dr. Stacey uses gentle chiropractic techniques such as Torque Release Technique (TRT) and Neuro Impulse Technique (NIP) in her practice.

Dr. Nancy Burns

Education

Dr. Nancy Burns completed degrees in English and Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a graduate (with Clinic Honours) of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. She received acupuncture training through McMaster Contemporary Acupuncture Program in Hamilton and the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute.

Certifications & Achievements

Dr. Nancy is certified as a coaching instructor with the Coaching Association of Canada, with a specialization in fastpitch softball. She holds certification in numerous additional sports including fitness instructing, tennis, track and field and gymnastics.

Specializations & Interests

Dr. Nancy's clinical areas of interest include facilitating an active lifestyle, pain management and wellness care to minimize medical intervention throughout the lifespan. Dr. Nancy has a special interest in women's health issues while utilizing natural ways of healing.

Dr. Jason Warnock

Education

Dr. Jason Warnock received a BA from the University of Saskatchewan and a Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University in Georgia, US.

Certifications & Achievements

Dr. Jason's  main focus is on overall health of the body and helping people reach their optimal potential in every aspect of their life. He does this through the nervous system and the understanding that nerves control all  functions in the body. Less interference in the nervous system leads to optimal potential and health.

Specializations & Interests

Dr. Jason uses several different techniques to help patients achieve wellness, including Diversified (manual), Thompson (drop table), and Torque Release Technique (low force). He works with athletes and athletic injuries, extremity and family care. Dr. Jason continues to build knowledge in his interest areas: fitness, nutrition and learning how the body works as a whole.

Dr. Tori Crowter

Education

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Dr. Tori received a Bachelors in Biological Science from the University of Saskatchewan. She graduated from Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria, BC in 2005.

Certifications & Achievements

Dr. Tori is a member of the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada, CMAAC, and the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, CTCMA, in BC. She has been a guest lecturer for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan and appeared on Global Television speaking on the benefits of Acupuncture.

Specializations & Interests

Dr. Tori specializes in male and female fertility, diet and nutrition, menopause, herbal medicine, pregnancy and post-natal care, and pain management.

Lisa Paul

Education

Lisa graduated from the Edison Institute of Nutrition with a Diploma in Holistic Nutrition. Lisa completed her Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine through the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine in Toronto.

Certifications & Achievements

Lisa is registered with the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants as a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner and  Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner. Lisa is also registered with the National United Professional Association of Trained Homeopaths as a Registered Homeopathic Practitioner.

Lisa believes that learning is a lifelong endeavour and continues to embark upon new educational endeavours to help her clients further.

Specializations & Interests

Lisa loves to promote good health through natural medicine and a healthy diet. She believes that all people can be helped with homeopathy regardless of any medical diagnosis. Areas of special interest to Lisa are children's health, behavioural problems, digestive issues, anxiety and depression.

Troy Wailing

Education

Troy graduated from McKay Massage & Hydrotherapy Program in 2004. He began working at Market Mall Chiropractic in October 2004.

Specializations & Interests

Troy specializes in deep tissue massage, sports massage & hot stone therapy. Since 2009, Troy has been the massage therapist for the Saskatoon Blades.

Tammy Erickson

Tammy was born and raised in Saskatchewan and is currently specializing in reflexology. She assists those most in need of care rather than a specific demographic group.

Barb Carriere
Melonie Hoseasson
Shelly Chantler
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