Welcome Spring!

It was a long winter this year so I along with my son and my hubby are very excited to see that it is finally spring. Despite the cold wind out there today, it’s nice to see temperatures above freezing. Soon it will be time for planting the garden, raking grass, digging, doing fix it projects and enjoying the sunshine. With these repetitive type activities it is important with raking for example to switch sides, so that you don’t end up with Quadratus Lumborum (QL) muscles in the lower back (lumbar region) in spasm. Taking breaks from prolonged bent forward positions and doing a baby back bends can go a long way to saving your intervertebral discs in your spine some grief as well. You can also get down on all fours with your back in a tabletop position, wrists under shoulders, knees under hips and do some cat/ cow postures. (Yoga with Adriene has some great videos on youtube if you are looking for video instruction in your own home). I have been doing yoga more days than not so far this year and hope to keep that up for the rest of 2019. Just remember that a little maintenance for your spine every month goes a long way to keeping not only your nervous system healthy but the rest of your organ systems functioning at their optimum potential too.

Recovering from summer feet

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but I figured better late than never.  Many of you have been coming in this fall with what I call the repercussions of wearing crappy summer shoes.  Pain in the medial arches of the feet, underneath the calcaneus or heel bone, maybe even on the lateral or transverse arch.  Pain on the underside of your foot when you get out of bed first thing in the morning and take those first few steps.  In a lot of cases, yes it is the dreaded Plantar Fasciitis, the inflammation of the fascia on the underside of the foot.  As the fall goes on many of you have likely noticed as you change footwear an improvement in symptoms.  This is because you are likely wearing a shoe with more arch support, one that is better constructed.  So what can you do to prevent/recover from summer feet?

  1.  Limit how often you wear flip flops in the summer- any summer hikes or walks of any distance require a shoe or sandal that is strapped on better or has better support.
  2. Also limit how often you wear flats that have no support.
  3. You may need to wear a shoe or slipper with some support in the house that has proper arch support, especially first thing when you get out of bed.  Running shoes for indoor use only may be needed in severe cases.
  4. Don’t wear any boot that is so flat there is no support whatsoever as winter begins (I’ve seen cases of Plantar Fasciitis with these type of boots as well!)
  5. Tell me when you come for your next tune-up!  There are Activator checks we can do for ALL the different bones in the feet, and often an adjustment helps speed up recovery!
  6. Don’t overstretch the area as that may make the microtears worse.  Freezing a water bottle and icing the bottom of your foot at the end of a long day on your feet might help.
  7. Shop for better shoes next time around!  (There now I’ve given you an excuse to go shopping!)

Here’s hoping it won’t take all winter for your feet to recover!  Happy hiking!

Pot nation- a few considerations

I woke up today to the many images of lines outside the weed shops across Canada.  We are entering a brave new world as a “pot nation” if you will, where cannabis is now legal (with certain restrictions).  My husband and I never thought we’d see the day in our lifetime.

I just wanted to put out a quick blog to address something that I think may come up now that cannabis is legal and more out in the open.  I do NOT want to treat you in the office if you have just consumed cannabis and I will tell you why- it changes the neurology of the leg checks that I do as part of the Activator Methods technique making it more difficult for me to give you a good adjustment.  How do I know this?  Well one of our Activator docs that teaches regularly at the Calgary seminar has mentioned this the past few years (he practices in Washington state).    Does this mean I have an issue with you using cannabis?  Nope- not one bit.  Use it responsibly- in your own home, not driving anywhere.  If you are having nerve pain that isn’t going away or gut pain apparently the CBD oil can really help and/or the butters.  If anything, legalization will make it easier for people who maybe need to try it for medical reasons to get it.  I know of a few cases of people who either post-surgical or after a workplace injury have had great success with CBD oil.  Just keep in mind, that just like alcohol, different people can have different reactions.

If you are a young person who wants to reproduce someday I would stay away from it- especially for females.  We know that there can be alteration of the gametes (ie the ova) that cannot be repaired (1)- so if you want to keep your DNA in tiptop shape then marijuana may not be for you.  For males it can affect sperm quality (2)  and quantity making it harder to conceive down the road.

I will leave it at that.  Still come in for your regular adjustment, just please don’t use cannabis before you come- so that I can keep helping you the best that I can.

Yours in good health- Dr. Suzanne


  1.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4789113/
  2.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4651943/

The New New Year

September always seems to be another beginning.  Time for back to school and programs starting up again.  I know some people that also refer to it as cheque-tember- lol!   I have come to think of it as my new new year.  When I used to go to the gym I used to really notice the influx of people in January and again in September.  If you fell apart with your new year’s resolutions September is a great time to get back on track.  Now that we are getting more settled in our new space I am hoping to reintroduce some more routine into my life.

For example- regular yoga times, instead of just the random times I’ve been doing yoga at home.  One of my new fave discoveries in the past year is Yoga with Adrienne on youtube- lots of little snippets of yoga you can get done in as little as 20 minutes, or longer 45 minutes if you want.   Going for longer walks again- I have known lots of people who walk during the winter months, they just dress for the weather!

And of course watching my eating- time to cut back on sugar once again.  Summer ice cream  trips to E’s (formerly Ko’s) and at the lake are pretty much over.  Summer beer drinking and chip eating are coming to an end.  Time to get back to making butternut squash soup and borscht.  Sticking to lean protein and lots of greens should help too.

Last week I went for an adjustment, first one in a while.  I’m hoping to get back on track with that as well, at least once a month if not twice.  My body just doesn’t work without regular chiropractic care!  And of course now that I have a massage therapist in house I am hoping to take advantage of that as well- just have to find the right time to book that in.  For me regular chiro and massage go a long way to helping me function at my best.

I have to remind myself to make sure that my 5 year old gets his regular adjustment as well.   After all he will be starting hockey this winter, and I can only imagine the bumps he’s going to take with falls and collisions!  Don’t leave your kids home to develop the same problems you  have!  Little spines need regular checkups too- you take them to the eye doctor and the dentist, but their spine houses their entire nervous system and needs to stay aligned in order to offer optimum function.   That’s why the week of September 17th is Kids’ Week at the office- you can call us for more details.   I of course welcome everyone all week long but like to make a point of getting kids checked for subluxation as they start back into their school year and activities.  There has never been a better time for you to be your healthiest version of yourself than right now!  I am so grateful to be your chiropractor and look forward to taking care of your friends and family.  Namaste- and have a great week!

Cabin back

I started using the term cabin back early in my career, and alas, now that we have a cabin I find I too suffer from this malady.  It’s not so much that our bed at the cabin is uncomfortable, but it is queen size, and at home of course we have king size.  Add to that two kitty cats with two adults and let’s just say it’s a tight fit.  With no air conditioning it’s an even tighter fit.  I also do a fair amount of pet yoga in my sleep, move a leg around this cat, arm around that one, try and roll over.  In any case I know that I need an adjustment badly after a stint out in the bush.   I can only imagine that with everyone else’s summer travels, camping on camper mattresses that are not that thick, sleeping in a tent on an air mattress that slowly deflates and then you wake up on the ground (yup I’ve done all this stuff too), that you all are in need of some care.    Please call and come in this week as this is my week at home before heading back to the cabin next week (but I will be in Monday and part of Tuesday next week as well).

In this week’s garden report- we had our first few red robin tomatoes when we got home from the lake today, and our first pea.  Yup just one pod ready.  I also picked a straggler asparagus.  The garden looked thirsty but looking at the clouds I refused to give in, and mother nature took care of that around 4 pm.

In this week’s wild animal report my hubby reports seeing a doe and her fawn walk right through our yard at the lake.  On the ride home today I saw a “flock” of wild turkeys in the bush, gathered in a circle I think- like they were having a meeting.

Look forward to seeing you this week!

Of Diffusers and Doors

Some of you who were in to see me for the first week in the new space know that I had an issue with a few of the doors not closing after we moved in.  Ricky came by (carpenter) and took a look, said he’d come back after we were done for the night and fix.  On Thursday night he tried to call me- I was on the road to the lake already- and with poor cell service at the cottage I wasn’t able to connect with him until Friday morning.  What he told me blew my mind- my little young living diffuser that I had been running to help get rid of paint fumes was actually causing the doors to swell so that they no longer fit!  Whaaattt?  This blew my mind.  Because the doors are new they absorb more moisture and swell more.  So for those of you running diffusers at home, if you have new construction or a new door put in anywhere beware!  It might very well mess with your door being able to close properly.

In other news we somehow made the drive out Thursday night, meaning it feels more like a bit of a rest with 3 nights at the cottage.  On the way there we saw a wild turkey right by the colony south of Elie where we usually see them, and a fox a little further south on the 248 just north of Fannystelle.   At the point not far from our cabin we saw a woodchuck.    It was a hawwwttt weekend at the cabin with no A/C and only 2 fans.  Thankfully beach time happened, and a boat ride- only times I felt cool on Saturday.  I hope you all managed to stay hydrated and cool this weekend, or in the water somewhere.  It’s really important to just keep drinking water, to check on your little people and keep them hydrated, and to check on seniors in your life to make sure they’re drinking lots of water too.  I guess we’ll see what the weather brings this week.

For those who are curious the brussel sprout plants are still alive at this point- and I’m hopeful we will actually get something out of them!  Rest of my garden is sort of there- not my best year not my worst.  Red robin tomatoes are waiting to ripen up- let’s hope so- I spend a fortune on baby tomatoes at the store.   Have a great week everyone!

We’ve moved!!!

I’m very excited to announce that Blue Moon Family Chiropractic is now in its new home at 96 Browning Blvd.   The office build started on my son’s birthday, June 8th, and in reality there are a few finishing touches to do.  The plan is to start seeing patients again after the long weekend on July 3rd, 2018.  Since July 2nd is my 15 year anniversary of having my  own business I’m sure I’ll be celebrating all week long.   Many thanks to my carpenter Ricky  Lucier from R Lucier Building, my electrician Dean Bernardin from Wireworks Electric,  my plumber Darren from Plumb-X plumbing, and Mike from Pegcity Hvac who did the dryer vent.  Yes that’s right we’ve put in laundry in expectation that a registered massage therapist will be joining us shortly.   It’s been a hairy few weeks getting everything done,  and I pushed these guys a lot so I thank them very much for getting the job done on time.  I know they are all very busy trades guys and very good at what they do.  Shortline movers were also awesome- very quick and efficient yesterday- another great company.   And also a big thank-you to my tech guys at Aplus computers- Jason and his team have been a big help- Edmund helped me set up my printer yesterday over the phone, and John Vis did a great job helping to get the website published and cleaning it up a bit.  So now that we’ve built it, will you come visit?  I look forward to seeing you all in the new space in the coming weeks.  I will probably be grinning from ear to ear 🙂


So we continue to wait to start construction in our new space.  Stay tuned!  I hope to report that we are under construction next week!  The universe is testing my patience.  But I’m trying to stay cool.  But it’s really really hard!!!  I have faith that  we will be rockin’ it in our new space before you know it.  In the meantime, if you could help a girl out by telling your family and friends that we’re moving into Westwood, and that our phone number will be the same that would help a lot too.   I have been coping with the delays by doing things like baking and icing 95 mini cupcakes in preparation for my son’s 5th birthday this weekend, weeding and then planting the entire garden in two days, and getting caught up on laundry and housework.   This year’s experimental garden plant is brussel sprouts- Kim tells me she’s had no luck with them, but stay tuned as I attempt to grow them this year.  Sadly the pumpkin plant did not look happy at the end of yesterday- hopefully a bit more moisture and it will perk up.   If you’ve been in the garden in the last few days now that the rain has let up make sure you call for an appointment to keep your spinal health in check.

Change is good

Well I can definitely say that the wheels are in motion to move the practice to Winnipeg.  It has been a lot of change which has been challenging at times, and still is.  I have had to change the business name from Headingley Chiropractic to Blue Moon Family Chiropractic in order to get permits in the city in the new business name.  So we are operating in limbo I guess, under our new name in our old location for now.  I am looking forward to having my own space again and growing the business to help more families with living a healthier life.

Westwood is where I grew up and brings back lots of good memories, of riding my bike to get candy at Bigelows’ Pharmacy, where I worked in University, and now that same strip mall will be our new home.  It’s like coming full circle and I really hope this is our last move!  I look forward to continuing to take care of the many patients who have come to see me over the years and to continue to meet many new patients who could live a healthier life through regular chiropractic care.