December 2023 sees an end to a long and wonderful chapter. Dr. John Hall will be ‘hanging up his activator’ and retiring from chiropractic practice after 63 years serving patients from Viet Nam to Ecuador and for the last 33 years, here at Wellness House in Westboro. He and his wife Penny will continue to volunteer and serve their church, their community and their family. Dr. Hall is not the pipe and slippers type!
We are happy to announce Wellness House will remain OPEN for your care during the Ontario stay at home order starting January 14th, 2021.
As regulated healthcare providers, our services are deemed essential. Rest assured; we will continue to enforce all enhanced COVID-19 safety protocols in accordance with governing regulations.
Please continue to arrive no earlier than 3-4 minutes prior to your appointment. This allows us to control the traffic in the clinic to keep everyone safe.
As a thank you for your support during this difficult year we will continue to take names until the end of January for our Thank You Draw. All patients that have come into the clinic since March 2020 are entered into the draw to win one of 4 prizes.
- 2 Week Membership at 9Round 30 minute Kickbox Fitness
- 2 Week Membership at Reform, Health and Fitness
- Local Westboro Retailers Gift Basket
- Local Westboro Retailers Gift Basket
Thanks to the following local gyms for their generous donations:
There will be no interruption to currently scheduled appointments.
We hope that the New Year is treating you well.
Dr. Peter Wise, Dr. Nicole Fournier, Dr. John Hall, Dr. J’aime Goguen, Lang, Popie, Helen, Silvana, Jessica & Amanda.
CLINIC HOURS DURING PROVINCIAL SHUTDOWN:
Wellness House will remain open during the 28 day provincial shutdown.
We will be closed for our own Christmas Holidays from Dec. 24th through January 3rd, except for emergency situations, and will resume normal business hours on Monday January 4th. We look forward to seeing you in January.
After 76 days, we are officially open!
Wellness House is happy to announce that we are gradually reopening as of TODAY, June 1st! There is a lot of information to share so please read to the end, it’ll only take a few minutes (promise!).
Appointment rescheduling, new clinic protocols video and COVID-19 Refresh Intake Form.
Throughout the week we will be contacting all patients with cancelled/
Online bookings will not be available immediately as our practitioner schedules will be fluid over the next few weeks.
If you require immediate care, don’t hesitate to contact us on 613.722.7799 to book an appointment. We have designated spots available starting today.
New Clinic Protocols
To ensure the safety of patients, practitioners and staff, we have changed significantly the way we operate. Please watch the following 2 minute video to see the added safety precautions and the new flow through the clinic.
- Wait in your car until 2-3 minutes before your scheduled appointment time
- Come alone unless you are in need of physical assistance or guardian
- Bring only wallet, phone, keys – no other personal items handbags etc
- Use the front door off the main street to enter
- Please wear your mask from home (one will be provided if required, these are very difficult to come by, so if you have one please bring it)
- Sanitize your hands
- Front staff with greet you safely behind plexiglas
- You will be instructed to wait in one of our private treatment rooms or waiting room whilst maintaining physical distancing
- Place your wallet, phone, keys on the desk, leave your shoes on and have a seat on the table
- Your doctor will greet you wearing a protective mask
- All tables are thoroughly sanitized and have single use face covers for every appointment
- Rooms are immediately sanitized once you have left
- When you are finished, make your way to the waiting room and stand on the X, the front desk will be able to assist you with payments and bookings
- “Tap” method is preferred – we are avoiding cash and cheques
- Receipts will be e-mailed to you
- Please sanitize on your way out the back door to our parking lot by following the arrows
COVID-19 Refresh Intake Form
Before your next visit you will be emailed a COVID-19 Refresh Intake Form. We are taking the opportunity to ensure we have the most current patient information on file. Please take a few minutes to fill it in.
We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Please reschedule your appointment if you answer YES to any of the following:
1. Are you presenting with fever, new onset of cough, worsening chronic cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?
2. Have you been in close contact with anyone with acute respiratory illness or travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days?
3. Do you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
4. Do you have any of the following symptoms: Sore throat, runny nose/sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, decrease smell/taste, chills, headaches (different to your normal), unexplained fatigue, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting
5. Are you over 65 years of age, and experiencing any of the following: delirium, falls, acute functional decline, or worsening of chronic conditions?
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us, our team is here to help guide you through this ‘new normal’.
From our first day, until our last, we have been filling our lungs and breathing non-stop. In an average life span we breath in and out close to 700 billion times… Have you ever stopped to wonder if you have been doing it right? Research has indicated to us that correct breathing improves many things, from injuries, to stress. So,during this pandemic, while our lives are far from normal, let’s take a moment to see if we tend ‘to breathe or not to breathe’ (properly).
How do we breathe?
Answer: We breathe, thanks to our diaphragm, a muscle in your core that is between your lungs and organs. As we BREATHE IN, the diaphragm contracts and pulls down, the lungs inflate, pushing the chest and abdomen up and out. Then as we BREATHE OUT, the diaphragm relaxes and raises, allowing the chest and abdomen to fall.
Why is it important?
Incorrect breathing causes pain and discomfort. It causes the accessory muscles of your neck to be overused, leading to forward head posture and chronic neck pain. Correct use of the diaphragm helps brace the core, stabilizing the spine during lifting and carrying, preventing injuries. People with chronic low back pain have altered breathing patterns during physical tasks. So, if you have chronic low back pain there is a good chance you don’t breathe right!
What are the benefits of breathing correctly?
- Reduced stress
- Decreased mechanical neck pain
- Decreased mechanical low back pain
- Decreased pain
- Improved recovery from injury
- Strengthening of the diaphragm
- Less energy is required to breathe, by decreasing your breathing rate
- Lower oxygen demand
So how do we do it?
We have taken the following summary from the Cleveland Clinic and the full article can be found here: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/9445-diaphragmatic-breathing
To begin start by laying down:
1. Lie on your back on a flat surface or in bed, with your knees bent and your head supported. You can use a pillow under your knees to support your legs. Place one hand on your upper chest and the other just below your rib cage. This will allow you to feel your diaphragm move as you breathe.
2. Breathe in slowly through your nose so that your stomach moves out against your hand. The hand on your chest should remain as still as possible.
3. Tighten your stomach muscles, letting them fall inward as you exhale through pursed lips. The hand on your upper chest must remain as still as possible.
Progress to sitting:
- Sit comfortably, with your knees bent and your shoulders, head and neck relaxed.
- Place one hand on your upper chest and the other just below your rib cage. This will allow you to feel your diaphragm move as you breathe.
- Breathe in slowly through your nose so that your stomach moves out against your hand. The hand on your chest should remain as still as possible.
- Tighten your stomach muscles, letting them fall inward as you exhale through pursed lips. The hand on your upper chest must remain as still as possible.
Note: You may notice an increased effort will be needed to use the diaphragm correctly. At first, you’ll probably get tired while doing this exercise. But keep at it, because with continued practice, diaphragmatic breathing will become easy and automatic.
How often should I practice this exercise?
At first, practice this exercise 5-10 minutes about 3-4 times per day. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend doing this exercise, and perhaps even increase the effort of the exercise by placing a book on your abdomen.
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Dr. Fournier has been nominated in the category of Ottawa Best Chiropractor in the Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo’s Leadership in Health Awards!
She has been recognized for her work in helping patients achieve excellent results.
Winners will be announced on February 23rd during the online expo, voting ends on February 19th!
Be sure to vote and support our fantastic team!
This February we’re supporting the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre here in Ottawa by bringing attention to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women in North America.
$10 from every new patient this month will be donated to #HERHEARTMATTERS
You can help by referring a new patient or by sharing this Facebook post to be automatically entered into a draw to win a $200 Gift Card for the Nordik Spa!
Give us a call 613.722.7799 or book online at wellnesshouse.ca
For more information on Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre please go to their website here.
Below is a short 3 minute video to better explain Women’s Heart Health
❤️ Thanks for your support ❤️
Your entire world is focused around your beautiful tiny humans, but if you come out of the baby fog (even for a second!) you may realize you’ve got some aches and pains throughout your body. Maybe it’s a sore neck, nagging pain in your lower back or a constant headache? We shouldn’t forget a lesson we’ve been taught every time we board a plane: “before you assist others, always put your oxygen mask on first.” If momma goes down, we take the whole house with us. Let’s put the focus on you so once you’re back up to speed you can give your little ones all your love and attention.
So, how can chiropractors help? Chiropractors are like mechanics of the body looking at the muscles, joints, and nerves. We help loosen tight muscles, improve joint motion, release tight ligaments and provide back saving posture advice. At Wellness House, we give customized exercises/stretches for our moms to do at home while playing with their little ones so not to add another item to the to-do list (who needs that!).
Here are the top three reasons mommas go to chiropractors:
BACK PAIN – 50-80% of women experiences back pain during pregnancy and many of these women continue to experience pain or discomfort postpartum. This is not surprising as the average weight gain during pregnancy is around 30 pounds (mostly in the belly), which changes the way you walk, exercise, and even sleep!
NECK PAIN – When your baby is born you are mesmerized, spending hours looking down feeding, holding and snuggling your baby. This can cause a huge strain on the joints and muscles in your neck and upper back.
POSTURE – During pregnancy you had a 30 pound bowling ball for a belly and now you’ve got a baby, diaper bag, car seat, stroller to lug around … oh and not to forget, this is Canada so winter gear is another struggle! Small tweaks in posture while performing these daily tasks can really help. That constant hip or shoulder issue is happening for a reason.
The Wellness House team is here to help you get out of pain, prevent pain and keep your body firing on all cylinders. After all, being a mom is one of the hardest jobs in the world, we can all use a helping hand. Don’t forget to look out for number 1!
Dr. Nicole Fournier – Chiropractor