Dr. Anita Chopra

Dr. Anita Chopra D.C., B.A. graduated with her Doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls in July 2011. While in New York, she completed her internship at the New York Chiropractic College Levittown Health Centre in Levittown, NY.  Prior to obtaining her Doctorate she completed my Bachelors of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in London, ON.  Dr. Chopra is licensed to practice in Ontario through the College of Chiropractors of Ontario.  In addition to being able to practice in Ontario, she has completed her Board Examinations to practice in the US.

She is happy to be serving the communities in which she grew up in by working with patients of all ages – infants to adults.  

Dr. Anita Chopra is focused on the promotion of health and wellness, and the prevention of illness. Her goal is to optimize your health and wellness and get you to work at your maximum potential.

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Beginner’s Meditation Series

Join facilitator Lynne Suraci for a 4-week meditation series.

Meditation is the act of calling all parts of our busy selves back to our centre or the present.  From there we can regroup, restore and reflect on where we have been, where we are now, and where our paths are leading us.

This beginner’s meditation class will include the following topics:

Week one: Introduction to meditation

Week two: Guided visualization

Week three: Energy exercises (eg protection and awareness of our energy field)

Week four: Spiritual tools

Dates:  Tuesdays September 23rd, 30th, October 7th, 14th, 2014  6:30-9:00pm

Contact us to register

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Gluten-Free…Cool or Craze?

The benefits of being “Gluten Free” have been called into question numerous times over the past few months.   I feel there is a great deal of confusion surrounding this topic.  Many patients who come to see me erroneously assume that a gluten-free diet is the healthiest option.  In my experience, I see that many who embrace a gluten-free diet end up consuming a lot more sugar, salt, corn, and refined grain than they would on a regular gluten-containing diet.  Gluten-free has fallen in with a number of other trendy diets and my opinion is that most people are better off sticking with a balanced, whole-foods diet that includes most foods in moderation.

Don’t get me wrong; some people truly are gluten sensitive (which is distinct from celiac disease.)  Their bodies may be producing IgG antibodies (a class of immune cells) against gluten, which is a protein found in several grains including wheat, spelt, kamut and several others.  For those people, consuming gluten can result in a range of symptoms including gastrointestinal discomfort, irregular bowel movements, fatigue, irritability, mental fogginess, and more. Those who have a gluten-sensitivity do need to avoid gluten either temporarily or long-term, depending on what the underlying cause of the sensitivity is.  Celiac disease, where the body forms IgA antibodies (another class of immune cells) is a condition where even more severe symptoms may be observed with gluten intake.  Those with Celiac disease need to be very careful to avoid all traces of gluten.

 

For the vast majority, though, “going gluten-free” is just one more way of restricting, modifying or otherwise controlling food intake.  The problem, however, is that many gluten-free foods are full of sugar, salt, and corn, and low in vitamins, minerals and fibre.

 

Instead of gluten-free, I would suggest taking a look at the grains you are consuming.  Most of us consume copious amount of wheat and low levels of many other healthy grains such as oats, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa (a seed that is often lumped in with grains) and brown rice.  Limiting your intake of wheat, may be a good idea and eating more legumes and vegetables in place of some of the other grains in your diet may be an even better idea.

If you do need to follow a gluten-free diet, be wise about your choices.  The gluten-free “boom” has resulted in a lot of prepared gluten-free foods that include less-than-optimal ingredients.  If you are gluten-free, consider passing up the gluten-free breads, crackers, cakes, cookies, etc and opting for more wholesome choices such as legumes, fruit and vegetables.

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Castor Oil Pack

The castor bean (Oleum ricini), also known as Palma Christi, can be placed over the abdomen, usually with heat applied.  The oil is absorbed into the lymphatic circulation to provide a soothing, cleansing, and nutritive treatment, which stimulates immune function and tonifies internal organs.

 

Castor Oil Pack (COP) Procedure:

  • First wash the flannel (if new) in warm water and dry.  Fold flannel into 2-3 thicknesses to fit over your entire abdomen.
  • Soak flannel with castor oil, and wring out until damp like a wash cloth.  The first few times you use it, it will seem there is too much oil present.  However, be patient and usually after several applications, the flannel will have just the right amount of castor oil.
  • Lay wool blanket, old sheet, large sheet of plastic and old towel out on the surface you will be lying on.  This will prevent staining.
  • Lie on your back, with your feet elevated (pillow under knees and feet), placing flannel over abdomen, liver or uterus; cover with a small sheet of plastic and towel and then place a hot water bottle or heating pad on top.
  • Wrap yourself in the sheet and wool blanket.
  • Leave pack on 45-60 minutes.  Watch TV, read or just relax.  Some people wear the pack all night using an ace bandage to hold it in place.

Use the COP between as frequently as you can.  Ideally, it should be used at least 3x/week, except during menstruation.

To avoid a detox reaction, be sure to drink lots of water on the days that a COP is being used.

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What is Thermography?

Clinical Thermography, otherwise known as Digital Infrared Imaging (DII), is based on a careful analysis of skin and tissue temperatures.  It is a diagnostic procedure that allows practitioners to see where there is abnormal chemical and blood vessel activity in body tissue.

Digital infrared imaging scans show function, physiology and metabolism of tissues in the body.  With each scan, an image is formed which is evaluated for signs of possible disease or injury. Research has established normal values for the distribution of heat in each region of the body. Variations from these normal values are measured and correlated with suspected injuries or diseases in the same way a blood or urine laboratory study is interpreted.

The use of Thermographic Imaging is based on the principle that metabolic activity and vascular circulation in inflamed or irregular tissue is different than that of normal tissue.  Thermography uses ultra-sensitive medical infrared camera and sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution images of temperature variations in these tissues.  Because of the extreme sensitivity of Thermography, these temperature variations may be among the earliest signs of tissue irregularity.

Is Thermography Safe?
Over thirty years of clinical use and more than 8,000 peer-reviewed studies in medical literature have established thermography as a safe and effective means to examine the human body.  It is FDA approved in the United States since 1982 and has been used there and in Europe for over twenty years.

Thermography is a non-invasive test. It simply creates an image of your body by measuring your heat. There is no contact of any kind, nor is there any pain or radiation.

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Injury Prevention While Training

As the weather warms up and the buds start coming up, we Canadians rejoice at the opportunity to finally shed our heavy outerwear and get back to outdoor activities.  Parks and neighbourhoods become populated with power walkers, joggers, cyclists, in-line skaters and other active folks.  For most, outdoor training provides an experience that you just can’t get in a gym!  If you are embarking on a training program, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to minimize risk of injury.

1. Start slowly.  Allow your body adequate time to build the strength it needs to support your joints during activity.

2. Don’t overdo it.  Some studies indicate that the amount of training accrued in the previous month is a good indicator for the injury risk of this month.  This may be due to muscle fatigue or increased wear and tear

3. Keep the Balance.  A physical imbalance puts extra strain on joints, muscles and connective tissue.  Physical therapies like Massage Therapy, Bowen Therapy and Chiropractic Medicine help to keep bodies structurally in balance and free from injury.

4. If you experience pain, STOP.  This one seems logical, but one that is often ignored.  Pain is the body’s way of indicating that something is wrong.  Don’t ignore the message!

5. As you increase your intensity and frequency of training, be sure to also allocate enough time for rest.

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What is Live Blood Cell Microscopy?

Live Blood Cell Microscopy is the analysis of living blood under a powerful microscope connected to a camera and monitor.

The condition and quality of your red blood cells have a direct impact on your present and future health, with stress and disease appearing in the blood years before they manifest in the body. Live blood testing enables us to see your blood exactly as it behaves inside your body, giving a clear picture of your health at a cellular level.

Disease appears as stress in the blood sometimes years before manifesting as symptoms in the body. Live Blood Cell Microscopy can detect the potential for disease very early on, so is an excellent preventative tool. Live Blood Cell Microscopy does not claim to diagnose disease.

Live Blood Cell Microscopy can show:

* the condition, shape, and health of your red blood cells
* the condition, vitality, quantity, and behaviour of your white blood cells
* free radical damage
* acid/alkaline imbalances
*blood sugar imbalances
* tendency to sluggish lympathics
* bacteria and parasites
* undigested proteins and fats
* hormonal imbalances
* vitamin and iron deficiencies
* uric acid crystals and other crystals
* poor circulation, poor oxygenation
* stressed liver
* presence of allergies and infections

When you see your blood live for the first time, you realize that there is incredible dynamic activity taking place within you!  Seeing is knowing.

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Why Cleanse?

Just as this time provides a natural opportunity to clean our homes and yards of accumulated waste, it is a great time to cleanse the body of accumulated toxins.

Our cells are constantly creating waste through normal metabolic functions.  In addition, we are exposed to a vast array of toxins through food, air, body products, cleaning products, etc. which add a toxic burden to our bodies.  While our bodies have magnificent systems of detoxification, these systems can become easy overwhelmed with our busy and, often, unhealthy lifestyles.

When our organs of detoxification (such as the liver) become over-worked, toxins can build up and may even become deposited in tissues, leading to fatigue, and chronic illness.  This is where the importance of a healthy elimination system comes in and where a cleanse can help.

Top 5 Benefits of a gentle Spring Cleanse:

  1. Improved Digestion; a digestion system that isn’t moving well cannot effectively eliminate toxins
  2. Increased Energy; as toxins are removed from the body, physiological functions become more efficient.
  3. Prevention of chronic disease; regular drainage can prevent toxin deposit in tissues which may lead to chronic disease
  4. Weight loss; this is often a side effect of cleansing as less healthy foods are removed from the diet and nutrient intake is maximized
  5. Clearer skin; as toxins leave the body and cells become more hydrated, rejuvenated skin will glow

 

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Tips for success with health goals

1. Keep it simple.  Choose a few things that will make a positive difference in your life and focus on those.  Stick to simple, easy-to-prepare meals.

2. Write it down.  People who write down their goals are far more likely to actually achieve them.  Whether your goal is to reduce sugar to a specific level, consume a certain volume of water, or include a certain amount of a healthy food, be specific and write it down.

3. Get excited!  Choose things you actually want and hopefully that will be enjoyable to do or achieve!  If you find you are resistant to what you are trying to do, ask yourself why?

4. Change your brain.  Did you know that you can actually change the way your brain works?  There are so many ways to do this, but here I’ll mention visualization and meditation, which can work together.  Visualization is a tried and true tool for achieving goals.  Meditation is a way to become more conscious of your mind’s activities and exercise control over them.

5. Plan ahead.  Planning  ensures a smooth experience.  In addition to setting goals, you need to figure out how you will achieve them.  If your goal is to get to consume 4 cups of leafy greens per day, include these on your grocery list and put them into your meal plan.  If you plan to follow a specific diet, be sure to have those foods on hand to prevent “slipping” when you need a snack or a meal in a hurry.

6. Get help.  As part of your plan to achieve your goals, you might need some help from others.  Support is a key factor in success.  Join us on Facebook for updates, encouragements and general tips.  Feel free to post your experiences, challenges and successes!

7. Don’t give up!  Practice truly does make perfect.  Nobody is ever good at something the first time they do it, so if you fall off the resolution wagon, climb back on and try again.  The more you practice your new behaviour or habit, the better you will become and the easier it will be to continue!

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Is Acupuncture For Me?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of treatment used to bring balance, longevity and health the body.

According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians through which, “Qi”, vital energy runs. Any blockage in the flow of Qi will result in illness, pain, or loss of health.  The insertion of very thin, sterile needles at specific points, will ensure proper energy flow along these channels and will relieve pain and restore health.

A traditional treatment would entail 6-8 (or occasionally up to 12) weekly or biweekly session to encourage long-standing change.

Acupuncture is safe for most people and is an effective method of treatment for a wide range of disorders including:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Digestive Complaints
  • Joint Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Low Resistance to Illness
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Depression

and many more….

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