Chiropractic Care At Its Best
Always a Sickly Kid
I’ve had bad asthma since I was kid. It prevented me from doing a lot of things I wanted to do -- like sports, being outdoors, or basically anything that involved getting my heart rate up. I was always very sickly, and my inhaler stayed in my back pocket wherever I went. My asthma improved slightly as I got older, but not much. Then, in my last year of studies at UVIC, something changed.
Intense Back Pain
My major was in Chemistry and the workload was heavy. I started getting intense back pain from being bent over all the time, both from studying and being in the lab. My girlfriend (now my wife) was a nursing student and part-time aerobics instructor. She had a chiropractor in her class, and she began pestering me to go see her.
Nothing else I tried was working, so I decided to give it a try. Back then the approach to Chiropractic was very basic; a quick adjustment, and out the door you go. Well, after just a few treatments my back pain started to subside. But something else happened: my asthma got better -- way better.
An Unexpected Result
I mentioned this to my chiropractor, and she said, “Well, you know your thoracic spine is where you’re having your pain and it supplies the adrenal glands and if you’re not releasing enough adrenaline, that will restrict your bronchioles. If we we release the sublix (misalignment of the spine) with an adjustment and restore proper nerve flow, it will help your adrenaline levels return to normal.”
The Turning Point
That’s when I picked up a book and started reading about chiropractic medicine. It was a turning point in my life, and the reason I went to study at the Cleveland Chiropractic College. There I learned how the spine and the nerves have an impact on your whole body. Removing the irritation to the spinal nerve allows it to function more efficiently and can have transformative effects on your health and wellness -- often unexpectedly -- like with my asthma.
My Most Gratifying Work
I still carry an inhaler when I run, play hockey, work on our rural property in Saanichton, or just hang out with my wife and three kids -- all the things I never thought I would do when I was younger. But now it is less of a leash than a reminder of how far I’ve come. As a chiropractor, I see this kind of transformation in my practice everyday, and it is the most gratifying aspect of my work.
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Jennifer is our friendly office manager and works here part time.
Jennifer has lived and worked in Victoria her whole life and is raising her family here as well, and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. She loves the community of Saanichton and enjoys working here. Before coming to work here she worked in Medical Transcription for a few hospitals. Although she loved the complex medical challenges, she is very happy to be working directly with therapists and patients in this friendly and positive office.
Jane Hsu is a Registered Acupuncturist and Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner hailing from Taiwan, where she was a practising physician of internal medicine for 20 years. Jane immigrated with her family to Victoria in 2007. She then studied Chinese medicine for four years. This balance of theoretical and clinical experience enables her to treat acute conditions with Western medicine and utilize Chinese medicine for the root of the illness, resulting in advanced skills treating headaches, respiratory diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, arthritis, joint sprains, menstrual cramps, and postmenopausal symptoms. She is also skilled at treating symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, and stress.
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Ashley is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist (RCRT). Graduating in 2008 from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, she’s worked at Tsehum Harbour Massage Therapy clinic for five years and is now working with Peninsula Family Chiropractic for two years. Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body. Aromatouch is the clinical application of eight essential oils and oil blends which are designed to target four main issues: stress management, immune support, inflammatory response and homeostasis.
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Stephanie Woodsworth graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2015. Previously she has worked at the Boathouse Spa and Baths, Saanich Physiotherapy, Thrive Studio and A Balanced Body. She is a certified level one Fascial Stretch Therapist, a modality that incorporates passive stretching and enhances physical mobility and efficiency of motion as well as calming the nervous system. She recently completed her Yoga Teacher Training program through Moksana Yoga. She has been at Peninsula Family Chiropractic since 2015 and hopes to eventually teach yoga on the peninsula as well to complement her therapeutic approach to rehabilitation.
My first introduction to chiropractic was as a teenager after having a whiplash due to a car accident. Chiropractic combined with acupuncture was so effective for treating pain and migraine headaches that it inspired me to return to school to study Traditional Chinese Medicine and Herbology. I have been a chiropractic office assistant for over 17 years working in the Victoria area. As well I am a professional painter and I’m always doing home reno’s. This connects me to being a Realtor so… I keep busy. I believe good food is our best medicine so I aim to maintain an organic and healthy lifestyle. Gardening and growing my food (as much as possible) is very important to me. I love animals and enjoy hiking all over the island with my rescued dogs. I also love being a receptionist. It’s fun to meet so many wonderful people and be a part of their healing process. The team of practitioners in our office genuinely care for their patient’s health and well being. It makes for a positive and friendly environment and when you love what you do it shows.