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Does it sometimes hurt to be around bright lights or loud noises? Does your head pound when you have a migraine headache?


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It’s time to be a bad patient! In recent years, many health care consumers (possibly including you) have evolved beyond just doing what their doctor told them and have begun to ask questions. This involvement



There are reasons why you shouldnever underestimate concussions, regardless of how mild the injury may seem.

You may think that you escaped a fender-bender or a hard fall on the snowboard

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In our high tech, fast paced world full of flashing lights and bells and whistles, we now have the ability to simulate daytime 24/7.

We all have our own personal bubbles, an area of space which we prefer to keep unoccupied.

Have you ever wondered how your neck might be contributing to how you feel? Or as a practitioner – how your patient’s neck may be a factor in their health?

What is “blue light” and what does it have to do with head injuries? Concussions, or really any type of head injury, can be a challenging injury to manage, particularly if it is chronic.

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Do you suffer from back, shoulder, or neck pain? Migraines? Maybe jaw pain?Have you tried various pain-reducing techniques over the years, only to experience


Do you ever feel like you are living in a fog, feeling disconnected from your activities and the people in your life? 

Just as ‘All-you-can-eat’ buffets typically don’t promote healthy eating habits, getting adjusted more often doesn’t typically create better health outcomes.

Even if you’re not consciously thinking about it, right now you can probably feel the floor beneath your feet, the clothes on your body, and your mouse (or phone depending where you’re reading this) in your hand.


I am really excited to share a recent development that is very near and dear to my heart. After seeing a patient suffering from the effects of a concussion, I realized that I did not know nearly enough on how to effectively care for their condition. This situation made me very passionate about concussion education and awareness and has led me to do a great deal of research


Sleep. You know you need it, but are you actually getting enough? In our high paced modern society, sleep is often sacrificed at the expense of meeting a deadline, attending a social function, or watching just one more episode on Netflix.

If someone put a 10-pound weight on top of your head and told you it was going to be there for the rest of your life, my guess is that you would stand appropriately to combat the added strain.

NUCCA is not quite old enough to deserve a pension, but it is certainly old enough to have some experience with life. 

You would think it’s pretty easy to have a chat with your own brain—isn’t this what we do every day as we think to ourselves? Well yes, in theory, but what about the side of your brain that is below the level of conscious awareness: the innate brain?

We commonly get questions from our patients about treating children. Whether it’s a particular sign that a parent notices, or a concern for the pro-active prevention of issues that they themselves may be suffering from, parents often will inquire if they should get their children checked, and what exactly that process entails.

If you have ever had a sink clog up, then you know that it may still be able to eventually drain its contents but at a much slower rate than usual; consequently, you will also be left with all the dirty scum on the outside to clean up.

How do you know if you’re healthy? Many people think they are healthy if they feel good. Although feeling good is important, and feeling badly can indicate that something is wrong, using how you feel as the only definition of health isn’t good enough. 

It is no secret that the game of golf is unbelievably difficult to master, if such a thing is even possible. There are so many pieces that factor into a solid game of golf: a sound mental state, the right weather/course conditions, favourable pin placement, and a body that enables us to have a chance. Through trial and error, I’ve found that a sustainable,


The Metric equivalent of this popular saying is nonetheless effective in communicating something we have all no doubt experienced. Problems are typically more easily and quickly fixed if they are caught early.

Diets and fads seem to come and go, and one of the newest “trends” to be making headlines is intermittent fasting. It is not so much a diet as it is a schedule of eating; it isn’t so concerned with what you are eating as it is with when you are eating. The most common schedule is a 16:8 rule in which you fast for 16 hours and eat only during an 8-hour


Did stress kill the caveman? Everyone has heard the phrase ‘stress is a silent killer’. While one stressful episode won’t kill you, long-term, uncontrolled stress often lies at the root of several chronic diseases, which can.

A common misconception in the world of healthcare is that in order to relieve a symptom, the area in which we feel that symptom must receive the treatment. For example: if my wrist hurts, it would make sense to treat my wrist.

Many years ago, as part of my practice based research, I found something surprising – that the length of time my patients had experienced chronic pain did not seem to relate to how long it took them to recover.

If you’ve ever dealt with an injury, you know that the sooner it’s dealt with properly, the faster and more appropriately it will heal. When we are talking about the health of your spine and brain, this is even more imperative.

Imagine waking up to your heart racing, breaking out in a cold sweat as a furnace burns inside you, feeling like the world is falling away from your feet as you stand. These are only a few of the sensations that people suffering from autonomic dysfunction or ‘dysautonomia’ may experience.

Sometimes problems aren’t as straightforward as they seem at first glance. Logic would dictate that a headache is most likely caused by something in the head, right?

Gravity is the one physical constant that we, as humans, must endure. An appropriate response to gravity facilitates healthy, symmetrical joints in our bodies. What is a healthy, symmetrical joint?

One of the best parts about spending winter in Calgary is the break we’re given from the cold by our periodic chinooks. 

Whether it’s shooting baskets or reducing misalignments, the training never stops for a professional. Iron sharpens iron, and at The Vital PostureTM Clinic our doctors spend significant time each week training and learning together.

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