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Registered Massage Therapy and Your Immune System

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Cold and flu season is upon us in full force, the cold and dreary months of January and February tend to drag down our defenses and leave us feeling less than great. Did you know that receiving regular Registered Massage Therapy treatments can help to increase your body’s ability to fight off colds and viruses? Well they can! Massage Therapy helps restore the body to its optimal functioning, which in turn allows the immune system to do its job. Here’s how it works…



First let’s look at a few of the causes of decreased immune function:


  1. Chronic stress: This is caused by long-standing stressors in life such as work. Over time, chronic stress increases the levels of a hormone called cortisol. Increased cortisol levels decrease the body’s ability to produce key hormones that act to support the immune system.
  2. Simple stress and rushing: In our world today, we consider it “normal” to rush from here to there. For many of us, this type of stress seems to be unavoidable, but it takes its toll and your body doesn’t get the chance to rest. Rest is a key factor for the body to be able to rejuvenate and repair itself.
  3. Lack of sleep: Sleep helps the body`s immune system to rebuild and repair.


Now, let’s look at how Massage Therapy can help!


  1. Massage helps to alleviate stress (both chronic and simple): Studies have shown that people who receive massage therapy regularly show a decrease in stress hormones (like cortisol) as well as an increase in immune system cells such as lymphocytes. This increase has been shown to happen even after just one massage
  1. Massage helps you sleep: Massage causes the parasympathetic division of the nervous system to kick in; this helps to promote relaxation and sleep. Sleep encourages the repair and rebuilding of the immune system.
  1. You “feel good” after a massage!


Don’t delay! Call 604-530-6227 today to book your Massage Therapy appointment with one of our Registered Massage Therapists and stay on top of those cold and flu bugs!

Our Langley Chiropractic Care Can Help You During Cold and Flu Season

Flu season ahead


Cold and flu season is approaching and it’s more important than ever to keep your appointments and stay healthy this winter!  Our Langley chiropractic care can actually help you during this time of year!

The flu season typically begins in November and is expected to affect approximately 1 in 5 people in North America this year. The flu is caused by the influenza virus and is considered contagious, infecting the respiratory tract, often producing fevers and severe aches and pains. Sometimes, symptoms of a cold can be mistaken for the flu. Colds are usually caused by bacteria which ultimately overwhelm the body resulting in sneezing, coughing, mucous build-up, fever and fatigue. Are you prepared this season?cold and flu

It is a well known fact that the secret to fighting the flu is a healthy immune system. The most effective method is a well rounded approach that involves exercise, stress management, diet, nutritional supplementation, and chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care may be able to help you this season. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown in research studies to improve the function of the body’s immune system. Chiropractic adjustments remove nerve interference which allows your body to function better, including your immune system. So, when your immune system is healthier, it is better able to fight off infections. Helping to prevent the flu is just one benefit to regular chiropractic care.

Call us today and make an appointment with one of our Langley chiropractors – deal with your health and wellness the natural way!

You may also be interested in seeing one of our Langley massage therapists, shockwave therapists, laser therapists, or foot orthotic specialists. We look forward to treating you!

Welcome a New RMT to Our Langley Massage Therapy Team

Marianne Cottingham PhotoWe’re happy to welcome Marianne Cottingham to the Lifeforce Proactive team! Marianne, graduated from the 3000 Hour Registered Massage Therapy program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy. This program is the most comprehensive study of soft tissue manipulation in North America. She is a member in good standing with the COLLEGE OF  Massage Therapists of British Columbia. Through the program, and extra-cirricular body work, Marianne gained experience with a wide variety of health conditions and ailments. Some of these include chronic pain, car accident injuries, athletic injuries, neurological conditions, arthritis, post surgery rehabilitation (scar tissue breakdown) and many more. She had the opportunity to work at GF Strong, British Columbia’s biggest rehabilitation centre for spinal cord and brain injuries, Vancouver General Hospital (Burns, plastics and trauma ward), multiple care centres for the elderly and general public, and athletic events such as the BMO Vancouver Marathon.

Marianne has competed at the national level in ice hockey, ball hockey, and officiating ice hockey, as well as some international competition in these sports.

With this elite experience, she has first hand knowledge of an athletes journey throughout training and competition.

Contact us to book an appointment with Marianne for massage therapy in Langley today!  Read more about our other Registered Massage Therapists too.

Chiropractic Head to Toe – Neck Pain

HOT OFF THE PRESS – Recent news results in the same conclusions as the old news: chiropractic is the most effective tool for neck pain! According to a recent study1, published in the Annals of Internal Medicineinflatable water slides for sale, chiropractic is still head and
shoulders above medical options when it comes to the treatment of neck pain.  To read more of this months issue click here

Pull Your Weeds, Not Your Back | Care for Yourself When Gardening


As springtime approaches, weather warms up and leaves turn green, many people will spend more time outside planting bulbs, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. Gardening can provide a great workout, but with all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling, your body may not be ready for exercise of the garden variety.Inflatable Games

Gardening can be enjoyable, but it is important to stretch your muscles before reaching for your gardening tools. The back, upper legs, shoulders, and wrists are all major muscle groups affected when using your green thumb.

A warm-up and cool-down period is as important in gardening as it is for any other physical activity,” said Dr. Scott Bautch of the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) Council on Occupational Health. “Performing simple stretches during these periods will help alleviate injuries, pain and stiffness.”

To make gardening as fun and enjoyable as possible, it is important to prepare your body for this type of physical activity. The following stretches will help to alleviate muscle pain after a day spent in your garden.

Garden Fitness Stretches

  • Before stretching for any activity, breathe in and out, slowly and rhythmically; do not bounce or jerk your body, and stretch as far and as comfortably as you can. Do not follow the no pain, no gain rule. Stretching should not be painful. While sitting, prop your heel on a stool or step, keeping the knees straight. Lean forward until you feel a stretch in the back of the thigh, or the hamstring muscle. Hold this position for 15 seconds. Do this once more and repeat with the other leg.
  • Stand up, balance yourself, and grab the front of your ankle from behind. Pull your heel towards your buttocks and hold the position for 15 seconds. Do this again and repeat with the other leg.
  • While standing, weave your fingers together above your head with the palms up. Lean to one side for 10 seconds, then to the other. Repeat this stretch three times.
  • Do the “Hug your best friend.” Wrap your arms around yourself and rotate to one side, stretching as far as you can comfortably go. Hold for 10 seconds and reverse. Repeat two or three times.

Finally, be aware of your body technique, body form and correct posture while gardening. Kneel, don’t bend, and alternate your stance and movements as often as possible to keep the muscles and body balanced.

When the Bulbs Are Planted…
If you already feel muscle aches and pains and did not complete the warm-up and cool-down stretches, there are ways to alleviate the discomfort. Apply a cold pack on the area of pain for the first 48 hours or apply a heat pack after 48 hours, and consider chiropractic care.

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to book an appointment with one of our Langley chiropractors today!  You may also be interested in reading about what to expect when you visit our Langley chiropractic clinic.

Need a massage?  Read more about our Registered Massage Therapists (Langley RMTs) too!

Back To School = Heavy Backpacks for Your Kid’s Back

Back to School equals Heavy BackpacksWith the coming of fall comes the inevitable return to school! This is undoubtedly a very busy time for everyone, parents and students alike.

Back to school clothes, school supplies, and of course the backpack are all mandatory for any student. One thing that parents should pay close attention to is the weight of the supplies and books that their children are carrying. Statistics show that even children in elementary school are carrying heavier and heavier loads on their back.

The long-term implications of carrying a heavy backpack are poor posture, neck and arm pain as well as irritation of the spine, joints and muscles Air Sealed Tent.

To avoid problems, start by choosing the right backpack. Make sure the backpack is made of lightweight material, has two wide straps that do not cut into the shoulder, contains a waist belt, several individual pockets, a padded back and is proportionate to your child’s size.

The load in a backpack should not exceed 10 percent of your child’s body weight for elementary aged school children and 15 percent for those in secondary school. And the contents should be evenly distributed with the heavy items packed closely to the body.

When putting the backpack on, a child should place the backpack on a table or chair, bend at the knees and lift with the legs while putting on one shoulder at a time. Before your child walks out the door remind him or her not to wear the bag on one shoulder and to adjust the straps so the bag fits comfortably close to the body.

If your child begins to experience back pain, our Langley chiropractors can provide chiropractic treatment. Book an appointment with our Langley chiropractors today!

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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