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What is Patient Centred Care Anyhow?

This post is a summary of Sue Robins’ talk at ACAC’s AGM in Red Deer on September 22, 2019. What Is Patient Centred Care Anyhow? Patient centred care is sadly [...]

Kick up your heels!

Reprinted with permission from the Ontario Chiropractic Association. Not only can those brand new high-heeled shoes cause pain in your feet, they can cause low back pain as well. In [...]

Easing into activity to prevent injury

Before you jump into your outdoor plans, or go from any period of inactivity to activity, chiropractor Dr. Alanna Tinney provides some tips to help you make the most of [...]

Plant and rake without the ache

Reprinted with permission from the Ontario Chiropractic Association. Gardening is a great way to stay active and have fun in the sun. But many people sustain injuries that could easily have [...]

Pack it light. Wear it right: Handbags

Pack it light. Wear it right: Handbags Reprinted with permission from the Ontario Chiropractic Association. Some women carry the whole world in their handbag, but a heavy bag or purse can [...]

Sciatica: what is it, what causes it and how chiropractic can treat it

Have you ever heard someone mention sciatica as a reason for why they’re feeling uncomfortable or experiencing pain? If you have; but were left with more questions than answers, you’re [...]

Minimize pregnancy-related back pain

Reprinted with permission from the Ontario Chiropractic Association. Did you know that at least half of pregnant women experience back pain? And 10% of those report discomfort severe enough to [...]

A Tool for Your Self Care Kit: Chiropractic for Optimal Well Being

Chiropractors have a role to play in their patient’s general well being and self care. One way that chiropractors do this is through maintenance care. Most people associate a visit [...]

Improve Your Sleep Despite Aches and Pains

Written in partnership with The Sleep Help Institute. Age, an old injury, and a failing mattress are only a few of the many sources of sleep-disrupting pain. But no matter [...]

How to Stay Active All Year Long (Even When the Weather is Miserable)

Let’s be honest; no matter what our commitments to keeping active are, the weather outside can have some powerful veto powers on those plans. In fact, it’s not uncommon for [...]

In the Spirit of Giving

 From Toasty Toes to Giving Tuesday Nothing chases the chill out of the bones and warms the heart during the winter months quite like kindness. For many people, this is […]

Loving Your Spine on World Spine Day and Every Other Day

#LoveYourSpine When is the last time you said, “I love my spine”? Usually, declarations of endearment like that would follow something unique, like an extraordinary feat of strength. On October […]

Toasty Toes Across the Province

Across the province, clinics have opened their doors to patients, colleagues and community members alike in a shared goal: helping Albertans who are experiencing homelessness and joblessness to stay warm […]

Back Health Beyond the Classroom

Let’s face it: the long hours spent sitting for class, hunched over a computer or bent over homework isn’t good for anyone. Whether you’re preparing your child for the new […]

Keeping Competitive with Chiropractic: Spotlight on Kurt Bensmiller

Introducing the Defending WPCA Pro Tour World Champion It may be no surprise that professional athletes include chiropractic treatments in their busy lives to keep in tip-top competition shape. As […]

Setting the Record Straight: Scoliosis and Chiropractic

You don’t have to be a chiropractor to know that our backbones are some of the most important bones in our bodies. They protect our spinal cord and for most […]

Arthritis? Chiropractors can help

This blog is brought to you by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors, in partnership with the Arthritis Society. Cindy Stephen is a 61-year-old Calgarian, professional communicator, mother of […]

Preparing for your outdoor adventures

We reached out to Albertan adventurer Ina Lucila for to get her perspective on how she prepares her body for playing in outdoor spaces. As the days get warmer and longer, […]

Get Ready for Spring! Cleaning Safely

As of March 20, spring is upon us. You can almost smell the grass under the snow, feel the warmth in the breeze, taste the chocolate you will inevitably sneak […]

From Kids to Seniors: Fun for the Whole Family

Life only ever gets busier – at least, that’s what it feels like sometimes. Between work, caring for dependents, keeping the house clean, getting the car in for maintenance, taking […]

Staying Active During Winter

You go outside, only to find your hands freezing and nose running. You drive to work in the pitch-black of darkness and step outside after a long day on the […]

Beat Blue Monday – Reset your New Year’s Resolutions

It has been two short weeks since the start of the new year. Two short weeks since you promised yourself you would learn to love kale salads, commit to going […]

How Changing your Exercise Routine can Help your Overall Joint Health

A large part of chiropractic is helping patients find patterns in their lifestyles that may be contributing to their pain. Your chiropractor can also help identify ways to adapt some […]

Your Feet May be Causing Your Lower Back Pain

Can’t seem to find an answer as to why your back is aching? The answer might lie right below you … your feet. It’s easy to assume aches in pains […]

Chiropractors as Part of the Opioid Reduction Strategy in Canada

It is hard to live in Canada and not be aware of Canada’s current Opioid Crisis. An estimated 2,000 Canadians are dying annually from prescription opioids. Our country is facing […]

Heat vs. Ice: Which Works Best for Treating Injuries?

Heat vs. Ice … It may sound like the title of an upcoming blockbuster movie, but it’s a question most active people have mulled over during their life after they’ve […]

“If it Hurts” Campaign Kickoff

The ACAC is pleased to announce the kickoff of our “If it Hurts” campaign. The campaign kicked off with our new television commercials, which can be viewed here, hitting the […]

Chiropractic Tips for Gardening

As the weather warms, many Albertans will be dusting off their spades and unraveling their hoses in anticipation for a spring and summer full of gardening. As peaceful and relaxing […]

Food for Thought: Nutritional Counselling in Chiropractic Practice

We all know nutrition is an essential part of a healthy, active lifestyle. It’s been ingrained in us. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” ““You are what you […]

Chiropractic a Piece of the Puzzle in Dealing with your Child’s Concussion

The hardest injuries to diagnose and treat are the ones we can’t visualize. Imagine trying to tend to your child’s scraped knee if you couldn’t see it. Even with all [...]

Avoiding Injury While Shoveling Snow

Shoveling. It’s a sad reality of living in Alberta. Every time the powdery white stuff falls, someone has to be outside to clear it. Some winters can be harsher than […]

Stay Out on the Dance Floor and Out of Pain

Dance is a beautiful art form. The hallmark of a great dancer is one who incorporates fluidity and mobility into their movements. This also means a dancer is one who […]

The Holiday Season is Coming – Don’t Make Gift-Wrapping a Pain

We’ve moved into November. Whether we like it or not, the weather is getting colder, snow is beginning to fall and……gulp……. Christmas music is already starting to ring through the […]

Chiropractic for Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a misleading name for a common injury. Despite the name, tennis elbow is not just a concern for Serena Williams or Roger Federer. While tennis players can […]

Chiropractic for TMJ Pain

When most people think of the work a chiropractor does, their thoughts immediately go to correcting problems with the back, neck, spine, etc. Perhaps the last place you’d expect a […]

Catching Some Zzzs – How to Prevent Sleep-Associated Pain

Sleep. All of us could probably use more of it with our go-go lifestyles. Approximately 14 per cent of Canadians suffer from insomnia. A good night’s sleep is essential to […]

Back to School – Backpack Safety for your Children

The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors has long been a huge proponent of backpack safety for children. That’s why, as the pencils are sharpened, the smell of fresh Velcro […]

Chiropractic For Treating Vertigo

How many of us loved the sensation of spinning around in a circle to make ourselves dizzy as children? We spun and spun and spun, were dizzy for a few […]

Sitting Properly: Decrease Pain, Improve Productivity

Research has shown, sitting at work accounts for one-third to one-half of sitting time. Sitting at your desk, in meetings and in your car to and from work, are common for […]

Frequent Headaches: How Chiropractic Can Help

Headaches are a common inconvenience for many Albertans. They can seemingly strike at any time. Nearly 90 per cent of women and about 70 per cent of men will get […]

How To Protect Your Body While Cycling

Cycling in Alberta has seen a spike in popularity, trading in the car for a bicycle has become more commonplace than ever. Some cyclists strap on their helmets and ride […]

Parenting Without Injury: How To Prevent Injuries For New Parents

Having a young child is hard. This isn’t exactly breaking news to any parent. Most new parents can foresee the mental exhaustion that comes with the gig; long days, sleepless […]

NAOSH Week Profile: Staying Healthy In A Busy World

North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week runs May 1-7. During NAOSH week, anyone in the workplace, whether they work at a desk or on their feet, are encouraged […]

Protecting Your Body During Golf Season

Golfing season is upon us. With the weather heating up, some of us will be dusting off our clubs and refocusing on our short games. As frustrating as the game […]

Chiropractic For Treating Sciatica

Sciatica is one of the most searched terms for people seeking help for musculoskeletal conditions. It’s also one of the most misunderstood conditions, even to those who suffer from it. […]

The Extreme Pain Of Wry Neck

The first time you experience Wry neck, you immediately know something is wrong. Even the smallest movement is excruciatingly painful. You aren’t able to turn your head without pain. You […]

Traveler Tips – Keeping Your Back Healthy During Plane Travel

March is typically the month Albertans become bitter at most of the country’s weather patterns. In many places, Canadians are trading their toques, mittens and gloves for baseball caps, spring […]

Chiropractic For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The expression “lending a hand,” has come to mean offering great assistance. We use this expression because we realize how important our hands are in our day-to-day activities. Those who […]

Avoiding Injury While Running Or Jogging

The New Year has arrived. If you think you’re spotting more folks at your local gym or a few more people braving the elements and jogging outdoors, you’re probably right. […]

Flat-feet: How Chiropractic Can Help

We live in an age where counting our steps everyday has become the norm. People spend an average of four hours each day on their feet and take 8,000 to […]

Chiropractic For Car Accident Whiplash Injuries

Albertans are, for the most, part enjoying a relatively mild winter. This means driving on Alberta roads has been much less of headache than past winters. However, we all know […]

Chiropractic For Treating Stress

With the holiday season in full swing, Albertans’ stress levels are often at a yearly high. Neck and back tension, and even stress headaches almost seem as common as Christmas […]

Chiropractic For Back-Pain During Pregnancy

The news that you will be welcoming a new life into the world and your family brings with it a lot of excitement. “Becoming a mother is a wonderful experience,” […]

Celebrating World Spine Day: Part III – Protecting Your Back At Play

October 16th was international World Spine Day (WSD). On this day every year those within the health care community work to raise awareness about spinal health and spine disorders. The […]

Celebrating World Spine Day: Part II – Protecting Your Back At Work

October 16th is World Spine Day (WSD). On this day every year, those across the globe within the health care community, various political decision makers and general public, gather to […]

Celebrating World Spine Day: Part I – Protecting Your Back At Home

October 16th is World Spine Day (WSD). On this day every year, those across the globe, within the health care community, various political decision makers and general public, gather to […]

Chiropractic Treatment For Arthritis

Aging is a fact of a life. In the battle between us and Father Time, he always seems to gain the upper hand. We must accept getting older, but that […]

Back Health For Frequent Drivers

Our province is beautiful – and expansive – making driving necessary to get where we need to be. Whether it’s grabbing your commuter cup full of piping, hot coffee and […]

Staying In The Game: Protecting Your Child Athlete From Injury

Young athletes long to be just like their favourite sports stars. What child doesn’t dream to skate like Crosby, dunk like Lebron or drill the ball into the back of […]

Weight Lifting And Back Health

If you’ve ever visited a gym leading up to the summer, you’ve probably noticed much more traffic than there is during the long, cold, winter months, (Well, maybe with the […]

Recognizing And Dealing With Plantar Fasciitis

You are the resident power hitter on your Sunday rec. league softball team. You’ve smacked the ball just over the outstretched glove of the centre-fielder. As you round second base, […]

Your Spinal Health Part Two

Your spine keeps you standing, sitting, walking, dancing and all other every day activities – but what happens to it as we age? What are the conditions and disease that […]

Your Spinal Health Part One

It’s interesting to think that from the time we’re born, we rely on our spine. We use it every day – all day – and lets us do all the […]

Listen To Your Body: Sprains And Strains

So, it’s the long weekend, and you’ve been out biking/raking/gardening/golfing/rollerblading/insert-any-activity-here and something hurts. First, good for you for listening to your body. Now, let’s figure out if it’s a sprain […]

Chiropractic: Getting You Back To Work Faster

Workplace injuries can strike anyone in any industry. We know that more than 85 per cent of the working population experiences back-related injuries or conditions. May 3-9 is North American […]

New To Chiropractic? What You Can Expect.

What stops someone from trying something new? Sometimes it is a sense of comfort in a certain way they’ve always done things. Other times it is a concern about what […]

Back Pain Basics: When To See A Chiropractor

Back pain affects as many as 85 per cent of Albertans at some point in their lives. Back pain can affect anyone, regardless of age, and can impede even simple, […]

To Sit Or Stand … Actually You Should Do Both

Here at the ACAC we like to practice good office ergonomics: it’s why we use headsets or speakerphone instead of cradling the phone between our ear and shoulder. It’s also […]

Doctors Of Chiropractic: Highly Educated And Specially Trained

Are chiropractors real doctors? What kind of training do chiropractors have? We hear these questions a lot. So we thought we’d share some answers. Are chiropractors real doctors? Yes, they […]

New Year, New Exercise Regimen? Don’t Forget Your Warm-ups And Cool-downs!

It’s a new year, and that often comes along with a resolution to be more active. Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and a good warm-up/cool-down […]

Year Of Sport In Canada: Canada’s Chiropractic Sports Specialists Playing Big Role

2015 has been declared the Year of Sport in Canada, promoting Canada’s position as a leading sport nation. Canada’s chiropractic sports specialists will play an important role in the sporting events that […]

More Than Half Of Albertans Have Seen A Chiropractor

I know, that sounds like a lot, right? Technically that means that if you look left and then look right, one of those people has seen a chiropractor. As an […]

Chiropractic In Alberta

What is chiropractic? What can chiropractic do for me? What can I expect from a chiropractic treatment? These are all questions that Albertans often have when considering chiropractic treatment. We […]

Straighten Up For World Spine Day – October 16

October 16 marks World Spine Day – a day when we recognize the incredible power of the spine. Your spine is important. It’s what connects your arms, legs and head […]

Listen To Your Body!

We’ve all been there, that moment when you realize you just have to … listen to your body. You wouldn’t try to hold off for just one more day if […]

Is Technology Becoming A Pain In Your Child’s Neck?

Did you know Canadians send an average of 250 million texts per day? Along with the convenience that advancing technology provides comes the need to minimize the risk of injury. […]

Biking Tips To Keep You Riding Strong

Alberta’s chiropractors, in partnership with City Television, are very proud to be the title sponsor for this year’s coverage of the Tour of Alberta. A resounding success in 2013, the inaugural […]

Degenerative Disc Disease

Do you have chronic lower back pain or spinal stiffness that just won’t go away? Have you had an x-ray recently and been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease?  Degenerative disc […]

Pack It Light, Wear It Right: Backpack Safety Tips

We carry so much around with us today and when we go on extended excursions – like camping, summer festivals or vacations – we like to prepare for every possibility. […]

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Doc, I’ve done something to my shoulder. It hurts when I lift my arm to the side or over my head and it kills me to lie on it at […]

Sciatica: A Pain In The Butt?

Doc, I think I have sciatica… Help! “I hear this quite frequently,” says Dr. Patti Andrews, an Edmonton chiropractor. “What many people don’t realize is that sciatica is not a […]

Understanding Slipped Discs And Disc Herniation

Did overexertion this past long weekend leave you thinking you’ve slipped a disc in your back? “People often ask me: ‘What is a slipped disc? Do discs actually slip?’”says Dr. […]

Stronger Posture For A Better Life

As back care experts, chiropractors have a unique view of how the body handles the extraordinary stresses put on it every single day. Over the past few months our Cycle […]

Spring Back Into Action

The snow has melted, the sun is shining and after a long winter, we’re eager to get outside and embrace spring. For many of us though, the winter months meant […]

Understanding Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. Symptoms typically begin gradually, worsen over time and then resolve, usually […]

Heads-up On Helmets

Remember when professional hockey players didn’t wear helmets? Looking back it seems incredibly unsafe, just like when no one wore seat belts. Today helmets are commonplace in most sports and […]

Proper Pillow Selection For A Good Night’s Sleep

A good night’s sleep is important for maintaining good health and optimal functioning, and choosing the right pillow plays a big part. In addition to providing comfort, the right pillow […]

Watch Your Back!

Back pain affects as many as 85 per cent of Albertans at some point in their lives and is the number one cause of prescription and non-prescription drug use, according […]

Common Spine Conditions And Diseases

As back care experts, chiropractors get to see how your spine changes through the incredible cycle of life. Chiropractors get a unique view of how the body can handle the […]

Calcium’s Important Role For Your Spine

As back care experts, chiropractors get to see how your spine changes through the incredible cycle of life. Chiropractors get a unique view of how the body can handle the […]

The Start Of Your Spine

As back care experts, chiropractors get to see how your spine changes through the incredible cycle of life. Chiropractors get a unique view of how the body can handle the […]

24 Vertebrae We Rely On Everyday

Our spines are amazing. Your spine keeps you standing, sitting, walking, dancing and all other every day activities – but what happens to it as we age? What are conditions […]

Alberta’s Chiropractors: 1,000 Members Strong

With 90 years of chiropractic regulation in Alberta, Alberta’s chiropractors are very proud to announce we have licensed our 1,000th member. “From the first chiropractors in Lethbridge in the early […]

Back To School: Back To Healthy Sleep Habits

With kids back in school, it’s important to help them get their sleep habits and schedule back on track. Poor sleep and fatigue can lead to problems with school work, […]

Don’t Let Back To School Be A Pain In Your Child’s Back

Kids and backpacks just seem to go together. Whether sending them off to school, to a sporting event or for a sleepover with a friend, chances are they are bringing […]

Get Your Body Moving For World Spine Day!

For the first time ever we will be presenting a province-wide launch of our new Straighten Up Alberta music video through a live YouTube feed and we are inviting all […]

Patient Stories 2013

We know you have a lot of options when it comes to your healthcare. So we asked real patients to share why they chose chiropractic. Here are four of their […]

Five Simple Tips For Sprains And Strains

Sprains and strains are a very common type of injury that effect ligaments and muscles. If you suffer an injury, remember P.R.I.C.E. — five simple rules to help speed up […]

Keeping You In The Game

Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose. Woodrow Wilson Eager to get out on the green and perfect […]

See Your Body In A Whole New Light

By Dr. Clark Mills, President, Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors We are very fortunate to be a supporting sponsor of BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life now on […]

Chiropractic – Getting Injured Workers Back To Work Faster

More than 85 per cent of the working population will experience back-related injuries or conditions and Health Canada estimates that musculoskeletal disorders, including back pain, cost society $16.4 billion in […]

Workplace Safety: Lifting

With North American Occupational Health and Safety Week coming up this month, we’re looking at workplace risks. One of the biggest concerns in the workplace is lifting and loading. When […]

Albertans: Taking Care Of Their Own Stunts

Maybe it’s the allure of the possible danger, or the excited rush you get from being the everyday hero that calls people to be a stunt person. It’s exciting, it’s […]

Office Ergonomics: Is Your Office Causing You Pain?

Is your office a pain? No, we’re not talking about not enough parking, office gossip or not enough space in the lunchroom. What we’re asking is if your office ergonomics […]

Chiropractic: Feel Better. Move Better. Live Better.

Each year close to one million Albertans find relief from pain and lead healthier, more active lives thanks to chiropractic care.  Alberta’s licensed Doctors of Chiropractic, or chiropractors, are specifically […]

If Chiropractic Can Help Elite Athletes, What Can It Do For You?

Elite athletes and weekend warriors alike have long recognized the value of chiropractic for keeping them in prime playing condition and for treating injuries. During a recent study at the […]

Watch Your Back This Winter: Lift Right And Shovel Light To Reduce Risk Of Pain And Injury

Heavy snowfall and wintery conditions, you say? Bring it on! Alberta’s chiropractors have your back. “Snow shoveling, slips and falls are still the top reasons for back and muscle pain […]

Preparing Your Child For After School Sports

The new school year is underway and it’s time to start enrolling children in after school sports programs. Keep your sports star healthy and injury free with these tips from […]

Backpack Safety: Lighten Your Load – Your Back Will Thank You!

Do you know how much your (or your child’s) backpack weighs? It’s easy to calculate your maximum load. Weigh yourself and record it. Figure out your maximum load. It’s 10 […]

Back To School: Back To Healthy Sleep Habits

With kids heading back to school, now is the time to help them get their sleep habits and schedule back on track. Poor sleep and fatigue can lead to problems […]

Oh My Aching Head!

Headaches affect most of us at one point or another in our lives. But did you know that there is no normal headache? They are all a sign of something […]

Chiropractic Facts: And The Myths They Dispel Part Two

Continuing our post on common chiropractic myths, here are is a look at more and the facts that can help dispel them. Myth:     The cracking sound during an […]

Chiropractic Facts: And The Myths They Dispel Part One

A myth is a widely held but false belief or idea. There can be myths around almost anything, including myths about Canadians (e.g., we all live in igloos). Myths can […]

Alberta Seniors To Benefit From Government-funded Chiropractic Care

Effective July 1, 2012, Alberta seniors will receive coverage for chiropractic services as part of the Coverage for Seniors health benefit plan, sponsored by Alberta Health and administered by Alberta […]

Pack It Light, Wear It Right: Back Healthy Backpack Tips

Kids and backpacks just seem to go together. Whether sending them off to summer camp, to a sporting event or for a sleepover with a friend, chances are they will […]

Stretch Into Spring: Back Health Tips For The Outdoor Enthusiast

Those eagerly awaited spring days are beckoning outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. Whether you are a green thumb or an outdoor sports or recreation enthusiast, it is important to remember some basics […]

Back Pain Basics

Back pain affects as many as 85 per cent of Albertans at some point in their lives and is the number one cause of prescription and non-prescription drug use according […]

BREAKING NEWS: Government Proposes Chiropractic Funding For Seniors

Funding support for chiropractic services for seniors has been announced as part of the Government of Alberta’s proposed 2012/13 budget. This is a definite win for Albertans as all Albertans […]

Looking Back – A New Year’s Resolution

It’s a new year and a new beginning – a fresh start, a time to think of future goals and desired achievements. But this year, Alberta’s chiropractors encourage you to […]

Holiday Health Tips: Ensure Your Holiday Isn’t A Pain In The Neck

Enjoying your holiday can easily become a painful experience. Here are some helpful tips from Alberta’s chiropractors to ensure your holiday season is full of joy and pain free: If […]

Snow Shoveling Safety: Lift Light, Shovel Right

Winter has arrived, and with it comes frequent snowfalls. A shovelful of snow can weigh 5-7 pounds. Imagine the weight you have to lift to clear your sidewalk or driveway. […]

Fall Chores: Keeping It Safe

With the long, hot days of summer behind us, many people are turning their thoughts to fall chores like raking leaves and cleaning out gutters. This is a great time […]

Welcome To Everyday Chiropractic

Welcome to Everyday Chiropractic, the blog of the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors. Here we will discuss chiropractic in everyday situations and issues. It doesn’t always take a devastating […]