Monthly Archives: October 2017

4 Warm Ways to Welcome Fall

By Dr. Robyn Prescott, Naturopathic Physician

Fall this year has taken everyone by surprise with the rapid transition from a glorious warm sunny summer to this cold and blustery bold statement that fall has indeed arrived. Many of my patients are expressing how recently they have been feeling low, a bit more fatigued then normal, and just uneasy with the transition. Even in myself I have noticed urges to stay in bed longer, hibernate, and curl up under a warm blanket with a cup of tea. This led me to write this blog about how you can warmly accept fall.

I love fall – but sometimes the transition to a different state takes a bit of time and there are some ways to make this season change easier and a positive experience.

Try to take a moment to incorporate these small changes:

  1. Eat warming foods – your digestion requires lots of blood flow to process your food and during the colder days your body needs to use more energy to produce heat. Warm up your digestive system with herbs and spices like ginger, turmeric, chipotle, and cayenne to help your system’s internal heater. How I have done this is through making vegetarian curries, burrito bowls, and squash or chicken noodle soups. Sometimes I find this is a nice time of the year to do a short diet change. My husband and I are currently doing 2 weeks of vegetarian/vegan to help reset and get back into a healthy schedule.
  2. Drink more tea – now is the time to order your favorite teas – one of my absolute favorites for this time of year is the Traditional Medicinals ginger. Ginger tea is warming and also very helpful for digestion. Other good options would include chai tea or other teas with cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom.
  3. Candles – as the sun sets earlier it is important to light and warm your spaces with the yellow glow of candle light. Often I find treating yourself to a pine or spruce scented candle can lightly scent your space and help you relax and accept fall. Of course please use your personal judgement as some patients can be highly allergic to scents. Make sure it is safe for you. I typically buy soy or beeswax candles – one of my favorites is the North Shore candle by Vancouver Candle Co.
  4. Warm and fuzzy blankets – on a rainy day nothing is more satisfying then taking the time to curl up under a warm blanket sipping a cup of tea with a good story. Consider reading that book you have been meaning to all summer or go and treat yourself to thought provoking novel. I find myself gravitating towards books like 7 Habits of Highly Effective People or Blink to stimulate my mind and get it ready for powering through the next few months ahead.

If none of these things help – maybe there is more to the story? Seasonal Affective Disorder is when you have felt depressed for two or more consecutive winters and you feel significantly better in the spring and summer. Typically there are some compounding factors that should be considered that may be the underlying cause of your low mood:

  • What are your vitamin D levels? I always check vitamin D levels in patients at risk of SAD. Low levels are highly correlated with an increase in mood disorders.
  • Serotonin levels? Questionnaires or seeing your doctor can help determine what neurotransmitter you may be low in. Serotonin is one often contributing to SAD. To help this I have had great success with herbs and nutrients specific to build neurotransmitters.
  • What is your circadian rhythm doing? Often sleep quality and length are important for a healthy and happy mind. There are specific nutrients we can use like 5-HTP, theanine, and magnesium glycinate to name a few that help to reset and promote a healthy circadian rhythm. For more info on circadian rhythm see my next blog post!

 

Happy fall nesting!

 

With love,

Dr. Robyn

Dr. Jenn Turner

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Dr. Jenn Turner

BPHE, DC, CPTN-CPT, FRCCSS(C)

Chiropractor

Certified ART® Provider

Certified Graston® Provider

Chiropractic Sport Fellow

Clinic Owner and Director

Email: jenn@moveo.ca

 

Dr. Jenn Turner completed her Bachelors Degree in Physical Education at Brock University in St. Catharine’s, Ontario. After graduating, she continued her education at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic. Dr. Turner passed the exam to accomplish her Chiropractic Sports Sciences fellowship program in November 2017, qualifying her as a chiropractic Sport Specialist. Jenn is a fully certified Active Release Techniques © practitioner as well as being trained in Graston Techniques ®.

 

Her expertise as a chiropractor has taken Jenn around the world with her job with Cycling Canada. Her career highlights include working at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the most recent 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Jenn has been working with Cycling Canada during the past 9 years in the Track, Road and BMX programs and was proud to see some of her athletes win a bronze medal at both of these Games.

 

Jenn has travelled to Europe as part of the medical team for the National Bobsled and Skeleton teams where they were competing in the Europa Cup Circuit. She also has experience working with the Professional Cycling Team Sky out of Great Britian and has worked with a number of other professional, Olympic and amateur athletes. Jenn has been the “Injuries” columnist for Triathlon Magazine Canada and has contributed to the Triathlon BC publication, IMPACT magazine and many others.

 

Jenn is a competitive athlete herself. Dr. Turner’s involvement in triathlon began at age 18 and she has recently discovered that her passion and talent lies in long course triathlon. Completing 4 Ironmans to date, she is currently taking a “break” from triathlon and has found a love for competing in trail ultra-marathons and road running. Currently Jenn is competing recreationally while figuring out the mommy/work/life balance with the recent addition to her family of her first baby in December 2013 and second baby in August 2015.

 

 

Dr. Sarah Jung

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Dr. Sarah Jung

BSc, DC

Chiropractor

Certified ART® Provider

Certified Graston® Provider

Clinic Owner and Director

Email: sarah@moveo.ca

 

Dr. Sarah Jung was born and raised in Burnaby, BC.  She obtained her Bachelors of Science (Kinesiology) at Simon Fraser University, where she was a member of the varsity swim team.  She then attended Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, where she graduated Cum Laude and with clinic honours before returning to Vancouver.  Dr. Jung is a certified Active Release Techniques (ART®) provider and is also certified in Graston Technique.

 

Dr. Jung is very familiar with an active lifestyle and competitive sports.  As a member of the varsity swim team at SFU, she attended numerous national swim meets including Olympic Trials and helped SFU win 4 national titles while completing her degree.

 

Dr. Jung’s treatment approach incorporates ART®, Graston, traditional chiropractic  adjustments, addressing muscular imbalances and prescribing stretches and exercises to help people return to the activities that they love.

 

Dr. Jung has worked with athletes of all ages and abilities including traveling and working with BC Soccer provincial teams and treating at Ironman Canada numerous times.  She has presented to local swim teams, running clubs and dance studios to identify and optimize the athletes performance and function.

 

Currently, Dr. Sarah Jung is teaching part time at Vancouver College of Massage where she teaches Anatomy and Physiology in the Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) program.

 

Outside of work, you will find Dr. Jung playing a lot of volleyball (both indoor and beach), swimming, running, hiking, doing yoga, or attempting to learn the game of golf!

 

 

Dr. Dalen Matthysen

Dr. Dalen Matthysen

DC, MSc. Sports Medicine 

Chiropractor
Certified ART® Provider

Email: dalen@moveo.ca

 

Dr. Dalen Matthysen is a second-generation chiropractor and enjoyed looking his at Grandpa’s anatomy books from a young age. Growing up in the Fraser Valley he was actively engaged in competitive sports such as: soccer, football and Ultimate frisbee. After suffering a season-ending knee injury his interests changed to taking physical health and strength courses in high school. He also began shadowing chiropractors in grade 10, already deciding on it as a career.
          
Dr. Matthysen attended University of the Fraser Valley, where he completed his Bachelors of Kinesiology in Exercise Science. He then attended the University of Western States in Portland. There he graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic and Bachelors of Human Biology with Summa Cum Laude, he also concurrently completed his Master of Science in Sports Medicine.
 
Moving back to the Fraser Valley Dr. Matthysen is motivated to give back to the community working at sporting events and treating the community with Movéo. Through his Master’s program he has experience in treating highly ranked high school and college athletes in Portland that competed in football, soccer, volleyball, basketball dance and track. He also had the privilege to work at the world’s largest amateur beach volleyball tournament in Seaside as well as many marathons, triathlons and a rodeo throughout Oregon.
 
Dr. Matthysen’s goals include continuing his education, and getting back to competing in sports such as climbing, Ultimate frisbee and triathlons. For leisure Dr. Matthysen enjoys hiking/backpacking, skiing or snowboarding, or learning a new activity.