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Massage Therapy at Danforth East Wellness!

As of November 1st, Massage Therapy with Susan Tomkins at Danforth East Wellness will have extended hours!  The end of the year is fast approaching and some extended health benefits run out at the end of the calendar year.  Massage therapy will also help you deal with any stress and tension heading into the holiday season.  Call us or email to book an appointment and help us to help you!!!


Mondays    9:30am-5pm

Thursdays  noon-8pm

Acupuncture at Danforth East Wellness

When someone tells you they go for acupuncture it may not be what you imagine!  There are many different streams of acupuncture, from Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture (TCM), which focuses on maintaining the balance of chi, or vital energy in the body, to Japanese acupuncture, to Contemporary Medical Acupuncture.

At Danforth East Wellness we use Contemporary Medical Acupuncture to help us achieve the results we are looking for. Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a nerve stimulation technique, which involves the painless insertion of extra fine needles into specific areas.  This stimulates the nervous system to release certain substances in the brain, thereby altering the body’s pain pathways.

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture works at both local and global levels. Here are some ways that happens!

  • altering pain sensation: stimulating the central nervous system through certain acupuncture points changes the pain sensation
  • tissue repair: the acupuncture improves blood flow to local areas, and the rest of the body, allowing oxygen and nutrients to help repair tissues
  • reduction of tension: acupuncture helps to release trigger points and assist in relaxation of fascia and tissue
  • calming the body and mind: stimulation of nerves in the body improves energy and biochemical balance, allowing the body to heal itself and promote physical and emotional well-being.

Acupuncture has been shown an effective treatment for many conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of several neurological and muscular disorders, some of which include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck and back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sports injuries (sprains, strains)
  • Sciatica
  • Neuritis (inflammation of nerves)
  • Facial pain.

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a treatment modality that works well on its own or in combination with other therapies.  Please call or email to talk about how acupuncture can fit into your health regimen!

References: Canadian Contemporary Acupuncture Association, 2010-2016. McMaster University Medical Contemporary Acupuncture Program, 2016.











Changes: Welcome Dr. Elisa Petricca!

Changes are coming to the clinic. Dr. Michelle MacDonald is embarking on an incredible journey, and moving to Nova Scotia to be closer to her family. She is a truly gifted chiropractor, who will be greatly missed for her talents. She is also a generous and lovely person, who has been a joy to work with for these numerous years. We wish her all the best with future successes back home, and have no doubt about her shining there as well as she has done here.

Dr. Elisa Petricca will be joining the clinic beginning July 10th. She is a fantastic chiropractor and will be collaborating with me in ensuring your patient needs are taken care of. I am very pleased to have her work with me. I have included a brief biography below to let you know a little more about her.

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Air Travel Tips


Air travel is definitely not what it used to be! It often involves a lot of emotional and physical stress. Here are some ideas on how to make things easier for you as you embark on your journey!

Before the trip:

  • Back in the day I used to photocopy pretty much anything of value I was taking (e.g. passport, driver’s license, credit cards) and would leave one copy at home and one in my suitcase. In this digital era I think this translates into taking pics, putting those on a flashdrive, and leaving it accessible to a trusted person if something unforseen happens.
  • Check your flight times and pre-book your seats when you are able. This could make the difference on an over-booked flight!
  • Confirm your arrangements to the airport.
  • Inform your credit card companies about your departure. Now some allow this online!

Things to think of packing, and the day of the flight:

  • Make sure you’ve got your passport (if needed), driver’s license, and any other important documentation.
  • If applicable, ensure you have a few days worth of prescription medication in your carry-on. Sometimes it helps to have a copy of the prescription.
  • Additional medication could also be quite useful: pain medication (i.e. Advil, Robaxacet platinum, Tylenol), aspirin, a decongestant, allergy medication. One never knows what might be needed!
  • Have an empty water bottle in your carry-on. I fill this up with water once I pass security. It takes a while for the water to be offered on the flight, and then I find one glass is often not enough.
  • Have some pre-packaged, nut-free (good to be considerate to others) healthy snacks in your carry-on.  Think about items such as protein bars, granola bars, dark chocolate (you gotta live a little!) and crackers.
  • Think about wearing loose, unrestrictive clothing, and, shoes that are easy to put on and off. Bring a wrap or scarf for drafts and for general coziness.
  • Definitely bring ear plugs.
  • Think about packing travel-sized mouthwash, wet naps and travel deodorant to help feel refreshed.
  • Bring or buy travel neck pillows.
  • Compression socks. Not just for old people any longer! Keeps blood from pooling and helps keep feet from swelling.

 On the flight:

  • Stand up at least every half hour. This gets circulation back into your legs. A stroll is ideal, but hey, if nothing else, just stand up.
  • Once an hour try some very small, basic stretches and mobilizations. I recommend the following basic series: pointing and flexing your feet; stretching out your legs (if you can!); stretching your arms out in front of you; gentle head circles (not all the way around – stop before full extension); range of motion for your neck (look side to side, look up and down, touch ear to shoulder then other side); twist in your seat gently one way and then the other to stretch your lower back.
  • If you have had recent body aches or strains I might recommend using ThermaCare (or similar brands) after going through security. They are heat packs that are activated by air and either stick to your body part or are affixed around your torso with velcro. Sometimes having this on before, during and after the flight can keep your muscles loose and can prevent them from seizing and contracting. Contact your health care provider before utilizing this method to ensure it is appropriate for your case.


Try to avoid caffeine and alcohol as they can skew your body and exacerbate any jet lag….I said ‘try’…..

Hope these tips help to make the journey much smoother!

How To Survive Sitting For A Living

Sitting is important to our lives and bodies, but we aren’t meant to do anything in excess. Sitting for long periods of time can create stress on our physical bodies, and anything that affects the physical body can spiral and create stress in other ways.

What are some of the things that sitting for long periods of time can affect adversely, you may ask? It puts pressure on our spines, and contributes to postural strain. The hip flexors and hamstrings can become short and tight and spinal support muscles can become weak or stiff. This all contributes to a potential for low back pain episodes. Also, if you are at a computer there are all sorts of issues with eyestrain, repetitive strain of hands/wrists/arms, and anterior head carriage which can all lead to things like headaches, neck and shoulder pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. Ugh.

Unfortunately that’s not all… and now for the super scary stuff. It is associated with increased mortality rates overall, and increased mortality rates due to the development of cardiovascular disease. There is also an increased chance of developing diabetes, and you may be prone to depression.

Oh my goodness! But don’t freak out, there’s a very easy, unbelievably super simple solution. Set an alarm of some sort so you stand up every half an hour. That’s it. Seriously. Just stand up. You don’t need to walk around or do anything else. Easy right?

Now do it. Your body, mind, posture and emotional well-being will thank you. As will I, less work for me to do when you come in! Everybody wins.