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The Compound Effect

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

When it comes to health, many of us would like to have instantaneous change when things are not well or balanced. Whether it’s for weight loss, hormonal balancing, digestive improvement, skin health, pain or mental well being…we would all like to see these things improve easily and readily. But unfortunately, that is generally not the case. As illness or poor health take time to develop, it also takes time to improve. But how do we have patience and time for creating positive change?

I recently came across a book, The Compound Effect, that speaks about a principle that we often disregard or under value. The principle is the same as the title, The Compound Effect. The author, Darren Hardy, explains it as:

“The Compound Effect is the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices. What’s most interesting about this process to me is that, even though the results are massive, the steps, in the moment, don’t feel significant. Whether you’re using this strategy for improving your health, relationships, finances, or anything else for that matter, the changes are so subtle, they’re almost imperceptible. These small changes offer little or no immediate result…

Success is earned in the moment to moment decisions that in themselves make no visible difference whatsoever, but the accumulated compounding effect is profound.”

This is a great reminder that positive change often happens with small, incremental steps.  Whether it’s taking the stairs at work, refraining from eating after 8 pm, going to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual, going for a run twice a week, shutting down all screen time an hour before bed, daily writing down something you’ve appreciated from the day…the list could go on, but I think you get the point.  Small changes are needed to achieve great change…profound change, as Hardy explains.  Doing small things is something we are all capable of, no matter how busy or full life is.  Choose one small thing you could do to enhance your life today and stick to it, commit to it and if that’s hard to do, find someone to help you with this process.  The gain and improvement in your life will be well worth it.

A Twist on Why Exercise is Good for You!

Posted on: January 8th, 2014 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

The New Year often brings aspirations of increasing exercise in our lives.  But with the demands and busyness of life, exercise is often the first thing to go on our day to day to-do lists.

The Harvard Business Review published an article about the positive relationship between regular exercise and management of the  work/home-life front.  It’s worth a read and may create more incentive to move that body, which in turn will help you feel good and reduce stress…allowing the time you do have at home and at work, to be more productive and enjoyable.  See what you think.

Harvard Business Review


A Little about Me and Osteopathy

Posted on: March 12th, 2013 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

Written by: Renata Adamczyk, Osteopath

People tend to describe me as a kind hearted individual with down to earth values. I like to keep busy with reading; preferably while sipping a nice hot tea or coffee. I always enjoy time in the kitchen, where I prepare wholesome and nutritious meals most of the time using only the ingredients I have on hand. Some dishes turn out better than others, but that goes with the territory when eating primarily gluten free foods. Setting time aside daily for physical activity is a priority as it gives me more energy for the day. I enjoy playing sports, resistance training and hiking. Being a strength coach for a university team as a hobby allows me to give back and teach young athletes proper technique, helping them with injury prevention and performance. Leading a healthy lifestyle is a part of who I am and establishes a well-rounded approach to my work.

Being a manual Osteopath at TouchStone, I get to treat others and help them with their journey towards recovery. Body ailments present themselves in many different ways; from knee aches, chronic back pain, headaches and digestion issues, the list goes on. My approach consists of hands on techniques, listening to the body’s restrictions and returning the body back to a homeostasis. Depending on the issue of concern, you may experience techniques that range from joint mobilizations, stretching, strengthening, cranial, visceral, or soft tissue release. This type of body work is all done by hand and there is no use of machines or electronic devices.

I enjoy being a health practitioner and care about the people I treat. Establishing a good rapport with patients and their path to feeling better is important to me. When you are feeling out of balance, having pain or in need of a maintenance treatment for yourself, try osteopathy. Sore feet, bad knees, headaches, back pain, constipation and bloating are some of my favourite things to work on, to name a few. From the time you walk in to the time you walk out; the goal is to move you in a healthy direction, and feel better doing it.


Renata Adamczyk, Manual Osteopath


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New Manual Osteopath at TouchStone

Posted on: January 5th, 2013 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

TouchStone Health is happy to welcome Renata Adamczyk, Manual Osteopathic practitioner to our team.


Renata has a warm and gentle disposition that nicely balances her desire to help those achieve optimal wellness with physical concerns.  She specializes in Sports Injuries, specifically neck pain, back pain and TMJ.

She will be at TouchStone on Wednesday’s and Friday’s and looks forward to assisting you in your health needs.

Inflammatory Attitudes

Posted on: September 18th, 2012 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

Written by Osteopath: Conor O’Flynn

As I was driving through some Kitchener rush hour traffic yesterday, I re-acquainted myself with the science behind emotional inflammation. There are few situations more frustrating than rush-hour traffic, and sometimes stress gets the better of us. Having a ‘toxic mood’ or a ‘fiery temper’ goes well beyond the emotional realm.

Many people tend to think of the body being separate from the emotions and the mind.  The truth, however, is that the body directly responds to the condition of the emotions. The body experiences what the mind experiences. When you are stressed, your body is stressed. This point was driven home by recent research that showed the effects of anxiety, depression and burnout on the body. As we enter one of these emotional states, the body naturally increases its levels of inflammation.

Inflammation can be implicated in almost any health-crime, from muscle soreness to cardiovascular disease.  The next time you are feeling stressed, remember what is at stake. The mind takes psychological stress and makes it a physical reality in your body. Feeling the physical pain is only going to make you feel more stress. Stop the cycle before it starts; get a hold on your stress.

Regular exercise, avoiding junk food and getting a good amount of sleep are absolutely essential to staying balanced. While at work, try closing your eyes for thirty seconds while breathing deeply. Try to breath out for twice as long as you breath in, and only open your eyes after you have had three long, steady breaths. Every exhalation is a chance to release…drop the stress before it starts to hurt!

If interested in booking an Osteopathic Appointment with Conor: please use our online booking system

What If I Could Tap Into

Posted on: June 14th, 2012 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

Poem by Bozena Niediezla, Osteopath and Homeopath.


What if I could tap into

What I will know in the future

Since everything already exists.


My youth would be wise

My old body young

My ignorance turned into insight.


Einstein says

Time can curb in the Universe

Time is not a linear phenomenon.


Why is it so

Even though we know everything

We do not access what we know.


Immediacy of senses blinds us

To see one type of reality only.

Intuition however, when active

Reaches beyond time and space dimension.

Being one with the Devine

A pray-full occasion

Opens doors to virtual world

Of geometric energies

Moving into a strange dance

Laden with symbols.


Dance of information from stellar dust

And from the forces in between.

Waves we cannot measure and easily receive.


The star dust knows everything

And we come from it.

Our body has every information

The star dust possess.

We know everything there is…

From the beginning to the end.


Why don’t we tap into it…


Bozena Niedziela

Osteopathy in Waterloo

Posted on: May 4th, 2012 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

TouchStone Health is happy that Osteopath, Conor O’Flynn is now joining our team.

Osteopathy is a wonderful tool that treats and strengthens the musculoskeletal systems to prevent further illness/disease.  If you haven’t tried it, it is something to consider.  There are a diverse array of gentle techniques used to increase joint and tissue function in order to improve circulation of blood and lymph.  Whether it is pain, immobility, stiffness or decrease function, osteopathy can help.

Conor specializes in treating lower back pain, neck pain and headaches. Whatever the health goal may be, Conor will provide a natural and enjoyable route to achieving it.  He has a strong foundation in exercise being an experienced personal trainer and athletic strength and conditioning consultant.

If interested in booking an appointment with Conor, please do so via our online booking link, you’ll be glad to did.


5 Elements Poem

Posted on: November 6th, 2011 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

This poem was written by Bozena Niedziela, the Osteopath and Homeopath at our office.  It is a tribute to the 5 Elements that govern our environment and our bodies.  A great reminder as we transition into another season.



God, ground me to the Earth

With water element in rivers and veins

In clouds and lakes and underground caves

As life principle filling each of our cells

And quenching our thirst for fluidity

In body and soul

Filtered by precious kidneys

Alkaline minerals from acidic waist.


Ground me to yourself Mother Earth

By means of shooting off my roots

Into your spleen-wood element

By sprouting oaks, maturing, reaching skies

Through leafy crowns of red, green and browns

By old age, embracing the young

To still and instill them with an exciting calm

Called wisdom and balanced fun.


Ground me, God, to the Earth

Through metal element

Turned onto jewelry of the world

Silvery and golden flakes, coppery and yellowish grains

In the soil of soils of fields, mountains and volcano depths.

Helping my lungs breath and my guts cleanse.


Connect me to the Earth through the fire element, God.

The fire that comes from the heart

Circulating blood, red and turbulent with flammable oxygen

Giving expression of liveliness in our eyes and gait.

Being able to steal the fire of gods

Ingenious ideas descend into human brains.


God, raise me to the air element

Where the crown chakra meets divine eternity

That in a sparkle of practical intelligence

We can translate your primordial language

Into earthly lives to understand all your messages

About abundance of love and nature for us

And act accordingly.

Bozena Niedziela

Osteopathy Works for Me

Posted on: June 15th, 2011 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

Osteopathy is a wonderful therapy that many people are now hearing about but still wonder what it is.  I highly encourage trying it, as it offers gentle support that yields strong and effective results.

I have been receiving osteopathic treatment for over a year now.  At first I wanted to get support for hip pain that occurred with running and wasn’t responding to other therapies.  Adjustments were made in my hips and surprisingly my ankles.  I learned that there were problems in my foot, which were the root cause of my hip pain.  Now my hip pain is completely gone and I am a happy runner once again.  Even though no injuries are present, I now go for overall preventative support of tight tension in my neck, shoulders and back.  Osteopathy is a gentle therapy that really helps me understand how my whole body is connected and ensures everything is running smoothly and properly.

If you are interested in booking an osteopathic appointment, please call the clinic at: 1-888-454-4667 or our Osteopathic Practitioner at: 519-880-6131.

Liver and Osteopathy

Posted on: May 10th, 2011 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

Written by Bozena Niedziela, Classical Homeopath and Osteopath

Osteopathic medicine is a holistic science and art and deals with both structure and function (physiology). That is why organ manipulation is a part of it. This field of osteopathy has been extensively developed and practiced in France and lately has been coming to America with full acceptance.

The interdependence of organs on each other in health and disease cannot be underestimated. For example, proper functioning of the liver requires the following:

–       Healthy pleurae (lung covering) and lungs,

–       Supple and tonic diaphragm (muscle of respiration),

–       Extensible ligamentous attachments,

–       Elasticity of liver itself,

–       Correct sub-diaphragmatic position

–       Elasticity of liver blood vessels,

–       Healthy heart.

The part of osteopathic medicine called visceral manipulation deals precisely with health of organs: their structure and physiology. And when organs are not healthy, they send messages and toxins to muscles, which in turn develop tender points and tightness. Thus,

structural changes in spine and joints are often caused by organ reflexes, not bad posture or injuries.

Liver is the main organ of detoxification (alongside kidneys), of bile production for breaking down of fats, of metabolism and storage of nutrients coming from intestines after digestion and of formation of all kinds of blood plasma proteins indispensable in many body processes. Liver also plays an immunological role.

Every organ, including liver, needs to move smoothly against other organs, which is called visceral articulation. Osteopath trained in visceral manipulation will always check organs in question for this articulation, named mobility. Good mobility will point to elastic and healthy suspensory ligaments and well lubricated, easily sliding membranes enveloping organ tissue.

Other tests are performed for so called organ motility. Motility is basically the inherent motion of all the cells of an organ as a group. Each organ waves back and forth around its own center as an expression of its vitality and aliveness. If motility is impeded either by dysfunction in articulation or by congestion changes in performance occur and disorders develop.

Unhealthy liver can be a factor in depressions, coughs, pneumonias, allergies, indigestions and many others. In practice, I find that most people have “sluggish” livers in both areas: mobility and motility.

Among many reasons for a restricted liver is the fact that most of us have very shallow breathing patterns, which means that the rib cage does not move sufficiently during the cycle. Normally, ribs should spread from each other 1-2 cm during breathing. The motion would exercise diaphragm, which in turn would improve liver mobility and motility since it sits right under this muscle. Osteopathic treatments and education remove the above-mentioned restrictions and disorders. If you find yourself suffering from any of them, book an appointment.


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