What is Dry Needling?


Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)

Following injuries or other degenerative processes, many patients suffer from muscular tightness and spasm. This often leads to compression and irritation of the nerves exciting the spine. When these nerves are irritated they cause a protective spasm of all the muscles to which they are connected. This natural response from the body trying to protect itself results in “referred pain.”

This referred pain can lead to secondary dysfunction such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, decreased mobility, chronic pain and a range of other disorders.

Dry needling is a highly effective treatment, unequaled in identifying and eliminating these “referred” or hidden sources of pain and dysfunction. The treatment involves identifying the source of the pain and advancing a small filament needle into the related muscles, eliciting a small twitch response and thereby relaxing the muscle.

The identification and stimulation of these trigger points can “reboot” the muscle, both to alleviate the original problem area as well as the secondary pain.

The therapists at Veitch Physiotherapy and Wellness who perform Trigger Point Dry Needling have undergone extensive training with Kinetacore™, an internationally recognized body for manual therapy and Dry Needling certification training. They are the only Physiotherapists in Corner Brook who have received such training.

How can I book an appointment?

Please contact us for further information. We look forward to helping you return to full function!

Beyond Burgers! Backyard BBQ

Beyond Burgers


By Megan Smith, Registered Dietitian



Summer is a great time of year for fresh, local, healthy foods. However, as most of my clients tell me, eating wise, it’s a “bad time of year” as many of us indulge in barbeques, camping, and extra social events. This year I’ve decided to become creative with my barbeque and I encourage you all to do the same. Instead of barbequing regular hamburgers, veggie burgers, steak and chicken I’ve decided to make at least one vegetarian meal each week on the barbeque. Here are some creations I’ve been working on.


  • BBQ pizza- I use frozen tortillas as the crust, and top with honey garlic bbq sauce, tomatoes, onion, peppers mushrooms and mozzarella cheese. Using frozen tortillas makes it easier to place the pizza on the bbq.
  • BBQ veggies – most vegetables do well on the grill, but I’ve noticed a few that stand out – asparagus, eggplant, corn, peppers and onion. Wrap the veggies in tin foil with your favorite seasonings and grill for 30 minutes. Fill a wrap or sandwich with the grilled veggies or use them as a side dish.
  • Tofu (extra firm)- Tofu has a mild taste and takes on the flavor of whatever you cook it with. Marinate tofu in your favorite sauce and place it on the grill until it begins to brown. Use the tofu as a lean protein source in a salad or with a side of veggies and brown rice.
  • Black bean and goat cheese quesadillas- mix together mashed black beans, corn, tomato, scallions and cheese, place wrap on the grill and spread the mixture on top, placing another wrap over the mixture.
  • Fruit for dessert- yes please! Remove the core from a peach, pear, or slice pineapple and place them on the grill – a little cinnamon, honey or a dollop of Greek yogurt on top make a great addition.


So there you have it, some of my best ideas for indulging in a barbeque without the guilt. Do you have a unique BBQ recipe that you would like to share? Email us at , we would love to hear it.

Congratulations Pam!

Congratulations to Pam Keeping!


Pam Keeping, our clinic assistant and volunteer extraordinaire was recognized for her dedication and hard work with the Canadian Cancer Society at an event that was held tonight as part of Volunteer Week.  Congratulations Pam. We are proud of you.

What’s In Your Coffee?


Interested in learning an easy way to lose a few pounds? For some people it might be beneficial to rethink your drink. Did you know that 1 double double from Tim Hortons can be adding ~230 calories to your diet! Many clients I see on a regular basis drink 4-5 of these a day (that’s 900-1100 calories in coffee alone). Nutrient wise, these calories could be better “spent” on a nutrient dense breakfast such as ¾ cup greek yogurt + berries + ¼ cup granola (250 calories) or a healthy lunch such as a tuna sandwich + 1 cup veggies (300 calories).

It is also important to keep in mind other sources of calories from drinks such as juice, soda, milk, and alcoholic beverages. Check out this chart to see just how many extra calories you might be consuming in coffee each day.

What’s in Your Coffee?


Coffee Calories Sugar Fat ( ½ is saturated)
Med 1 milk 15 1g 0.5g
Med 1 milk ½ splenda 15 1g 0.5g
Med 1 milk 1 sugar 50 9g 0.5g
Med 1 cream 40 1g 3.5g
Med 1 cream 1 sugar 75 9g 3.5g
Med Double Double 150 18g 7g
Large 1 milk 20 2g 1g
Large 1 milk 1 sugar 65 13g 1g
Large 1 cream 70 2g 6g
Large 2 milk 1 sugar 85 15g 2g
Large 2 milk 2 sugar 130 26g 2g
Large Double Double 230 26g 12g
Large Triple Triple 345 39g 18g
Large 4×4 460 54g 24g
XL 1 milk 30 3g 1g
XL 1 milk 1 sugar 80 17g 1g
XL 1 cream 90 3g 7g
XL 1 cream 1 sugar 140 17g 7g
XL Double Double 280 34g 14g
XL Triple Triple 420 51g 21g
XL 4×4 560 68g 28g

* You can ask for ½ a sugar in your coffee!


Here’s another idea! Instead of having a second or third coffee in the morning, why not try something more filling such as a skim milk latte or a mixed berry smoothie (1/2 cup berries, ½ cup milk, ¼ cup yogurt, 1 tbsp honey). Each of these options will save you ~100-150 calories and add 7-10 grams of protein to help keep you full longer.


March is Nutrition Month

March is Nutrition Month! With many people struggling to make healthy food choices while outside the home, Dietitians have decided to focus on eating healthy from 9-5 this year. One of the major obstacles I see in many of my clients

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Jaw Pain? Headaches?


We are pleased to announce that Kelsey Kent and Jennifer Veitch – Physiotherapists, are offering services for Temporomandibular and Craniomandibular dysfunction. Both have

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Beautiful Art Work!

Look at these gorgeous works created for our clinic by the incredibly talented Sarah Willett. Aren’t they great?

Sarah Rose Willett is a local artist, working in oil, acrylic, inks, charcoal and sculpture. She is a graduate of the Fine Arts Program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell University.

The Artist Statement for these pieces reads:

“These three pieces “Gymnast”, “Dancer” and “Swimmer” go together as a triptych focusing on the movement of the human body. Using strong dark lines on soft textured rice paper, I have chosen this contrast to mimic the strength in movement of the female form, while also showing its softness and grace”.

Thank you Sarah. We are proud to display your work in our clinic.

Welcome Dr. Tracey Wentzell

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Tracey Wentzell, Orthopaedic Surgeon has moved her practice to Veitch Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre. Dr. Wentzell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her – Welcome, we are so very glad that you have joined us!

Need An Idea For Supper Tonight??

Looking for some new recipe ideas? Speaking with a Registered Dietitian can help you to plan healthy meals for your entire family. Whether you are looking for ideas to help with weight loss, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, or any other dietary restrictions, a Registered Dietitian can help.

Here is a simple healthy Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe:


• 8 ounces uncooked linguine
• 1 pound chicken breast strips
• 1-2 tsp Cajun seasoning (or to taste)
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
• 1 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
• 8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
• 1/2 red onion, sliced
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 medium tomatoes, diced
• 1 cup fat free low sodium chicken broth
• 1/3 cup skim milk
• 1 tbsp flour
• 3 tbsp light cream cheese
• fresh cracked pepper
• 2 scallions, chopped


In a small blender make a slurry by combining milk, flour and cream cheese. Set aside. Season chicken generously with Cajun seasoning, garlic powder and salt.

Prepare pasta in salted water according to package directions.

Heat a large heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; spray with cooking spray and add half of the chicken. Sauté 5 to 6 minutes or until done, set aside on a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken. Set aside.

Add olive oil to the skillet and reduce to medium; add bell peppers, onions, and garlic to skillet, sauté 3-4 minutes.

Add mushrooms and tomatoes and sauté 3-4 more minutes or until vegetables are tender. Season with 1/4 tsp salt, garlic powder and fresh cracked pepper to taste.

Reduce heat to medium-low; add chicken broth and pour in slurry stirring about 2 minutes.

Return chicken to skillet; adjust salt and Cajun seasoning to taste, cook another minute or two until hot, then add linguine; toss well to coat.

Top with chopped scallions and enjoy!

**Recipe adapted from skinnytaste.com**

Do you have a healthy recipe that you would like to share? Send it to us!!

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