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Managing acute pain

Apr 2, 2015 / 5:00 am

Among the most common complaints that are treated in Chiropractic practice are acute low back and neck pain. These are often idiopathic (which means no specific cause) and in the short term can be disabling and painful. When this pain hits it will greatly reduce mobility and make the simplest...

Selling fear

Feb 20, 2015 / 5:00 am

Communication is an often overlooked, but very important aspect of either doctor-patient or therapist-patient interaction. When patients refer friends and family to certain practitioners, it is because they obviously believe that practitioner is skilled in their field, but also they must have had...

Ability to squat and lifespan

Nov 6, 2014 / 5:00 am

In my daily Chiropractic practice when helping patients with low back pain, one of the first movements I assess is the patient’s ability to squat properly. This may seem like a cruel thing to do to a person with back pain, but is actually clinically very revealing about why that patient may...

Is the 'W' sit bad for kids?

Oct 9, 2014 / 5:00 am

You know when you were growing up and your mom or dad told you not to crack your knuckles because they would grow uncontrollably (not true) or not to stare into the sun because it would damage your eyes (likely true)? There are many things like eating your vegetables and taking your vitamins that...

Strength & Conditioning Conference

Jul 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week’s column of ‘Back to Basics’ is presented by Chris Collins, MSc. CSCS, who is the owner of Okanagan Peak Performance Inc. and along with Dr. Greg Dumanoir (a previous contributor to this column) are hosts of the Okanagan Strength and Conditioning Conference which is...

Fixing your shoulder

Jun 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

Following an aggressive game of water polo at a nameless all-inclusive resort in Mexico this past winter I have been troubled by a nagging shoulder injury. It has not taken me away from work or play to this point, but has affected my quality of sleep and I have to be careful with certain...

The truth about Spinal Discs

May 1, 2014 / 5:00 am

THEY DO NOT SLIP! They bulge, they herniate, they sequester or extrude, they degenerate, but they most definitely do not slip no matter how many times people tell me they have a disc out. Patients telling me this is not their fault of course, because at some point either a friend, family member or...

Roll to better golf

Apr 3, 2014 / 5:00 am

Thank you for the responses and questions regarding my column four weeks ago about rolling exercises. Many of my patients have been using these as well as part of our treatments and they are finding them both challenging and helpful. As we head into golf season in the Okanagan, incorporating...

What is your passion?

Mar 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

For the Back to Basics column this week, I enlisted the help of Dr. Greg duManoir, PhD, CSEP-CEP who is an instructor in the School of Health & Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Here are his words on education and critical thinking: I recently had the...

Why rolling over is important

Mar 6, 2014 / 5:00 am

A few weeks ago I was able to take the Selected Functional Movement Assessment ( SFMA) course along with some other great local practitioners of varying disciplines. The SFMA and Functional Movement Systems (FMS have become very popular in North America....

Chiropractic & sciatica symptoms

Jan 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

Part of my everyday practice is to see patients with low back pain who are also experiencing related sciatic symptoms. In the course of the initial assessment one of the most important things I can do is determine if this patient is appropriate for chiropractic treatment. Through a thorough...

Is Paleo right for you?

Jan 9, 2014 / 5:00 am

At this time of year, our bodies tend to be toxic wastelands due to all the holiday celebrating that we have been doing over the last month and we are using these first couple of weeks to refocus on some healthier lifestyle choices for the new year. It is certainly no exception in our home and we...

Supplements for pain management

Nov 28, 2013 / 5:00 am

When a person gets injured or has chronic pain there are many traditional treatments and self-help strategies that are employed to help speed up recovery and reduce pain. Some examples of these would be RICE (Rest, ICE, Compression, Elevation), Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and other over...

Core exercises you are better off without

Nov 14, 2013 / 5:00 am

One of the most frequent questions that I get in my office on a day to day basis is, “what exercises can I do to strengthen my back?” For me that question is a bit of a heads up that this particular patient probably needs a bit of coaching because what would probably be a better...

Why your back hurts

Oct 31, 2013 / 5:00 am

Most patients that I see with complaints of back pain have no idea what is causing their pain. The facts are that back pain is not something that comes one day and is gone forever with a few treatments. Most people with back pain can expect to have repeated episodes. To complicate the matter and...

Choosing a personal trainer

Oct 17, 2013 / 5:00 am

Thanksgiving is over, the days are shorter and colder, and winter is definitely on its way. Although we are blessed in the Okanagan to be able to pursue outdoor activities virtually year round in our beautiful playground, many of us start looking towards local fitness centres for activity options...

The problem with "making good time"

Oct 3, 2013 / 5:00 am

This past weekend I drove to Banff from Kelowna to participate in a half marathon. It’s about a six hour drive; depending on traffic, construction (which was plentiful) and road conditions. When making a long road trip, everyone wants to get there without delay even if that means pushing...

The ankle-foot complex

Sep 5, 2013 / 5:00 am

Most of the time, our foot is the only part of our body that is in contact with the ground. Due to the time spent on the ground and the forces of our body weight and gravity, the foot has to deal with great loads of stress. If the foot/ankle complex isn’t mobile enough to distribute the...

Common questions in my office

Aug 22, 2013 / 5:00 am

Treating a wide variety of injuries, pain and general maladies in my office leads to a surprisingly common few questions which I get asked daily while treating patients. In this article, I will address three of them. What is the best chair to sit in at work? The one you use the least....

Are your sources reliable?

May 16, 2013 / 5:00 am

The recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon was very interesting from an information point of view for two main reasons. The first one was the incredible flow rate of information that was being produced; people all over the world knew about the events as they were unfolding in real time. Part of this...

About the Author

Dr. Nimchuk is one of a few full body certified Active Release Technique practitioners in the Okanagan Valley.  It has become known as the gold standard treatment for soft tissue injuries in athletics with almost every professional sports team in North America retaining the services of an ART certified Chiropractor.  Dr. Nimchuk has had the opportunity to work with many professional, Olympic and Ironman athletes.  ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.  Dr. Nimchuk employs many different chiropractic techniques including manual and instrument adjusting along with ART.

In addition to private practice, Dr. Nimchuk is a frequent speaker and consultant to business organizations on topics such as ergonomics and workplace health.  Dr. Nimchuk is also registered as a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and has worked in many high performance and rehabilitation settings.

As part of his ongoing commitment to health and fitness, Dr. Nimchuk is a clinic instructor for marathon and 1/2 marathon clinics at the Kelowna Running Room and is also the Okanagan evaluator for the RCMP Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE test).

To learn more about Dr. Nimchuk's treatments or to schedule a consultation, visit his website at or call 250-860-2212.


The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.

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