Meet our HUMAN’s: Chiropractor

Physiotherapy Edmonton - Dustie Steeves - Chiropractor - Human Integrated Performance

Hi, my name is Dustie Steeves, and I am a chiropractor for Human Integrated Performance .

I knew at a young age that I wanted to be in some sort of health care profession. While swimming for the University of Calgary while in school for my Bachelors degree in Kinesiology, I had hurt my back and almost quit swimming due to the pain. Chiropractic was what got me back training and in the pool again. It was at this point in my life that I knew chiropractic was what I was meant to do. I graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University with my Doctorate in Chiropractic in 2007. I moved back to Alberta to be close to my family afterwards.

Physiotherapy Edmonton - Dustie Steeves - Chiropractor - Human Integrated Performance

While I love treating my human patients, I felt the need for another challenge and decided to further my education to another group of patients…animals! I have always had a passion for animals and had grown up with large dogs. As a child I was lucky enough to take horseback riding lessons in a small town in Saskatchewan near where I grew up. I have never owned a horse but am working on that. I completed my Animal Chiropractic through the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Center in 2018. I am also certified by the College of Animal Chiropractors, Inc.(CoAC), formerly the ‘American Canadian College of Animal Chiropractic’. I am currently in the process of creating a continuing education seminar to teach chiropractors and veterinarians who are certified in Animal Chiropractic instrument assisted soft tissue techniques.

Whether you are a human or an animal patient, a typical visit with me will include muscle and fascia work as well as any necessary adjustments, stretches and exercises needed to help correct the underlying problem.

When I am not working I like to travel and spend time with my family. Some of my favourite activities include scuba diving, yoga, boxing, mountain biking, paddle boarding and running.

I am truly excited to be a part of the Human Integrated Performance team. I have had the pleasure of working alongside Nic Allen for 10.5 years of my career so far. I look forward to being a part of your team and help you achieve your goals, whether that be competing at a professional level or just being able to do your daily activities pain free.

Physiotherapy Edmonton - Dustie Steeves - Chiropractor - Human Integrated Performance

What Are You Aware Of?

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It seems like every week and every month we’re exposed to (bombarded with?) new Awareness Campaigns. The internet has connected and educated us with ever-increasing speed and depth. Because of awareness campaigns we know more about brain injury, the need for clean water domestically and throughout the world, the importance of net neutrality, and how to support people with cancer. We can take action and be a part of causes that we care about.

It can also be overwhelming. It can be tough to choose what causes to support and in that deluge of need, we may choose to support nothing. Or we burn ourselves out supporting everything. Neither of those outcomes is desirable.

So how do we balance self-preservation with the desire to be good and helpful in our communities and beyond? I suggest a two level consideration of awareness, considering your world first, so you can be more useful to the rest of the world second.


Be aware of your world

Where you hold tension or feel pain in your body.

If you always have a dull headache, or your knee hurts, or you don’t sleep well, that’s a problem. You cannot be at your best at work, with your family and friends, or in your community. Take a moment to assess how you feel, maybe keep some notes in your calendar for a few days, and see if there are any nagging issues slowing you down.


Be aware of ways to improve how you feel

When you isolate an issue, think about how you fix it and who can help you do that. Wellness doesn’t have to be an expensive, time-gobbling production.

Maybe a few minutes of guided meditation at night could help you sleep better or a massage and some stretching could improve the headaches. When you feel better, you’re more able to contribute to bigger causes.


Choose your cause in the bigger world

What cause moves you? For some, being a Den Mother or Little League coach is really important. For others, giving to a more global cause is key. There is no right or wrong, it’s just a personal decision.


It’s great to be creative here, too. Your priority may be to help a niece afford college or regularly help your best friend the kindergarten teacher prep for wacky arts and crafts with her 30 students.


Or maybe you feel your best contribution comes from being really great at your job and having time just for your friends and family. Causes needn’t be big organizations or structured to make a difference.


Make your actions match your priorities

If you decide that giving to a global clean water initiative or coaching a team is the most important cause to you, your actions should reflect that. This step involves a mental audit of your time and money. Maybe a cheaper gym membership will leave you with enough money to cover your niece’s books, or ‘catching up’ on fewer tv shows each weekend will clear the schedule for time with friends.


Full, happy lives come from conscious decisions about where we focus our time and efforts. It’s easy to get swept into the overwhelm and find yourself spread too thin, feeling like nothing you do makes an impact.  A few minutes of awareness could make big improvements in your everyday life and happiness.

How to Boost Productivity by Staying Organized

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With 24 hours in a day, the biggest question is how do we possibly fit in all the obligations we put on ourselves? We are told to aim for eight hours of sleep, one hour of working out, eight hours of work, which leaves us with just seven hours to fit in the rest of our life… good luck to us.

In our increasingly demanding society, we value convenience and efficiency to tackle the never-ending demands around us. How can we keep organized so that we can maximize on the limited time we have to boost productivity? Whether its an app on our computer or phone, or a tangible tool, there are resources that if used properly can really help us stay organized in order to perform our best in sport, business, and life.

Google Calendar (Or Similar)

Google Calendar has to be one of internet’s biggest gift to humans. It’s simple, intuitive, and functional. You can send and receive meeting invitations, share your calendar with others, and have access across multiple mediums such as your laptop and phone. The biggest way to use this tool to its fullest capability is to be consistentwith your use. Spend some time at the beginning of the week updating your calendar with appointments, meetings, soccer practice, whatever it may be so that you have an idea what you are getting yourself into that week. Google gets the reputation is does because of how smart it is. Automatically sending notifications to your phone ten min before your scheduled appointment to remind you. Inputting the address into the note tells you the estimated drive time. It’s all there! Whether it’s an online calendar like Google Calendar, or a simple day planner, utilizing some sort of planning tool consistently and dedicating time to updating it each week helps keep us organized and allows us to capitalize on our limited hours.


The time-tested use of sticky notes has proven that sometimes just writing things down and having it in front of us, help to remind us that there is something that needs to get done. It’s as simple as buying a pack of sticky notes from the dollar store, downloading the “stickies” app on your Mac, or utilizing the “notes” on our iPhone or other devices. The trick is using whatever it is consistentlyand intentionallyhelp to keep our “to-do” lists in order and hold us accountable.


Our environment has a huge impact on our productivity, mentally and physically. When our environment is cluttered, it can make us feel that our mind is cluttered as well. Additionally, trying to find what you need when you need it is a lot easier when you know where it is. Decluttering our environment can boost our productivity by controlling an aspect of our life that we actually have control over and eliminating the distractions around us. The book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo discusses this topic and its ability to contribute to a motivated mindset.

What tools do you use most often to boost productivity and stay organized? Regardless of brand, finding the tools that fit your lifestyle and encourage healthy habits should be the goal. If you ever need help increasing your productivity in sport, business, or life be sure to contact the professionals at Human Integrated Performance for support.

Meet our HUMANS: Nicolas Allen

Physiotherapy Edmonton - Nic Allen - Psychologist - Human Integrated Performance

We’ve asked all our staff a series of questions to help you get to know them all a little better. Get to know our founder and Psychologist, Nicolas Allen.

New Year’s Resolutions

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait For January 1st to Start Your New Year’s Resolution

Physiotherapy Edmonton - New Year’s Resolutions - Human Integrated Performance

How many of us have been there before… You wait until January 1st to come around until you start fresh with a handful of new goals. If it’s not January 1st, you wait until Monday or you wait for the beginning of the month before committing to implementing some sort of new behaviour. There’s something about starting at the beginning, whether it’s the start of the week, month, or year to get us going, but could this be something contributing to us falling off the routine or resolution quicker?


When we decide a change is in order, say “quitting smoking”for example, we recognize that our previous behaviour is less favourable and a new more favourable behaviour will help us improve in some way. When we consciously decide that we want to engage in that new behaviour, often times we decide when we are going to implement this new behaviour and allow a period of time for the previous less favourable behaviour to continue. For example, we decide that once we run out of cigarettes we will stop smoking. We then binge this behaviour and put it off until mentally we decide it is time and then attempt to quit all together. This can lead to the cognitive distortion of “all or nothing thinking” where we think in extremes. You either do it all or you do none of it, which causes changes to happen extremely abruptly yet less sustainably. It can contribute to the rule of “zero versus one hundred”, where if you break the rule even once, you have failed. Instead, when you decide a change is needed, starting small and setting reasonable achievable goals immediately can help foster a genuine new behaviour or habit. Rather than smoking all the cigarettes and then smoking none, instead slowly decrease the amount of cigarettes you are smoking per day until the number is zero and a new behaviour has been practiced over several weeks.


New Year’s Resolutions are a great way to begin the year off strong, with a fresh mindset, and a handful of goals for the year. I am not saying not to set New Year’s Resolutions or that they aren’t beneficial. I am however saying that in order to foster consistency, it helps to regularly promote internal growth and start immediately when the goal comes to mind with achievable, small goals. If you have the goal to go on your phone less, or read more, put down the phone as soon as you decide that behaviour is less favourable, and pick up the book as soon as you decide that behaviour is more favourable. That way, you don’t spend the next four days waiting for Monday to come around, still on your phone the same amount even after you decided that it is disadvantages.


Start now. I believe in you


Author: Medina Bandalli. To speak with Medina, book an appointment online now

“Cheat Meals” Don’t Exist

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Today as I was thoroughly enjoying some dill pickle chips, a thought came to mind: I often hear clients say: “I had a cheat meal,” or “I had a cheat day”. This is what I tell every single client: There’s no such thing as a “cheat meal”.


Here’s why: Generally speaking, all foods can fit into a healthy diet. Framing food as a “cheat meal” is essentially a way of apologizing for having food that you truly enjoy. But why do we do this when it wouldn’t even occur to us to apologize for watching that movie we love for the millionth time, or doing that activity that helps us unwind at the end of a long day?

Society, unfortunately, has labeled certain foods as “bad” because they contain higher amounts of salt, sugar, fat, artificial ingredients, etc. This can cause some people to restrict intake of those foods for long periods of time despite truly enjoying them. This can lead to binge eating later on when they “give in to the craving,” and feelings of guilt and/or shame mixed with feelings of enjoyment, which is So confusing and conflicting and dysfunctional.


Two things to remember: 1. You Are Not a Reflection of the Foods You Eat or the Labels Society Has Put On Them.

Period. The End. Final Answer. You are not “bad” if you eat “bad” food. You’re allowed to eat it. You’re allowed to Enjoy it. You’re allowed to Tell people you enjoyed it. Don’t let you or anyone else tell you otherwise.


2. Context matters!No single food is inherently “bad” OR “good” because of its nutrient profile.

What may be unhealthy for one person due to an allergy or medical reason may be a totally appropriate choice for someone else. Boiled spinach, for example, is a “healthy food”, right? I mean, it’s a vegetable, so it Must be… While it is an excellent choice for generally healthy individuals, it may not be great for someone with kidney disease. Boiled spinach is high in potassium. Kidney disease can make it hard for the kidneys to remove excess potassium from the body. If potassium levels stay high in the blood this can lead to an irregular heart rhythm. Boiled spinach isn’t looking like such a great option for that person anymore, is it? This is why context matters!


Now what?

So how do we undo this need to apologize for enjoying food? It starts with reframing the language we use when talking about food, and we need to show ourselves some compassion.


1. Call it what it is. You had a cookie. You had 5 cookies. You had a slice of cake. You had some chips. You had a lot of chips. Period. That’s what you did, and that’s 100% OK!

2. We need to Stop Labeling Foods as “good” or “bad” and start using meaningful and accurate descriptions, like “this food is high in sodium”, “this food is high in folate”, “this food is lower in sugar than that food”.


**Most Importantly: Be kind to yourself. Avoid labeling and judging yourself based on what you eat. You are so much more than the sum of what you’ve eaten today.**

By: Kelsey Gordulic, RD, Human Integrated Performance