• All About Back on Track™

    Did you know that there is a way to harness the heat of your own body to
    increase circulation, reduce inflammation and improve mobility?

    Introducing Back on Track™ Welltex™

    State-of-the-art therapeutic products, clinically proven to reduce pain and chronic inflammation.

    What is Back on Track™ Welltex™ and how does it work?

    Back on Track is a Swedish company that manufactures joint and muscle protection, using a “ceramic textile” which is sold under the registered brand name Back on Track™ Welltex™. The textile is a synergy of ancient Chinese experience and modern scientific textile technology. The fabric is made up of fibers of polyester and polypropylene (some of the products are mixed with cotton fibers) with ceramic powder fused into the fibers.
    The ceramic gives the fabric its unique property, which reflects body heat in the form of long wave infrared radiation. Products include back braces, knee brace, wrist braces, elbow braces, T-shirts, longjohns and many more items for people, dogs and horses.

    How can it help me?

    The therapeutic benefits of long wave far infrared radiation have been well documented. It’s the principle behind the popular laser therapy treatments and infrared saunas we’ve all heard about. These therapeutic products have been clinically proven to increase circulation, reduce inflammation and improve mobility. Back on Track™ products can be used on their own or as an effective adjunct to massage and chiropractic treatments, both before and after, to support the benefits of the therapy. Promoted as ‘drug free pain relief,’ Back on Track™ products have helped improve the lives of many thousands of people and animals.

    About 5 Star Wellness Inc.

    Our Vancouver-based company is owned by Dr. Else Larsen, DC and Ann Vandrick; local women with a passion for wellness. Else has operated a very successful human chiropractic and healthcare clinic in Vancouver for more than 25 years. Else was introduced to the efficacy of Back on Track products by clients using them on their horses. After seeing the results with her own Dutch Warmblood, she quickly realized the potential for broader applications. She was already familiar with the principles and effectiveness of long-wave infrared radiation and for many years, has offered laser therapy treatment in her clinic for a variety of applications. It was a natural step to then introduce the Back on Track human products to her patients to support the benefits of their chiropractic treatments.

    Ann brings a wealth of business experience and customer service to the Team and knows that ultimately, success is about providing personalized and premium experiences to all stakeholders. Parallel to her long career in business, Ann has pursued extensive training in numerous healing modalities for both horse and human. The Back on Track™ products and their ‘safe, simple and effective’ principles are congruent with Ann’s philosophy that with the right support, the body is remarkably capable of taking care of itself.

    Our Mission Statement says it all:

    We support the well-being and optimal performance of people, horses, and dogs in Canada by providing safe, simple, effective, drug-free therapeutic products and services.

    The office of Dr. Else Larsen, DC in South Granville is also home to 5 Star Wellness Inc. We welcome your questions and invite you to browse through our informative website and explore the many ways that Back on Track products can help you and your loved ones – both two and four-legged! Please call us at (604) 732-4077, visit us at www.5starwellness.ca, or email us at sales@5starwellness.ca

  • Recipe: Liver Cleanse Juice

    Picture 27December is always full of sweets, alcohol, and other indulgences but January has arrived and it’s time to give our bodies a break.  The liver feels these indulgences the most and that’s why we have to give it a little extra support come January.  The liver is responsible for detoxifying our bodies and the milk thistle drops in this liver cleanser juice certainly help it along.  If you don’t have a juicer you can blend all ingredients in a high-power blender and strain.  Enjoy!


    Liver Cleanser Juice:

    -3 Organic Beets, washed and trimmed

    -2 inches Fresh Ginger, washed and peeled

    -1 Grapefruit, peeled

    -1/2 Lemon, peeled

    -30 to 40 drops of Milk Thistle (available at Whole Foods or Choices)

    Add beets, ginger, grapefruit and lemon to juicer.  Add milk thistle. Stir.  Enjoy!

  • How to Use Massage Therapy by Lori Johnson, RMT

    _MG_9318The holidays are over, fun was had by all; we all eat too much, drank to much and fattened up so we can handle the cold weather we will inevitably be getting..or that is the excuse anyway….thus marks the end of the year.   Here at Soma, we have another marker of the year’s end: all those clients who haven’t used their extended care allotment are scrabbling to get appointments in the last month of the year.  We had to turn away many disappointed clients who were disgruntled because they didn’t use their massage therapy allowance.  I have a few suggestions so this does not happen to you.

    How to use Massage Therapy:

    1. Once a Month: Many clients find it helpful to have a set time once a month to come in for massage.  This is called Maintenance Massage.  We can work out any aches and pains before they manifest into bigger, more uncomfortable problems.  This approach is perfect active clients who have other ways to reduce stress through exercise and fitness.  The monthly massage becomes part of your health regime along with other modalities like chiropractic or acupuncture.

    2. When you have an acute injury: Some clients like to only use their massage coverage when they are injured or have an issue in their body.  Usually they will need to come at least 3 to 5 times before the issue is resolved or on its way to being resolved.  Headaches are a good example of this usage of massage. In order to end the pain cycle, more frequent massage is necessary.  I would suggest setting up the 3 to 5 massage sessions at one time so you are sure to have a weekly appointment.

    3. Once a Week:  Many clients benefit greatly from a weekly treatment as each session builds on the last.  This is ideal for more chronic issues in the body like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, stroke victims, etc. The massage helps the client to be as functional as possible in their life.  Getting the sessions booked in advance avoids disappointment.

    4. Stressful Periods:  If you have the type of job where you know certain times of the year are more stressful, then you could book a series of treatments to help support you as you go through these periods.  Accountants, bookkeepers, teachers are a few professions where this is a reality.  It is often too late if you book a massage when you are totally exhausted and highly in need of stress relief.  The studio may be book when you need us the most.  It makes good sense to plan ahead and get a few sessions booked in advance as you approach your busy time.

    These are few ideas about how to use massage therapy.  By booking in advance, you make massage part of your healthy lifestyle like eating well and exercise.  The body functions much better, less sickness and fatigue when it is relaxed and pain-free.  If you have the benefit of insurance coverage, why not use it in a way that supports you?
    Wishing you all a happy, healthy, active, inspired and fun 2014!


  • Pole-Dancing Not Your Thing? Try Pole-Walking Instead! by Dallas Jones, CPT

    Picture 25Nordic Walking or Pole Walking is a great activity that has seen a huge increase in participation in the past couple years in North America. It has long been popular in Northern Europe where it was originally developed as a summer activity for X-country skiers. There is a reason why they dominate all the Nordic events in the Winter Olympics.

    Nordic walking uses the same gait pattern as normal walking but adds an upper body component through the use of a pair of poles specifically designed for use on pavement making them different than hiking poles. With each stride you push the pole down on the ground with the opposite arm helping you stand up straighter, take longer strides, walk faster, and burn more calories!

    I only started Nordic walking this past October. I am always trying out new activities, looking for ones that can increase your fitness and are still enjoyable, safe, and convenient enough that my clients can easily do them on days they don’t train with me. I was at a conference in Toronto to hear about the latest research and best ways to help people get active and healthy. One statistic that was presented stuck out in particular to me. Of the 46% of older adults in Canada that are physically active, 90% reported that walking was their main form of physical activity. The next day I learned that Nordic walking burns 20% more calories than normal walking and uses 90% of your muscles and is especially a good workout for the core muscles.

    So as a health professional I was thinking: If these people who already walk start using poles, they will burn more calories without any more time spent exercising. Getting inactive people to walk is pretty easy. Most people enjoy walking, that’s a positive motivator. It’s easy and convenient, all you need is a pair of poles, walking shoes, and appropriate clothing and you can do it starting from your front door step. Using your arms will reduce stress at the ankle, knee, and hip joints and also provides stability for those that have balance issues. The upper body and core muscles contract with each step. And it is an easy activity to do as a group for people that like a social component with exercise. So why don’t more people do it?

    Then I realized that I didn’t know how to do it or where to start and that is probably the reason why more people haven’t tried it either. But as you would expect, there were people at the physical activity conference that could point me in the right direction. And now I am trying to spread the word about the benefits of Nordic walking and make it easy for people to give it a try.

    So if you enjoy walking come out and try walking with poles. Every Sunday morning at 10AM I organize a free Nordic walking Meetup group that gets out for an hour and a half in some of the most beautiful parks in Vancouver. It is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, meet new people, and stay fit and healthy! People of all ages and fitness levels participate, there is no speed requirement and I have extra sets of poles you can borrow to try it out. All you have to do is get out of bed and come be one of the best pole-walkers in Vancouver!

    More info here!

    Upcoming Meetups

    January 12 – Marpole to Richmond and back
    January 19 – Spanish Banks/Jerico Beach
    January 26 – UBC Endowment Lands
    February 2 – Walk the pier at Iona park

    For 30 More Reasons to Walk click here!

    Dallas Jones operates Get Fit, an active lifestyle training studio in Marpole. If you want to learn more about how to increase the physical activity in your life, check out his website here.