What Do You Have Time For?

“You are what you do…not what you say you will do.” – Carl Jung

You will never have enough time for everything. What you choose to do with your 24 hours each day reflects your choices and your values.

If you feel that your time doesn’t reflect who you truly are, maybe it’s time to ask yourself:
“What do you have time for?”

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Introducing Powerfit!

In June, we hosted our first-ever Lifefit event. Nearly 400 of you joined us for a fantastic day where we explored together what it means to live a healthy and vibrant life.

At this workshop, Dr. Bartlett introduced our new Powerfit workout program. The response has been fantastic! Many of you have already incorporated the Powerfit exercises into your daily routine and are loving the results.

Today, we are sharing the highlights of the Powerfit program so that all of you have the chance to experience it! There are a multitude of reasons that Powerfit will be a welcome addition to your healthy lifestyle, but here are our top 3:

1. It’s “back-friendly”. This program was put together by our team of doctors and won’t compromise your back. If you have ever tried a program from a doctor that damaged your health make sure to visit www.the-medical-negligence-experts.co.uk to get assistance.

2. It’s fast & efficient! You can challenge your body with Powerfit in as little as 4 minutes per day. Don’t believe us? Give it a try!

3. You can get Powerfit anywhere! Absolutely no equipment is needed, so you can do this workout wherever you are.

Don’t you love that feeling when your endorphins start flowing? Watch some of our Backfit kids tackle this workout and you’ll see how much fun it can be. So get on up and give Powerfit a try… Remember to work as hard as you can for 20 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds.

There’s no better time than now to get started!

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Nutrifit Smoothie Recipe

Want to start your day in a healthier way? Looking to improve your energy?

Here it is – by popular demand – the Nutrifit Smoothie!

Packed with anti-inflammatories, and rich in nutrients, this smoothie is sure to delight even the most skeptical sampler.

2 cups of blueberriesblueberry-smoothie
1 banana
1/2 avocado
1 BIG handful of kale
1 – 2 celery stems
1 – 2 scoops of protein powder
1 Tbsp of omega-3 oil
1 cup of ice
1 cup of water (a little more or less depending on consistency you want)

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Are you LifeFit?

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


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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Backfit Interviews Dr. Stephen Faulkner, MD

With over 30 years of medical practice experience under his belt, Stephen Faulkner, MD has seen all too often the effects of neglecting our spinal health. A Backfit patient and advocate, Dr. Faulkner took the time to sit down with Dr. Bentham to provide his medical perspective on chiropractic, and the profound importance of the spine and nervous system.

Over the coming weeks, we will share this interview series with you through our blog and e-news.  These short, yet insightful, videos may help to answer some of the questions you have about your spine or the Backfit program.  We are certain you will feel informed and empowered by this candid conversation. Enjoy!



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7 Rules for Healthy Eating

This fall, we hosted our first annual LIFE Fair, and what an amazing day it was!

All 3 of our healthy living workshops were at capacity and we’ve received great feedback from so many of you.  In fact, there has been plenty of demand for more informative and engaging workshops like these.  In 2015, we have plans to expand our workshop series to provide you with even more tools to optimize your health and wellbeing.


For those of you that weren’t able to join us at the LIFE Fair, here are some of the highlights from Dr. Bentham’s class on healthy eating!  By following these simple and practical rules, you provide your body with the nourishment it needs to perform at an optimal level.

Watch the video by clicking here!


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The Ups and Downs of Inversion Therapy

~by Dr. Greg Eisert


Inversion therapy is nothing new… Hanging upside down to relieve pain and the effects of gravity has been documented as far back as 400 BC. Hippocrates used a complicated system of ladders and pulleys in order to remove weight from the spines of his patients. Today, inversion therapy is used with the goal of reversing the gravitational pull on the body’s organs, bones and joints.  But are the benefits of inversion purely theoretical or does it actually work?  See which are the best inversion tables here.

Reducing the pressure on the spinal joints and increasing disc spacing can relieve lower back pain. In theory, inversion tables should help to stretch and elongate the spinal column, allowing the spinal joints to separate. This separation of the spinal joints (where the spinal nerves enter and exit the spine) enables nerve impulses to travel unhindered to and from the brain. These nerve impulses are essential for life, coordinating everything from cellular repair to breathing.

Apart from spinal benefits, the use of inversion also has been shown to:

  • stimulate venous return
  • stimulate the lymphatic system
  • stimulate the autonomic nervous system and its baroreceptors (potentially effecting blood pressure)
  • increase oxygen flow to the brain
  • help maintain correct posture




Our joints are held together by muscles and ligaments. During inversion therapy the body is “actively” engaged against gravity. Unless the muscles are completely relaxed, the desired effect will be elusive. If there is an injured joint (spinal joint for example) the body will actively engage its muscles to protect or shield that joint from further injury. As a direct result of this protective reflex, the joints that need the most movement get little to none. Furthermore, the muscle spasm around that injured joint is amplified. This amplification consequently constricts the blood supply further, allowing for no separation of the spinal joints, no reduction of pressure on the spinal nerve roots and potentially an aggravation of symptoms.


For most “healthy” people, inversion therapy poses few threats. Inversion therapy is not without complications however, and is not recommended for use by people who have had recent back surgery. Individuals with herniated or bulging discs, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, muscle spasms, as well as ankle, knee or hip issues should ultimately avoid inversion therapy. Any other medical condition that may be provoked by an elevation of blood pressure, intracranial pressure or the mechanical stress of the inverted position should be considered a contraindication to inversion therapy. Below is a comprehensive list of contraindications to inversion therapy.

Acute Infections (joint, sinus, ear, eye) Hernias (Hiatal, Ventral)
Anti-Coagulant Use (asprin, warfarin) High Blood Pressure (>140/90mmHg)
Aneurysm (cerebral, abdominal, etc.) Inner Ear Disorders
Artificial Prostheses (knee, hip, etc.) Motion Sickness
Cardiovascular Insufficiencies in Limbs Obesity (>300lbs.) (machine dependent)
Cerebral Sclerosis Osteoporosis
Circulation Disorders Poor Coordination
Congestive Heart Failure Pregnancy
Conjunctivitis (Pink eye) Recent Trauma and/or Operations
Detached Retina Skeletal Implants (neck, back & joints)
Dizziness Spinal Injury (acute or chronic)
Fainting Spells (history of) Stroke (history of)
Glaucoma Swollen or Damaged Joints or Ligaments
Head Injury (history of) Transient Ischemic Attack (history of)
Heart Disorders Unhealed Fractures

What is the “take home” message on Inversion Therapy?

Inversion is a relatively simple, cost-effective treatment that does not require highly expensive equipment or lengthy training. Inversion therapy can “theoretically” result in a reduction of pain, realignment of the vertebrae, relaxation of the muscles and reduction of recovery time.  However, it’s important to remember that inversion therapy has its limitations and is not for everyone.

In my opinion, inversion therapy can be beneficial for individuals in the “maintenance” phase of their spinal health program. These are individuals who are healthy, active, have no contraindications and are under regular chiropractic care (ensuring proper spinal alignment).

Patients who present with conditions such as herniated or bulging discs, sciatica, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, or muscle spasms need to have those issues addressed prior to any sort of inversion therapy.  In contrast, spinal decompression therapy is very effective in the treatment of these conditions.  By utilizing a very precise pull and release cycle, spinal decompression therapy is able to relieve pressure from spinal nerves and stimulate disc rejuvenation while the muscles are completely relaxed.

A safer alternative to inversion therapy for those individuals who want to “help themselves” by working at home is the use of spinal foams (spinal orthotics). These specialized foams, prescribed by your chiropractor, assist the body to regain its proper structure.  A spinal health routine that includes spinal decompression therapy, in conjunction with spinal alignment therapy and spinal foams, will have you well on your way to an active and healthy lifestyle.

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Elevate Your Energy

Our Backfit team recently returned from a chiropractic conference in Seattle.  2 full days, 22 speakers, and hundreds of like-minded people, all passionate about serving our patients and communities at a higher level.  The team emerged from that experience fired up and inspired!

Think back to the last time you had an elevating experience.  Were you attending a seminar or spending a weekend surrounded with good friends who fill your soul?  Think about how energized and alive you felt.  Would you like to feel that way more often?  What if I told you that this kind of energy is vital to your health and wellbeing?

There is an emerging science called epigenetics that demonstrates the effect that our environment has on the expression of our genes, and ultimately the state of our health.  Epigenetics shows that genes can be up-regulated or down-regulated (turned “on” or “off”) based on our environment.  (Stay with me here!)

Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of “The Biology of Belief”, describes our DNA as a blueprint, and explains that there are over 30,000 different variations that can emerge from that blueprint depending on the demands of our environment.  And more powerful than the environment itself, is our perception of it.  It’s the thoughts, emotions and energy that we manifest in our bodies that create our reality. 

I know for some people this may seem an abstract concept to grasp, but the implications of it are incredibly important to your health!

The popular professional networking site, LinkedIn, recently posted a series in which LinkedIn Influencers pick one big idea that will shape 2014. Deepak Chopra, MD, who is at the forefront of the health and wellness revolution, selected epigenetics.  In his article, “You Will Transform Your Own Biology”, Dr. Chopra writes “The mind and emotions directly affect gene activity, and since the mind is the source of a person’s lifestyle and behavior, it directs one’s biological transformations.” 

Consider this example from Dr. James Chestnut’s book “The Innate State of Mind and Emotional Hygiene”:

“At Harvard University, women in mind-body support groups for infertility conceive 44% of the time (as opposed to the expected 8-10% rate) and 80% of men with hypertension in mind-body groups are able to decrease their medication, while 16% are able to stop their antihypertensive medication entirely.”

So how does this actually impact you and your health?  Well – it boils down to this.  Our health is really a genetic expression of our lifestyle choices.  It’s our lifestyle choices that create our environment.  Our commitment to good nutrition, exercise and rest are the things that commonly come to mind when we think about a healthy lifestyle.  What I want to express here is this:  Your emotional energy plays a vital role in your health. If you’re really serious about optimizing your health, then just like eating well and exercising, elevating your emotional energy must become a daily practice. 

We have to be very intentional about our energy and the energy of those we surround ourselves with.

At Backfit, we have this quote posted in our staff area as a valuable reminder:

Energy quote

But how do we create this kind of elevated energy in our daily lives?  Just like all of you, I have days when I’m feeling stuck, stressed or overwhelmed.  So here is the “go to” practice in our family!

4 keys to elevating your emotional health:

  1. Practice gratitude. Whether you keep a gratitude journal (Yes, even our kids have one!) or ground yourself in yoga or meditation, this is a powerful way to trigger almost immediate changes in your physiology.  True story.
  2. Connect with nature. Walk through the forest or sit and watch the waves.  Being in nature reduces anger, fear and stress and increases positive emotions.
  3. Get physical. Jump on your bike or go for a run.  We all know the positive impact that those amazing endorphins have.
  4. Make a contribution. Coach a team, host a fundraiser, or practice random acts of kindness.  Helping others elevates your happiness.  It’s as simple as that.


These are ideal ways to create an energy shift when you need it.  But here’s my challenge to you: Practice at least two of these on a daily basis.  Remember, what you do on a daily basis has far more impact on your life than what you do once in a while.

In the words of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor: “We have the power to choose, moment by moment, who we are and how we want to show up.”

What choice will you make today?

Dr. Marissa Bentham & the Backfit Team

P.S.  If you are interested in exploring this topic further, here are some fabulous links:

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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


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


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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Tuesday – 7:00am to 6:00pm
Wednesday – 7:00am to 6:00pm
Thursday – 7:00am to 6:00pm
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Saturday – 8:00am to 11:30am
Sunday – Closed

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