WE ARE OPEN – January 14th New Provincial Government Regulations

Dear Friends,

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.

  1. 2 Week Membership at 9Round 30 minute Kickbox Fitness
  2. 2 Week Membership at Reform, Health and Fitness
  3. Local Westboro Retailers Gift Basket
  4. 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.

Holiday Hours

Well, well, well, what a year eh?

As we call a wrap on 2020, it has truly been a rollercoaster. While we have all had our own challenges to overcome in these difficult times, we hope that the worst is now behind us and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Thankfully, there is positive news around the world, and we will survive this, with vaccinations starting to roll out, water being discovered on the moon, and the use of cotton candy machines to make N95 masks. Hopefully, those masks will also have the flavour!

Our Holidays Hours

We are closed for the holidays from Thursday, December 24th through Sunday January 3rd, and will resume normal business hours on Monday, January 4th.

We will only be available for emergencies over the holidays and have set aside some time on December 29th and 30th to see those emergency patients who are unable to wait until the new year. If you end up needing us, please email: info@wellnesshouse.ca. We will not be answering the phones, but will check our messages and will call you once we have received your email.

A Big Thank You!
We want to express a heartfelt thank you for your continued support during this challenging year. We very much appreciate each one of you! We recognize how difficult this year has been for everyone and it means the world to us that you have put your trust in us.

As a small gesture, we will be holding a draw for two local gym memberships and two gift-baskets, filled with wonderful things that we have put together from local area businesses.

We would like to recognize two local fitness studios that have donated memberships:

They are absolutely fantastic and I highly urge you to check out their websites by clicking on the links above. Perhaps this could be a great way to start your New Years Resolutions?😉 Both are less than 400m from our clinic!

If you have been into the clinic post-shutdown (since June) we will automatically enter your name in the draw, one ballot per treatment! The draw will take place January 31st 2021. Good luck to everyone; there is still time to come into the clinic and have your name entered into the draw!!!

Feeling stressed out with too much going on? Try this easy 14 minute video on progressive muscle relaxation.
We look forward to continuing to serve you as we move into the new year. Please be assured of our diligence to follow heath and safety protocols. We hope that 2021 will end in celebration and that this pandemic will become a thing of the past. Until then, stay safe, and from all of us here at Wellness House, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Dr. Peter Wise, Dr. Nicole Fournier, Dr. John Hall, Dr. J’aime Goguen, Lang, Popie, Helen, Silvana, Jessica & Amanda.

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Updated clinic protocols for patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

After 76 days, we are officially open!

Wellness House is happy to announce that we are gradually reopening as of TODAY, June 1stThere is a lot of information to share so please read to the end, it’ll only take a few minutes (promise!). 
 
What’s covered?
Appointment rescheduling, new clinic protocols video and COVID-19 Refresh Intake Form. 


Appointment Rescheduling

Throughout the week we will be contacting all patients with cancelled/rescheduled appointments during the closure for new appointment times. We appreciate your patience during this time. 

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. 

Arriving at 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
Entering the clinic
  • 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
Entering the rooms
  • 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
After the treatment
  • 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!


 

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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? 

Ontario COVID-19 online self assessment

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us, our team is here to help guide you through this ‘new normal’.

 

Leadership in Health Awards by Ottawa Health & Wellness ONLINE Expo

Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Fournier

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!

Go vote for her by following this link! 😄 

Be sure to vote and support our fantastic team!

Nominated For Ottawa Best Chiropractor Award by Ottawa Health & Wellness ONLINE Expo

Why should a mom see a Chiropractor? Let’s find out!

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

Mom playing with her baby

Outside Of Wellness House Clinic

Meet our Practitioners

Dr J’aime Goguen – Chiropractor

Dr. Goguen is one of our Chiropractors known for taking an active approach to treating her patients. She is currently training in Powerlifting at 613 LIFT Ltd, and performs Salsa at the Azúcar! Latin Dance Company. Through her own personal experiences, she understands the importance of remaining active and doing what she loves, and she ensures that her patients are able to do the same. Dr. Goguen also keeps current in education as she is enrolled at McMaster University for Medical Acupuncture, and is currently participating in a clinical research study for her alumni at Queen’s University (more information to follow!). Feel free to book an initial consultation with her through our website or call the clinic on 613 722 7799!

Dr J’aime Goguen on the top of a mountain Dr J’aime Goguen – Chiropractor at Wellness House

Physiotherapy Treatment For Neck Pain

Neck Pain and Physiotherapy

Neck pain can be a debilitating problem effecting 1 in 5 people, having a significant impact on their life. For most patients, a well thought out physiotherapy treatment plan can help them to live without pain. To be successful it is important to fully understand the cause of your neck pain and to build a plan of intervention to address, compensate for, and correct the underlaying causes.

Did you know that:

• 10-20% of people will experience neck pain in a given year.
• Office workers have a higher incidence of neck pain than the general population.
• Urban dwellers have more neck pain than people who live in rural communities.
• Most neck pain is recurrent, if left untreated it will last over a person’s entire life.
• Women are more likely to suffer from neck pain than men.
• Wealthier countries report higher incidences of neck pain.
• People between 35-49 years of age are most likely to experience neck pain.

 

PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSESSMENT OF NECK PAIN

A thorough assessment of neck pain means, discovering which factors are contributing to the patient’s problem. Here is a some of the possible  contributing factors.

• Poor posture (standing, sitting, sleeping)
• History of trauma
• Sedentary lifestyle and work environment
• History of repetitive neck or upper extremity motions
• Poor ergonomic set up (especially computer stations)
• Weak neck stabilizing musculature
• Poor shoulder blade position, strength or control
• A family history of neck pain
• Thoracic spine stiffness
• Central nervous system hypersensitivity
• Depression or anxiety

Once we understand the main factors leading to the development of a patient’s neck pain, we can do a complete examination including tests of the muscular and neurological systems as well as a physical examination of the joints. Physiotherapists also screen for more serious medical pathology and refer to the appropriate physicians if necessary. Only after we synthesize all of this information can we put together an excellent physiotherapy treatment plan.

PHYSIOTHERAPY TREATMENT FOR NECK PAIN

All patient’s are unique, hence have different contributing factors, each treatment plan will be specific to that individual’s problem. Research has shown that physiotherapy combining manual (hands on) therapy and exercise works better than either of those treatments alone. It is critical that your physiotherapist uses the right type of manual therapy, focused on the tissues and joints, coupled with an expertly prescribed exercise program. This is why at Wellness House we offer hands on treatments and do not utilize machines in our clinic.

Zack Song B.Sc., M.PT.

Registered Physiotherapist

 

Stats from: physiocanhelp.ca

How to Keep Your Spinal Discs Healthy

Bottom Line:

Spinal discs are the shock absorbers between the bones, or vertebrae, of your spine. The discs have a tough outer ring and a jelly-like centre. Their job is to help us move, bend, and twist while absorbing the weight of gravity. But, over time, our spinal discs can become degenerative.

Injuries, aging, and the effects of gravity all contribute to disc degeneration. The good news is that degenerative discs rarely cause pain unless they bulge or herniate, which places pressure on the spinal nerves. So how can you slow down the degenerative process and keep your discs healthy? Keep reading

Why it Matters:

Top research journals have recently discovered that movement and hydration are two important factors to keep your discs healthy. A well-hydrated disc can more easily adapt to movement and is less prone to injury. Many Chiropractic techniques are designed to “pump” your spinal discs. This motion helps bring nutrients into the disc and pushes out inflammation and waste. That is a fancy way to say that Chiropractic care can help keep your spinal discs healthy! Here are the key takeaways:

  • Your spinal discs act as small shock absorbers between the bones of your spine.
  • Movement helps bring nutrients into the disc and pushes out waste and inflammation, helping them stay healthy.
  • Torn, herniated, or bulging discs can cause pain by irritating the nearby nerves, and Chiropractic care may be one of the best ways to heal and feel better!

Next Steps:

A combination of Chiropractic care and staying well-hydrated are two fundamental ways you can keep your spinal discs healthy and pain-free. But, don’t forget to stay active between your adjustments. And here is one more tip to slow down Father Time: daily exercise and stretching. Exercise and stretching will not only keep you fit and trim but can also potentially slow down the degenerative changes of your spine keeping you healthy and active for many years to come!

References:

Cited from Evidence Based Chiropractor 2018

The Effect of Sustained Compression on Oxygen Metabolic Transport in the Intervertebral Disc Decreases with Degenerative Changes. Computational Biology 2011

Running exercise strengthens the intervertebral disc. Scientific Reports 2017

As of June 13th, 2022 patients in our clinic are no longer required to answer screening questions before each visit. Please continue to self-monitor for signs of sickness. Facemasks are now optional. Our practitioners will comply with your personal preference. We will continue to maintain our same cleaning and air quality standards.
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