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We are currently looking to fill an RMT position so an opportunity awaits you!  Here is the current ad we have listed:

VANCOUVER: Lovely wellness clinic located in a beautiful heritage home in Yaletown currently seeking an RMT to work 3-4 days per week.  One of our amazing RMT’s is moving to Nova Scotia so you would be inheriting her patient base.  You would work alongside two chiropractors (one specializing in Sports Therapy, and the other ART certified), a Naturopath, a Registered Acupuncturist, and two other RMTs.  The schedule is created to maximize each RMT’s availability.  Rent is based on a flat daily rent versus percentage. I am looking to have the new RMT start no later than April 1, 2019 so as to not interrupt current treatments plans and patient flow.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please email serne@vitalityclinic.ca

Have a great day and we look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Crysta Serné
Chiropractor and owner of Vitality Clinic

Health Tips Provided by Vancouver Chiropractor and Naturopath

If you’ve been dealing with any sort of period problems, you may have come across the condition PCOS. PCOS stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome and is one of the most common endocrine disorders in women of reproductive age. However, PCOS goes beyond just menstrual irregularities and is considered a multisystem hormonal and metabolic condition.

PCOS is an anovulatory condition, meaning you do not ovulate normally. With anovulation comes irregular menses and androgen excess, or an increase in male hormones such as testosterone.

What is happening during ovulation?

Normal ovaries contain multiples follicles and every month one follicle is chosen to become the dominant one. This follicle is then allowed to grow while suppressing the growth of all the other follicles. Influenced by the Luteinizing Hormone (LH), once the dominant follicle has reached its peak, it bursts and an egg is released. If ovulation is not reached, a dominant follicle is not formed, thus all follicles are allowed to grow a little and the result is multiple cysts on the ovaries.

So does this mean you have PCOS? No. It is a common misconception that in order to be diagnosed with PCOS you need to have multiple cysts on your ovaries, like the name suggests. This can only be seen via ultrasound. However, the presence of ovaries doesn’t always mean you have PCOS as ovarian health varies from month to month thus just because you have cysts one month does not mean you will have them the next month. In fact, it is normal for some healthy women to have polycystic ovaries; they are common during puberty.

PCOS can be broken down into 4 main types, with insulin resistant PCOS being the most common.

1. Insulin Resistant PCOS
2. Post-pill (birth control) PCOS,
3. Inflammatory PCOS and
4. Adrenal PCOS

How does insulin influence PCOS?

Insulin resistance can be caused by a variety of factors including high sugar and carb intake, stress, smoking, birth control, alcohol and lack of sleep, to name a few. Insulin resistance leads to higher levels of insulin in the blood which impairs normal ovulation and causes an increase in the production of testosterone. High levels of insulin also increases SHBG levels (sex hormone binding globulin) which is a protein that binds to sex hormones (such as testosterone) and keeps hormones inactive. When SHBG levels are low, free testosterone increases, meaning active testosterone is free to act on different organs in the body.

What tests should be done and what does PCOS look like?

Blood work and physical presentation are the best way to diagnose PCOS

Labs
– Fasting insulin
– 2-hour insulin glucose challenge test
– LH
– FSH
– Estradiol
– Progesterone
– Free testosterone
– SHBG

Further blood testing to assess thyroid and adrenal functions may be needed.

Signs and Symptoms

As mentioned, anovulation presents as irregular menses and androgen excess. These are two of the tell tale signs of PCOS and are required for the diagnosis of PCOS.

• Irregular menses – this can present as longer periods or later periods

• Androgen excess
⁃ Acne
⁃ Excess hair growth on chin, cheeks, belly, around nipples
⁃ Hair loss
⁃ Weight gain

• Infertility

Treatment

Due to the complexity of PCOS, treatment focuses on a whole-body approach and addressing the multiple causes that lead to insulin resistance and the results of prolonged insulin resistance. A variety of herbs and supplements, along with diet and lifestyle changes can be implemented to help treat PCOS.

Treating Androgen Access
– Zinc
– Berberine
– Paeonia lactiflora
– Glycyrrhiza glabra
– DIM
– Natural progesterone
– Ganoderma lucidum
– Saw palmetto
– Vitex agnus-castus

Treating insulin resistance
• Eliminate sugar and reduce carbs
• Exercise – weight training
• Eliminating birth control

If you are interested in speaking more about this to Dr. Tejinder Ghag, please consider booking a Naturopath appointment in the clinic.

Enjoy your day,
Vitality Clinic

IV Therapy

IV Therapy, or intravenous therapy, is a great way to provide your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to reset and recharge itself. This form of administration bypasses the digestive tract and provides instant absorption into the cells of the body. IV’s can be customized for your specific needs and are a great way to target a multitude of health concerns.

Dr. Ghag offers the following IV Drips at Vitality Clinic:
Meyers IV – Basic hydration IV to provide the body with Vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium and calcium

Defense IV – Loaded with Vitamin C and zinc, this IV is tailored to boost your immune system during cold/flu season, allergy season or times of high stress

Shine Bright Like A Diamond IV – Paired well with Microneedling and other aesthetic treatments, this IV is high in biotin and other amino acids needed to support collagen production and provides skin with a healthy glow

Burnout IV – Indicated for adrenal depletion, chronic stress and burn out. Helpful for temporary boost and for chronic support of adrenals, in addition to other treatments

Breathe Easy IV – Great for the winter months, this IV provides nutrients targeted towards healthy lung function

Healthy Aging IV – Rich in antioxidants, this IV provides support at the cellular level and promotes healthy cell functioning and removal of free radicals

PMS IV – It’s that time of the month and it’s not fun! With high dose magnesium to help with muscle relaxation, this IV works well a week before the start of your period

Jetlag/Hangover IV – Give your body the boost it needs to bounce back from that wild night or long days of traveling!

Tissue Healing & Injury Recovery IV – Paired well with neural therapy, acupuncture, massage and/or chiropractic treatment, this IV provides antioxidants and nutrients to help heal wounded tissue and speeds up the recovery process

Migraine Manager IV – Packed with magnesium and specific B vitamins, this IV can be used preventatively or to relieve the early symptoms of migraines

  • *New patients must book a consultation
  • *Discount applies to 250 ml Drips only

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If you have any questions, or would like to book an appointment please contact the clinic (reception@vitalityclinic.ca) or 604.687.7678

Enjoy your day,
The Vitality Clinic Team

Celebrating Birthdays at Vitality Clinic

Wow, I can’t believe Vitality Clinic has had it’s doors open for 14 years already!  It fills me with immense pride, joy, and gratitude when I think of all the amazing patients, staff, and Practitioners who have walked through these doors.

As a Chiropractor, I love knowing I’m making a difference in someone’s health, but what has me smiling the most at the end of the day is knowing I have had the privilege of being able to share in so many personal and professional accomplishments. I relish in hearing your stories of health, engagements, marriages, births, death, and even divorce because it makes me feel connected to and part of your lives.  Thank you SO much for sharing these with me!

Another aspect of what I love about being a Chiropractor and Vitality Clinic’s owner is that every time someone walks through Vitality’s doors, I have the opportunity to learn.  I am still continuing to grow as a person, owner, and Practitioner and each new story or experience provides me with additional knowledge to learn from.

I know I speak on behalf of all staff and Practitioners’ at VC when I say we look forward to continuing to provide you with the best possible care we can and wish you much success in 2019.

All the best and see you soon,
Dr. Crysta Serné
Vancouver Chiropractor and owner of Vitality Clinic

Supplement Advice Provided by Vancouver Naturopath

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Tejinder Ghag, Naturopath to the Vitality Team.  She offers a plethora of services so please click on the link below to learn more.

The Vitality Clinic Team

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Vancouver Chiropractor Adjusting A Patient

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Health Tips Provided by Vancouver Chiropractor and Naturopath

The monthly period. It is a pivotal marker for a woman’s fertility, and the body’s constitution and state of health have significant influence on how smoothly the body will undergo the menstrual cycle.

For some, the monthly period is just a minor inconvenience. But for many, the monthly period is a time of agonizing pain, cramping and other bodily discomfort that is met with dreaded anticipation every single month.

When women experience strong painful cramping before, during or just after the menstrual period, that is referred to as dysmenorrhea.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine there are five primary causes for painful periods:

1. Qi stagnation and blood stasis: seen as abnormal circulation or flow of energy and/or blood in the body
◦ Distending abdominal pain
◦ Pain aggravated by pressure
◦ Pain occurs just before or during onset of menstruation
◦ Often restricted menstrual flow during the first day
◦ Dark purple blood with clots or large pieces of decomposed tissue
◦ Breast tenderness
◦ rib/flank pain or discomfort

2. Cold-dampness coagulation and obstruction: seen as abnormal cold in the lower abdominal area
◦ Cold pain in lower abdomen just before or during menstruation
◦ Pain that worsens with pressure, but is relieved by warmth
◦ Light menstrual flow
◦ Dark purplish blood with clots
◦ Loose stools or diarrhea
◦ Dislike cold temperatures

3. Qi and blood deficiency: seen as lack of energy and blood in the body
◦ Persistent dull pain during or after menstruation
◦ Pain relieved with pressure
◦ Heavy or very light flow
◦ Pale thin blood with no clots
◦ Tendency for fatigue, dizziness and palpitations

4. Insufficient Liver and Kidney: seen as overworked or exhausted Liver and Kidneys
◦ Dull pain in lower abdomen after menstruation
◦ Light flow
◦ Dark blood with no clots
◦ Aching lower back and knees
◦ Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
◦ Occasional feverish sensation

5. Down Pouring Damp-Heat: seen as abnormal heat in the lower abdominal area
◦ Pain or burning sensation in lower abdomen during menstruation
◦ Pain is worsened by pressure
◦ Distending pain the lower back
◦ Thick dark red blood with clots
◦ Frequently have yellowish vaginal discharge
◦ Frequent low fever

Acupuncture and TCM herbal therapy have a long history in aiding reproductive health. They can help harmonize and correct your body constitution to alleviate painful periods.

If you are experiencing painful periods just recently, it is advisable to go see your family doctor or gynecologist to check for any functional or structural abnormalities first before seeking alternative therapies.

Book your appointment at Vitality Clinic at 604-687-7678, or contact myself (clow.vitality@gmail.com) to see if acupuncture and TCM would be right for you.

Have a great day,
Clarissa Low, RTCMP
Vancouver Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

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