Phone: 613-732-3333  |  |  570 Nelson Street, Pembroke
Employee of the Month!
Sherri Jorgensen
Client Service Manager
Please join me in congratulating our September Employee of the Month.

Her nomination was stated as:

"She has made the transition to Manager surprisingly easy. She accomplished so much in a  short time, even with her wedding plans. She kicks butt!!!"

We could not agree more.  Congratulations Sherri Jorgensen (Vessell?)

                            Thanks Sherri for all you do! -  From all your co-workers.
A Quick Guide to Understanding Acupuncture
Lindsay Heubner
Acupuncture is a form of therapy that originated in China over 2000 years ago.  It involves the insertion of small needles into specific locations all over the body, which is divided into 20 pathways known as meridians.  

Traditional Chinese acupuncturists explain the mechanism of action of the needles in these specific points, as conductors of energy or qi (pronounced chi), between the surface and the internal organs. 

The more modern, scientific explanation of how and why acupuncture works, involves the release of chemicals (such as endorphins), in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain, when the needles are inserted.  

Whether through the balancing of energy, or via the release of neurotransmitters, the benefits of acupuncture include treatment for everything from emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression, to digestive complaints like irritable bowel syndrome or nausea. 

At the Integrated Health Centre, all three Chiropractors are certified to perform acupuncture.  This form of therapy is used here to address not only the above-mentioned conditions, but also musculoskeletal complaints such as osteoarthritis in joints such as knees or shoulders, muscle and tendon sprains and strains, headaches, and sciatica. There are even protocols for acupuncture to help with smoking cessation, and weight loss through appetite control.   

Call the IHC with any questions, and let us determine if acupuncture would be right for you.
The Gym at IHC
Freya Ames
Assistant Manager, The Gym
Personal Trainer Specialist

The Staff at IHC are a group of like minded enthusiasts who are excited to help people with a wide variety of health/fitness needs and goals.

Our facility prides itself in being friendly, clean, professional and supportive, offering a variety  of services at an affordable rate.  

We have a broad selection of well maintained equipment to meet the needs of our members.  We also have memberships that include classes - ask us for details.

Our staff are trained in their respective fields in order to best be able to assist our members.  Personal Trainer Specialists are on site; you can book any time to expedite your results in the gym.  We would love to help you meet your goals!

We are the only gym offering Medex training for our clients in this area. The next closest facility is in Montreal, Toronto or Barrie. For those who have not heard of our Medical Exercise program, (aka MedEx), it is a 15 minute, once per week, supervised program designed to exhaust all energy systems in order to optimize strength gains in the shortest amount of time.  If you are someone who knows the importance of 'proper strength training', but doesn't have the time to commit or doesn't know how to get the most out of your workout, let us show you how this high intensity, results based approach can help you.  You can book a FREE trial and in 20 minutes, we can demonstrate the full benefit of the most effective, scientifically validated approach to Living Younger, Leaner and Stronger!

We offer a variety of membership options to suit every need.  Ask about all the options - memberships start at $30/month.

And….to reflect the needs of our community we are a full 24 hour facility!!

We look forward to having you join us.  Come by for a tour today!

Client Story
How MedEx improved one Client's Health

"I started MedEx because I was experiencing health issues such as inability to control blood sugar (pre diabetic), my blood lipid content was getting too high, and I was entering menopause. I wanted to prevent further complications before they progressed.  Since starting MedEx, my blood lipid content is lower than it was pre-menopause, my bone density has improved from the intensity of the program, and my blood sugar is back under control.

“I would recommend MedEx to anyone” says Shirley.

New Footwear Brand!

The combination of style and practicality can only be exclusively Josef Seibel. Josef Seibel shoes are made with a meticulous eye for detail – and this, combined with a keen awareness of the aesthetics involved in shoe-making, make Josef Seibel shoes truly a pleasure to wear.  
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Gut Health

Kayla Audette
Health Coach
Nutrition and Footwear Associate 

Digestion and emotion have long been treated separately in medicine and science, like dots far apart on a map. Despite the phrase “gut feeling” that implicitly connects the belly and the brain, the reality is that gut physiology, microbes, and the mind have all been studied independently. It’s why, when you walk into a doctor’s office complaining of both constipation and a low mood, you might have two different conversations and get two different prescriptions.

The gut-brain axis (GBA) consists of two way communication between the central (spinal cord/brain) and the enteric (gut) nervous system, linking emotional and cognitive centers of the brain with peripheral intestinal functions and mechanisms such as immune activation, intestinal permeability (leaky gut), enteric reflex (butterflies in the stomach feeling), and hormone messaging.  Recent advances in research have described the importance of gut microbiota in influencing these interactions. This interaction between gut flora (microbiota) and GBA appears to be back and forth, namely through signaling from gut-microbiota to brain and from brain to gut-microbiota by means of neural, endocrine, immune, and physiological links.

We now understand that messages travel both upward and downward (though mostly upward) between the digestive system and the brain. The messages are sent in various ways: hormones, the vagus nerve “information highway”, and certain signaling molecules of immune cells.  One major way that gut microbes respond to constant incoming information about their host’s emotional state and stress level, is by adjusting their production of metabolites (by-products of metabolism).

We all have a second brain located in our gut, which influences our mood, and even our well-being. It consists on hundreds of million of neurons, more than the spinal cord has, and it is embedded in the walls of our gut. Its main job is transmitting information from the microbiota to the brain and the other way round. The relationship both brains established might explain how people with certain brain-related conditions show an altered gut microbiota: those with depression and anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have a microbiota that is somehow different from healthy people.

The microbiota is the complex community of microorganisms that live in the digestive tracts of humans and other animals, as well as insects. The gut metagenome (genetics) is the aggregate of all the genomes of gut microbiota. The gut is one niche that human microbiota inhabit. In humans, the gut microbiota has the largest numbers of bacteria and the greatest number of species compared to other areas of the body. In humans the gut flora is established at one to two years after birth, and by that time the intestinal epithelium (cell lining), and the intestinal mucosal barrier that it secretes have co-developed in a way that is tolerant to, and even supportive of, the gut flora and that also provides a barrier to pathogenic (harmful) organisms. The relationship between microbiota and humans is not merely, a non-harmful coexistence, but rather a mutualistic relationship. Human gut microorganisms benefit the host by collecting the energy from the fermentation of undigested carbohydrates and the subsequent absorption of short-chain fatty acids, while playing a role in synthesizing vitamin B and vitamin K as well as metabolizing bile acids, and sterols.

Over time, your gut flora forms colonies to combat obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disease, and even certain forms of cancer. When it comes to maintaining gut health, mood and proper digestion, a modified Mediterranean diet including beneficial fermented foods along with the use of a probiotic supplement, is strongly recommended. 

Staff Picks for July
  Endura from Metagenics
Amber Souliere
Chiropractic Administrative Assistant

Feeling groggy mid day? Try Endura. 
A great energy booster with a wonderful orange flavour. This product is naturally flavoured and prevents dehydration by restoring electrolytes. Also is a great cardiovascular support and helps with muscle cramping! 

      10% off September 1st - 16th
Multiple Vitamins

Claire Ulrich
Rehab and MedEx Specialist 

Multigenics® Intensive Care is a unique vitamin and mineral formula designed for optimal digestibility and enhanced absorption so that it delivers what it promises.  It has high levels of selected nutrients to support healthy liver and adrenal function and it includes comprehensive bone support.  It is an excellent multivitamin to take every day as part of your 'health insurance’.  Pharmaceutical grade supplement for optimized nutritional health.          
                                    10% off September 17th - 30th                                   
Integrated Health Centre
570 Nelson Street, Pembroke
Along the Ottawa River in East End Pembroke
Phone:  613-732-3333