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Before, During, and After an Acupuncture Appointment

Going for an acupuncture appointment can be intimidating for someone going for the first time. There are so many thoughts floating in mind, with the fear of being needled on the top of the list.

It is important to know what you must do.

Here are a few things that can definitely lessen stress during acupuncture treatments.

Before An Acupuncture Appointment

  1. Do You Have More Treatments?

After scheduling your appointment, consider other health or medical conditions you might have, especially if you are getting treatments for them. Prior to your appointment, it is important to let the acupuncturist know of these conditions so they can alter their treatment accordingly.

  1. Proper Clothing

When you go for your appointment, make sure you are wearing the right clothes. It is recommended that you wear loose clothes that the acupuncturist can easily maneuver and you can be comfortable.

In addition, it is important to reach the right point for the best results.

  1. Do Not Be Hungry

Many individuals begin to feel hungry during the treatment. Therefore, it is smart to eat something before going in for an appointment. Having a light snack can tame hunger. But make sure you are not eating greasy or heavy food before or after as it can upset your stomach.

  1. All Forms Must Be Completed Honestly

There will be forms that need to be filled before getting the treatment. Therefore, it is important you are answering all the questions honestly. It is important for the acupuncturist to know every single detail about you. In addition, giving the right information can immensely affect the treatment.

During An Acupuncture Appointment

Relax and Breathe

When the appointment begins, it is important to stay calm. By staying calm, your nerves and muscles will respond better and make it easier for the acupuncturist to perform their job. If there is something that is worrying you, ask your acupuncturist beforehand.

Just a single breath can calm the nervous system, therefore, it is important to stay as calm as you can.

When the needle enters your pressure point, keep breathing and make sure that your mind is in a peaceful state.

After An Acupuncture Appointment

  1. Keep Your Calm

Acupuncturists recommend resting as much as you can so healing can happen faster. It is important to drink a lot of water and to stay comfortable. Eat healthy foods (especially those that promote blood health), and make sure you are not working out too much.

There are many people who feel relaxed and rested after an acupuncture therapy, and some feel energized.

Make sure you know how your body is responding to the treatment before you get back to your fast-paced life.

  1. Give Feedback

It is important to look at your body’s responses after the appointment so you can let your acupuncturist know. This will be helpful for future treatments as well. If there is anything that concerns you, let your acupuncturist know.

Moreover, acupuncturists like to know how their patients feel after the treatment; therefore, it is nice to talk to them.

With these tips of what to do before, during, and after an acupuncture appointment, make sure you are getting the maximum benefits out of it. To book your next acupuncture appointment check out our website @ to book your acupuncture appointment online. You can also call us @ 780-455-2112 and our staff will be happy to help you.

Custom Orthotic Ordering and Fitting

Hi, Dr. Kent Ferguson here from Oliver Chiropractic Wellness Clinic. Our Chiropractic wellness clinic provides many services to help you keep moving in life. Providing a quality custom orthotic is just one of those services. (Click here to watch Video)

Custom orthotics can provide many benefits. They provide many benefits because they support deficiencies in your foot/ankle posture and biomechanics. When your foot and ankle aren’t properly aligned you may experience localized foot pain, knee or leg pain, as well as hip or back pain.(Benefits of Custom Orthotics For Your Shoes)

We see many types of health concerns in our office. For many of our patient custom orthotics is an important part of their overall treatment plan. We also have many people that search us out specifically for our orthotics. When asked why they choose our clinic, their response typically comes down to our thorough 3 fold process of consultation, examination and casting.

STEP 1 – Consultation 

Before you are fitted for custom orthotics our doctors consult with you. Our consultation is necessary to fully understand your problem. Also, a thorough consultation will point to possible causes of your problems. Understanding possible causes allows you to consider lifestyle or habit modifications so that you can experience the maximum benefits of your orthotics

STEP 2 – Examination 

Before you are fitted for your custom orthotic our doctors will perform the appropriate examination to assess your concerns.  An examination is needed in order to understand the specific modifications necessary for your custom orthotic.

STEP 3 – Fitting 

Our clinic has partnered with The Orthotic Group to provide quality custom foot orthotics. Our clinic utilizes a foam casting method when gaining an impression of the your feet. Your foam cast is then laser scanned in order to manufacture your custom orthotic.

If you’re in the market for custom orthotics, give our office a call and our helpful staff will find an appointment time that works for you.  Check out our website @ to learn more about our custom orthotic service. Thanks for watching. Take care.


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Improve Posture With Chiropractic

Your mother always told you to stand up straight – and she was right. Good posture is very important. It is good for your health, your mood, and even how you are perceived by others. It is important to improve posture because good posture can help you stave off age related conditions and allow your vital organs plenty of room to do their job correctly.

A Word about Posture

Sometimes though things can happen that impact your posture. Maybe you sustain an injury and your body compensates by listing to one side or you hunch over in an effort to relieve the pain. Other times you may slouch in an effort to make yourself “invisible” in a crowd. Then there are those who just don’t give good posture its due and slouch because they simply don’t feel like standing up straight.

Whatever the case, poor posture can lead to back pain, headaches, increased risk of injury, decreased flexibility, and diminished mobility. It can actually cause you to age much faster. The good news is, in most cases even those with very poor posture can turn it around and improve posture to stand a little taller. Chiropractic care has shown to help many people regain their youthful, straight, healthy posture that they’ve lost.

Postural Conditions that Chiropractic Care can Help

There are certain postural conditions that chiropractic care is particularly helpful is alleviating, including:

  • Hip or pelvis unleveling
  • Scoliosis
  • Damage to the low back, mid back, and neck that affects its normal curvature
  • Forward head posture (often associated with using mobile devices)
  • Kyphosis or hunchback

Chiropractic Treatment to Improve Posture Problems

When you first visit your chiropractor, he or she will sit down with you and discuss the problems you are having, what your complaints are, when the problem started, and events that may have contributed to the problem. They will take a thorough medical history and observe the way you sit, walk, bend, and move.

Your chiropractor may request x-rays and will assess the alignment of your spine. You may also be asked to have neurological or orthopedic testing done to ensure that there is no underlying condition or injury that is causing your problem.

You will be asked to stand straight and the doctor will take measurements to determine if there is any visible deviation from your optimum posture. He or she will ask you to move and bend while they test your range of motion, mobility and flexibility as well as your muscle strength and length.

A Prescription to Improve Posture

Once your assessments are complete your chiropractor will discuss treatment options with you. He or she will walk you through the adjustments that will be done and other types of therapies they recommend. You will talk about the best course of action to relieve any pain that you are experiencing as well as get your spine back into alignment and improve your posture.

Your chiropractor will also likely talk to you about stretching exercises and things you can do at home in between appointments. They may discuss sleep positions, diet, work area adjustments, exercise, and weight loss. Chiropractic is a whole body treatment, addressing lifestyle changes that affect the entire body and getting it into optimal working order as a whole.

If you have poor posture you can change it, even if you are an older adult – or a senior. Often simple chiropractic adjustments can help improve posture within just a few sessions. Once your body is in alignment you will feel more energetic, healthier, and happier. Your body is an intricate machine and when one part isn’t functioning as it should, it affects all the other parts. Chiropractic can turn that around, helping your body function more effectively so you feel better.

Check out our website @ or give our clinic a call @ 7809-455-2112 to book your assessment today.




Hi, I’m Dr. Kent Ferguson, chiropractor (click here to watch video) @ Oliver Chiropractic Wellness Clinic. Chiropractic care for spinal disc problems is steadily increasing in popularity. As more and more research proves the effectiveness for chiropractic for these types of problems, doctors and therapists are incorporating it into treatment plans for their patients.

Most spinal or disc problems are marked by a specific set of symptoms including neck and back pain, stiffness, arm pain, leg pain, and tenderness in the spinal muscles or the spine itself. Other more serious symptoms can present at the onset of the condition or over a period of time. These symptoms indicate a dangerous problem that could even be life threatening; they include:

  • Back pain accompanied by fever
  • Loss of control of bladder or bowel
  • Severe weakness that inhibits the ability to use arms, legs, walk, etc.
  • Loss of sensation in both arms and/or both buttocks
  • Inability to defecate or urinate

More serious or life threatening symptoms may require medical intervention, but most spinal conditions can be helped or even corrected with chiropractic care.

Spinal manipulation by a doctor of chiropractic has been proven to be an effective, safe treatment for disc problems and associated pain. In some cases therapeutic exercise may be added to the treatment and this too has been shown to be very effective.

So if you or a loved one are suffering from spinal disc problems, make sure you give our clinic a call @ 780-455-2112. We’re here to help!

Thanks for watching, Take care



Difference between the Most Popular Massages

So many different massages are now available for us to try.

Although, the main purpose of all of them is to provide the body with deep relaxation, there does exist certain differences among them as well which makes one type of massage more suitable for somebody than the other type.

Traditional massage utilizes different levels of pressures and movements that are applied on the soft tissues. Whereas, now there are different strokes done to provide the body with relaxation. Therefore, it is important for individuals to understand the difference so they can choose a massage that is suitable for them and their needs.

1.     Deep Tissue Massage

This uses slow and deep finger movements applying pressure on the areas where chronic muscle pain is present or where there are contractions. This massage is ideal for those that experience hypertension (sore shoulders and stiff neck). Since it is a deep tissue massage, it uses high levels of pressure.

2.     Swedish Massage

This is the most common and most widely performed massage in the world. It focuses on improving blood circulation and releasing all tensions from the muscles. This massage is best for all those people  who may wish to promote better blood circulation and lower blood pressure levels within their body. It also lessens stress, and improves overall wellbeing.

3.     Sports Massage

This massage is ideal for fitness enthusiasts and athletes as it is more forceful as compared to other massages. This massage is used to warm the muscle tissues, enhance training results, prevent injuries, and promote quick healing in case of any injuries. It can be performed before and after exercising.

Moreover, it is a great treatment for strains, sprains, and tendonitis.

4.     Hot Stone Massage

For this massage therapy, of hot basalt mineral stones or semi precious stones are used so their effect can get to the chakras. The muscle tension is released when the flat, smooth, and hot stones are placed directly on top of the problem area. This massage therapy is also used to align the body energies to achieve a harmony from within.

5.     Aromatherapy Massage

This is a form of Swedish massage with the incorporation of essential oils. They are mostly derived from plant parts or flowers, and they have good scents that have the power to heal.

The two most popular oils used are lavender and rose, as they are known for their relaxation properties. Therapists say that incorporating these oils allow the individuals to feel more uplifted, relaxed, and energized. In addition, it has the ability to fix issues related to insomnia, digestive issues, body pains, and insomnia.

6.     Pregnancy Massage

This massage was designed for pregnant women to reduce their swelling and calm their hyperactive muscles before their scheduled deliveries. In addition, this massage increases their blood circulation, which is very necessary during delivery. The best part about pregnancy massages is that it aids women in both situations; pre as well as post delivery.

Now that you are aware of the basic differences between the popular massage types, make sure you opt for the one that is most suitable for you and your body conditions. Check out our website @ to book your appointment today. 

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The Cost-effectiveness of Chiropractic Care

Have you ever considered seeing a chiropractor?

There are tons of reasons why a person would answer “yes.” From overall general health to specific aches and pains, to an injury, millions of folks turn to chiropractic care for cost effective pain relief, increased movement and strength, and overall healing.

For some individuals, the price tag seems to hinder their decision to seek chiropractic treatment. Lack of insurance coverage, or a recommended ongoing treatment regimen (because it usually takes more than one treatment) are two of the most common reasons patients deem it too expensive.

When looking at the big picture, however, patients see and understand the cost of NOT pursuing the care of a chiropractor, and these costs end up being more than simply dollars.

Let’s look at three reasons an individual would visit a chiropractor, and the cost effective savings each scenario provides.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Choosing to see a chiropractor to promote and sustain good health is a forward thinking idea that is increasingly attractive to those striving to stay younger, longer. Chiropractic care promotes healing through the body as a whole.

Spinal adjustments and joint manipulations help increase mobility and maximize the entire body’s performance. In addition, they offer a wide variety of health benefits, from temporarily decreasing blood pressure to lowering the chance of headaches. Avoiding these health issues potentially save tens of thousands of dollars in future doctor bills!

Regular visits to a professional chiropractor enable a person to stay healthy and enjoy a more active life with a healthy back, bones, and joints.

Oops! I strained it again!

Millions of unfortunate souls injure their bodies in a variety of mishaps. From sports injuries to car accidents, to erroneously thinking you really can walk in those four inch heels, our backs, ankles, and hips take a beating.

Choosing chiropractic care for an injury is a smart decision. In many cases, a chiropractor is able to promote healing, decrease a patient’s dependence on drugs for pain management, and minimize the chance of a recurrence.

Chiropractic care treats the body as a whole, so a patient’s visits help strengthen other parts of the surrounding area of the body, not just the injured area. Chiropractic care is cost effective for treating injuries as it decreases money spent on costly medicine and reduces time off work. It also helps people stay married, because most individuals are hateful when they are in pain. (Ok, we made that last point up).

Chronic medical conditions.

Many types of medical conditions are ongoing, with no definitive cure. These can be devastating to a person’s quality of life. Daily pain, and loss of strength and mobility are difficult to manage, and sometimes medicine is the chosen option. Numerous times, chiropractic care can work wonders in these situations.

A chiropractor who is experienced in treating the specific type of medical condition can build a treatment plan to help manage the symptoms of the condition, including drug-free pain management. With adjustments to the afflicted area, along with an at-home routine of recommended exercise, the patient frequently experiences a reduction in pain and symptoms, and an increase in mobility. In the best situation, his or her quality of life is positively affected, and relapses are avoided.

Chiropractic care is a productive treatment for a variety of injuries and medical conditions, as well as a preventive therapy to maintain and prolong wellness. The up front cost is paltry when measured against the rewards of increased mobility, decreased pain, and a greater quality of life.

Oliver Chiropractic Wellness Clinic has chiropractic professionals on staff to deliver cost effective chiropractic care. Give our clinic a call @ 780-455-2112 to book your assessment today