Do you experience headaches or dizziness? Did you know that headaches like these can often be due to an imbalance stemming from the structures in your neck? WIN Physiotherapist, Tania Mannella, talks about the link between headaches and neck concerns and offers insight on how Physiotherapy can address this.Read More
Hip mobility is so important for strength, mobility and well being. Dr. Nicholas Slowinski gives a great everyday examples of how hip mobility can affect us, how we can work on our hips and what we can do to prevent injury .Read More
When you think of Chiropractic and you think just spinal adjustments, think again when considering one of our Chiropractic Team Members at WIN Health Solutions. Dr. Ernie Bagnulo reviews how he and the Chiropractors at WIN have broken down the classical notions of Chiropractic and go above and beyond each day to offer a vast number of different treatment options that are always individualized to each patient. You may be surprised to learn that these many great treatment options don’t involve spinal adjustments!Read More
Dr. Matthew Bird, reflects as he reaches a milestone of being 10 years since graduating as a Chiropractor from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and shares how he feels about his journey through the last decade.Read More
Coleen Martuccio, our WIN Registered Massage Therapist, has a passion for gardening and loves planting her own garden every year. She combines her long time gardening history with her experience as a Massage Therapist, to share the benefits of gardening, and her top tips to feel great while taking on any gardening project.Read More
By WIN Contributor: Shauna Pierrynowski, PTA, RNCP
As Dr. Nick wrote in his last blog post that most people give up on their healthy new year resolutions within the first fifteen days of making them… Being that it’s January 17th…I’m here to check in to see how your doing with sticking to your goals. Are you making them Stick or have they taken a Slide?
If you are starting to feel that Sticking to your big health goals is starting to Slide… I propose this…
How about setting tiny monthly goals so you can achieve them?
As I sit here to write this blog post for WIN Health Solutions I myself find that I also get stuck thinking about healthy changes. My mind wonders on the endless possibility of what I can change positively in my personal and professional life.
Should it be a goal about health (physical, mental, the whole package)? What about finances? Maybe I should give back to the community? Or maybe just take care of my wellbeing?
Whatever the resolution or goals are, here are some helpful tips on how to keep it small, keep it smart and actually achieve these goals.
SMART Goal Setting 101
S – SPECIFIC these goals address the what, why and how.
M – MEASURABLE this is the part where your goal is concrete and observable.
A – ATTAINABLE this is made up of small goals or changes that are under your control – example you want to lose 20lbs let’s start with eating less CRAP (Carbs, Refined sugar, Artificial, Processed foods) and eat more FOOD (fruits/veggies, organic lean protein, omega 3s, drink water)
R – REWARDING don’t go and set a goal that will make you angry, try small steps like instead of eating chips every night while watching t.v switch it to 5 nights of popcorn rather than the chips and keep going from there replacing the last item with something healthier.
T – TIME BOUND putting an end date or point on a goal will give you’re a clear and concrete target to achieve.
I hope you find these simple goal setting ideas helpful in whatever it is that you choose to change in your life. If you need more guidance, a specific plan and individualized support, visit with one of our team members at WIN Health Solutions Niagara and they can help you Stick to your health goals so that this year brings you more health and happiness!
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Nicholas Slowinski, Chiropractor
With the start of 2017 you may look back and wonder what you could have improved on last year? Maybe you want to try something new, or even improve on something that you’ve been doing for a while. In any case, resolutions made for a new year can be a tricky thing. Its been said that most people give up on there resolution within 15 days of January first! That is hardly enough time to make any new practice a habit…this particularly becomes troublesome when someone’s new year resolution involves a positive health change such as eating better, quitting smoking or exercising. It can be very challenging and often frustrating at times when people decide to challenge themselves and feel as though they may fall short of their goals.
If this sounds familiar to you, rest assured your not alone! First of all, remind yourself that just as health care is a continuous cycle of ups and downs, so is personal growth! Change is hard, and it takes courage to take on a challenge and step outside of your comfort zone. However stepping outside of ones comfort zone is an important thing for everyone and this is where personal growth occurs. So it is time to change the lens we see our goals through. Although we may all benefit from stepping outside our comfort zones, taking on new challenges and achieving our goals, where we should really measure our success is in the process leading up these goals.
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For example, a while ago I decided to challenge myself and run my first charity 5km race. Now, I should preface this by stating that there are numerous health benefits associated with recreational running, and competitive distance runners are phenomenal athletic specimens without a doubt! I just could never truly appreciate recreational running, after all no one was chasing me so why would I ever want to run 5km, 10km, 20km etc when I could just go lift weights. Running was ok when it was a part of other sports, but by itself, I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it. This all changed for me last January when I finally registered for the race.
I needed to develop a way to stay focused on training for the race, and I didn’t have many resources to help me train for the race, such as the excellent running clinic offered by WIN Health Solutions Niagara…which I probably should have attended. Training for the race was a struggle! Finally through conversation a colleague reminded me that my goal should not be to focus on the race, but on improvement each day/week leading up to the race.
Lasting Change: Focus on the improvements made each day or week rather than the end goal
With this mentality I began to enjoy the activity much more then before. It even reached the point where I looked forward to running as part of my regular routine, something I never thought would happen in a million years! On race day not only was I prepared for the run, but also excited to take on the challenge rather then dreading what was to come.
The point here is it wasn’t the goal that helped me improve myself, but the process of stepping outside my comfort zone and changing my focus that allowed me to have personal growth. It is this thinking that helped me achieve one of my goals for the previous year.
So I challenge all of you to change the way you think, step outside of your comfort zone, enjoy the process and grow in regards to what ever your new years resolution might be. As always, if you need any guidance on the steps to take to make change, or help along the way don’t hesitate to visit the excellent providers at WIN Health Solutions Niagara. Together we can keep you moving in the right direction! On behalf of the WIN Health Team, we wish you all a very safe and happy new year!
By WIN Contributor: Nancy H, Reception Team Member
On the First Day Of Christmas, my Chiro gave to me, shockwave therapy.
On the Second Day Of Christmas, my ND gave to me, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Third Day Of Christmas, Physio gave to me, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Fourth Day Of Christmas, Massage gave to me, four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my ND gave to me, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Sixth Day Of Christmas, my Chiro gave to me, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy. (Whew!!!)
On the Seventh Day Of Christmas, my Trainer gave to me, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Eighth Day Of Christmas, Physio gave to me, eight core strength exercises, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Ninth Day Of Christmas, Massage gave to me, nine hot stones (cause I need them now!!), eight core strength exercises, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Tenth Day Of Christmas, my Chiro gave to me ten acupuncture needles, nine hot stones, eight core strength exercises, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Eleventh Day Of Christmas, my Trainer gave to me, eleven burpees jumping, ten acupuncture needles, nine hot stones, eight core strength exercises, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy. (Am I done yet??)
On the Twelfth Day Of Christmas, my ND gave to me twelve Relaxation Strategies!! ('cause now I really need it!!), eleven burpees jumping, ten acupuncture needles, nine hot stones, eight core strength exercises, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES!!! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters AN-ND SHO-OCKWAVE THERAPYYYY!!
(Disclaimer: No patients were harmed in any way in the creation of this song!! LOL ;)
We, at WIN Health Solutions Niagara, would like you to know all of these services and many more are offered at our one stop, full service alternative healthcare clinic Niagara Falls.
Thank you to all of our clients for your valued patronage in the past, present and future! To all of you, your families and prospective patients, we would like to extend our warmest wishes for a very happy holiday season and a healthy New Year!!
Movember is a fun and playful initiative to help raise awareness and charitable funds for the most prominant health issues faced by men, most notably prostate cancer, and also testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. The Movember Foundation has so many projects that are geared toward supporting these health concerns. It started in 2003, in Australia, with 30 people and we are glad to be joining the five million Mo Bros and Mo Sisters as of 2016.
Check back soon as we will be posting more information about this great cause, and we'll be sure to share updates about how the Mo Grow is going for the men of WIN. Check out our Week One pic below! Fresh!
By WIN Contributor: Lora D., WIN Receptionist
Dr. Matthew Bird, or as we affectionately call him, Dr. Matt, completed his undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph. He received his degree of Doctor of Chiropractic after attending the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. His years of exceptional work was recognized when he recently received a Niagara This Week Readers Choice Award.
Dr. Matt has a great enthusiasm and love of his work because it helps people everyday feel better. His treatments incorporate a variety of different techniques such as soft tissue work, chiropractic manipulation and adjustments, Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Shockwave, Trigenics, Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) as well as other various types of hands on therapy.
He continues to better his work by consistently taking continuing education courses to broaden his knowledge base. He also enjoys keeping up with the latest research and news regarding Chiropractic, musculoskeletal health and health in general.
Combining his expertise, therapeutic approach and observation of the latest health news helps him reach his professional goal, which is to help his patients be able to lead pain free, healthy lives.
There are many things that Dr. Matt enjoys in his off hours. He leads a very healthy lifestyle. He is a super volleyball player, (so he says…lol) I’m sure his height has something to do with that!! ;) Dr. Matt also enjoys snowboarding, beach volleyball, pilates, yoga, and weight training.
He's also sure to have fun with his growing family. With his beautiful wife, Erika, and adorable 18 month old son, Carter, they make sure to enjoy quality time together. The WIN Team is excitedly looking forward to their next big moment in the coming Spring as they await the newest addition to their family... a new baby for The Birds!
Dr. Matt is a natural at work-life balance, and we know he will continue to inspire his patients, and the WIN Team, with this as his family grows.
If you are seeking a knowledgable Chiropractor who uses an evidence based, cutting edge chiropractic approach, Dr. Matthew Bird at WIN Health Solutions Niagara will give you great options to address your muscle and/or joint related concerns, in addition to many related health concerns like headaches, migraines, TMJ pain, sciatica and sports injuries.
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Nicholas Slowinski, Chiropractor
Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are a class of disorders, which affect the muscles we use for chewing and the hinge joint in our jaw, the temporomandibular joint. This type of condition is one of the most common causes of pain in the mouth and face and has the potential to produce persisting chronic pain in those who do not seek intervention. TMDs are often associated with other common conditions that people often visit their chiropractor for such as migraine or headache, neck pain, or even fibromyalgia, however few people are aware that similar to any other joint in the body chiropractors can help with jaw pain too!
The National Institutes of health has classified TMD into 3 major categories: myofascial pain, internal derangement or dysfunction and degenerative joint disease. In this case internal derangement includes such things as a dislocated jaw, or a displaced disc within the joint. Degenerative joint disease pertains to the idea of arthritis, or as we like to call them, wrinkles on the joint, simply meaning the result of using a joint often!
When this condition occurs individuals may often feel a clicking/popping when they move their jaw, difficulty or pain with opening or chewing, headache on the side of their head, ringing in their ear, and pain in their jaw which might be felt as discomfort in the muscles they use to move the jaw as well as the neck and shoulders.
Pharmacological interventions with the use of pain killers and muscle relaxants is common for the treatment of this type of condition, however there is substantial evidence that reliance on these types of medications can lead to alarming gastro-intestinal side effects. Many dentists will often prescribe a night splint or bite plate, which have offered patients a conservative method of some relief of these symptoms.
Manual therapy from either a chiropractor or physiotherapist have shown to be clinically effective in giving patients long term pain relief through soft tissue therapy, manipulation of the joint, acupuncture, therapeutic exercise and even laser therapy.
EFFECTIVE TMJ TREATMENT AT WIN
An exciting new way to treat TMD conditions is offered at WIN Health Solutions! This includes the use of localized vibration therapy, targeted at the muscles we use to chew! This type of treatment is completely safe and comfortable for patients! New research has even supported that as little as one treatment session with vibration can have a beneficial effect by increasing mouth opening and decreasing pain!
By using a combination of therapeutic interventions, members of our chiropractic and physiotherapy teams are able to offer each patient an individualized treatment option for TMD. This might include TMJ mobilization, soft tissue therapy of painful muscles, specific exercises to stretch, strengthen and stabilize the jaw, acupuncture and much more!
Visit us at WIN Health Solutions and we’ll work with you, and your dentist to take a bite out of jaw pain and TMD.
Here's What You'll Get In 7 Sessions...
- Using a walk-to-run approach your guidance and tips will come from our very own WIN Running Expert, Tania Mannella, Doctor of Physiotherapy
- Run once a week for approximately 30 minutes each session for 7 weeks
- Effective strategies to learn to run
- Motivation to maintain regular fitness that will support your health goals
- An awesome WIN Graphic T-shirt for your run while you're with us...and maybe even to wear outside of running (It's really cool)
- Work towards a goal distance of 5K
- A group running experience which is open to EVERYONE!
WIN Beginner's Running Clinic
Our running clinic is not only going to help you learn to run, or build on your running skills as you go, but also will help you stay fit and active into the Fall season. Tania welcomes everyone to this group.
If you're a novice runner, or enjoy running and want to develop/maintain your running abilities, this clinic is perfect for you.
We get the work-home-life balance for parents... So we also welcome moms and dads who'd like to get our for a jog with tot and stroller in tow, or run with their older children, so to enjoy active quality time together.
Tania is offering two times in the week for this running clinic to make it easily accessible... Thursday nights and Saturday mornings!
You will feel better, run stronger and have a great time with a supportive leader and group.
Clinic Dates & Times
Group 1 - Thursday Evenings at 6:00pm - From Thursday September 15th - Thursday October 27th
Group 2 - Saturday Mornings at 6:30am - From Saturday September 17th - Saturday October 29th
Feeling fleet of foot? Run with us this Fall! Register by clicking below...
Questions or need more info? Click here --> WIN Fall Running Clinic to email us and we'd be happy to assist you. But just remember... you can do anything, so go for it! ;)
By WIN contributor: Nancy H, Reception Team Member
There is so much that has changed about chiropractic treatment. Are you up to speed? Get a fresh view about chiropractic care from our newest team member, Dr. Nicholas Slowinski. Dr. Nick is a licensed chiropractor, is accepting new patients and is available to also assist our existing patients.
Why did you decide to become a chiropractor?
I decided to become a chiropractor at a young age. Growing up, I was very involved in a variety of extracurricular activities and saw a chiropractor often. My time with the chiropractor was an integral part of my training and allowed me to recover from injury and remain injury free while participating in several different sports.
I felt the value that regular chiropractic care had on a person’s overall health and well-being. I also realized the health care system was under significant strain and pharmaceutical interventions as a front line treatment for muscle and joint conditions was not a solution. I decided chiropractic was what I wanted to do and a degree in Kinesiology would best prepare me for this path. I wanted to genuinely help people achieve a state of optimal health and wellness and needed to learn more about human function.
Since you are recent graduate, can refresh us regarding required schooling for a chiropractor?
A chiropractic degree program is a post graduate, professional degree program that requires approximately 3.5-4 years to complete depending on the institution one decides to attend. An individual who enters such a program has already obtained a University degree in a related field such as health sciences or kinesiology for example. A basic understanding of anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics and musculoskeletal injury is developed through university courses. Once accepted into a chiropractic degree program, students build upon this basic understanding and learn the intricate details of how these subjects pertain to the development and manifestation of musculoskeletal pain and injury. Simultaneously, students learn to develop their ability to diagnose such conditions, as well as the therapeutic touch necessary to best treat patients who may present in this manner.
In your opinion, why should a person see a chiropractor at WIN Health Solutions?
I would suggest seeing a chiropractor at WIN Health Solutions to anyone who is looking for help in the treatment of muscle and joint pain as well as improve their overall health. As a society, we are all living longer, people are becoming more health conscience, and we are only just beginning to understand the extraordinary value staying active and mobile can have on our mental and physical well-being. The chiropractors working at WIN Health Solutions are highly trained individuals who work closely with patients to develop individualized treatment plans based off the most up to date research to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Chiropractic care is completely safe for the majority of individuals. It is our job as the health care practitioner to guarantee any intervention provided is in the best interest of each and every individual patient. Chiropractic is a safe and effective form of health care, especially as it pertains to musculoskeletal concerns, but as with any form of health care, there are always risks and these are always discussed prior to any treatment.
What advice would you have for people who are afraid of seeing a chiropractor?
My best advice for anyone who is either afraid or hesitant to see a chiropractor is to speak with one of us. Patient education is something we pride ourselves on, and is something that has not been emphasized enough in health care today. We can clear up any chiropractic myths and there is certainly no risk in a conversation! With regard to therapy, I can only emphasize we are all highly trained professionals who have undergone rigorous training to be both proficient and efficient in what we do. Chiropractic therapy today is much different than it was years ago and as evidence based practitioners, we have much more to offer patients than just an adjustment.
What do you think are the most important qualities in a good chiropractor?
There is no short answer to this question, however, it is without a doubt that the phenomenal chiropractors who are my mentors all have the following qualities which I have tried to embody in my own practice:
- They always place the needs and interests of their patients above their own
- They are personable, well-mannered and caring
- They all have a thirst for knowledge and are continually working on their craft
- They work hard at remaining current with the most up to date research in our field in order to best serve their patients
- They are ambassadors for mental and physical health and wellbeing
Why did you want to work at WIN Health Solutions?
I wanted to be a part of the team at WIN Health Solutions for a number of reasons; the clinic is an excellent space filled with a vibrant, positive energy that begins the healing process for patients the second they walk in the door. Most importantly I am able to join the team of chiropractors who are challenging the status quo of chiropractic in the Niagara region. Unlike the traditional chiropractic model, treatment at WIN Health Solutions encompasses an evidence based approach, where patients are treated from a neuro-functional model with a variety of techniques and tools. The chiropractors at WIN develop treatment plans that work for the patient rooted in the most current research and have helped eliminate much of the stigma that may exist with this sort of treatment. Something which cannot be overemphasized is the fact I am able to refer patients to one of our many skilled professionals, whether it is physiotherapy, massage, and even naturopathic medicine. WIN Health Solutions has a phenomenal in-house network of practitioners to ensure patients receive the proper attention they need and I am excited to be a part of the team.
What are some of your favourite interests?
Most of my favourite interests revolve around fitness, health and self-development. I mostly enjoy weight lifting but more recently have focused my training around mobility, stability and conditioning through martial arts and yoga. I’m fascinated by the idea of total body optimization and a lot of my personal interest reading has been focused on this in the last year or so.
I’ve also been more recently interested in the idea of neuroplasticity and how the nervous system can be retrained or tuned! It’s a fascinating subject!
I’m a huge sports fan, mostly football, hockey, and baseball and love to catch a game even if it is just on the television with friends. I have always enjoyed live music and try to make it to as many concerts as I can from a variety of genres. I consider myself an outdoors enthusiast and love to be outside at all times of the year hiking, fishing, and camping just to name a few. I also enjoy wine and craft beers and am glad to have moved back to Niagara where this industry has thrived for many years.
Thanks so much, Dr. Nick for enlightening us today with your very informative interview. Appointments can be made for anyone who would like to see Dr. Nick by calling WIN Health Solutions.
Dr. Nick (as we affectionately now call him) grew up in St. Catharine's and attended university right here at Brock, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with Honours. He went on to study chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and graduated Cum Laude with Clinic Honours. To enhance his clinical skills, he completed the contemporary medical acupuncture course through McMaster University and also became certified in Active Release Technique (ART).
Dr. Nick fits right in with our team of super smart docs and we are learning about his really neat interests in addition to seeing him in action as a doctor. The WIN Team will be sure to find out about Dr. Nick's secret ninja skills soon enough. He has been practicing martial arts since he was three years old! He is a big Toronto Maple Leafs fan and also enjoys all kinds of music, from country to blues and jazz to heavy metal. And we can’t help but wonder… who's his favourite character in Stand By Me, his favourite movie. I mean, who doesn’t love Stand By Me?
With his extensive education, dedication to helping people and enthusiasm in his work as a doctor of chiropractic, we know Dr. Nick is going to offer exceptional health care at WIN. And we think it's great that Dr. Nick maintains a good balance of professionalism and fun through his diverse interests, love of adventure and warm personality. Welcome, Dr. Nick! We’re so happy to welcome you to the team.
Stop in to meet Dr. Nick, or arrange a time to discuss your health concern and treatment options. Call us at 905-354-0267 to get working on your health with Dr. Nicholas Slowinski.
Did you notice the photos of Michael Phelps' during the Men's 4x100 freestyle relay swim which won him a gold. It's always riveting watching an Olympic swimming competition, but what's got just as much media buzz is the purple marks along his upper body.
Phelps' large purple dots are the result of a super old Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy known as "Cupping." Many athletes, celebrities, and yes, even many of us regular folks, have taken to Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies like acupuncture and cupping to address concerns and optimize health.
What Is Cupping?
Cupping involves applying a glass or plastic open ended globes to skin at different sites on the body. Classical methods involve heating the glass globes with a small flame to create a vacuum so it sticks to the skin. However, plastic options can be applied which do not require heat but use tiny levers to create suction.
The purpose of the suction is to lift of the soft tissue beneath the area it's on. Cups can be left in place or moved around a site of concern. This increases blood flow, kneads out tension and breaks up scar tissue.
Discolouration is due to the suction breaking superficial capillaries in the skin, however, this is temporary and usually fades within a week's time.
What Does It Feel Like?
You may associate this type of bruising with pain, but when cupping is done correctly *by a trained professional* it's not uncomfortable and can be relaxing. The sensation that people can expect when having cupping done properly is pressure, warmth and some tightness where the cup is placed but there shouldn't be intense discomfort. Think of it like a deep tissue massage.
What Are The Benefits of Cupping?
Can you believe that cupping is a 3,000 year old practice? People find that cupping helps to reduce muscle soreness, increase range of motion, speed healing and improve mobility. Many providers of this therapy have also used it to help with other things such as poor circulation, immune health and anxiety.
Cupping At WIN
Our Registered Massage Therapist, Amanda Cajucom, utilizes cupping. It is another example of how our providers maintain an eclectic approach in their health care so they can better help the patients they are working with.
If you want to try cupping for your sore muscles or to see what all the fuss is about, contact us to arrange a time to meet and discuss this therapy with Amanda at WIN Health Solutions Niagara.
Or... If you want to use acupuncture in your care, visit one of our physiotherapists, chiropractors or our naturopathic doctor as all the WIN providers have extensive experience using acupuncture to help people address their health concerns.