This month we have so much news to share with everyone. We are taking a look at the correct way to shovel since we got a little taste of snow at the beginning of the month.
We would also like to announce that our team will be growing and we are introducing a New Chiropractor. Dr. Stephanie Douglas will be joining our team starting in January 2021.
And we also will be having a fee increase on all services in the clinic coming in the New Year.
Snow Shovelling 
Winter weather can pack a punch. And with the season’s heavy snowfalls, improper snow shovelling is often to blame for injuries.
Shovelling your walkway or driveway after a storm doesn’t have to leave you stiff and sore. With a little know-how, you can clear the snow without the all-too-common back, neck and shoulder pain. Here’s how:
Before You Start
- Drink plenty of water. Dehydration is just as big an issue in the winter months as it is in the summer.
- Dress in several layers so you can remove a layer as you get warm.
- Wear proper footwear. Shoes and boots with solid treads on the soles can help to minimize the risk of slips and falls.
- Pick the right shovel. Use a lightweight, non-stick, push-style shovel. A smaller blade will require you to lift less snow, putting less strain on your body. An ergonomically correct model (curved handle) will help prevent injury and fatigue. Also, if you spray the blade with a silicone-based lubricant, the snow will slide off more easily.
- Before beginning any snow removal, warm up for five to 10 minutes to get your joints moving and increase blood circulation. A brisk walk will do it.
All Set to Go
Push, don’t throw. Push the snow to one side and avoid throwing it. If you must throw it, avoid twisting and turning — position yourself to throw straight at the snow pile. Bend your knees. Use your knees, leg and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting while keeping your back straight.
Watch for ice
Be careful on icy walkways and slippery surfaces. Intermittent thaws and subsequent freezing can lead to ice building up underfoot, resulting in nasty slips and falls. Throw down some salt or sand to ensure you have good footing.
Once you’ve mastered safe snow shovelling techniques, you’ll be free to have fun and stay fit all winter.
Welcome Dr. Stephanie Douglas:
Dr. Stephanie Douglas is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario where she obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree with Specialization in Kinesiology. She then attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and obtained her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree while also graduating magna cum laude and receiving honours in her clinical year.
Dr. Douglas was born and raised in Chatham, ON. She was involved in a multitude of sports and activities throughout her adolescence which sparked her passion for the human body, its anatomy, mechanics and ultimate resilience. She remains an active individual today, who finds great value in moving her body daily and finding new (and fun!) ways to sweat. She has a genuine passion for education, and truly believes this to be an integral part of patient care.
Dr. Douglas is able to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions in all regions of the body using an evidence-based, patient-centered approach. She focuses on high quality assessments to render diagnoses and communicate personalized treatment solutions to her patients. She is determined on finding the root of the problem, to fully address and correct her patients’ complaints. Dr. Douglas is also an advocate for rehabilitative exercises and integrating a proactive approach to prevent future injury. She uses a diverse range of treatment techniques, including chiropractic adjustments and mobilizations, athletic taping, soft tissue therapy, instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy, ergonomic assessments, rehabilitative exercises and education.
Dr. Douglas truly values the promotion of health and wellness by leading a healthy lifestyle through wholesome nutrition, consistent movement, sleep and mental health. Her favourite methods of physical activity include hiking, running, circuit training and playing volleyball. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones and playing with her golden lab, Max.
Dr. Douglas can be reached at:
or follow her on Instagram: @drstephdouglas
Stay tuned for an introductory video to be posted in the coming days.
Beginning January 1st, 2021, we will be updating our fee schedule for all services in the office. This change ensures that we can continue to provide the leading level of service and quality of care that our patients have come to expect, while reflecting the current state of our industry. We thank you for your continued support and trust in us as we move forward.
With all of us being masked all the time, we want to make sure you don’t forget what we look like. The next time you are in for an appointment make sure to have a look at our mantle in the reception area for staff photos which are now on display.
One announcement, with the holiday season fast approaching we will be having a virtual Holiday Contest that will be taking later this month. Stay tuned to your email and Dr. Frederick’s website for more information.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by visiting our web site at:
Contact us: Phone #: (519) 472-8700 or
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