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Healthy workplaces

Sep 4, 2015 / 5:00 am
A significant number of the working population that lives in the Okanagan actually works in either northern Alberta or British Columbia working in one of the many natural resource fields. The companies that operate in these industries have long recognized the importance of safety at the workplace....

Accidents & chiropractic

Jul 5, 2015 / 5:00 am
Roughly three years ago the BC Chiropractic Association and ICBC entered into a joint program that allowed for quick access to much needed care for people injured in motor vehicle accidents. Individual chiropractors were given the option of enrolling in this contract and offering it to car accident...

Collaborating on your health

Jun 2, 2015 / 5:00 am
A well-known expression in approaches to patient care is “if all you have is a hammer, all you see is a nail”. Surely this is also prevalent in other fields as well and basically means that often times a practitioner will have the patient fit into their scope of knowledge rather than...

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...
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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 (www.sfma.com SFMA) course along with some other great local practitioners of varying disciplines. The SFMA and Functional Movement Systems (FMS www.functionalmovement.com) 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...

Assessment and treatment of headaches

Apr 4, 2013 / 5:00 am
One of the most common conditions that patients present to chiropractors with is headaches. Headaches are prolific through society and billions are spent each year on treatment with painkillers and muscle relaxants. Usage of ibuprofen, acetaminophen and naproxen can provide temporary relief,...

Simple things with powerful effects

Mar 21, 2013 / 5:00 am
This past winter has seen me become something of a slow cooker enthusiast. Not only are you able to make healthy, hearty meals quickly, the smell you arrive to after work after something has been cooking for 10 hours is unbeatable! I am by no means a top notch chef, however I have found that...

Finding the balance

Mar 7, 2013 / 5:00 am
I have a confession to make. I don’t really like going to the gym anymore. Now don’t get me wrong, I love, love to exercise. I am one of the lucky people who literally can’t go through the day without doing some form of pretty strenuous activity whether it is running, biking,...

From injury to performance

Feb 21, 2013 / 5:00 am
In my practice I see a mixture of acute and chronic injuries with my patients. Having been in practice for several years now in Kelowna, I have had the pleasure of seeing many patients who enjoy more dangerous pursuits on a repeat basis for different injuries. When dealing with acute injuries there...

Fix your own back

Feb 7, 2013 / 5:00 am
Chiropractors are synonymous with treating back and neck pain. We are not the only profession that treats these types of injuries as physiotherapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and others will also see patients with similar complaints. No matter whom you prefer to see for treatment of your...

Effect of pain on function

Nov 29, 2012 / 5:00 am
Most of the time when we hear of pain we think of an injury or something bad happening. It may sound odd to hear this, but pain can actually be a good thing to experience. Our nervous system is hardwired with nerve fibers and when working properly, it detects pain or potential hazard that could...

Why is my hand numb?

Nov 1, 2012 / 5:00 am
One of the more common problems that I see in my office on a day to day basis is a patient with pain and numbness into an arm and hand. With ready access to the internet, patients will narrow down what the problem could be and will often end up under my care. Upon taking a patient’s history I...

Mixing pain medication with exercise

Oct 18, 2012 / 5:00 am
On Thanksgiving weekend I joined thousands of runners in Victoria for a ½ marathon on a cloudless, windless and temperate Sunday morning along a wonderful Oceanside course. Thousands more were right here in Kelowna for the Okanagan marathon in what was by all accounts a glorious day as well....

We are designed to move

Oct 4, 2012 / 5:00 am
Over the last several months, more research has been produced about how sitting for long stretches is bad for our health. Over a year ago, I submitted a column in this very space talking about how sitting can cause mechanical problems such as Upper Cross Syndrome and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. That...

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization

Sep 20, 2012 / 5:00 am
Hello and thanks for reading after a summer hiatus where I enjoyed a typically lovely Okanagan summer. I managed to do quite of bit of travelling through the province, exploring places I had never been to before. What a wonderful place! As fall approaches, my attention again turns towards...

Eating to lose weight

Jun 28, 2012 / 5:00 am
After my last article regarding the HCG diet, I received a lot of feedback about it on both sides of the fence. One of the topics I thought deserved a little more attention was what I believed was an effective strategy for weight loss, since I am clearly skeptical about the long term success of the...

Dissecting the HCG diet

May 31, 2012 / 5:00 am
A few years ago the HCG diet gained significant popularity in the United States and has more recently spiked in popularity here in the Okanagan. Like most plans, this is not the first appearance of the HCG diet. In fact, this exact diet was first popularized more than 60 years ago by an...

Resolving plantar fasciitis

May 17, 2012 / 5:00 am
Following up my previous article about dealing with foot pain, this column will take a closer look at plantar fasciitis, which is a very painful and frustrating condition, but can be effectively treated with smart strategies. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory (hence the “itis”)...

Fixing that pain in the foot

May 6, 2012 / 5:00 am
It may surprise readers that one of the most common injuries I see at KLO Chiropractic Centre is foot pain. Most of the foot related problems that I see are muscle, tendon or nerve based pain. Many people get foot pain with an increase in activity such as walking or changing the type of shoes that...

Do I need x-rays?

Apr 19, 2012 / 5:00 am
This is a question I hear almost daily in my office from existing and new patients. Most current clinical guidelines recommend (and this is my clinical opinion) that the majority of back and neck pain patients do not require x-rays in order to help them with a complaint. As a graduate of...

Setting up your office workstation

Apr 5, 2012 / 5:00 am
Humans have been around for thousands and thousands of years and there is some definite evidence both medically and historically that we are literally built to move. Sedentary office positions for the majority of humans have only been in existence for the last 50-60 years. Recent research has...

Injury prevention in running

Mar 8, 2012 / 5:00 am
With running season starting up around the Okanagan Valley many athletes and weekend warriors are ramping up their activities and getting themselves ready for races. The increase in activity is naturally followed by an increase in running related injuries with horrible sounding maladies such as ITB...
About the Author

Dr. Nimchuk graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic and has been practicing in Kelowna since 2008.  Dr. Nimchuk is one of a few full body certified Active Release Technique practitioners in the Okanagan Valley. It has become known as a very effective treatment for muscle and nerve in athletics with almost every professional sports team in North America retaining the services of an ART certified Chiropractor. Dr. Nimchuk has worked with athletes ranging from weekend warriors to Olympic champions and brings the same philosophy and treatment approach to every patient.

Dr. Nimchuk has recently opened Momentum Health, a new interdisciplinary health centre in downtown Kelowna.  The centre offers chiropractic, registered massage therapy and exercise therapy. 

In addition to being a chiropractor, Dr. Nimchuk is also registered as a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, which is the highest level of professional fitness certification available in Canada.

In addition to private practice, Dr. Nimchuk works with both the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Border Services Agency as a consultant to assist recruits and members reach and maintain the required health and fitness for their work. Dr. Nimchuk also a frequent speaker to business organizations and community groups on topics such as injury prevention, ergonomics and workplace health.

Please visit our website at www.momentumkelowna.com or call us at 778-484-6070.



The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.


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