Skip to content

Motivation. Support. Connection.

hand and finger pain treatment

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Hand and Finger Pain

If you’re struggling with hand or finger pain, the cause may be deeper than you think. The root of the problem might actually be tension in your neck, shoulders, or
Read More
greater trochanteric pain syndrome

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome and Chiropractic Care

Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) is a condition that affects the hip joint and can cause a lot of pain. It’s important to know what GTPS is and how it
Read More
torn achilles tendon treatment

How Chiropractic, Physiotherapy or Massage Therapy Treatment Can Help Heal a Torn Achilles Tendon 

A torn Achilles tendon is one of the most severe injuries that an athlete can suffer. This type of injury typically requires long-term rehabilitation and physical therapy to fully heal.
Read More
weight loss scale scaled

What is the Most Effective Way to Lose Weight?

Stop Dieting to Lose Weight Successfully Dieting is often seen as a quick way to lose weight, but the truth is that diets don’t work. If you want real results,
Read More
weight loss without dieting scaled

Can Weight Loss Goals Be Achieved Without Dieting?

It is simple – Diets don’t Work The evidence is clear. Weight loss diets don’t work. The yo-yo of dieting and weight gain leaves many people feeling frustrated and hopeless.
Read More
weight loss plan without dieting at carespace in kitchener and waterloo scaled

The Best Way to Lose Weight Without Dieting

What are the Best Alternatives to Dieting? It’s no secret that dieting can be hard, and it’s also no secret that diets don’t work in the long run. So, what
Read More
muscle aches scaled

What is the best treatment for General Muscle Aches and Pains?

Chiropractic Care for Muscle Aches and Pains Muscle aches and pains can be difficult symptoms to manage. If you’re dealing with muscle aches, it may be time to consider chiropractic
Read More
woman suffering with fibromyalgia pain in bed scaled

Can Chiropractors Help Treat Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Care Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and other related symptoms. It is estimated to affect around 11 million people in North
Read More
man with glute tendinopathy pain scaled

What is the Best Treatment for Glute Tendinopathy?

Glute Tendinopathy is a Common Source of Hip and Thigh Pain Glute tendinopathy can be caused by overuse, muscle imbalances, poor posture, or sudden increases in activity. While it can
Read More
elbow ucl sprain 2 scaled

How a Chiropractor Can Help with Elbow UCL Sprains

How a Chiropractor Can Help with Elbow UCL Sprains Have you ever experienced an elbow UCL sprain? It’s not uncommon, particularly for athletes who use their arms and elbows during
Read More
Deltoid ligament sprain 2 scaled

How to Recover from a Deltoid Ligament Sprain with Chiropractic Care

Deltoid Ligament Sprains Need to be Treated   A deltoid ligament sprain is an injury to the ligaments in the ankle that can cause pain, swelling, and instability. It is important
Read More
cubital tunnel syndrome pain scaled

Understanding and Treating Cubital Tunnel Syndrome with Chiropractic Care

What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome? Cubital tunnel syndrome is a common condition caused by the compression of the ulnar nerve in the elbow area. The ulnar nerve is one of
Read More
functional neurological disorder 2 scaled

Treatment for Functional Neurological Disorder

Chiropractic Treatments for Functional Neurological Disorder Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is a neurological condition that can cause a variety of physical symptoms, including pain, fatigue, and movement problems. FND can
Read More
woman suffering pain from distal quad tendinopathy scaled

What is Distal Quad Tendinopathy and How Can a Chiropractor Help?

Are you feeling pain in your knee, ankle, or foot? You may have distal quad tendinopathy, which is a condition that involves inflammation of the distal quadriceps tendon. It can
Read More
acupuncture treatment kitchener waterloo scaled

Learn About the Benefits of Evidence-Based Acupuncture with a Naturopathic Doctor

Acupuncture is a core service offered at CARESPACE Health+Wellness clinics in Kitchener and Waterloo. It is an ancient form of healing that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for
Read More
woman suffering from femoroacetabular impingement FAI pain scaled

Treatment for Femoroacetabular Impingement

Femoroacetabular Impingement also Referred to as FAI Femoroacetabular impingement, commonly referred to as FAI, is a condition of the hip joint caused by a misalignment in the bony structures that
Read More
acupunture kitchener waterloo ontario scaled

What Evidence-Based Acupuncture Can Do for You

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, and its popularity continues to grow. It is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that uses thin needles inserted into the body
Read More
iStock 1364413301 scaled

What is the Best Thing to do for Long-Lasting Weight Loss?

Stop Dieting — Get the Support You Need for Long-Lasting Results Have you been trying to lose weight with dieting, but haven’t seen the results you were hoping for? If
Read More
How to eat right over the holidays with the help of a dietitian scaled

How to Eat Right During the Holidays

The holidays are a time of celebration and indulgence, but you can still eat right and don’t have to abandon all of your healthy eating habits. With the help of
Read More
waterloo chiropractor

Are Chiropractors real Doctors?

Chiropractors are often referred to as “doctors,” but is that accurate? Do they actually have the same qualifications as a physician? The answer is yes. In Ontario, Chiropractors are regulated
Read More
christmas stress need therapist scaled

Taking Control of Your Mental Health During the Holidays

During the holidays, it is all too easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious, especially if you are dealing with depression or anxiety. It may seem like everyone is having a
Read More
clinical acupunture waterloo kitchener ontario scaled

Comparing Acupuncture Treatment from Chiropractors and Naturopaths

Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of health conditions. Today, many chiropractors and naturopaths offer acupuncture services to their patients
Read More
dietitians and personal trainers scaled

Get the Right Team Behind You for Long-Lasting Weight Loss Success

If you’re looking to make a real change this New Year, you may have thought about setting a weight loss goal. While it is possible to do this on your
Read More
asian mature man feels back pain isolated white wall sad senior older man suffers from sciatica

Compression of the Sciatic Nerve: What You Need to Know

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body and it runs from your lower back all the way down each leg. It is responsible for controlling sensory
Read More
muscular pelvis 206049 4586

What is Sciatic Nerve Compression?

If you have ever experienced lower back pain, hip pain, or shooting pain down your legs, then you may be experiencing sciatic nerve compression. This condition is caused by irritation
Read More
problems with back spine sciatica

Understanding Sciatic Nerve Compression

Sciatic nerve compression is a painful condition resulting from injury, inflammation, or irritation of the sciatic nerve. This condition typically results in pain that radiates from the lower back down
Read More
Lower Back Pain Image

Where to go for Treatment of Low Back Pain?

Studies show that chiropractic care is an effective treatment for low back pain.
Read More
Acquired Brain Injuries

What is Acquired Brain Injury?

ABI is an injury to the brain that happen sometime after birth.
Read More
parkinsons program

Can Exercise Help People with Parkinson’s Disease?

Exercise can help people with Parkinson’s Disease live fuller, more active, and independent lives.
Read More
back pain

7 Evidence-based Ways to Reduce Back Pain

Back pain is a common problem that can be caused by a variety of factors.
Read More
alone black and white casual 1487956 3 700x390 c default

How to Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can be a debilitating condition, but there are several treatment options available that can help sufferers cope with their symptoms.
Read More

How to Ease TMJ Pain with the Help of a Chiropractor

TMJ is a condition that affects the joints on either side of your head that connect your lower jaw to your skull. The symptoms of TMJ can be extremely painful and can be disruptive to your daily life.
Read More

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that can affect any joint of the body and is characterized by pain, stiffness and loss of mobility. It can be caused by inflammation as
Read More
halloween candy

Halloween Candy: To eat, or not to eat

Halloween is coming up soon, and with it comes the stress of trying to manage our little ones’ mountains of candy. Let’s start things off with a quick true or
Read More
trying to lose weight

Trying to Lose Weight? Just Say ‘No’ to Meal Plans

Providing meal plans is a mainstay of the health and fitness industry. And I get why. If you’ve been struggling with your weight, and not sure what to eat, having
Read More
strengthen your immune system

5 Tips to Strengthen Your Immune System From our CARESPACE Naturopathic Doctors

As 2020 (finally) comes to a close, we are being presented with new challenges to successfully navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Colder weather means that Canadians are spending more of our
Read More
3 tips for calming your

3 Tips for Calming Your Anxiety

By Guest Blogger John Roche, therapist and coach, at Transformation Counselling Anxiety sucks. It can weigh on you every moment of the day and rob you of your ability to
Read More
apple crisp recipe

Amazing & Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe

The Bottom: 3 large honey crisp apples (about 3-4 cups chopped) 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 tsp lemon juice 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice 1 tsp vanilla extract
Read More


Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness in the present moment. It is a powerful tool that can offset the constant distractions of our multimedia society. The
Read More
chickpea curry

Recipe: Chickpea Curry!

This recipe is warming and hearty, making it a perfect meal for a fall or winter evening. It is full of protein, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory herbs and spices. For a
Read More
mental health benefits of running

The Mental Health Benefits of Running

When I hear about the current rates of mental illness, I count myself lucky. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience
Read More
fermented foods 1

Fermented Foods: The Basics

You may have come across social media posts or magazine excerpts about Kombucha over the last year. Your local health food store may have started stocking it to keep up
Read More
ketogenic diet

Ketogenic Diet – The Evidence Behind the Low Carb Craze

The high fat / low carb ketogenic diet is one of the hottest trends in nutrition. Due to it’s therapeutic potential, I have been using it in my naturopathic practice
Read More
be happier now

Be Happier Now: An Evidence-based Approach

In the last few years, on-campus health services and teaching staff all across North America have observed a disturbing trend in university students. There is a significant increase in depression,
Read More
the work

The Work

Do you want to learn something that can change your life powerfully, yet is simple? Something that is applicable to small or large problems, something that you can do alone
Read More
fish oil confusing headlines

Fish Oil’s Confusing Headlines

One of my roles as a naturopath has become helping my patients make sense of contradictory online nutritional recommendations. The latest headlines to confound are about fish oil. On November
Read More
vitamin d supplementation

The Latest Research on Vitamin D Supplementation – A Naturopathic Approach

You may have noticed that Vitamin D, the ‘sunshine vitamin’, has been in the news lately. Last week, a Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology study was released about this vitamin. The
Read More
how a music festival reduces stress

How a Music Festival Reduces Stress – And How it Doesn’t

“Happy Hillside!” I heard this very specific well-wish ring out a thousand times last weekend. I was attending Hillside, the eclectic, diverse music festival held annually in Guelph, Ontario. The
Read More
how can stress overload lead to disease

How Can Stress Overload Lead to Disease

When I was a kid, I had a persistent case of eczema on both of my hands. Eczema is a common inflammatory skin condition that causes itchiness, a variable rash,
Read More
healthy snack ideas

Need some healthy snack ideas? Look no further…

I’ve always been a snack person. I find having regular nutrition breaks can help level out my energy on long work days and keep me on track for choosing healthy
Read More
transgender health in kitchener waterloo

From Steve to Stevie: Transgender Health in Kitchener-Waterloo

I belong to a great running club at the uptown Waterloo Running Room. We run, we talk about running, we run some more, and then we go home. Over time,
Read More
the great bacon debate

Saturated Fats and The Great Bacon Debate

The definition of “healthy eating” in 2017 is decidedly debatable. Many of our well-established nutritional guidelines appear to be crumbling under recent scrutiny. Did you know that restricting salt consumption
Read More
self compassion and weight loss

Self-Compassion Beats Self-Criticism for Weight Loss

I’ve always been a slim person. I inherited what my cousins call the “Karges metabolism” from my mother’s side of the family. That means I can eat a lot and
Read More
the perception of stress

The Perception of Stress

Many people in North America identify as being busy. As a naturopath, I often feel torn about what to recommend as the best treatment plan for a patient who is
Read More
healing power of being in nature

The Healing Power of Being in Nature

One of the highlights of my year is a fall wilderness trip with friends to Algonquin Park or somewhere on the Canadian Shield. We paddle through lakes and streams and
Read More
telling your story

Telling Your Story

I recently spent some time reflecting on my father’s childhood. His was a traumatic one, to say the least: physical and emotional abuse, hunger and poverty, running loose in Austrian
Read More
eating mindfully

Eating Mindfully

Ever reached for the remainder of your chocolate bar and realized you must have already finished it? Or have you ever eaten an entire bag of popcorn without meaning to?
Read More
thrive as a highly sensitive person

Learn to Thrive as a Highly Sensitive Person (Part 3): Creativity

(see earlier articles: Learning to Thrive as an HSP Part 1, Part 2, The Impact of Stress on the Highly Sensitive Person) This is one of a series of blog
Read More

Learn to Thrive as a Highly Sensitive Person (Part 2): Meditation

This is the third in a series of blog posts exploring my experience in working with the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) in my naturopathic practice. In the first article, I
Read More
whats the best diet for you

What’s the best diet for you?

If you’re confused about what you should eat you’re not alone. Paleo or Vegetarianism? Weight watchers or zone diet? Low fat or low carb? Everywhere you turn, someone has “the”
Read More

Recipe: Pesto

Although it should be just a few simple ingredients, store-bought pesto often has all sorts of additives. You can’t beat fresh, homemade pesto! We often make a lot of it
Read More
learn to thrive as a highly senstive person

Learn to Thrive as a Highly Sensitive Person (Part 1)

As a naturopathic doctor, I see quite a number of patients who identify as Highly Sensitive (or HSP) – people who get easily overwhelmed by stimuli, and are more susceptible
Read More
impacts of stress on the highly sensitive person

Impacts of Stress on the Highly Sensitive Person

I’m not going out on a limb when I say that North American urban culture is a stressful one. Many of us are working longer hours than 20 years ago
Read More
probiotics fermented foods and your microbiome

Probiotics, Fermented Foods, and Your Microbiome

Antibiotic treatment of bacterial infections has saved millions of lives and is considered one of the great public health successes of the 20th century. But the overuse of antibiotics has
Read More
viewing photos of baby animals increases productivity

Viewing Photos of Baby Animals Increases Productivity

As you may have heard, a new (awesome) study was released suggesting that viewing photos of adorable baby animals actually increases productivity. This is somewhat reassuring to a large number
Read More
organic tomatoes have more nutrients

New Study: Organic Tomatoes Have More Nutrients

This week, a study was released comparing the nutrient content of organic vs. conventionally grown tomatoes in Brazilian farms. Although the organic tomatoes were 40% smaller, the phenolic compounds were
Read More
vegetarian diet reduce heart disease risk

Vegetarian Diet Can Reduce Heart Disease Risk

A recent Oxford study on vegetarianism has been getting a lot of attention. Released January 30th, the study shows a 32% reduction in ischemic heart disease risk for people eating
Read More
fecal transplants

Fecal Transplants: Repoopulating* the Gut

According to Health Canada, Clostridium difficile is the leading cause of infectious diarrhea in Canadian hospitals and long-term health facilities. And 1 in 10 patients who contract the infection will
Read More
laughter is the best medicine

Laughter is the Best Medicine

According to psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnill, the most depressing day of the year is the third Monday of January. This year “Blue Monday” was January 21st. Although the date seems
Read More
endocrine disruptors and your health

Upsetting the Balance: Endocrine Disruptors and Your Health

In Aamjiwnaang First Nation, near Sarnia, Ontario, there aren’t enough boys to have a hockey team. And although there are three girls’ baseball teams, there is only one boys’ baseball
Read More
pump up your willpower muscle

Pump Up Your Willpower Muscle for the Holiday

For those watching their waistline, the holiday season can be a minefield of temptations. More treats at work, and more parties with family, friends and food – all this takes
Read More
meditation may reduce loneliness and chronic disease in older adults

Meditation May Reduce Loneliness and Chronic Disease in Older Adults

All too often, older adults in our community suffer from loneliness. This not only affects their quality of life, but can increase risk factors for health problems and mortality rates.
Read More
reversing osteoporosis

Reversing Osteoporosis

It was September 23, 2006, and I couldn’t sleep. The next day was the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront half-marathon. I had been training for weeks but because I had been experiencing
Read More
5 supplements can enhance your athletic performance

These 5 Supplements Can Enhance Your Athletic Performance

As a naturopathic doctor, I work with many athletes. I look at optimizing their nutrition and bringing the body back into balance to enhance their athletic performance. Dietary changes can
Read More
100 mile diet and your health

100-Mile Diet and Your Health

KW resident George Harvey was diagnosed with dangerously high blood pressure when he was only 19 years old. This surprised George, as he was not overweight and assumed he was
Read More
top ten ways to improve your nutrition

Top Ten Ways to Improve Your Nutrition

I grew up on a farm. We had a big vegetable garden and we spent the summer tending it, harvesting, preserving, and canning. We traded pork for milk, eggs, and
Read More
hidden dangers of detox diets

Hidden Dangers of Detox Diets

“Hidden Dangers of Detox Diets” was the title of a mass email message I recently received. Intrigued, I opened it up and it led to an article that discouraged anyone
Read More


It’s 8:00 am. You’re making oatmeal, helping your son with his homework, getting lunches ready for the family, and the phone rings. Before you know it you’re juggling too many
Read More
attitude isnt everything

Attitude Isn’t Everything

A recent study published in the journal Cancer caught my eye. University of Pennsylvania researchers looked at the role of attitude in the survival rates of cancer patients. They found
Read More
horticultural therapy the healing power of growing

Horticultural Therapy: The Healing Power of Growing Things

“Gardening is fundamentally an act of enormous hope because everything you do in the garden is for the future.” Barbara Frum, 1937—1992, Canadian Broadcast Journalist As a child growing up
Read More
bad foods that are good for us

Bad Food That are Good For Us

As a naturopathic doctor I help my patients choose the best foods for their health. People ask me what they should eat and I make recommendations based on my experience,
Read More
healthy eating on a budget

Healthy Eating on a Budget

When I was a naturopathic student, I was faced with a nutritional conundrum. I found myself sitting in classes all day learning that the standard American diet was…well…S.A.D. Filled with
Read More
is our drinking water safe

Is Our Drinking Water Safe?

Our household’s Brita water jug recently stopped working properly. Okay, actually I dropped it. Out of sheer laziness, after several weeks, I realized I still hadn’t purchased a replacement. I
Read More
okinawa the secret to longevity

Okinawa – The Secret to Longevity

Okinawa is a series of islands off the coast of Japan. The people there have the longest life expectancy and the longest health expectancy in the world. They also have
Read More