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Music program allows for healthy development BY KIRSTEN PALARDY Red Deer Express Kindermusik is an international program that has been around for many years and focuses on development of children by using music. Instructor Val Hughes said the program is respected and trusted by parents and is known for its ability to improve the physical, mental and emotional health of children and their parents. “The beauty of this program is that it allows for the development of all health aspects,” said Hughes. By adding coordinated movements, titles of movements, lyrics to songs and stories and a large group of children to the mix, Kindermusik focuses on many areas of learning. Hughes runs programs from newborn to six years of age and said it prepares children for their life-long learning career once they get into school. “All the activities that we do are very intentional and focus on certain areas of their development including social skills and physical coordination.” She said it can be noticed that some children have poor posture or coordination because they didn’t begin working on these skills until they reached school age.

“Kindermusik helps build stepping stones of movement so that later they are more coordinated and later have more visual and spatial awareness.” Hughes said even at the beginning of the Kindermusik program, for the newborns, there are things that she encourages to help with the relationship between parent and baby as well as development of the baby. “For the baby stage we educate the parents and give them the tools and information on how music can influence the development of their baby and how to use it at home.” Hughes said she often hears that people listen to music all day in their homes, but said that is just the background noise for parent and child. “There is a big difference between listening to music and taking an active part in the music with movement and learning lyrics.” She went on to say that there are very few children who don’t connect with the program and that a lot of parents find that their children look forward to their

Kindermusik classes every week. “Through the program we want these children to become healthy, happy, human beings that are earner to learn and know different ways to learn.” Through the music Hughes said there are patterns and children learn the correlation between words and the meanings they hear in the songs. “They also work on memory skills and language skills,” she said. “Children who know more nursery rhymes and songs are better readers later in school.” The program is extremely accepting of all children and Hughes said it can be hugely beneficial even to children with any form of special needs. “This program can be just as beneficial to special needs children as to any other because they are able to connect with the music and sometimes are able to do more so.” For more information on the program visit

MUSICAL MOMENTS - Local Kindermusik students take part in numerous activities on a weekly basis with instructor Val Hughes as part of the national Kindermusik program. Kirsten Palardy/Red Deer Express

COVER PHOTO - Bonnee Gregg and Andrew Moseson work together to create complex poses in Acro Yoga at the Breathing Room in Red Deer. photo illustration by Tanis Reid

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Do you suffer with Back or Neck Pain?...There is help! FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS:

If you ou or a loved one suffers from back and neck pain caused by herniated erniated or bulging discs, facet syndrome, degenerative disc disease, spinal di i l stenosis, i pinched i h d nerves and d other h spinal i l afflictions. Spinal Care Canada has a nonsurgical and drug-free answer for disc related syndromes of the lumbar or cervical spine. Many people across the country have found relief from the pain associated with these spinal conditions. Spinal Care Canada uses computeraided technology to apply gentle, nonsurgical decompression to your spine, increasing circulation into the spinal discs and joints, thus helping to relieve the symptoms that cause pain.

How soon will I see results? Many patients experience a significant reduction in pain early in the treatment program, however, every patient will respond differently and it is important to complete all the recommended treatments to achieve maximum healing.

Can I still go to work? Yes! Many patients get treatments before work, after work or during their lunch break.

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Not at all. Your treatment sessions are comfortable and relaxing.

Spinal Care Canada uses a three stage protocol; Spinal Decompression, Whole Body vibration, and Laser Therapy. With this three stage protocol Spinal Care Canada is able to address more then just pain relief, it is able to address the muscles, tendons, verterbal bodies, joints, disc, and inflamtion. This allows Spinal Care Canada to aim towards a corrective approach. The spinal discs have no blood supply of their own; UNLIKE muscles, bones and internal organs that get a fresh supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients with every beat from the heart. Spinal discs absorb what they need very slowly from the surrounding area. If they become compressed from an injury, the effects of age, a sedentary lifestyle, genetics or any other reason, they will stay compressed causing pain. While the spinal discs are compressed they cannot heal, they cannot expand nor absorb the healing nutrients required for a healthy spine. Spinal Care Canada Decompression Solution is effective because the computer monitored pulling action can act to expand the discs, which in turn floods the discs with water, oxygen and nutrients. This helps to foster an improved healing response and allows the discs to heal themselves. Simply put less compression equals more nutrients being absorbed by the disc tissue. It’s like opening the floodgates for your spine! Spinal Care Canada Decompression Solution can help turn back the clock and regain the cushioning function that the discs once had! HOW DOES WHOLE BODY VIBRATION AFFECT THE BODY? Like aerobic and anaerobic exercise, wholebody vibration increases physical strength, dexterity and endurance. Heightened circulation increases absorption of oxygen while mechanical oscillations create tendon stretch reflexes to stimulate involuntary muscle contractions throughout the body. The vibration action promotes the production of hormones responsible for regeneration and repair, improves blood circulation to the skin and muscles, improves bone density and bone strength, enhances motor control and balance, brings relief caused by chronic pain, increases lymph drainage and basal metabolic rate. These result in more strength, more speed, more stamina, rapid recovery of muscles and tissue, increased flexibility, increased mobility and increased coordination; enhancing Spinal Decompression Therapy treatments.

Will this treatment be eligible for income tax credit? Yes, Spinal Decompression Therapy is eligible for medical tax credit because Spinal Care Canada Centers employ authorized medical practitioners. Please discuss with your income tax preparer.


Laser Therapy transmits light through the layers of the skin. It provides an immunosuppressive and anti inflammatory effect. The major benefit of this low level laser is PAIN RELIEF! The anti inflammatory component promotes the reduction of tissue swelling. Some of the many advantages of Laser Therapy include: • muscle relaxation; • improved blood circulation • increased anti-inflammatory effects; • increased serotonin and endorphins; • increases lymphatic flow. Why should I consider Spinal Care Canada before surgery?

Considering a non-surgical treatment will give you the opportunity to see if avoiding surgery is at all possible. Spinal Decompression Therapy provided at Spinal Care Canada Pain Centers is not going to cause you to miss weeks or months of time from family, friends and work. Surgery should be your last option. People are traveling from all the different regions in the Province to attend treatments at Spinal Care Canada Pain Centers and these patients are attaining results where other treatments and/or medications have failed. Many individuals have avoided invasive surgeries and are now living a better quality of life.

Our Rates At Spinal Care Canada Pain Centers the cost per treatment is $100.00 (which also includes the cost of Laser Therapy and Whole Body Vibration Therapy, if needed). When you compare that to other clinics the cost can range from $150.00 to $250.00 per treatment and some of these clinics require prepayment upfront ranging from $3,000.00 - $5,000.00. treatment, we will work with If a patient cannot afford f them to receive care they need. At Spinal Care Canada Pain Centers, our patients care come first. There is no prepayment required for treatment, you pay PER treatment

Phone our office today to see if you are candidate for Spinal Decompression and we can book you a free Consultation with one of our Doctors. “I’ve suffered from lower back pain on and off for many years and was able to obtain only temporary relief. Six years ago, I suffered from sciatic pain for four months straight before it finally subsided. Last fall, I was again stricken with sciatic pain which did not relent. Pain killers were my only relief but then my stomach suffered. After eight months of continuous suffering and being unable to walk, I read about Spinal Decompression and Dr. Paul Mutti’s clinic. I immediately went to see him along with a copy of my latest CT scan and X-rays. He was honest and straightforward; “You are a candidate for Spinal Decompression and after three to five treatments you can decide for yourself if it is helping you.” f jjust ffour treatments myy p We started that dayy and after pain had subsided noticeably. y After two more r treatments r I was able to sit more r comfortably and lay on my back (which I was unable to do all winter). I have now completed eleven treatments r and the only pain I experience x is from r weak leg e muscles due to increased r activity (walking, etc.). I fully support this procedur r re and can honestly recommend procedure that anyone with severe r back pain should talk to Dr. r Mutti and let Spinal Decompression r therapy r help you!

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How ‘rules’ can heal an unhealthy relationship Imagine you’re on a grassy field, kicking a ball with your best friend. You like playing with him, but the game you’re playing doesn’t have any rules and you’re both starting to get short-tempered. Finally, out of sheer frustration, he throws up his arms and shouts, “This is stupid! I’m out of here.” He tucks the ball under his arm and storms off, leaving you bewildered.


MACLEOD You shout after him, “Are you coming back? Where are you going? Are you going to play with someone else?” He doesn’t answer, but instead keeps angrily marching away until he’s out of sight. You fear that your friendship is over forever. A separation between married or committed partners can be similar. Often, partners are in a relationship with rules that are either non-existent or ill-defined. When they reach a breaking point, it often leads to an emotional, unexpected separation where one partner packs a bag, storms out of the house and slams the door behind them. The other person is left to wonder where they’re going, what they’re doing and where the relationship is headed. There is no meaningful communication or effort to reconcile. Instead, partners hack into each other’s facebook accounts to look for new status updates or ‘friends’.

If you think ‘rules’ are inappropriate in a relationship or marriage, think again. A marriage can be a place of anarchy, assumption and agony without clearly defined and agreed-upon rules. For example, how will a couple spend or save their money to achieve the lifestyle they want? Are they allowed to socialize with ex-partners or friends of the opposite sex, whether in person or on facebook? How will they communicate and resolve their problems? How will they maintain a good balance of emotional and physical intimacy? How are they expected to show each other respect and appreciation? What level of alcohol consumption is acceptable? How do they share housework? What boundaries have they set for the in-laws? How do they deal with negativity, nagging or neglect? Establishing these kinds of rules, as well as remedies for when they are broken, may seem less than romantic; however, that’s a matter of perspective. Smart couples know that rules are necessary to maintain order when they’re faced with new, unexpected situations or when emotions escalate. Rules are a safety net that can catch a couple before they fall into conflict. Rules are equally essential during a period of separation. They can prevent confusion and wild speculation from sabotaging what could be a time of forgiveness and an opportunity to rebuild a loving friendship from the ground up. When one person storms off in a flurry of rage, they leave behind a cloud of fear, confusion and crippling sadness. Instead of repairing the relationship, the separation seals its fate.

If an open wound is to heal, it needs to be treated and bandaged – not covered. If a couple wishes to use the period of separation as a time to heal an unhealthy marriage, they must reach agreement on some important issues. For example, where will they and their children live? How will they handle their finances or pay down their debt? Are they free to see other people? Will they seek professional marital help to improve their communication and move past their problems? If these questions are left unanswered, a bad situation

can become much worse. It doesn’t matter what euphemism we use to soften the stringent-sounding ‘rules’. We can call them agreements, parameters, boundaries or expectations – in the end, that’s semantics. They’re rules. And when it comes to marriage or separation, rules are not made to be broken. Debra Macleod is a marriage mediator and a leading relationship expert in Canada and the USA. Her private practice, Marriage SOS, helps couples stay together or separate amicably. Visit to learn more.

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Jazzercise is not your mother’s workout BY ERIN FAWCETT Red Deer Express Jazzercise is making a comeback and has come a long way since really becoming popular in the 1980s. “It’s deďŹ nitely not like it was in the ‘80s. Yes, we have been around since the ‘80s but we have evolved substantially. It’s not your mother’s workout,â€? said Tanya Rundle, owner and instructor at Jazzercise Red Deer Fitness Center. Jazzercise is a 60-minute class including aerobic, high-energy routines, muscle toning, cool down stretch combining elements of dance, resistance training, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing and more. Participants can choose how far they push themselves during each workout. “You can choose to do a high impact workout or a low impact workout, but it does not matter the impact, your intensity level is going to remain the same,â€? said Rundle. “The instructor will always show the class a low impact version in all routines.â€? Jazzercise Red Deer Fitness Center has been operating in the City for over 22 years, but Rundle took over the business in January. “I have been doing Jazzercise for ďŹ ve years and I ďŹ rst started as a student. I felt like I needed to increase my energy level and get back into shape. I was then approached about becoming an instructor and then the opportunity presented itself to take over the business,â€? she said.

“I love Jazzercise and I didn’t want it to disappear so I took it on.â€? Rundle added the class gets pumping with tunes that can be heard on today’s Top 40. “The classes are built for everyone, so any ďŹ tness level or any age group. You can

“You increase your cardiovascular endurance, your strength, exibility and the overall ‘good feel’ factor.â€? Jazzercise Red Deer Fitness Center is located at C16 5580-45 St. in Red Deer. Call 403-318-1059 for more information.

SHAKE IT - Tanya Rundle leads a triple play jazzercise workout that combines cardio, strength and stretching in a fun and upbeat environment. Tanis Reid/Red Deer Express



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Seniors dance their way to good health BY TANIS REID Red Deer Express Keeping active is important at any age. It is a wellknown fact that children need to get 60 minutes of physical exercise everyday but it is also important for seniors to keep active as well. According to the new guidelines that have come down from the Physical Activity Guide, seniors need a minimum of 150 minutes or two and a half hours of moderate to vigorous exercise per week. Some tips from the Public Health Agency of Canada include spreading out activities into sessions of 10 minutes or more. Also it is beneďŹ cial to add muscle and bone strengthen-

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE GET INTO AN EXERCISE PROGRAM THAT KEEPS THEM WORKING AT THEIR MAXIMUM POTENTIAL.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; MONICA MORRISON ing activities using major muscle groups of at least twice a week. Performing weight bearing exercises like brisk walking or using weights are good for helping with osteoporosis and will help with posture and balance. Some people, when they think of appropriate workouts for seniors, think of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sit and Be Fitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is always the way to go. According to Monica Morrison, executive director at

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Mighty omegas and a multitude of vitamins One of the common questions I am asked in practice is “Which vitamins and minerals should a person be taking?” I will say that I am a believer in nutritional supplementation through diet. Having said that, it is

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SEMKO difficult with today’s mass farming techniques, genetically modified foods, and convenience food options to obtain your requirements of vitamins, minerals and omegas through diet alone. Let’s identify why you may need a multivitamin or omega oil. Your body has requirements for certain vitamins and minerals and without adequate amounts of these, the body does not function well. You may experience a lack of energy, difficulty sleeping, irritability, anaemia, depression, cardiovascular issues and dermatological problems, to name a few. Mountains of research exist to support vitamin use to treat health

concerns such as heart disease, cholesterol elevation and arthritis. One such article referenced by the Associated Press in April 19, 2005 noted that individuals taking prescription or over the counter cox-2 inhibitors (Vioxx, Celebrex, Advil, Mortin and Aleve) were at two times the risk of dying from heart attack and stroke when taking these medications for six months. This article shows that a non-drug approach to pain management is imperative. April 20, 2005, the Doctor’s Guide published an article showing that Omega 3 oil has an impact on pain in individuals already on anti-inflammatory and pain medications. The article shows that of 250 patients taking high dose omega oils (fish sourced) for 75 days, 59% had stopped taking their prescription drugs for pain and 88% said they were pleased with the outcome of the omegas. Omega oils have been shown to decrease bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, improve and support cognitive func-

tion like short-term memory, concentration and mood, as well as act to decrease pain and inflammation. It is because of these factors that I encourage my patients to take three to five grams of cod liver or salmon oil every day. Oils are time released by nature so you can take them all at once. Over the past year there has been a lot of media interest in vitamin D, its safe levels and potential side effects. The Journal of Integrated Medicine published an article Feb/Mar 2010 about vitamin D3 dosing and side effects of the vitamin that will clear up any confusion. Vitamin D3 promotes calcium absorption in the gut and maintains adequate serum calcium and phosphate. Vitamin D also modulates cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function and reduces inflammation. Over the past years vitamin D3 deficiency has become recognized. Deficiencies are linked to osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, MS, decreased strength and pain. It has been esti-

mated that 80% of North Americans with chronic disease are deficient in vitamin D3. The Journal of Integrated Medicine states that prolonged intake of 10,000 IU (in adults) poses no problems in almost all individuals. The loading dose for a healthy adult is noted to be 20,000 IU for three to six months with a maintenance dose of 5,000 IU per day. If you supplement regularly with D3 you should have your blood serum levels checked by your doctor to make sure you are not overdosing. Vitamin C is the next important vitamin in my opinion. One of vitamin C’s roles in to activate your immune cells. Vitamin C is sensitive to air, heat and high PH in your body. Your body cannot store large amounts of it and therefore a continual supply is needed. It is estimated that about 80% is stored in your immune cells. Ester C or high quality liquid vitamin C are good forms to take; in fact some cancer clinics will chelate your blood with vitamin c to decrease your body’s acidity to help fight

disease. Like most things, consistency is key. Taking omegas and vitamins regularly is important. It takes time for your body to respond to supplements so stick with it. Keep your vi-

tamins by the coffee pot so you see them. Remember, out of site, out of mind. Dr. Chris Senko is the owner of Coates Chiropractic in Red Deer. He can be reached at 403-343-7898.

ON THE WALL - Adrianna Pavan, a Grade 3 student at Grandview Elementary School, climbs up the rock wall during a Phys. Ed. class recently. Tanis Reid/Red Deer Express

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