GranFondo Weekend Contest – Sept. 6 -8, 2014

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A little over a year ago last September my brother and I were riding our bikes from Whistler to Pemberton.  At the time, my brother was on a hybrid, I was on my road bike.  I had several concerns about my brother’s ability to make the ride.  First, he was on a hybrid!  There are numerous mountain hills between Whistler and Pemberton, not an easy ride on a hybrid, and certainly not an easy ride for a novice, which my brother was.  Secondly, my brother had never been known for his athletic prowess, which is not to say he didn’t have the ability, he simply never had the desire.  This had always been the difference between us.  I engaged throughout my life in any and all athletic opportunities, enjoying working out as much as competing.  My brother was the musical one!

When I returned to BC to open my Chiropractic Clinic, part of my intention was to encourage my patients and members of my community to engage in lifelong physical activities; basically to get themselves in “motion”.  Working with athletes of all kind has been my passion, and promoting an active lifestyle for all ages is a part of my core practice.  I was also excited to start working-out with my brother in an effort to increase his fitness level.  We started hitting the gym, and while in Whistler for a short vacation, decided to tackle his first bike ride of any magnitude.

It was a great success.  He was completely exhausted, but truly invigorated.  He made it, and on a hybrid yet!!!  Imagine how well he would do on an actual road bike.  And so began his goal of entering the 2013 GranFondo from Vancouver to Whistler! 

I share this story because of how inspiring it can be for any of us to set a goal and see it through.  My brother and I completed the 2013 GranFondo together.  It was an awesome event!  There were so many people from all walks of life, and all ability levels,  each riding for their own personal reasons and achievement.  I decided then that I wanted to encourage others to participate in 2014’s GranFondo.  What better way than to offer a contest to win a two nights stay at one of Canada’s top rated Hotels in Whistler.  Whether you actually participate in the GranFondo or not, being there for the weekend, cheering on the participants and catching the wave of inspiration that is at the heart of this event, will hopefully encourage you to set your own fitness/activities goals.  Perhaps it may even ignite a new passion, like it has for my brother.  He not only works out regularly now, he rides with his Vancouver bike club, and is a regular at the Burnaby Velodrome, even winning a few races this season!  His transformation has been astounding! 


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Located at the base of Whistler Mountain, Creekside.

This one bedroom suite features:   living room, dining room, and full kitchen. 

Amenities include:  year round outdoor pool, hot tub, exercise room

Arrival date:  September 6, 2014

Departure date:  September 8, 2014

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Graston Technique

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Graston Technique – Soft Tissue Injury Treatment

For soft tissue injuries that are acute, or chronic, that have or could result in a build-up of scar tissue and fascial restrictions, Graston Technique is one of the modalities used at motion Chiropractic that has had very successful outcomes.

Soft tissue injuries often result in scar tissue, pain, and reduced range of motion.  For athletes in particular, this can mean compromised performance, or lengthy time spent on the disabled list.  Graston Technique is an instrument assisted treatment that can detect major and minor fibrotic changes in soft tissue, break down scar tissue, and fascial restrictions.  The results are: decreased time of treatment, faster rehabilitation, reduced need for anti-inflammatory medications, and resolution for injuries thought to be permanent.

Specially designed stainless steel instruments are used to detect and treat areas of adhesions and inflammation.  These instruments break down scar tissue and correctly realign soft tissue fibres for optimal healing.  While some people report minor discomfort during treatment and some surface bruising can result, most find significant relief in a very short time, increased range of motion, and an ability to return to physical activities much sooner than with other treatments.

Doctors utilizing Graston Instruments and Technique must be certified.  Graston is utilized by more than 16 thousand clinicians, hundreds of elite athletes as well as professional and amateur sports organizations.  For a complete list of published research on Graston Technique see:

At motion Chiropractic, I often use Graston Technique in combination with ART (Active Release Technique .  I’ve been impressed with the outcomes of this combination for my patients.

No two injuries are exactly alike.  Having several modalities to choose from allows me to customize individual treatment plans and rehabilitation.  I’m pleased to include Graston Technique in my inventory of available treatments.

Flexion-Distraction Technique, Non-Surgical Spine Pain Relief

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago and complete an advanced certification in Cox Technic®  which is a flexion-distraction technique utilizing a specialized adjusting table known as the Cox8.  This certification was taught by none   other than Dr. M Cox, who not only invented and developed the technique, but also the table.  The original table was invented in the early ’70s and has gone through numerous improvements in the decades since, resulting in this years newest version the Cox8.

Dr. Cox is an internationally renowned Chiropractor and researcher.  His achievements are too numerous to list here but can be found on his link.  I considered it to be a great privilege to have had the opportunity to learn from him.  I plan to return next year and work on case studies to deepen my own work in this area.

Flexion-distraction technique is a gentle, non-force adjustment procedure that helps the spine to heal.  It often provides fast relief from low back pain, neck pain, and/or hip and leg pain without the need for surgery.

Decompression of vertebrae is achieved by applying stretching or traction to the spine.  The technique utilizes slow repetitive movements that gently take the affected areas through a natural range of motion.  Patients often report that they find this treatment both soothing and relaxing.

This technique has shown good results in resolving herniated discs.  Flexion-distraction therapy is also used for:
-degenerated discs
-leg and hip pain
-neck and arm pain
-spinal stenosis
-failed back surgical syndromes

I included a Cox8 table in my clinic having learned on it and having used it during my days of internship at Palmer Chiropractic College Clinic.  I was not only impressed by the results achieved with this technique and table, but also with the amount of research and clinical data spanning more than 40 years.  Cox technic® is one of the most studied Chiropractic techniques for low back pain relief.

“Cox Technic is committed to developing evidence-based protocols and documenting the clinical outcomes for physicians who are back pain specialists, focused on the non-surgical treatment of spinal pain”