Livfit Studio’s Grand Opening

backfit new locationOn October 1st – from 11am – 2pm, we are holding the grand opening of our awesome new gym – Livfit! Come see Backfit’s new location, meet the team, ask questions, win prizes, and purchase your Livfit membership!

Whether you are a beginner, an athlete, want to tone up, lose weight, or clear your mind. Livfit is your place to achieve your fitness goals.

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The Pros Get Adjusted

Professional athletes across the globe make chiropractic an essential part of their training program. But not for the reason you might think.

Many people assume that pro athletes seek chiropractic treatment for pain and symptoms related to injuries. And while this is true some of the time, there is an even bigger purpose. These athletes are dedicated to keeping their spine aligned in order to maximize performance.

Check out this new Nike ad featuring pro golfer, Rory McIlroy. Rory knows that getting adjusted is key to maximizing the health and function of your body.

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Construction is underway!

2016 is off to an exciting start at Backfit! Have you seen the progress being made at Backfit’s new home on Cook Street?

You have all been a part of creating the vision for our new facility. We have been listening and gathering your feedback and we are thrilled to announce some of the exciting new features that we know will enhance your Backfit experience.

  • Spa-like environment in decompressionIMG_1426
  • New fitness studio for improving your strength & flexibility
  • New workshop area for LivFit classes & connection groups
  • A contemporary, fresh & airy space with lots of natural light
  • Beautiful architectural design & green initiatives
  • A dedicated parking lot
  • Enhanced services to support your wellness lifestyle!

Stay tuned for more updates on the new Backfit! Opening Summer of 2016!

 

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Thank You For Your Support!

thank you - kai - facebookTHANK YOU!
Over the past 6 months, Backfit has been fundraising to help support little Kai Hennessey in his fight against cancer. Thanks to your love and support, Kai and his family have met and exceeded their goals. Kai went home at the end of June, and is now 99.99% cancer-free.

WHO SHOULD WE HELP NEXT?
As a result, we are now looking for another family to support, and we would like your input. If you know of a family that is struggling to make ends meet because of an illness, tragedy, or other exceptional circumstances, please email your suggestions to
karmen@backfit.ca by Aug. 7, 2015. Backfit is looking forward to assisting a family in our community.

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Are you LifeFit?

Get Healthy. Stay Healthy. Live the greatest season of your life. 

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Backfit Clinic is thrilled to announce the launch of LifeFit!

Are you ready to take your health to the next level? Join us for a FREE 1-day seminar packed with strategies to get healthy and stay healthy through nutrition, exercise, and mental fitness.

On Saturday, June 13 from 9:00-12:00, Backfit will pack the Victoria Conference Centre in the name of
helping people to make better, more informed, healthy choices.

“At Backfit, we define health by how you function – not just how you feel. We believe that people can have more energy, experience less pain, and live more fulfilled lives. And we want to help them do that,” explains Dr. Ryan Doyle.

“Our holistic approach to health focuses on the impact of everyday choices on long term health.”

The morning’s topics include:

– How to Embrace the Fullness of Life – LifeFit
– Nutrition for Better Health – NutriFit
– Exercise for Better Health – GetFit
– The Mind/Body Health Connection – MindFit
– And More!

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance as seating is limited. To reserve your ticket, please call (250) 477-8143 or email info@backfit.ca

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Mark Your Calendars!

backfit-slider(52)We are THRILLED to announce the 1st ever Backfit community health event… LIFE Fair!  (By the way, LIFE stands for… Live Inspired, Free, and Empowered!  Don’t you love it?)  Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 28th, 2014.

It has always been the vision of our team to make a tangible shift in the health of our community.  We are so proud of our dedicated team members for embracing the vision and creating this exciting event!  We are bringing together some of the finest WELLNESS-BASED local businesses to join with us in promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.  Come out and discover new tools and resources to help you live your best life!  Remember – when we are living at our optimum, it makes a positive impact on everyone around us!

Want the details?

When?    Sunday September 28th from 11 am to 4 pm.

Where?   The fair will be in Backfit’s office and parking lot.

What exciting events are planned?    Not only will there be multiple health and wellness vendors, but also interactive lectures, classes, bootcamps and prizes!  Enjoy dunking your Doctor at the dunk tank, eating healthy Red Barn bbq burgers, and fun inflatables for your children!

Check out your Backfit Doctors’ informative talks:

11-11:30am Dr. Bartlett Stretch Therapy (Low-back focused)
12-12:30pm Dr. Doyle Posture (Posture, ergonomics, and lifting)
1- 1:30pm Dr. Bentham Nutrition

 

Interactive classes by wellness-based local businesses:

12-12:30pm Storyoga For kids aged 3-5; playful mix of stories, songs, yoga, games, relaxation, and breathing
1-1:45pm Inner Warriors Yoga Therapeutic spinal care yoga class
2-2:30pm BDHQ (Body Dynamics) Full body interval training workout, for all fitness levels using nothing but your body weight. Learn proper form and how to engage your core for optimal spinal health.
3-3:45pm Inner Warriors Yoga Therapeutic spinal care yoga class

 

Space is limited, so if you want to attend a lecture or class, please contact the office.  Spaces are already filling up fast!

Please note: Classes are free, but donations to Victoria Brain Injury Society are more than gladly accepted!

Get interactive with these local organizations at the L.I.F.E. Fair:

BDHQ (Body Dynamics)

Red Barn Market

Storyoga

Inner Warriors Yoga

NexGen Hearing

Peninsula Co-op

Victoria Brain Injury Society

Peggy Folkes (RN/Counsellor)

Art of Living

Smart Klean Laundry Ball

Life Languages (KLLP)

Need Pain Relief

WildPlay

107.3 Kool fm

Laura McCorkell (Doula)

Thank you to our amazing Backfit team members for your dedication to making this event happen!  And especially to Candace Muir, whose vision and commitment has been the driving force for the LIFE Fair!

We can’t wait to see you all there as we celebrate the art of healthy living and our fantastic community!

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Pam’s Incredible Story!

 

We want to share with you just one of the amazing transformations that we have witnessed this year at Backfit.

Pam Morrison came to us in incredible pain, and with little hope of recovery.  Today, she is back to the active lifestyle she loves.  Please take a moment to watch Pam share her success story here: Pam’s Incredible Story.  It is truly inspiring!

Those closest to Pam have noticed the dramatic changes in her.  Pam’s daughter, Dr. Sandra Morrison, MD, felt compelled to send this email to express her gratitude!

Hi Dr. Bartlett,

I just wanted to contact you to THANK YOU for all you have done and are continuing to do for my mom, Pam Morrison. I was blown away by the x-rays she e-mailed to me today. I have never seen a spondylolisthesis corrected like this! 

She is so dedicated to her rehab. and, with your help, is becoming the active person she was a decade ago. As you know, she is back on her bike, and has ventured back into the ocean kayaking she loved so much. It is so fantastic for the family to see the enjoyment she is getting out of life again, and with far less pain. Your facility is really special – the attitudes of the docs and staff are great – one can’t help but be inspired to wellness. I only wish we had Backfit in Calgary – I know so many people (including myself) who could benefit from your expertise.

With gratitude,

Sandra Morrison

 

Sandra L. Morrison BSc BSc MD CCFP FCFP

Clinical Associate Professor

Faculty of Medicine

University of Calgary

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Introducing Beckett!

Jill Medeiros, our bright and energetic admin team leader, has a new addition to her family!  We wanted to introduce you to Jill’s beautiful baby boy and share a little about her life as a new mom.  Read on to find out what Jill treasures most about her children and how she continues to stay healthy and active…

What do you enjoy most about having a new baby?

“I’d say what I enjoy most about the new little guy is seeing our family grow and seeing all the little bits of Mike and I in Beckett. We’ve watched him grow from this tiny little munchkin to a 3 month old who smiles, laughs and watches in awe as his big sister and dog play all around him. I love his facial expressions too…its amazing to watch him develop and see his amazement as he discovers new things in his big new world!”

What creative ways do you keep yourself fit and active with young children?

“Our dog, Capone, needs a big walk daily and Hannah would be outside all day if she could, so we spend a lot of time outdoors!  We are either going on walks to the park, or around Thetis Lake, 5-6 days a week.  While the kiddies nap or are in bed for the night, I either go for a run, head to a hot yoga class, or do a workout at home with some weights or a P90X workout video. On days when I don’t get a chance to do this, I will do walking lunges at the park while I wear Beckett in the Baby Bjorn, and I utilize the playground by doing pushups and tricep dips on the benches and pull ups on the bars. That way I can still get a mini workout in while I watch the kids!”

What are the most important ways to give your child a healthy start in life?

backfitheadshots(14of51)“For me it is really important to nurse my babies… it develops an incredible closeness and bond with them. Getting them outside in the fresh air daily helps them get their Vitamin D and an appreciation for nature. I also want to know exactly what is going into their growing bodies, so I make all my own food for them. I buy all organic, local food when possible and make large batches and freeze them in ice cube trays. This makes for quick, convenient meal time prep!”

We miss seeing Jill’s smiling face every day… but we love seeing her family for their regular Backfit appointments!  Our admin ladies sure love their snuggles with Beckett!

 

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Why Decompression?

I just returned from an engaging seminar in Johnstown, Pennsylvania where I had the chance to collaborate with doctors who are on the forefront of advancements in spinal decompression therapy. The experience definitely affirmed the results I witness every day in the Backfit Clinic, and inspired me to share some of the highlights with you. Here is a deeper look at HOW spinal decompression therapy works, and WHY it might be the right choice for you!

How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Work?

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine and taking pressure off the spinal discs, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine.

When traditional traction is applied, the body’s natural reaction is to resist the traction by pulling in the opposite direction. BUT – through a specific computerized pull and release pattern, spinal decompression is able to bypass the typical response of ligaments and muscles to distraction (ie – prevent the body from resisting the traction force!). This pull and release pattern allows for water and nutrients to be delivered to the disc and enhance the body’s natural healing process.

Why Is This Important?

After puberty spinal discs become avascular, meaning that they no longer have a direct blood supply. This lack of blood supply dictates that discs naturally heal at a very slow rate. Current research states that a disc injury typically heals in 300-500 days without any treatment. Spinal decompression therapy can be used to speed healing of the disc by up to 71% and heal that disc in less than 100 days.

A study by the Department of Neurosurgery and Radiology, Rio Grande Regional Hospital and Health Sciences Center, University of Texas, demonstrates what makes decompression so effective.  We could get deep into the scientific process and terminology here, but I’d rather give it to you in simplified terms.

  • Spinal decompression therapy creates a “negative pressure” within the discs
  • This “negative pressure” promotes the movement of water and nutrients into the disc as well as the removal of waste products
  • This nourishment & rehydration of the disc promotes healing – simple as that!

Who Needs Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Disc decompression therapy is a non-surgical treatment for spinal injuries and spinal pain. Spinal decompression has the capability of relieving pressure on the spinal nerves and has been proven to effectively relieve the pain associated with:

  • Acute / chronic back or neck pain (compression symptoms)
  • Sciatica (pain, weakness, or tingling that extends down the leg)
  • Herniated discs (Extrusions, Protrusions, Bulges etc.)
  • Degenerative discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Posterior facet syndrome (worn spinal joints)
  • Headaches

Decomp TeamAt Backfit, spinal decompression therapy is a key component of a comprehensive treatment program.  And one that I feel incredibly passionate about!  Our Backfit decompression team is committed to helping you achieve the best results possible!

Dr . Greg Eisert and the Backfit Team

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