Family First Chiropractic and Wellness

Once you go chiro..

Date: October 17, 2017 | Time: 9:00am | Posted By: Family First Chiropractic and Wellness

One of the most misunderstood beliefs about chiropractic is that once you start, you have to keep going back forever. It's true, many Chiropractic clients choose to continue care on a regular wellness care after experiencing great results, but they do so simply because preventative maintenance makes sense - the body functions better without nerve interference.

Here are some other things that you don't have to maintain/prevent for the rest of your Life, but also make good sense... brushing your teeth, going to the gym, taking your vitamins, eating your veggies, changing the oil in your car or saving for retirement. Somewhere along the road, you discovered on your own accord that these activities ADD to your Life as opposed to subtract from it, and it's the same for clients who choose to get adjusted for maintenance purposes.

No one can make you do something you don't want to. Just like regular car tune ups or staying physically fit, the choice to keep your spine and nervous system free from damaging stress for the rest of your life is totally your decision... as are the benefits if you do and the consequences if you don't.


If you have any questions feel free to email Dr. Elton Clemence at the clinic at or call us at 403-347-3261 for consultation and to set up a time to have your spine and nervous system checked.

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Tonsil Stones?

Date: October 10, 2017 | Time: 10:27am | Posted By: Family First Chiropractic and Wellness

If you're suffering from bad breath, pain in your ears and a feeling that something is stuck in the back your throat, it's likely you have tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths. Tonsil stones is a condition wherein your tonsils literally produce small, hard substances that contain a mixture of bacteria, calcium, dead cells, mucus and food particles.
Blausen 0860 TonsilsThroat AnatomyNormally, your tonsils serve as the first line of defense against viruses and bacteria. They contain immune system cells, which help eliminate harmful microbes from entering your throat. However, factors such as poor dental hygiene and chronic sinus issues can cause your tonsils to gather foreign matter, which harden and become stones. In other cases, you may simply have large crypts in the tonsils, which increases your likelihood of gathering small bits of food.

Treating Tonsil Stones at Home

There are various approaches to treating tonsil stones naturally. Popular home remedies include:

oSaltwater solution: Gargling warm water with a bit of salt can help dislodge the stones and alleviate throat irritation.

oCoughing: This method can be used only if the stones are small and easily removable. Excessive coughing can damage your throat.

oCotton swab: You can carefully use a wet cotton swab to gently loosen and push out the stones. Gargle to remove remaining debris afterward.

oMedicine dropper: If the stones have a softer consistency, you can use a medicine dropper to vacuum them. Simply aim the dropper's opening on the stones, then pinch and release the other end to create suction.

oYogurt: The probiotics found in yogurt can help eliminate the bacteria in the stones to reduce their size.

If home remedies do not work, you may need to consult your family doctor. Primary methods include coblation, which dissolves tonsil tissue, and tonsillectomy, which is the removal of your tonsils. Both procedures have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important that you discuss them thoroughly with your doctor first.

Other Conditions That May Affect the Tonsils

Certain conditions may be confused with tonsil stones, such as:

oTonsillitis: The main indicator of this condition is red, swollen tonsils that make swallowing difficult. It is usually caused by viruses, but Streptococcus strains may be a potential cause as well.

oStrep throat: This condition is specifically caused by the Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria, which causes throat pain, swollen tonsils, painful swallowing, fever and tiny red spots at the back of your mouth.

oGum disease and tooth decay: The pain caused by tooth decay can radiate outward and affect adjacent organs such as the jaw, ears and throat. In addition, it can cause swollen tonsils due to the presence of bacteria.

oTonsil cancer: Also known as tonsil lymphoma, this condition usually causes a sore in the back of the mouth that does not heal. It also causes blood to appear, swallowing difficulties and pain in the ears and throat.

If you are having symptoms, get checked sooner rather than later.

At Family First Chiropractic we can help. Chiropractic treatments help boost the immune system.

Dr. Stephen Kelly is a Chiropractor at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, located In Red Deer, AB 142 Erickson Dr., Call 403-347-3261 to book an appointment.
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Natural Ways to Help Prevent and Treat Post Partum Depression and Anxiety PPD/PPA

Date: October 3, 2017 | Time: 9:00am | Posted By: Family First Chiropractic and Wellness

images 2B 2528002 2529Many women have a history of depression or anxiety, women with a predisposition may have a higher chance of having postpartum depression or anxiety as a new mother. Over 80% of new mothers do not tell their healthcare provider they have postpartum depression PPD signs or post partum anxiety PPA. Many women feel shamed or they are weak if they have signs of PPD/PPA. Living up to societal expectation is hard on new mothers who question and stress over every single decision.

29.1% of women have a major depressive episode in the first year of the baby's life.

That is almost a third of new mothers! Which means you know a new mother who may be suffering in silence.

We are not designed to mother alone, we need a village to raise a child.

Mothers that may have a birth that is less than ideal or planned will have increased stress and question the internal 'should'. Questions mothers often beat themselves up for are possibly; 'I should have gotten a doula', 'I should have done more research', 'I should have avoided a c-section', 'I should have asked for help', 'I should have done more'- you see the terrible cycle of 'should'.

Most women in our society lack a social circle, which is causing PPD/PPA to be on the rise and overall in our society anxiety/depression is increasing exponentially. We expect new mothers to give birth easily, nurse and breast feed without struggle, loose the baby weight, take care of the baby, keep a clean home, make all foods from scratch, do laundry, return to regular daily activities and in some cases return to work within the first 8 weeks!

These societal expectations are ridiculous and internal and external expectations cause mothers to feel they are not adequate.

Things that can increase the chances of PPD/PPA are:

. Food allergies, intolerances-dairy, gluten, eggs

. Leaky gut

. Environmental factors

. Inflammation from food/diet sources such as sugar, dairy, processed foods

. Poor microbiome - gut flora which links back to the leaky gut!

. Lack of social supports- close family and extended family living close or not helping or supporting the new mother

. Thyroid or Adrenal issues- autoimmune, increased or decreased levels

. Lack of sunlight- this happens more in Alberta from September to April

. Lack of community

. Lack of time in nature

. Low iron levels

. Lack of regular sleep patterns

Many new mothers have a gap in care after birth, typically healthcare providers see mother for 6 weeks post partum then release them from care.

Most women with PPD/PPA go undiagnosed and some may seek help at 6 months postpartum or more.

The providers most likely to see mothers in the 6 week to 6 months + period will often be the providers giving the baby pediatric care. It is up to the provider to check in with new mothers and to watch her closely in the baby visits asking questions and checking in with her and family members on how she is feeling and looking for signs of PPD/PPA.

One sign can be a decrease in milk supply of struggling with milk supply, this can be linked to abnormal thyroid levels, some sources state up to 60% of thyroid issues are missed prenatally.

In my practice I have seen many new mothers struggling and not knowing what to do, where to get help and having the feelings of being 'crazy' as society tells them that 'its just baby blues' 'it will pass' 'all new mothers feel this way'.

Many mothers do not know how to reach out, what they need or want.

New mothers need to ask for help but do not know how!

What you can do is help her write a list of chores, food allergies, preferences, grocery lists, or whatever help the mother may need or want after the baby comes. This should continue for 3 months post partum, not just in the first 2 weeks. If there are multiple children this is needed MUCH more. Women need more help with the 2,3,4th etc children - do not think 'she knows what she's doing she has had a baby before'.

Doing a phone food 'train' is a wonderful way to help new mothers. Check out www.mealtrain.comfor a great way to set up meals for the family. Try to

If you are to do this you MUST have clear rules such as:

. No visiting or staying for a 'quick visit'

. No expecting the new mom to 'entertain'

. You can only stay for mom to shower and bathe then you must leave

. You must do one chore on the prewritten chore list

. Leave the food at the door, ring the bell and leave

Tumeric 2BTeaSupplements and treatments to take during pregnancy to help reduce the chances of PPD/PPA

. Methylfolate 800 mcg per

. Prenatal vitamin

. B12 1200mcg per day

. Essential fatty acids -EFA

. Vitamin D3 2000 IU per day - must take with a fat to absorb

. Good quality protein in the diet

. Good fats in the diet such as avocado or coconut oil

. Prenatal Yoga

. Probiotics

. Exercise

. Ginger and turmeric- Golden milk is great

Things to do postpartum to treat and prevent PPA and PPD

. Prenatal vitamins- continue to take them after baby arrives

. Use a lightbox for 20-30 minutes in the morning

. Yoga-postnatal or Mom and Baby yoga classes

. CBT - seek care with a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist -Alberta Mental Health

. Elimination of inflammatory foods from the diet

. Increased good quality protein

. Look at the thyroid hormones and ask for blood work

. B Complex

. Vitamin D3 2000 IU perday

. Magnesium

. Iron if your bloodwork is low

. Placenta encapsulation- this will help with low iron

. B12

. Omega 3 EFA

. Methylfolate 800 mcg /day

. SAM- E - 400 mg per day or if needed 800 mg /day *do not take if diagnosed with Bipolar or post partum psychosis*

. Probiotics with Lactobacillus and Bifidus

. Exercise

. Restorative yoga

. Sleep when baby sleeps - sleep banking!!

. St Johns Wort

. Lavender extracts

. Motherwort - this herb is called Heart of a Lion and supports the female hormones

. Rhodiola is an adaptogen herb which helps with lack of sleep and concentration *do not use if diagnosed with bipolar depression*

. Siberian ginseng 1/2 teaspoon - helps to increase breast milk production

. Macca root

. Organ meats

. Lysine

. Warming spices such as Ginger and Tumeric again the Golden milk is fantastic!

For more information check our website, facebook, blogs, Instagram and Twitter or call our clinic at 403-347-3261 for Dr. Joelle Johnson to assist you or to book an appointment.Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, T4R2C3.

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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to MS?

Date: September 26, 2017 | Time: 10:21am | Posted By: Family First Chiropractic and Wellness

A recent study published in Neurology, reinforces the view that vitamin D deficiency may be a risk factor for multiple sclerosis (MS). The study, which compared vitamin D levels in blood donated by pregnant women without MS, showed a twofold increase in MS risk among those considered vitamin D deficient compared with those who had adequate levels.While numerous previous studies have shown similar findings, this was the largest longitudinal investigation yet to directly assess whether vitamin D levels in healthy individuals predict their risk for MS.

"Previous studies had fewer than 20 MS cases, and here we had over 1000 women with MS, so it was a very large study," A Finnish Maternity Cohort, which comprises over 800,000 women who have provided a blood sample for routine prenatal testing, typically between 10 and 14 weeks' gestation. In 2004, Finland formally recommended that pregnant women take vitamin D supplements. On average, serum samples were collected 9.3 years before the MS diagnosis. Women in the study collectively had relatively high levels of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency. This may be because Finns, living in a northern hemisphere, historically have had low vitamin D levels. Also, the Finnish Maternity Cohort dates back to 1983, before many of the recommendations surrounding prenatal vitamins came into play.

Compared with women with adequate vitamin D levels, those with deficient levels had a 43% increased risk for MS. Compared with women with insufficient levels, those who were deficient had a 27% increased MS risk

A limitation of the study was that it could not adjust for other MS risk factors, such as smoking, body mass index. As well, the study included mostly white participants.

"Studies are indicating that it seems that the more vitamin D you can get, the lower your risk seems to go, but we haven't identified a threshold level yet."

"Collectively, 3 studies in adults now show an association between vitamin D levels and risk of developing MS years later; the risk appears to be greatest among those with levels in the deficient range.

"Vitamin D supplementation is a simple intervention that would be highly cost-effective even if it prevents only a proportion of MS cases." "Harm from such a strategy is unlikely; doses of up to 4,000 IU/day are safe for adults even in pregnancy, so they could be used through late adolescence and adulthood as such doses would be adequate to achieve vitamin D sufficiency in most individuals."It may also produce other benefits; supplementation during infancy has been shown to be associated with greater bone mass among girls aged seven to nine years. Canada as in Finland has long winters and as such, we are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency. It is important in winter months and during pregnancy to use a quality vitamin D supplement.

For your convenience, at Family First Chiropractic we carry these and many other supplements.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Family First Chiropractic and Wellness.

Dr. Stephen Kelly is a Chiropractor at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, located In Red Deer, AB 142 Erickson Dr., 403-347-3261 to book an appointment.

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Who does CranioSacral benefit?

Date: September 19, 2017 | Time: 9:00am | Posted By: Family First Chiropractic and Wellness

Who is CranioSacral Therapy for?

People may come for CranioSacral Therapy because they have acute physical problems like headaches or bad backs, or long-standing problems both physical and emotional. Others come for ongoing support in their busy lives and for help to meet life's challenges.

Because it is so gentle and non-invasive, CranioSacral Therapy is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly. Mothers and babies often come for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. Letting go of tension and fear held in the body enables both to settle into calmness.

CranioSacral Therapy supports your body's innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, as well as helping to reduce stress and build your underlying energy. The practitioner senses tensions in the body and helps them to release in a supported and comfortable way. During or after a session you may feel calm and energized, with increased clarity of mind and a feeling of well being.

CranioSacral Therapy and Children

I often hear from parents that they would like for their child to receive CranioSacral therapy but are not sure how that is possible. Adaptability by the therapist is probably the most important thing when treating children. There are many ways in which I adapt my techniques to effectively treat children.

Most importantly the child needs to be comfortable. Often that is in their parents arms or with them close by. They can be lying down, in a chair or I have even spent half an hour following toddlers around the room. Toys, books, etc, are also great distractions that can aid the practitioner in getting effective work done. When working on children I often shorten the treatment to half an hour. For most children that provides enough time to get an effective treatment and not to over stimulate the system.

Jeannette Raskin practices at Family First Chiropractic, 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, Alberta. 403-347-3261.

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Pregnancy Pain? We can help!

Date: September 5, 2017 | Time: 9:00am | Posted By: Family First Chiropractic and Wellness

Pregnant? In pain? Baby in the wrong position?We can help you!

Have you been told that you have told that pain is part of being pregnant?

Chiropractic spinal and pelvic adjustments will reduce or resolve pregnancy discomforts such as symphysis pubis pain (SPD), groin pain, back pain, hip pain, bursitis due to pregnancy, sciatica, pelvic girdle pain (PGP), mid back pain, carpal tunnel pain of pregnancy and heartburn.

Why be told that pain is part of pregnancy?

Chiropractic care can alleviate common pregnancy pain and decrease your labour time significantly.

Experienced prenatal chiropractic care aids with optimal fetal positioning by helping the pelvis and uterus to be symmetrical and balanced. Adjustments will help the baby to fit the pelvis to engage properly to help stimulate cervical ripening. Adjustments also make the pelvis more flexible so that pelvic joints move more easily in labor, the sacrum can become fixated and this can cause slowing or stalling in labor.

'Dr. Jeanne Ohm sends this description of Chiropractic techniques for optimal fetal positioning and easier birthing: A chiropractic adjustment called the Webster technique is a specific sacral adjustment to help facilitate the mother's pelvic alignment and nerve system function. This in turn balances pelvic muscles and ligaments, reduces torsion to the uterus. This may offer a greater potential for optimal fetal positioning. Originally used for breech presentations and then posterior presentations, current research is revealing the benefits of receiving the Webster technique throughout pregnancy for the prevention of dystocia. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association offers chiropractors advanced classes on care in pregnancy, including the Webster technique. Providers certified in this technique are listed on the ICPA website here:

Dr. Carol Phillips, DC,recommends addressing the skeletal system through adjustments, but equally addressing the fascia (with myofascial release) and the cranial rhythm (with gentle craniosacral therapy). ' Taken from spinningbabies website

'The Gardner Bagnell Technique for Breech Presentation was designed with the breech baby in mind, but has also been used very effectively for transverse, oblique and posterior presentations as well. It is a chiropractic technique that focuses on the alignment of the spine and pelvis of the mother to be.Most recently, a very specific order of adjusting has been uncovered that has catapulted the success rate even higher. When this precise order or adjusting is followed, the results are unbelievable. This technique focuses on subluxation removal, alignment of the pelvis and releasing ligamentous spasms. However, it is unlike the other techniques that are currently being taught. This technique has a different primary focus and protocol than the other techniques. ' Taken from Pregnancy chiropractic

Dr. Joelle Johnson has been certified in the Webster techniques since 1999 and is a longtime member of the ICPA. She was certified in the Gardner Technique in 2009. Dr. Johnson has a focused practice on prenatal, postnatal and pediatric care at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer. T4R 2C3


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Things to do in Red Deer

Date: August 22, 2017 | Time: 9:00am | Posted By: Family First Chiropractic and Wellness

Looking for some fun events with low cost and a short drive for your Red Deer staycation this summer?

Here are a few ideas for you. Brought to you by Dr. Joelle Johnson and staff at Family First Chiropractic and wellness 142 Erickson Drive Red Deer

T4R3B3 403-347-3261



Old MacDonald Farm-

Discovery Wildlife Park-

Ellis Bird Farm-

Wibit Aquasplash at Sylvan Lake

Kin Kanyon-

3 Mile Bend-


Farmers Market-

Downtown Splash Park-

Bard on Bower-

Discovery Canyon-

Sunnybrooke Farm-

Shake the Lake-

Gull Lake-

Kerrywood Nature Centre-

Berry picking at the Jungle Farm-

Kraay Family Farms-

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