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Auroran article- Magna opens new health centre here

Provided by: Dr. Christine Davis, Naturopathic Doctor

Magna opens new health centre here

Magna Health Centre, a new medical clinic established by Magna International Inc., officially opened its doors in Aurora last week.  The Centre will serve residents in Aurora and surrounding communities as well as Magna employees who work in the area.  The Centre is a multidisciplinary clinic and its healthcare team includes practitioners in family medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, Chinese medicine and naturopathic medicine. In addition, Magna Health Centre has partnered with Meditech, a global leader in the field of advanced laser medicine, and recently installed Meditech’s low intensity laser equipment at the Aurora clinic. Low-intensity laser therapy is used to treat strains, sprains, chronic back pain, osteoarthritis and tendinitis conditions. Laser therapy is also used for diabetic and venous ulcer wound healing. “We’re excited to be able to offer our services to the community,” said Dr. Arif Bhimji, Medical Director of Magna Health Centre. “Magna Health Centre is a unique medical clinic with a broad range of medical expertise under one roof and a personalized, multi-disciplinary approach to health care.” Magna Health Centre is located at 375 Magna Drive, next to the Magna head office just off Wellington Street in Aurora. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents can call 905-726-7470 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

SNAP Aurora- Magna Health Centre Opens to Public

Magna Health Centre Opens to Public

Magna Health Centre, a new medical clinic established by Magna International Inc., is now officially open! SNAP was invited out last month to meet their fantastic team of doctors and to tour this amazing clinic. It will serve residents in Aurora and surrounding communities as well as Magna employees who work in the area. The Centre is a multi-disciplinary clinic and its healthcare team includes practitioners in family medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, Chinese medicine and naturopathic medicine. Magna Health Centre is located next to the Magna head office in Aurora. Residents can call 905-726-7470 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Provided by: Dr. Christine Davis, Naturopathic Doctor

Deep Breathing for Relaxation

Written by: Dr. Christine Davis, Naturopathic Doctor

Deep breathing is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. Studies have shown that deep breathing techniques are extremely effective in handling depression, anxiety, stress-related disorders, chronic pain, eating disorders and obesity.

Not sure if you’re deep breathing…

What kind of breather are you?  Try this test: Place one hand on your chest and one hand on you abdomen.  Take a normal breath while looking down. If the hand on your chest rises first, you tend to breathe in your chest. If the hand on your abdomen rises first, you are more of a belly breather. Shallow chest breathing causes a constriction of the chest and lung tissue over time, decreasing oxygen flow and delivery to your tissues.

Benefits of Deep Breathing

Relaxation: Your nervous system is made up of two sub-systems, the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system, which is stimulated in times of stress and anxiety, controls your fight or flight response, including spikes in cortisol and adrenaline. Chronic stress depletes the body of nutrients and destabilizes brain chemistry and hormonal balance. Depression, muscle tension and pain, insulin sensitivity, GI issues, insomnia, and adrenal fatigue among scores of other conditions are all related to an overworked sympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system is the relaxation system. By turning on the parasympathetic system, you are turning off the sympathetic system. Deep breathing is the fastest way to trigger your parasympathetic nervous system.

Detoxification: By deep breathing you are expanding and contracting your diaphragm. This action actually massages your internal organs and stimulates your lymphatic system to rid itself of toxins. The consequences of a sluggish lymphatic system and therefore improper detoxification include weight gain, muscle loss, high blood pressure, fatigue, and inflammation.

Facilitates weight loss: Deep breathing delivers many of the benefits of exercise. It improves the efficiency of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and helps to facilitate weight loss. Interestingly, when you are stressed, your body tends to burn glycogen, not fat, and through triggering the relaxation response, deep breathing encourages your body to burn fat instead. In addition, triggering the relaxation response will result in less stress, depression and anxiety which can trigger emotional eating.

Breathing technique

Find a comfortable place to sit. Sit up straight with your hands resting on your knees and relax your shoulders. There are two important things to remember before you start deep breathing. One is that your breath begins with a full exhalation. You can’t inhale fully until you empty your lungs completely. Secondly, it is important to breathe in through your nose.
A simple count for deep breathing is seven-eleven. On your next exhalation, breathe out slowly through your nose, to a quick count of 11. Tense your abdominal muscles, drawing in your diaphragm to help your lungs deflate. At the bottom of your breath, pause slightly, and then inhale to the count of seven. Expand your belly as you breathe in. Now close your eyes and repeat 5–10 times.

Do it at least twice a day. You cannot do it too frequently. If you feel a little lightheaded when you first breathe this way, do not be concerned; it will pass. Remember to work within your comfort zone. It will take a while for your body to adapt to deep breathing. Start with four breaths and slowly increase over time.

Once you develop this technique by practicing it every day, it will be a very useful tool that you will always have with you. Use it whenever anything upsetting happens – before you react. Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension. Use it to help you fall asleep. This exercise cannot be recommended too highly. Everyone can benefit from it.

YorkRegion Article: Magna clinic offers treatments

YorkRegion Article: Magna clinic offers treatments.

By Amanda Perisco|
Provided by: Dr. Christine Davis, ND
Jan 24, 2011 – 4:37 PM

Open to the community. Naturopathic practitioner Dr. Christine Davis (left) and chiropractor Dr. Stephanie Milley are among the medical professionals staffing the new Magna Health Centre.  The facility opened as a resource to Magna employees, but has now opened its doors to the entire community.

You now have new health treatment options here in Aurora.  The Magna Health Centre is an 1,800-square-foot multi-disciplinary clinic that’s home to four practitioners and one medical doctor.  A Magna International initiative, the health centre is built on a holistic approach to medicine and features some of the latest laser technology.

Magna has always been a pillar of Aurora, said Dr. Stephanie Milley, a chiropractor based at the centre. “It was important for Magna to have a place to better serve its employees.”  Open to Magna employees for the past three months, the health centre has now opened its doors to all residents of Aurora and Newmarket.  “There is a need for health services in the area,” Dr. Milley said.  “This is a way to better service our employees and our community.”

The health centre is not an emergency clinic, but operates more like a combination between a walk-in clinic and family doctor’s office.  Along with chiropractic services, the centre offers naturopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and health and wellness services.  “We see a broad range of patients, everything from common allergies to chronic pain,” Dr. Milley said.  “It’s a very health conscious approach.”  The practitioners also take a more integrated and incorporated approach to treating their patients, Dr. Milley added.  Most people know what a family doctor does, she said.

“We want to keep a form of transparency as to what we do, why we are doing it and why the patient needs it.”  The centre has partnered with Meditech, a leading health software supplier, to offer the latest in laser technology.  The clinic has three laser machines to treat soft-tissue injuries, such as sprains, strains, arthritis and sports injuries as well as wound management and diabetic ulcers.  The specialty machines are meant to be used hands-free, which means while the laser is being applied to a specific area, you are free to sit, read, lie down, listen to music and change positions.  The centre also has two laser machines that provide therapy through acupuncture points without puncturing skin.  The Weber laser machine is used in the United States and Europe, but has yet to be approved for use in Canada.  The Magna Health Centre is one of the few clinics in Canada to have this machine, Dr. Milley said, and it is ready to go when approval is granted.  Laser technology is essentially low-intensity light, Dr. Milley said. The treatment is non-invasive and adds additional energy to damaged cells to boost the healing process.  This is on the conservative side of medicine. It doesn’t cut, burn or heat up, so it’s a very comfortable type of treatment, Dr. Milley said. The treatment gives more fuel to better repair the area. It’s extra energy so the cells can do their jobs more efficiently.

“We can treat well beyond the common cough and cold,” she added.
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