Infantile Torticollis

Torti-what? “Torticollis”, latin for ‘twisted neck’, is a condition which may arise and present in an individual at any stage during their life, including infancy. While many diagnostic terms or anatomical names can leave you scratching your head as to how that name came to be, “twisted neck” is a visually descript representation for how the affected individual appears. SCM – the “Twisted Neck” Muscle Individuals, including babies, experiencing torticollis visibly show altered posture of the head and neck, where the head appears tilted to the side, and turned either right or left . This is because musculoskeletal torticollis usually involves contraction of the muscle “sternocleidomastoid” (aka SCM). Each person has two SCM muscles – one on the left and … Read More

The Chiropractic Subluxation

If you have ever seen a chiropractor, chances are that you have heard the word ‘subluxation’, or that the chiropractor talked to you about ‘subluxated joints’. This isn’t a word that you’ll hear out on the playground, at work, or in the grocery store – unless people are discussing chiropractic, and it has a very specific meaning within chiropractic. So let’s unpack it a little, so that you understand exactly what it means and how it relates to your health. So what is a subluxation? The simplest explanation for the term ‘subluxated’ or ‘subluxation’ is to describe a joint that is not moving optimally. Most joints in the human body are designed for movement. The degree of movement varies depending … Read More

5 Chiropractic Lifestyle Tips To Help You Fight The Flu This Fall

Chiropractor Guelph Immune Tips Fall Flu

Immunity, how well our immune system functions, comes to the top of many of our minds this time of year. The grocery stores and drug stores begin to prominently displaying Cold-FX,   echinacea or other such tinctures to fight off the dreaded flu. However, the best measure against colds and flu is a properly functioning immune system. Your overall level of immunity is important not only at cold and flu season but throughout the year. Cancer, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disease and other such chronic diseases are all related to immune function. It was about 3 weeks into back-to-school when I noticed the sniffles starting with my kids. Although it is natural for our bodies to have times of illness (colds … Read More

Scoliosis – the “Zig” in Your Child’s Spine

Many of my adult patients tell me in the first visit that they have a ‘curve in their spine’, or if they are lingo-savvy, a ‘scoliosis’. Often this is something they’ve been told briefly and don’t fully understand. At this point, the dialogue typically ensues that usually a scoliotic curve in an adult is nothing to worry about and doesn’t need to be monitored. However this is not the case with children and teenagers. A scoliotic curve in a child or teenager can change, sometimes extremely rapidly, over the course of months to years, potentially impacting performance, function, pain levels and health. Spinal scoliosis in children and teenagers do need to be monitored, and your chiropractor is the perfect person … Read More

What Is Chiropractic Wellness Care?

Chiropractor Guelph

Dr. Alyssa Shepherd DC Sick care vs. Health care When patients come to see me, I always explain the two phases of care: symptom care (a.k.a. chiropractic acute care) or supportive and preventive care (i.e. “chiropractic wellness care”). Most people start in acute care – they have a symptom that they want to be resolved, such as headaches. This model is akin to sick care, in that you have a physical issue that you need addressed and resolved. It’s analogous to seeing your MD when you get an infection. Once the symptom is resolved, people can choose to move into a supportive and preventative care phase in order to optimize their function and prevent symptoms of pain and dysfunction from … Read More

New Treatment Options? What to Do About F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real!)

Dr. Alyssa Shepherd DC, Guelph Chiropractor Fear – we all have at least one, more often, many – spiders, snakes, heights, chiropractors… Wait – WHAT?! Yes, you read that right, for many people, chiropractic and chiropractic adjustments are a scary thing to think about. I’ve found this to be particularly true if you fall into the category of having had a negative experience with a chiropractor or adjustment, you’ve never seen a chiropractor and don’t know how this system of care helps your body to heal, or no one has ever taken the time to share with you how chiropractors can help get you, or your baby or child, back to being healthy and truly thriving. The interesting thing about … Read More

Chiropractor Wanted to Join Our Team

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Welcome to Two Rivers Health! If you’re self-motivated, open-minded, collaborative and looking for a prestigious, positive environment to grow and build your practice, we could be a great fit! A Little About Us We are a new, integrative family clinic situated in the beautifully restored Forsyth-Hepburn building, just steps from Guelph General Hospital, the St. James’ Park neighborhood, and downtown Guelph. Imagine arriving to your new practice in an inspiring, energizing environment where you and your clients feel right at home. Spacious treatment rooms, professional interior design, high ceilings, plenty of natural light, original hardwood and new laminate floors plus complete wheelchair accessibility make the space highly sought-after for professional health and wellness practitioners. The clinic’s founder & director, Dr. Elizabeth Cherevaty holds … Read More