The Pelvicore Ball
The Pelvicore Ball is an exercise tool that is fun, easy to use and very helpful in strengthening the pelvic core.
The pelvic core is key to mobility. You may have heard of the pelvic floor, the name for the muscles that form a sling going from the base of your pubic bone in front to your tail bone in back. The pelvic core includes not only the pelvic floor, but the diaphragm, the abdominal wall and the lower back as well.
The Pelvicore Ball easily straps between the knees and allows you to perform functional exercises to help resolve any problems associated with the pelvic core. It can help relieve not only pelvic floor problems but pain in the lower and mid-back, hip pain and pain in the knees and ankles.
The following nutritional supplements have been sourced from a selection of professional lines that are recognized for their quality by health practitioners in clinic settings throughout North America. These products were sourced with the intent to support healing of injuries, stiffness and pain in addition to the osteopathic treatments in our clinic. For this reason we have only a limited selection of products. The following outlines the primary benefits of the products available.
Arnica (or Arnica montana) is a perennial herb often used topically in gels/ointments as well as in homeopathic preparations. Arnica 6CH is a homeopathic preparation taken internally for pain, inflammation/swelling and bruising. Arnica may provide relief for arthritic pain; bruising and inflammation from injury; for recovery post surgery and for muscle exertion from excess activity.
Homeopathy is a safe and effective medical system used worldwide for over 200 years. A wide range of people have found benefit from homeopathy, including those with environmental and food sensitivities, infants and children, pregnant women and those taking prescription drugs. Homeopathic remedies are often used in clinical practice by trained naturopaths and homeopaths as well as over the counter use in natural health stores.
For acute pain: Dissolve 3 pellets under the tongue 3-6 times per day until inflammation and/or pain is reduced.
For use post osteopathic treatment: Dissolve 3 pellets under the tongue once daily for 3 days.
Epsom Salts are a salt composed of magnesium sulfate. Used in a warm bath, Epsom Salts alleviate stiffness, sore achy muscles and reduce mild inflammation. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant that aids in drawing lactic acid out of tissue.
Originally from Epsom in Surrey, England, Epsom Salts were naturally formed from the porous North Downs chalk that combined with non-porous London clay. This salt was use therapeutically and called Epsom Salt.
To relieve sore achy muscles, add 1-2 cups of Epsom Salts into a hot bath. Soak for 20 minutes, rinse salts off with cool water after bathing.
Fish Oil Concentrate
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids as humans must get them from food or supplementation; they cannot be made from other substances in the body. EPA and DHA are specific omega-3 fatty acids from fish. EPA and DHA are beneficial for the cardiovascular system. They maintain healthy blood vessels, enhance blood flow and support healthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, aid in reducing inflammation and joint pain. They are also supportive of healthy brain function; as well as increasing mood and mental outlook. EPA and DHA are important throughout adulthood, as well as during periods of increased brain growth that characterize prenatal and postnatal development.
Fish Oil Concentrate from Thorne Research provides high quality, pure fish oil by using molecular distillation to ensure removal of contaminants, including PCBs and heavy metals. Thorne Research fish oil is sourced from small water fish sardine, mackerel and anchovy.
Suggested dosage for maintaining health: 1 gelcap two times daily
Suggested dosage for therapeutic (more potent) use: 2 gelcaps two times daily
Probiotic HMF Powder
HMF Powder is a unique blend of probiotics and fructooligosaccharides (FOS). Probiotics discourage harmful bacteria in the digestive tract while promoting repopulation of friendly bacteria. FOS is a prebiotic that helps promote growth of healthy bacteria. A healthy population of friendly bacteria in the digestive tract enhances digestive health including nutrient absorption and regularity while reducing gas and bloating.
Research shows that immune system disorders result from the bio-accumulative effects of environmental toxins, poor nutrition, antibiotic use and emotional stressors, leading to opportunistic viral, fungal, parasitic and bacteria to manifest. Immune-building through flushing out harmful bacteria with a probiotic supplement benefits conditions such as candidiasis and autoimmune disorders, including AIDS, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
HMF Powder by Genestra is a maintenance probiotic formula for the promotion and maintenance of healthy intestinal bacteria in adults and children. HMF Powder is beneficial for dysbiosis and individuals who use antibiotics, oral contraceptives, steroids and hormone replacement therapy.
Suggested dosage for adults and children (5 years and older): ¼- ½ teaspoon of HMF Powder added to non-chlorinated water, juice or milk.
Suggested dosage for children 1-5 years old: ¼ teaspoon of HMF Powder added to non-chlorinated water, juice or milk.
NOTE: If using HMF Powder during antibiotic use, take HMF Powder 2 hours away from the antibiotic.
Pre & Probiotics
HMF Pre+ Probiotic is a blend of probiotics, fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and insoluble fibre from psyllium. This blend of probiotics and fibre help to restore and maintain healthy bacteria in the digestive tract by increasing the rate of colonization, survival and growth of the healthy bacteria. This is critical for colon health and optimizing immune function. Probiotics, FOS and fibre encourage the body’s own natural defense mechanisms to manage ulcerative colitis, acute and antibiotic associated diarrhea, and inflammatory bowel disease.
HMF Pre+Probiotic by Genestra is a low-level maintenance probiotic formula indicated for constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, dysbiosis, hemorrhoids, high cholesterol, indigestion and gastrointestinal infections, and for optimal immune function.
Suggested dosage for daily usage: One level scoop added to non-chlorinated water, juice or milk.
Suggested dosage for therapeutic usage: One level scoop added to non-chlorinated water, juice or milk 2-3 times daily.
NOTE: If using HMF Pre+Probiotic during antibiotic use, take 2 hours away from the antibiotic.
Magnesium is present in all cells of the body and is involved in over 300 enzymatic processes, including energy production. Magnesium is essential for maintaining normal bone density, cardiac rhythm, and respiratory function; as well as supporting blood sugar regulation. Other body functions requiring magnesium include the nervous system, energy production and muscle contraction. Research has demonstrated that individuals with chronic pain have low levels of magnesium. Magnesium has a calming effect on the body. It may be useful as a sleep aid taken prior to sleep or as a relaxant during the day for children and adults.
Magnesium Citramate by Thorne Research provides a superior form of magnesium bound to citric and malic acid for superior absorption. Both magnesium and malic acid have been found to provide support to individuals with muscle tenderness and fatigue. Citric and malic acid enhance energy production in the body.
Suggested dosage for optimal cardiac health, muscle tone and energy: 1-2 capsules daily with food
Suggested dosage for acute muscle tension and cramping: 3 capsules three times daily with food
NOTE: If stools become loose while taking magnesium reduce the dosage by half.
Vitamin D helps to maintain a number of important functions in the body. Healthy levels need to be maintained throughout all stages of life. Vitamin D has been primarily recognized for its role in maintaining healthy bones as an essential nutrient for calcium absorption. Recent research demonstrates Vitamin D’s role in immune function, in reducing the incidence and severity of infection. As well vitamin D has been found to reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer.
The body naturally produces Vitamin D from direct sunlight during the summer months. Seasonal changes and latitude significantly reduce Vitamin D production from the sun during the winter months. Therefore it is beneficial to supplement with Vitamin D.
Thorne Research’s Vitamin D is in a base of medium chain triglycerides. A healthy fat derived from coconut oil. In a liquid form the ideal dosage can be attained for maintenance or therapeutic use for all ages including infants.
Suggested dosage for maintenance: Take 2 drops one to three times daily
Suggested dosage for therapeutic use: Take 5 drops three times daily at the early onset of a cold/flu. Or, immediately following exposure to a virus/bacteria.