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New at News: Our Clinic is Growing!

Welcome to this new season at Niagara’s Elite Wellness Spa

cozy fall sweater and coffee

This fall at NEWS, we’re introducing more elite services to keep you looking and feeling your best. From chiropractic care to PRP facials, read on to find out how you can take advantage of our elite list of services.

Our New Chiropractor

NEWS welcomes Dr. Laura Custode to our team of health practitioners. With the addition of chiropractic care to the clinic, our wellness center is now complete.

Dr. Laura attended Brock University and earned her undergraduate degree in kinesiology. Afterwards, she continued her education at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and completed four years of intensive study. During that time, she completed an internship and finally graduated with her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree in 2018. She has additional certifications in functional integrated acupuncture, Typaldos manual therapy, muscle release techniques and rehabilitation (MRT), and soft tissue training.

As a chiropractic doctor, Dr. Custode can diagnose and treat numerous types of muscle, joint, and skeletal issues. She may also recommend customized orthotics or compression stockings to enhance chiropractic therapy.

Dr. Custode is now accepting new patients and looks forward to working with you in the future!

N.B.: please be aware that we direct bill to insurance companies and accept WSIB and MVA (motor vehicle accident) claims.

PRP: What’s It All About?

For those who have reservations about traditional botox and Fillers, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a safe and effective way to boost your skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin.

You’ve probably seen it all over the web: the “vampire facial” is the hottest new anti-aging craze, with celebrities like Kim Kardashian promoting its ability to improve skin texture, minimizes wrinkles, and reduce fine lines around the eyes.

NEWS offers this medical aesthetic service.

PRP stimulates collagen production in multiple parts of the face and body. It can also be used on the scalp to help with balding and chronic hair loss.

PRP (short for Platelet Rich Plasma) is a specialty cosmetic treatment that uses your own blood to help aid your skin’s natural self-healing process. This results in the natural production of collagen and elastin wherever the plasma is injected. Instead of putting foreign substances like botox or derma fillers in your face, you are using platelets and plasma from your own body to boost cell renewal.

So how can you take advantage of this wonderful technology? Essentially, you have two PRP treatment options:

1)  PRP with micro-needling: this is the “vampire facial” procedure that uses a motorized micropen to create small punctures on the surface layer of the skin so that it easily absorbs the plasma.

2) PRP injections: the plasma is injected directly into the area of concern (lips, cheeks, undereye) to increase plumpness and volume, mimicking tradition derma fillers like Restylane.

Spa Spotlight: Fall Pedicures & Lush Berry Nails

Besides pumpkin-spiced lattes and oversized sweaters, there’s nothing more comforting than a hot stone foot massage! This fall, we’re promoting our signature “Elite” pedicure to help you stay warm and settle into the season.

Hot stones are highly therapeutic and can help alleviate muscle tightening and tension while increasing blood circulation in the feet and calves. Add a paraffin wax treatment and you’ll have happy, relaxed feet that won’t ache for weeks!

We also have a wonderful new selection of fall colours in stock. Reds, berries, plums, burgundies—we have ‘em all! We also picked up some new fall colour-changing shellacs that are just fabulous.

Pair your pedi with a complimentary coffee or cappuccino to make this experience even more delicious.


The NEWS hot stone pedicure.

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Massage Therapy or Manual Osteopathy?

Deciding Which Treatment Is Right For You

It’s a common occurrence at our clinic: a customer calls asking whether they should make an appointment to see a massage therapist or an osteopath. The truth is, both registered massage therapy and manual osteopathy are highly effective treatments. Still, it’s important to choose the one that’s right for you.

You may want to ask yourself a few questions before calling to make your appointment. For example, do you have any injuries in your past? Is your pain located in one specific area, or does it radiate to other parts of the body? Does it hurt to apply pressure? Do you have a history of arthritis, inflammation, or any other chronic pain conditions? 

If you think your pain is more than muscular, you may want to see one of our osteopaths.  An osteopath ensures that the body’s joints are properly aligned, restoring the range of motion in the area of concern. Osteopaths check to see that the skeletal system is not exerting any strain on nerves or muscle tissue by being out of alignment.

Massage therapy session

On the other hand, if you are experiencing pain in one specific area, then you will want to consider seeing a massage therapist. Like manual osteopaths, massage therapists are trained to manipulate the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints. R.M.T.s are also trained to do health intakes to help determine the root cause of your discomfort.

Can I Do Massage Therapy and Manual Osteopathy Together?

Yes! The advantage of alternative therapies is that they work best holistically, in combination with one another. In most cases, patients who pursue both massage therapy and manual osteopathy are the patients who have the best chance of healing themselves!

To recap, here’s how to tell the difference between massage therapy and manual osteopathy: 

1) Massage therapists primarily help with occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.

2) Manual osteopaths primarily address structural alignment using gentle manipulations which rebalance the body. This includes muscles, bones, joints, fascia and the soft tissues.

We advise you to visit the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners and the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario websites for more information. If you would like to learn more about the individual therapists we have on staff at NEWS, click here.

We are open 7 days a week for your convenience. As always, we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions via phone or email!