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RISK FACTORS

CONTRIBUTING TO PAIN, DISCOMFORT, DYSFUNCTION AND MOVEMENT DISORDERS

Our lifestyle, behaviours and habits create an environment for our body-mind unit. Healthy environments tend to create and sustain ease and unfavourable ones contribute to unease or dis-ease. The more unfavourable the environment, the higher the chances to develop pain, discomfort or dysfunction. That is why shifting from a state of unease to a state of well-being requires a gradual replacement of unfavourable behaviours and habits. These are the most common risk factors contributing to pain, discomfort and dysfunction. 

  • diet

  • hydration

  • stress levels

  • sleep - recovery 

  • dysfunctional breathing

  • moving often before moving well

Adding a positive or removing a negative?

Pain, discomfort and dysfunction can be addressed by adding a positive factor and/or removing a negative one. Knowing that both acts require effort, time and resources, what would be most beneficial?  

If you guessed that removing a negative factor has a greater and more positive effect than adding a positive one, you are right.

Dr. Craig Cook is a Physical Therapist and co-creator of the Functional Movement Systems. In his career, he has seen clients improve their balance by 20% in 72 hours with zero exercise, by simply having them remove or mitigate risk factors. He explains that when one of his clients fails a balance test and he or she “is dehydrated, eating poorly, swimming in cortisol (the stress hormone), sleeping 4 hours a night and think red bull is a meal, I would like them to fix 3 of those things and then, let me check (their) balance again” . During a livestream, Dr. Cook further explains “what you are going to see when the person is hydrated, eating, well-rested and probably with not as much cortisol (is that) boom, the conductors are working properly." Go to livestream (Min 45:40 to 51:15. I recommend you watch the whole video). 

When dealing with pain, discomfort or suboptimal function, removing risk factors is an essential concept to many fields in healthcare, including Manual Osteopathy. That is the reason why, as a Manual Osteopathic Therapist, I insist in offering tools and guidance with the purpose of helping our clients replace unfavourable behaviours and habits contributing to their condition(s). A more appropriate environment will help speed up the healing process, promote body function and alleviate some of the symptoms, such as pain or discomfort. 

When hands-on Manual Osteopathic sessions are not an option, you may still help your condition without having to leave home. We created our Home Routines page to help you in this task. We recommend you start with the ones that are easiest to manage. You can also start addressing some of the risk factors that might be contributing to your pain, discomfort or dysfunction.

Proper hydration is perhaps the easiest factor to tackle. If in doubt, talk to your physician to determine the amount of water & minerals that is appropriated to your lifestyle and workstyle. Set up an alarm to remind you of drinking a glass of water every X minutes or hours. If you work at your desk, stand up, do some stretches, go to the kitchen, go to the washroom, hung from your chin-up bar... and back to your station. Ah, don't forget to drink your glass of water when you are in the kitchen. Try to avoid bringing a sweet drink and cookies to your desk, or you will stay glued to your chair for hours! Note: It would be helpful to exclude beer, wine, soda, fruit juice, coffee, baileys and other sweet drinks from your pro-hydration list. Instead, keep them in your non pro-hydration list.

Adapting our diet to our lifestyle, work style, budget and body necessities is a must. Sometimes, an inappropriate diet can cause inflammation affecting the GI tract and numerous fascial and musculoskeletal structures in the area, leading to pain discomfort and movement restrictions (Eg. SI Joint-type of pain, hip flexors hypertonicity, low back pain and pain or symptoms associated to nerve compression in the lower extremities). If you are unsure your diet matches your body necessities, consult your family physician, a GI specialist and/or a registered dietician (see Our Partners page). 

As you may already know, sleep-recovery, stress and breathing functionality go hand by hand. At all times one affects the others. As an example, dysfunctional breathing can lead to an over recruitment of our sympathetic nervous system, with its well-known fight-or-flight stress responses. Chronic stress not only contributes to poor sleep but also lowers the immune system responses and functionality, reducing healing and increasing unfavourable inflammation. Also, chronic stress causes an increase in muscle tone that can limit the degrees of movement a person moves thorough, affecting movement patterns and reducing mobility, balance, stability and motor control. If you wish to reinforce healthier breathing habits, please visit our Mindful Breathing page.

First move well, then move often. Sometimes, exercising feels great at the moment but causes pain after. That is a very good indicator that something is wrong. In the same way supplements are not there to replace food, exercise should not replace an active lifestyle. People having a lifestyle that includes functional movement (not dysfunctional, repetitive or overuse type of movement) do not need to exercise to maintain a healthy body. On the other hand, people seating for prolonged periods of time or realising repetitive tasks definitely need to include some functional movement training into their daily activities. Functional movement will help regain the stability and motor control lost as a consequence of injury, pain, unfavourable habits or a sedentary lifestyle. Note that in this cases, a regular weight training or a weekend warrior practice will more likely contribute to injury. For more info, visit an FMS physical trainer (see Our Partners page).

"Confidence and standing up straight go both ways ...
just like happiness leads to smiling, but also smiling leads to happiness."

Richard Petty

professor of psychology at Ohio State University

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releasing & stretching

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warm-up

 

 

Jaz Ibarra, BSc in Osteopathy, BFA, DMT

TPI-Level 3 Certified Medical Professional

The nature of our swing is highly dependent on our physical capabilities. Strength, flexibility and mobility are always key to an improved game. 

   

The importance of incorporating stretching techniques into our warm-up and cool-down routines is well known, but I need to introduce the latest notion of releasing. Releasing improves the efficacy of a stretch and mitigates potential muscle damage while stretching or during the game. Releasing and stretching support each other and go together. 

Releasing is the application of specific Soft Tissue techniques in areas of “tightness” and "muscle knots” and you can do it yourself.

To learn more about warm-up, cool-down and releasing/stretching practices, please visit our website at the link below.

A couple of hints:

   

  • Always listen to your body and move within a pain free range.

  • Favour quality over quantity (Releasing adds quality).

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OSTEOPATHY

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Techniques    

- Cranial Osteopathic techniques.
- Lymphatic stimulation.
- Myofascial adhesions & tension release.
- Trigger point therapy.

- Neuromuscular techniques (MET, PNF)

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Benefits    

- Assists in the treatment of 

  • TMJ dysfunction

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia   

  • Concussion and headaches

  • ​Post-surgery/dental procedures

- Reduces periorbital puffiness    
- Promotes tissue vitality, healing

   and relaxation.

Jaz Ibarra
BSc in Osteopathy, BFA, DMT.
Registered Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Member of the College of Registered Manual Osteopaths

(236) 882 4282

Osteopathic
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POSTUREFFECT

Fairfield, Victoria.

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The Art of Embodied Cognition

Embodied Cognition is the idea that the relationship between our mind and body runs both ways. The science behind Postureffect embodies this theory and through established therapies, enables the body to find homeostasis.

 

The resulting balance will enhance your well-being by refining the way you perceive and position your body and consequently your perception of the world and its perception of you.  

   

Jaz Ibarra, BSc in Osteopathy, BFA, DMT.

Registered Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

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Doctor of Naprapathy

BSc in Osteopathy, BFA, DMT

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Sidney | Victoria

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POSTUREFFECT

(236) 882 4282

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Jaz Ibarra
 

Doctor of Naprapathy

BSc in Osteopathy, BFA, DMT

TREATMENT, MANAGEMENT & PREVENTION OF

CHRONIC PAIN

Jaz is a Doctor of Naprapathy, Osteopathic Practitioner, pioneer in the field of Aquatic Therapy and creator of Zero Gravity | Napraquatic Medicine. 

  

Jaz treats numerous conditions, including TMJD, disc/nerve compression, scoliosis, breathing dysfunctions including long COVID, osteoarthritis, and neck, hip & back pain. Her treatments are individually tailored to suit patient's needs and are designed to:

- reduce pain

- improve posture, stability, range and quality of motion

- promote relaxation, organ function and tissue restoration

  

Techniques: Craniofacial & Joint Mobilization, Visceral Manipulation, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Myofascial, Diaphragmatic Breathing, Hydrotherapy, Deep Tissue & Soft Tissue, Trigger Point, Microcurrent Therapy, Tai Chi Therapy, etc.

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Free 20 min consultation. Your questions answered.

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Sidney | Victoria

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Free 20 min consultation at THREE CEDARS MD

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- Muscles, Joints, Nerves, Fascia, Respiratory, Lymphatic -

 - Chronic pain, reduced mobility, excessive muscle tension.

 - Poor posture, spinal compression & misalignment.

 - Nerve compression (Ex. Carpal Tunnel, Sciatica).

 - Breathing dysfunctions, including long Covid.

 - Tension headaches, migraines, TMJ.

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Brain & Craniofacial

Headaches & migraines.

TMJ, loss of voice, smell or taste.

Trigeminal neuralgia & Vagus nerve stimulation.

Chronic stress.

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A unique modality

IN THE FIELD OF AQUATIC THERAPY

Fusing the benefits of Hydrotherapy, Aquatic Osteopathy and Naprapathic Medicine

Zero Gravity

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YOUR SESSIONS IN A WARM POOL

  

Zero Gravity harnesses the benefits of warm buoyancy and uses a variety of 3-dimensional techniques that would be impossible to utilize during conventional "land-based" therapy.

  

This innovative modality assists in the treatment and management of conditions affecting muscles, bones, joints, nerves, and organs. Its soothing and relaxing nature makes it an ideal therapy for the senior population.

  

Jaz's doctoral thesis research supports the idea that Napraquatic Medicine has the potential to become the standard for Parkinson's disease care and other conditions affecting multiple systems.

  

  

At our Gordon Head location, sessions take place in a private, purpose-built facility with a heated indoor pool. For your privacy and comfort, a single patient is treated at any given time and 25-minute gaps are allowed between sessions. For bookings, visit our website.

Jaz is an Osteopathic Practitioner, Doctor of Naprapathy, Aquatic Osteopathy instructor, pioneer in the field of Aquatic Therapy and creator of Zero Gravity | Napraquatic Medicine.

  

Zero Gravity takes advantage of warm buoyancy and uses a variety of 3-dimensional techniques that would be impossible to utilize during regular "land-based" therapy. This innovative modality assists in the treatment and management of chronic pain, stress, spine compression, scoliosis and conditions affecting the musculoskeletal & respiratory systems.

  

Jaz also offers regular "land-based" treatments at her office in Sidney or Victoria.

Sidney | Victoria

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Jaz Ibarra
 

Doctor of Naprapathy

BSc in Osteopathy, BFA, DMT

Jaz is a Doctor of Naprapathy, Osteopathy Practitioner, former RMT, and a pioneer in the field of Aqua Therapy. 

  

Treatments are tailored to meet patients needs and designed to:

- reduce pain

- improve posture and movement

- promote relaxation, organ function     and tissue restoration

   

Examples of conditions treated: TMJD, whiplash, disc compression, scoliosis, breathing dysfunctions (including long COVID), osteoarthritis, back pain, neck tension, SI joint pain, sciatica, etc. 

Examples of conditions treated:

Back pain, whiplash, disc compression,

osteoarthritis, neck pain, sciatica, scoliosis, breathing dysfunctions and long Covid, 

Parkinson's disease...

Jaz is a Doctor of Naprapathy, Osteopathy Practitioner, and former RMT. She is a connective tissue specialist, pioneer in the field of Aqua Therapy and creator of Zero Gravity | Napraquatic Medicine.

  

  • Certified Naprapath, member of the Canadian Naprapathic Association.

  • Registered Osteopathic Manual Practitioner with the College of Registered Manual Osteopaths.

  • Member of the Federation of Alternative Medicine.

  • TPI-Level 3 Certified Medical Professional (Golf-specific Therapy).

 

Doctors of Naprapathy

  

Doctors of Naprapathy specialize in the treatment of Connective Tissue disorders and treat numerous conditions affecting the fascia and musculoskeletal systems.

  

Naprapaths treat patients respecting their individuality, with the purpose of regaining alignment, enhancing function and promoting health.

 

Jaz is an  Osteopathic Practitioner, Doctor of Naprapathy, and former massage therapist. She is a connective tissue specialist, pioneer in the field of aqua therapy and creator of Zero Gravity | Napraquatic Medicine.

  

  • Osteopathic Practitioner member of the National Manual Osteopathic Society.

  • Certified Naprapath, member of the Canadian Naprapathic Association.

  • Member of the Federation of Alternative Medicine.

  • Level 3 Certified Medical Professional with the Titleist Performance Institute (Golf-specific Therapy).

 

Sidney | Victoria

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(236) 882 4282

 

   

Naprapathy finds its roots in Osteopathy and Eastern Europe manipulative practices. This wholistic discipline addresses all body systems and, especially the connective issues including the Fascia System.

  

Naprapathy was created in the United States in 1907. During the following decades, Naprapathy spread through Europe and deepened its roots in the Scandinavian countries, especially in Sweden where the first Naprapathic College outside the United States was founded in 1970. 

  

 

 

 

To know more, visit our website.

Practicing an osteopathic philosophy is embracing the fusion between the "wholistic and boundless" aspect of our nature and the detailed study of our bits-and-pieces by Anatomy, Physiology and several other branches of science. 

Osteopathic Manual Therapists identify and assess body systems and individual structures using a hands-on approach. Osteoarticular mobilization, advanced fascia release, visceral manipulation, craniosacral, and other manual osteopathic techniques are applied with the purpose of correcting imbalance and improving movement, suboptimal rhythm, function and vitality.

  

At Postureffect, our premise is prevention. Our sessions and programs seek to improve posture, sustain optimal mobility and maintain efficient body function and movement. 

  

We deeply believe in the power of awareness, instruction and self-responsibility. Combined, they allow our patients to play an active role in their healing processes and help them enjoy a healthier and more fulfilled life.

To know more, visit our website.

Naprapathy is regulated in the United States and is well established in Northern Europe, where the profession has been part of the Swedish health care system since 1994. 

We are proud to be the first clinic in Canada offering ZERO GRAVITY - Napraquatic Medicine services. At Postureffect, we are passionate about providing therapy, instruction and guidance. Your wellbeing is our motivation to constantly innovate.

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