Lifeforce Proactive Welcomes a New Chiropractor – Dr. Jag S. Sandhu, BSc (Kin), DC, MHA

Jag Sandhu Langley Chiropractor PhotoDr. Jag S. Sandhu brings over 16 years of experience as a Sports Kinesiologist and practicing Chiropractor in the United States and Canada.  He specializes in treatment of whiplash injuries, rehabilitation of sports injuries and mind-body protocols.

Ever since he was a young child, Dr. Sandhu has always been fascinated with the human body. In particular, he was amazed by the incredible healing powers the body possesses. Knowing the body was originally designed to heal itself, he sees his role as a ‘facilitator’ in this process, and uses several different ‘tools’ to help guide his patients to optimum health.

Whether you seek attention for neuromuscular conditions, back pain, neck pain, chronic pain, rehabilitation from sports injuries or car accidents, or for stress management and relaxation techniques, Dr. Sandhu has a number of therapeutic tools that may help you.  Based on a specific assessment of your needs, Dr. Sandhu may utilize a gentle chiropractic spinal adjustment, Trigenics therapy, Active Release Technique, nutritional therapy or specialized exercises as part of your chiropractic care.  As a devoted family man, Dr. Sandhu loves to care for patients of all ages, including children. Pregnant women also benefit greatly from chiropractic care. The health of your entire family is in good hands with Dr. Sandhu!

Dr. Sandhu works part-time at Lifeforce Proactive Health Centre in Brookswood on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as, Saturday afternoons.

Prepare for Winter Sports Activities

Langley ChiropractorWhen snow, ice and frigid weather blast into town, watch out! Winter recreational activities and chores can pose problems for the outdoor enthusiast whose body is not in condition. Winter sports like skating, skiing and sledding can cause painful muscle spasms, strains or tears if you’re not in shape. Even shoveling snow the wrong way, clambering awkwardly over snow banks, slipping on sidewalks and wearing the wrong kinds of clothing can all pose the potential for spasms, strains and sprains.

Simply walking outside in the freezing weather without layers of warm clothing can intensify older joint problems and cause a great deal of pain. As muscles and blood vessels contract to conserve the body’s heat, the blood supply to extremities is reduced. This lowers the functional capacity of many muscles, particularly among the physically unfit. Preparation for an outdoor winter activity, including conditioning the areas of the body that are most vulnerable, can help avoid injury.

It is suggested that you start with some light aerobic activity (jogging, biking, fast walking) for about 7-10 minutes. Then follow these tips to help you fight back the winter weather:

  • Skiing – do 10 to 15 squats. Stand with your legs shoulder width apart, knees aligned over your feet. Slowly lower your buttocks as you bend your knees over your feet. Stand up straight again.
  • Skating – do several lunges. Take a moderately advanced step with one foot. Let your back knee come down to the floor while keeping your shoulders in position over your hips. Repeat the process with your other foot.
  • Sledding/tobogganing – do knee-to-chest stretches to fight compression injuries caused by repetitive bouncing over the snow. Either sitting or lying on your back, pull your knees to your chest and hold for up to 30 seconds.

Don’t forget cool-down stretching for all of these sports – At the bottom of the sledding hill, for instance, before trudging back up, do some more knees-to-chest stretches, or repetitive squatting movements to restore flexibility.

Shoveling snow can also wreak havoc on the musculoskeletal system. If you must shovel snow, be careful. Listen to weather forecasts so you can rise early and have time to shovel before work.  The following simple tips can help prevent any injuries during the winter months.

  • Layer clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible.
  • Shoveling can strain “de-conditioned” muscles between your shoulders, in your upper back, lower back, buttocks and legs. So, do some warm-up stretching before you grab that shovel.
  • When you do shovel, push the snow straight ahead. Don’t try to throw it. Walk it to the snow bank. Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions.
  • Bend your knees to lift when shoveling. Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work, not your back.
  • Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off your muscles. A fatigued body asks for injury.
  • Stop if you feel chest pain, or get really tired or have shortness of breath. You may need immediate professional help.

After any of these activities, if you are sore, apply an ice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes, then take it off for a couple of hours. Repeat a couple of times each day over the next day or two.

We Have a New RMT at Lifeforce Proactive

Keith Keith Folkerts has recently graduated from the 3000 Hour program at the West Coast College of massage therapy. He has lived in the Brookswood area his whole life and is excited about starting his practice at Lifeforce Proactive Health Centre. He is passionate about helping people reach their goals using a variety of techniques along with exercises. He finds it important to view the body as a single unit and approaches each case individually creating a plan with the patient for future treatments. He has experience in helping people with different types of conditions such as back pain, headaches, pre and post natal, sports injuries, car accident related injuries and many more. Keith is looking forward to getting married in the spring. He plays a variety of sports and enjoys exercising, reading and spending time outdoors.

We Have a New RMT at Lifeforce Proactive

IMG_814960687157-1Heather Groot is an honours graduate from Utopia Academy, and is a Registered Massage Therapist from the College of Massage Therapy of BC. Before studying to become an RMT, Heather completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Human Kinetics from Trinity Western University.

 

Heather’s interest in learning about the anatomy and functions of the human body began in high school; she is passionate about helping others to become more aware of how to care for their own bodies through treatment and patient education in order to reduce pain and promote health. Heather uses a variety of techniques in her treatments such as deep tissue massage, joint mobilizations, and myofascial release. She has experience treating many different cases including, but not limited to, headaches, whiplash, low back pain, pre- and post natal massage, and other neurological and orthopedic conditions. Heather will work with each client to create a treatment plan that is unique to their condition and their long term goals.

 

In her spare time, Heather enjoys being active, reading, taking care of her garden, and being in the great outdoors with her husband.

 

Lifeforce Proactive

We are commited to promoting health and wellness for all, by providing outstanding patient care, empathetic support, and ongoing education. Our objective is to increase individual health awareness and provide those patients serious about improving their health with the means to do so.

Reaching your healthcare goals is as simple as forming a partnership with our clinical team. Think of our team members (Langley chiropractors, Langley massage therapists, Langley laser therapists, Langley foot orthotics specialists, and Langley shockwave therapists), as health care coaches that specialize in providing the knowledge you need in the healing environment you desire to help you reach your personal goals quickly. Whether you’re simply interested in temporarily dealing with your current symptoms, seeking a more permanent resolution to your health concerns or wanting to enhance your performance in the competitive arena, our team will tailor your program of care to fit your needs.

Our website is updated regularly as we add new services and practitioners to our staff. Check back often. Book an appointment today with our Langley chiropractors, massage therapists, shockwave therapists, laser therapists, or foot orthotic specialists!

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