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New Chiropractor at TouchStone Health treating the Whole Person with Various Modalities

Posted on: January 29th, 2018 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

We are happy to welcome Dr. Jocelyn Hayes, D.C. to TouchStone Health.

Jocelyn is a Chiropractor who has a unique practice style, incorporating various modalities to assist you in your health journey, whether that is achieving recovery from injury, injury prevention or wanting to optimize your state of health and well-being.  She is warm and friendly, incredibly knowledgeable and open to working with you to create the right treatment plan, specific to your needs.  Jocelyn is known for treating the whole person and is passionate about you feeling comfortable with the treatment plan created for you.

Dr. Jocelyn Hayes, D.C. works with various modalities to help you with your health goals.  These are:

These various modalities are often used in combination to ensure you have the right care package, specific to your needs.

Some of her favourite conditions to work with include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Pregnancy related pain
  • TMJ or Jaw Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Golfers and Tennis elbow
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

If are you interested in becoming a patient of Dr. Jocelyn Hayes, D.C. please use our online booking system to find a day and time that work for you.  If you have any questions she is happy to do a 10 or 15 min consultation over the phone or in person to answer any questions you would have before booking in.

Acupuncture IVF Treatment Plan

Posted on: January 23rd, 2018 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

By Anna Totzke, Registered Acupuncturist

Acupuncture has been used to optimize women’s fertility for over 2000 years. There have been several recent clinical studies showing that acupuncture for IVF can:

-Increase your chances of implantation and full-term births.

-Minimize symptoms associated with ART treatments.

-Reduce stress and help you relax before and during IVF.

Acupuncture: To Prepare for IVF

Starting acupuncture treatments 2-3 + months before your IVF cycle is ideal to help prepare your body for pregnancy, to encourage relaxation, to balance any underlying health concerns, and focus on the maturation of the egg.

One acupuncture treatment a week is recommended if acupuncture is started 2-3 months ahead but if acupuncture treatments are started 1 month or less before the IVF cycle, twice a week is recommended.

Acupuncture During the IVF Cycle: (days are approximate)

DAY 1-3 Menstrual Period – One acupuncture treatment

DAY 6-11 Follicular Development – One acupuncture treatment

Acupuncture can alleviate the side-effects of hormonal stimulation, improve blood flow to the ovaries and uterus (resulting in better ovarian response and a receptive endometrium).

DAY 11-14 Days leading into Trigger Injection and/or Day of – 1-2 treatments

Day 14- 16  After Egg Collection – One acupuncture treatment

Acupuncture can help recover from the procedure and prepare the uterus for implantation. This treatment also helps with any bloating and ease cramping after egg collection.

Day Of / Day Before Transfer – One acupuncture treatment

Research shows that this treatment significantly increases pregnancy rates.

Day after to week after Transfer – One treatment following transfer and one about a week later

These treatments promote implantation and eases any anxiety.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Anna Totzke, R.Ac.

Meal Plans to Help Make your Life Easier

Posted on: August 21st, 2017 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

Do you find it intimidating or overwhelming to prepare healthy foods for yourself or your family?  This is a common reasons why most people struggle with clean eating.  We all know the basics of eating better – lots of vegetables, added fruits, healthy proteins and clean carbohydrates work for many but it’s hard to actually do this on a consistent basis.

Diet meal with friends

Many people’s lives are full…full of many things and eating healthy foods generally falls off the priority list or is forgotten.  By the end of a busy day/week, it’s hard to make good decisions that are in alignment with how we wish to be eating.  Check out this article on Decision Fatigue by The Harvard Business Review.  Do you ever find yourself eating well and clean for the first part of your day but by the end are eating foods you wish you hadn’t?  We make dozens, some studies report hundreds of food-related decisions throughout our day and after deciding many things throughout the course of a day, we are tired and start making easier decisions which usually results in poorer choices for our health.  I know for myself, I have ideals of eating healthy foods but sometimes the inspiration falls short and I’m eating the same thing over and over or eating rice crackers and hummus at the end of a long day which although is an ok food, not a match for my constitution which does better on vegetables and a light protein.

So, we have begun a new program to help you eat clean and take away the work of deciding what to eat and when.  We are now developing Healthy Meal Plans to suit your specific dietary needs.  Weekly or Monthly recipe plans are put together for your specific needs.  Foods can be avoided specific to your needs and menus can be created specifically for your health goals (example: dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, FODMAP, Anti-inflammatory, PCOS, Thyroid, Autoimmune, etc).

What’s included:

-a detailed shopping list is given for your plan

-a to-do list for the week of prepping food

-all the recipes

-micro and macronutrient breakdown

-caloric breakdown

And…we can make it for whatever serving size you want.  If you have a family of 5 we can ensure all recipes are specific for your 5 people or for one person. Prepping your week/month is incredibly easy as we do the work for you.

We started this program a month ago as many people were sharing their desire to eat well but that more support was needed to stay interested and consistent.  We hope this is the solution to help.  Pricing is located on our Meal Plan page and ask your Naturopathic Doctor: Dr. Cressman, N.D. or Dr. Reidl, N.D. if you have any other questions.

Attached is a sample 3-day eating plan to let you know what a plan would potentially look like.  sample-diet

This helps make eating delicious, healthy foods easier.


Psoas muscle and its connection to stress…..

Posted on: July 20th, 2017 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

Written by: Natalie Poynton, RMT


Stress is a common factor of many peoples lives in society today. With decisions to make, growing families, career paths and more connection to today’s society it is fair to say that many of us feel an increase in stress in some way…whether it be considered a negative stress or positive one.  Question is, how does it impact us personally? Forget everyone for a moment… think of just you…how does stress impact you?

So while you are thinking of you and identifying your stress and the impact it has, let’s take a look at what stress is and how it can really impact the body.

What is stresses impact on the body? What are the general factors? How do they impact you?

Stress is going to increase muscle tension which physically impacts our bodies, leading to symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain, muscles aches and various pains.

Everyone feels the impacts of stress in many different ways, which may lead to many different effects; but most commonly we feel pain. But what is the pain we feel, can we explain it or can it be defined? Do you know where the pain is coming from? This can sometimes lead to unexplained pain, which becomes a hardship in so many peoples lives. Remember, define your pain: Don’t let it define you!!

Here is a theory for you…something to consider…

Stress is commonly known to impact our muscles with tension, and some muscles increase in tension without us consciously knowing, like our Psoas muscle.

The Psoas muscle is a long muscle located on either side of our vertebral column(spine) and brim of the pelvis. Our Psoas muscle is also known as the “muscle of the soul”.  It is one of the largest muscles in the body and it is in a place where we often store stress or trauma that can literally influence our mood and outlook on life. This is our bodies connection to the intake of stress. If we are holding onto this stress it has got to go somewhere…commonly we feel it in our shoulders as tension, some may feel pain usually located in their back or stomach and that is our connection to Psoas.

Fear, anxiety, irritability, changes in mood are all part of feeling stress, this can inhibit our ability to think clearly thus creating an unhealthy perspective that can cause harm and build up stress in our bodies. With Psoas being our “muscle of the soul” this is where the tension is stored, causing us pain and discomfort. Having this connection will help guide you to positive healing.

In turn to the stress and need to decrease pain and tension, the psoas needs to be released.  Pressure can be applied to the muscles’ tendon at the pelvic attachment and the tension slowly starts to decrease.  Techniques using pressure release can also be used by applying moderate pressure through the abdomen.  Having this care can not only provide muscle release; it can help you find balance in physical, mental and emotional health and healing as a whole.

Kale Chip Recipe

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

Kale has made a serious come back from being one of the most unpopular veggies around to the most talked about.  I remember having to eat a cup of cooked kale/day when I had mono, some 25 years ago.  I had to eat this for a month straight, at the request of my dad who wanted to ensure I was eating nutrient dense foods to help heal.  Eating this kale helped boost my antioxidants, increased my immune supporting vitamins A and C, was anti-inflammatory and high in iron.

As trendy as it is now, it is an amazing food that provides numerous benefits to various health conditions.  I wasn’t impressed with eating it 25 years ago, but appreciated my father’s insight into knowing I would benefit from it.  If you are unsure of trying this popular food out, I’d recommend trying this recipe, as it’s delicious and easy to make.

Vegan “Cheesy” Kale Chips – Little Green Dot

I made mine with a dehydrator with 1/2 the seasons as recommended and they were tasty.  See what you think…a fun summer treat.



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