Tips for a Happy Mother

Now, you and your mom may not always agree. You may not always get along. Maybe you even drive each other (and everyone in your general vicinity) nuts whenever you get together… Even so, most of us can agree that we love our moms and all the quirks that come along with them. And we wouldn’t trade them for the world. Remember to let mom, and the other nurturing parental figures in your life, know that you care.

Every mom is different. My mom, and your mom- they are all unique. They have different strengths, preferences and opinions.  As May rolls by, we tend to think more and more about mom, and how exactly we will show her we appreciate her. If you are struggling to think of what you can do for mom this year, here are a few tips to guide you.

Maureen Mishra with daughter, Aria.

Give Her Time

Prioritize spending time with your mom, especially if you don’t get to see her a lot.  Spending quality time with people, one on one, is something we neglect in this digital age. If your mom lives further away, and it is impossible to visit in person, give her a good old-fashioned phone call, Skype or even FaceTime her. Whatever the method, be sure to let her know that you are never too busy to say hello.


Take Care of Her

My dad periodically likes to remind me that, “Diapers spelled backwards is Repaid.” If you would like to start repaying mom this Mother’s Day, consider taking care of something she usually does herself. It can be as simple as doing the laundry for her, cooking her a meal or filling the car up with gas. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. It doesn’t even need to be something difficult. It just needs to be something that will help you give your mom a chance to do something she enjoys in her free time.


Pamper Her

Give mom some TLC. Treat her to a massage, manicure, yoga class or any positive activity she would consider relaxing. If your mom is more of a do-it-herself homebody, consider picking up some face masks, or make her an Epsom salt bath mix with essential oils.


Make Memories

A picture is worth a thousand words. Similarly, building fun family memories often beats pricey gifts when it comes to long-term enjoyment. Consider planning a family outing or field trip. Whether you choose to do a movie day or a trip to the zoo, make sure it is something mom will enjoy. If your family is rarely together or your mom loves family photos, be sure to snap a great group shot of your adventures and print a copy for mom!


Get Creative

Most people have memories of making handmade cards, popsicle jewelry boxes and pasta necklaces… If you are artistic, that’s great! You can try your hand at a do-it-yourself gift in your preferred artistic modality. If you have skills with words, perhaps you can write your mom a letter. For the artistically challenged, your ‘get creative’ may be more on the ‘ideas’ side of things. Remember, you know your mom best, so dig deep and use your creativity to think outside the box. Based on your years of observations, figure out what kind of gift or experience she would appreciate.


Do Something For Her

Most moms have something they always wanted to do, or things they enjoy when they have time. For example, my mom likes to watch Korean Dramas with the family and eat popcorn. She likes to sit outside and drink tea. Walking the dog and enjoying the outdoors are her idea of a good time. Think about what your mom enjoys and use that for inspiration.


What is a Mother?
The definition of a great mother, as determined by urban


Happy Mother’s Day!

5 Things to Look For in a Wellness Chiropractor


Choosing a Health Care professional is an incredibly personal decision, and there are many things to consider. If you are ready to start chiropractic care, but are unsure if the chiropractor you have found is right for you and your family, this list is for you. Here are the top 5 things to consider when searching for your dream Wellness Chiropractor!

1. Full Assessment

When the chiropractor you choose does their initial assessment, you should not be expecting to get an adjustment on the same day as your initial visit. If your chiropractor took X-rays or did any other tests such as a full computerized thermal scan, they will need time to mark your X-rays, analyze your case and develop a suitable treatment plan for you. For a wellness chiropractor, the goal is always to find and treat the underlying causes, not just the symptoms you experience as a result.

2. Patient Education

The Latin translation of Doctor is “to teach,” and your Chiropractic Doctor should be educating you on chiropractic care and your health. From explaining their approach, philosophy, and methods, to answering any of your questions in regards to your case; your Chiropractor should be your guide to wellness, teaching you how they can help you achieve and maintain all of your health goals.

3. Lifestyle Approach

Your chiropractor should discuss a lifestyle approach to care, often involving: stretches to build up the muscles supporting your spine, supplements and basic nutritional changes you can make to improve your health, and educating you on the importance of implementing a wellness treatment plan that will optimize your spinal health. A great wellness chiropractor will always discuss anything pertinent to your care that will help you improve your lifestyle and longevity throughout your lifetime.

4. Family Care

A wellness chiropractor should be open to providing care for your entire family, from infants to the elderly, and should encourage you to share the wellness philosophy with your loved ones. Wellness is something that should be enjoyed by everyone from the day they are born, and throughout their lives.

5. Trust

When it comes to putting your health in someone’s hands, the most important deciding factor is simple: trust. Do you trust this person with your care? Can you work with them to improve your lifestyle? Do you understand their philosophy and is it something you would like to bring into your own life? Did you connect with the Doctor you met? If you answered no to most of these questions, then this practitioner may not be for you, and that is ok. Consider the points listed above and use them as a guide to help find the chiropractor that you need.


Chiropractic care is a great preventative medicine. You do not necessarily need to be hurting to benefit from Wellness Care. Regular appointments help prevent illness, alleviate stress and optimize the immune system. To find a chiropractor that is right for you, check out The Canadian Chiropractic Associations Find a Chiro App or use Google to find a reputable chiropractor close to home.

Chiropractic Care and Children

Most problems I see in adults start in childhood. Which is why I always share with parents how important it is to place special attention on getting young children checked by a chiropractor. Whenever a new patient comes to our office and sees an infant or young child getting treated, the initial comment is always the same. “I didn’t know you could treat children!”

If you think about it, the spine is subject to stress and strain from the very moment we are born. Considering the amount of pressure on babies during labor, and the pull on the infant’s head and neck during a normal, uncomplicated delivery… it should come as no surprise that childbirth itself is the first shock the spine and nervous system will receive.

Families with Children
Chiropractic care can benefit the whole family, children included!

As parents, we are told to use caution when holding a baby. That’s because the child’s neck is very weak. After all, a newborn’s neck muscles at birth are not developed enough to support the weight of their own head. When it comes to chiropractic care for infants, this actually makes adjusting them easier. Since their muscles have not developed enough to resist the correction, not much pressure is needed to receive a spinal correction! Chiropractors can adjust a baby simply by applying gentle pressure to the child’s spine with their fingertips. Since this light pressure is all that is needed to correct the spine’s alignment in your baby, adjusting young children is extremely gentle.


“Because most problems I see in adults start in childhood, special attention should be placed on children and infants when it comes to chiropractic care.”


As your child grows, they progress from crawling to running. With this growth comes trips, slips and falls as they try new things. Over time, these incidents can create Vertebral Subluxations; which can only be felt 10% of the time. Because of the elasticity of youth, your child will often bounce back from these tumbles with no apparent symptoms. But there is always the question, “Was any harm done? Was a subluxation formed?” As a parent, it is difficult to know. Especially in cases like these where the issue is something you can’t always see.

Chiropractor’s place a considerable emphasis on structural and neurological balance. When it comes to our children, it is important to prevent an imbalance that may result from seemingly harmless childhood incidents. Untreated childhood accidents can compound over time and lead to early spinal degradation. Along with preventing compound issues, clinical evidence shows that chiropractic care can help fight common disorders and illness in children. Colds, constipation, enuresis (bed wetting), growing pains, asthma, headaches, and other conditions can be relieved through chiropractic care.

Remember, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” Some conditions that can be easily be corrected (or prevented) with chiropractic care are often neglected. These conditions, if not corrected, can grow with your child throughout their lifetime. Proper spinal care is essential to your child’s health. Don’t neglect to bring your child in for a spinal checkup.

Proper spinal care is essential to your child’s health. Don’t neglect to bring your child in for a spinal checkup. Ready to get your children in for care? Check out our tips to find a Chiropractor that is right for your entire family.


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