Safe, Ethical and Effective

by Tamara | on Aug 26, 2013 | 6 Comments

Massage Therapy – Safe, Ethical, Effective Care for Your Well-Being

Your experience of massage may be one of soothing nurturance, but did you know how much training and credentialing your massage therapist has received? In Ontario, Registered Massage Therapists are one of 21 regulated health professions, defined under the same Regulated Health Professions Act as physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, chiropractors, dental hygienists and others.

“Massage Therapists assess and treat physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints of the body, mostly by hands-on manipulation. Assessment and treatment can include orthopedic and neurological testing, soft tissue manipulation (Swedish massage is the most commonly used technique), hydrotherapy, remedial exercise programmes and client education programmes.”

Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) attend a diploma level program at a recognized vocational school or community college, and must pass rigorous exams both at the training school level at the regulatory college level before receiving the protected RMT title. RMTs adhere to a code of ethics, abide by principles of the Charter on Professionalism, meet and exceed competency standards and are required to obtain continuing education units to keep their knowledge and skills current. A quality assurance program provides evaluation and improvement of an RMT’s competency. To learn more visit the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario website at



Daffodil Days

by Jaty Tam ND | on May 16, 2012 | No Comments

April is Daffodil Month – a cancer awareness and fundraising month run by the Canadian Cancer Society here in Canada and the American Cancer Society in the US.  You may have seen volunteers selling fresh-cut daffodils in the TTC and many of your fellow Canadians sporting a plastic daffodil pin on their lapels. Why is this such an important month?

Every 3 minutes,
cancer picks a fight with another Canadian.

I’ve known a number of people both in my private and professional lives who have been affected with cancer, and I can see first-hand how this is a disease that affects not only the cancer patients but everyone around them as well.  What I love about the Daffodil campaign is that it’s not just about research or about finding a cure.  It’s also about support and that may be one of the most important aspects of helping someone deal with cancer. The Daffodil Month website has a great page with 30 ways that your donations can help – and include such things as: conferences for cancer patients and their caregivers, cancer information in over 100 languages, and providing rides to cancer treatments.  Read about all 30 ways here.

So for this month, the team at WWHC is sending out a special message of support, and will be wearing our daffodil pins, for our patients, families and friends who are currently fighting cancer, are survivors of cancer, or anyone who has had cancer touch their lives in some way.  Our hearts are with you.

Written by Clinic Director & Naturopathic Doctor Jaty Tam ND

Loving Your Heart!

by Jaty Tam ND | on Feb 16, 2012 | No Comments

February is Heart Month in more ways than one. Valentine’s day celebrates the spiritual and emotional heart we share with our loved ones, and it’s also a campaign organized by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada to mobilize Canadians to rally together in raising awareness about heart disease.

You may have seen their commercial on TV with the slogan “Make Death Wait”, which is about heart disease and stroke being the “#1 killer of women – taking more women’s lives than all forms of cancer combined.”

Heart disease is the silent killer of 1 in 3 Canadians. If you think about it, you probably know at least one person, or most likely a handful of people, who suffer from heart disease, which includes high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, and diabetes. Diabetes is included because high blood sugar can increase the damage to the inside of your artery walls, leading to cholesterol deposits, plaque formation and high blood pressure which can then lead to heart attack or stroke. Diabetes is growing at epidemic rates both in the US and Canada. In fact, what used to be called “adult-onset diabetes” because it developed later in life, has now be re-coined as “type 2 diabetes” due to the high incidence of teenagers and older children developing this type of diabetes. A great article here about how diabetes is affecting Canadians.

Are pharmaceutical medications the only answer for heart disease and diabetes? NO! Diet and lifestyle changes alone can have a dramatic impact on your heart health, and an even bigger improvement comes when combined with other holistic and natural therapies, such as herbs, natural health products (like fish oils and CoQ10), acupuncture, stress management techniques, and many more. An often cited study has shown that just walking 30 minutes per day and losing 5-7% of your body weight can decrease your risk of developing diabetes by more than 50%!

Take control of your heart health by having your family doctor or Naturopathic doctor assess your risk for heart disease. Go out and be active this month in celebration of your heart!

Written by Clinic Director & Naturopathic Doctor Jaty Tam ND

Breaking up is hard to do

by Jaty Tam ND | on Jan 10, 2012 | No Comments

Happy New Year! With the beginning of 2012, many of us are thinking of New Year’s resolutions… What is yours? Lose weight? Eat healthier? Spend more time with the kids? Spend more time “relaxing”? Quitting smoking?

Over 4.7 million Canadians lit up in 2010, according to Health Canada. We all know the negative health benefits of cigarettes. In a recent workplace Quick Stop Smoking group support session I recently facilitated, I asked the group how smoking might be helping them achieve an “image”. The group discussed how if asked that question 10 years ago, many people would have said cigarettes made them seem cool, dangerous, or sophisticated. But now, the image is actually negative – most people frown on smoking and most of their friends who don’t smoke encourage them on a regular basis to quit.

This changing of trends is seen in Health Canada stats, even when looking just back 3 years. In 2009, 50% of total smokers were currently smoking, with 41% smoking daily. In 2010, current smokers dropped to 39%! Which translated to almost 1.5 million people QUITTING smoking between 2009 and 2010. I’m eager to see what the statistics are for 2011, and I hope the trend continues.

62% of adult smokers intend to quit in the next 6 months?  Are you one of them? National Non-Smoking Week (NNSW) is just around the corner – January 15th – 21st.  A great time to join thousands of other Canadians in butting out. The NNSW website has a bunch of wonderful resources.  Check out the Bibliography and FactSheet sections towards the bottom of the page.

If you are seriously thinking about quitting, do something about it! There are a lot of options out there – talk to your health professional.  You can also visit our Quit Smoking Resources page, and find out more about our unique blended therapy Quick Stop Smoking program, which includes laser therapy, acupuncture, hot stone massage, reflexology and aromatherapy.

Written by Clinic Director & Naturopathic Doctor Jaty Tam ND

Happy Holidays!

by Jaty Tam ND | on Dec 14, 2011 | No Comments

The holiday season can be a fun time filled with parties, celebrations and social gatherings, but it can also cause some people anxiety and stress.  Feelings of stress can be caused by a busy schedule of shopping and social events, financial stress, and unrealistic expectations we may place on ourselves or others during this time.

Here are 5 tips for reducing holiday stress:

  1. Pace yourself. Don’t take on more than you can handle. Make a list and prioritize the most important activities and events. Make sure to reserve some “me time” and time doing things you truly enjoy.
  2. Keep track of your spending. It’s easy to lose track of how much you spend only to realize you’ve gone over budget when the credit card bill comes next month. To avoid this, make a realistic budget and keep track of how well you are able to keep up with it, adjusting the budget if necessary so there are no surprises in January.
  3. Let others help you. Instead of taking on too many holiday tasks on your own, let others share the responsibility. It is the time for giving, and most people will be happy to lend a hand, allowing you to spend more quality time with family.
  4. Avoid excessive drinking. Alcohol is a depressant and can often cause both physical and emotional repercussions the next morning. Drink in moderation by alternating a glass of water with each alcoholic beverage.
  5. Live in the moment.  At such a busy time of year, it is easy to lose yourself in tasks or activities and let the present moment pass you by. Instead of focusing on “the good old days” or worrying about what the future may hold, take in the good moments as they are happening NOW.

For more on holiday stress, check out MedicineNet’s article.

All of us at Work Well Health Canada are wishing you a happy, joyful, and stress-free holiday season!

Written by Clinic Director & Naturopathic Doctor Jaty Tam ND

Pain Awareness Week

by Jaty Tam ND | on Dec 06, 2011 | No Comments

National Pain Awareness Week is Nov 6 – 12.  This week is promoted by the Canadian Pain Coalition (CPC), whose mission it is to promote sustained change and improvement in pain management across Canada.

Here are some pain facts from the CPC’s website:

  • 17% to 31% of the general community report chronic pain.
  • 50% of hospitalized patients report acute pain of moderate to severe intensity.
  • People in pain miss work, spend time in hospital and visit the doctor often.
  • Pain is almost unmentioned in medical training.
  • Severe shortage of acute pain services and pain clinics in hospital settings.
  • Outpatients who report pain of chronic duration to health care professionals are often dismissed, or are accused of malingering.
  • There is a large gap between what is known and what is practiced in the treatment of all kinds of pain

What an interesting contrast between modern Western Medicine and Complementary and Alternative Medicines, like Acupuncture and Naturopathy. Pain is often treated only in severe conditions in medicine, such as arthritis or end-stage cancer, and it is done more in a palliative way.  In contrast, even the slightest pain or discomfort is treated with great importance in Naturopathic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. In fact, acupuncture is highly recognized by the medical community at large for its astounding results in pain management.

Our winter newsletter has some tips from our Traditional Chinese Doctor, Shannon Williams, about some home remedies to help manage pain.  Shannon also spearheads our Pain Management program, which has helped many clients recover from both major and minor pain conditions. Don’t ignore your pain. You don’t have to live with it!

Written by Clinic Director & Naturopathic Doctor Jaty Tam ND

Flu & Healthy Workplace Month

by Jaty Tam ND | on Oct 12, 2011 | 1 Comments

As October hits, Ontario is gearing up for flu season.  Flu clinics are opening their doors in an effort to curb the infection rate. It’s also the time for that annual decision every Ontarian has to make about whether or not to get the flu vaccine, and how to prevent the flu and common cold. Read Dr. Jaty Tam’s article “Dispelling the Flu Vaccine” for a balanced view to help you make the best choice for yourself and your family.

Workplaces are hard hit during flu season as employees are not only calling in sick for themselves or to take care of their young kids, but they are also passing on the virus to co-workers, compounding the problem.  When hit hard, a workplaces have seen up to 30% of its workforce out sick at once. Read Lynda Cranston’s article “Battling the Flu on the Work Front” for more on the benefits of a corporate flu campaign.

October is also National Healthy Workplace Month, which encourages Canadian organizations to promote the benefits of workplace health. This year’s theme: “Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Work…Simple Goals for Everyone”. Visit the Healthy Workplace Month website for more information and to see how your organization can be showcased nationally for best practices in workplace wellness.

Written by Clinic Director & Naturopathic Doctor Jaty Tam ND

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