What is Acupuncture?

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is the practice of superficially inserting very fine, sterile, disposable needles into specific points on the body in order to activate the body’s ability to heal itself. It originates from China and has been a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for almost 4,000 years.

Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy. This energy is believed to flow through pathways called meridians in the body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, energy flow will be re-balanced and optimum health can be archived. Acupuncture has also been show to release the body’s nature pain killers(endorphins) and to regulate hormone release.

Acupuncture has become a modern drug free way to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including: back and joint pain, Sciatic Pain, Headaches / Migraines, Women’s Health Issues, Anxiety / Depression, Chronic Pain, IBS, and Insomnia / Sleep Disorders.

To book an appointment with Jennifer Harte, Registered Acupuncturist, call 634-4882!

National Occupational Therapy Month

October is National Occupational Therapy month! Occupational therapists define an “occupation” as much more than a job, it includes any activity that you do throughout your day from getting dressed in the morning to making a Facebook post. Occupational therapists work with individuals of all ages to maximize their ability to complete tasks they need or want to do.

Here at Veitch Wellness Centre, our occupational therapist, Erika Fewer, provides a variety of services including splinting, equipment recommendations, and in home or workplace assessments. For more information about Erika’s services, please contact the clinic at 709-634-4882. You can also email us:

Kettlebells – Living up to the Hype??

Kettlebell workouts are super popular these days! Is all the hype true?? This is a well put together and thoughtful read:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/fitness/how-effective-are-kettlebell-workouts/article4242932/
In summary, Kettlbells are effective at increasing strength and endurance as long as they are not the only workout you do – showing us that, once again, moderation and variety is key. Avoiding injury through proper education on form and how to use them is another important take away point.
What are your thoughts on Kettlebells vs. traditional strength training? We’d love to hear about your experiences.

Corner Brook Family Yoga

Veitch Wellness Centre has partnered with Nancy Buckle and Corner Brook Family Yoga to offer Teen, Tween, Kids and Baby yoga! Classes are starting the week of September 18.  For information on classes, times and registration check out Corner Brook Family Yoga’s great new website: http://www.cornerbrookyoga.com

Stay tuned for more information to come about Girl’s and Women’s Circles.

Delicious and Easy Avacado Salad


Avacados are chock-a-block full of nutrients and heart healthy fats.  They are also incredibly delicious and easy to cook with!  Try this simple and delicious avacado salad recipe with your next meal:

1 lb Roma tomatoes (regular tomatoes will also do as will grape or cherry tomatoes)
1 English cucumber (this is the one that doesn’t have seeds)
1/2 medium red onion, sliced
2 avocados, diced
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or sunflower oil
Juice of 1 medium lemon (about 2 Tbsp)
1/4 cup (1/2 bunch) cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper

1. Place chopped tomatoes, sliced cucumber, sliced red onion, diced avacado, and chopped cilantro into a large salad bowl.

2. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp lemon juice. Toss gently to combine. Just before serving toss with 1 tsp sea salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper



Welcome Gina – Speech Language Pathologist

Gina graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and Psychology, before receiving both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (S-LP) from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Since completing her education, she has practiced as a Speech-Language Pathologist with Labrador-Grenfell Health and Western Health, focusing on early intervention (children birth through age five) with both health authorities. She also provided private practice services to school-aged children while working within healthcare. Gina has a special interest in early language stimulation, as well as the treatment of paediatric speech sound disorders. She has extensive experience in the fields of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and autism spectrum disorder.

Gina is certified and in good standing with Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC), as well as registered and in good standing with the Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Healthcare Professionals (NLCHP). She is a proud member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (NLASLPA) and the College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists of Newfoundland and Labrador (CASLP-NL). Gina is a member of The Hanen Centre®, and continues to complete continuing education via this organization and others.

Gina is from Port au Choix, Newfoundland and Labrador, and is excited to have returned to the province’s west coast!
Gina absolutely loves what she does, and she is confident that you will, too!

The Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by:

  • Reducing or eliminating pain.
  • Improving joint mobility.
  • Improving circulation.
  • Improving lymphatic drainage.
  • Reducing muscular tension.

Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs can work with a wide variety of patients, of all ages, in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability.

Massage Therapists today use their knowledge of physiology and anatomy to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques with other therapies to treat their clients. There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer reviewed journals, proving the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions.

The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:

Anxiety and depression Asthma and Emphysema
Back, leg, and neck pain Cancer symptoms
Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain) Chronic Fatigue syndrome
Dislocations Fibromyalgia
Fractures and edema Gastrointestinal disorders
Headaches Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
Insomnia Kyphosis and Scoliosis
Multiple sclerosis Parkinson’s disease
Muscle tension and spasm Palliative care
Post-surgical rehabilitation Pregnancy and labour support
Sports injuries Strains and sprains
Stress and stress related conditions Stroke
Tendinitis Whiplash

Massage Therapy can also be used as part of a preventative care program. This includes sports training, injury prevention, ongoing stress management, and more! Together, you and your therapist will develop a treatment plan based on your needs. The treatment plan can be changed at any time and you have no obligation to undergo any part of treatment. Your treatment begins after you’ve given your informed consent.

(information from Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario)

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