Mental Health and Wellness

Mental health and wellness is at the forefront of conversation more and more these days, so it's important to look at the ways in which it is affecting your employees. 

Did you know that one in five Canadians experience at least one type of mental health issue in their life? Furthermore, an estimated 500,000 Canadians call in sick to work each week due to a mental illness.

So how does this affect your company? The rise in mental health issues can lead to increased long-term illness claims, the cost of sick time, and workers' compensation claims. Additionally, it leads to a loss of productivity within your employees and lost opportunity due to downtown.

A recent study shows that most mental health issues, like anxiety and depression, stem from workplace stress, which challenges employers to create a manageable workplace that doesn't cause unnecessary amounts of stress and allows for a work-life balance. This study yielded results showing that 68% of employees could perform their job to the best of their abilities for less than 70% of the day due to a mental illness. 

To help benefit employees to cope better with mental illness and workplace stress, try implementing some of these practices: 

  1. Introduce flex days or flex time into your employees' schedules. Allowing them guilt-free time to tend to their personal lives will let them focus on work when they are there. 
  2. Introduce a team atmosphere where your employees understand each others' positions. Having team members to rely on is an important part of managing workplace stress, especially if an employee needs to take time off. 
  3. Try hosting company lunches to improve workplace culture. Creating trust within your employer/employee relationship will lead to a positive work environment. 

Looking for more tips? Check out the study this blog was based upon

Gold Key Benefits Group
4732 91 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 2L1
+1 877-277-0677
http://www.goldkeybenefits.com/

Email Etiquette Rules to Follow

Most working professionals are subject to receiving a very high number of emails per day, with that being so, it can be frustrating to receive emails without a clear message or meaning, that we don't really need to receive, or that are seemingly written in the same context as a text message. 

We found a great article to discuss email etiquette rules that all working professionals should know; these are the highlights. 

  1. First and foremost, include a clear and direct subject line. The subject line will tell your recipient what to expect and will also make it easier to search inboxes at a later date if they need to reference your email.
  2. Use a professional email address. If you are a new business owner looking to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, it's important that you represent yourself in a respectful and meaningful way. Try to include your first name and your company name in your email address so you are easily identifiable. 
  3. Don't include people who do not need to be included. Inboxes are very easily cluttered, so only send your email communications to those who are directly affected by your message. 
  4. ALWAYS include a signature. Your signature should include your full name, your direct phone number, your company address, and any other relevant information. It is important to include this in every email so your recipient can easily locate your contact information at any given time. 
  5. Use professional language. Avoid saying things like "hey, guys!" unless you are very comfortable with the people you are emailing and that type of language has been previously established. 
  6. Be cautious with humor and/or sarcasm. The intonation of your voice cannot be heard in an email and therefore can be very easily misinterpreted. Be careful not to offend anyone with humor or sarcasm. 
  7. Reply to your emails even if the email wasn't intended for you. It's important to let people know you received their message and you are taking the necessary actions to move forward. It is also important to respond to emails that might not have been intended for you -- chances are, the person who sent the email does not know they sent the message to the wrong recipient. 
  8. Keep your font simple and easy to read, don't get carried away with comic sans. 
  9. Double check your recipients to ensure you're sending the message to the right person/people. 

Looking for more tips? Check out the full article here.

Gold Key Benefits Group
4732 91 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 2L1
(780) 328-651
 

my-benefits for Plan Administrators

Looking for an easy way to administer your group benefits plan?

The Chamber Plan offers my-benefits, an easy-to-use online administrative tool that can be accessed by both plan administrators and employees. 

Your plan administrators can use my-benefits to access your firm's coverage and group plan information, they can enrol a new employee, calculate payroll deductions, and even terminate employee coverage. 

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My-benefits provides you with tools and resources to better understand your group plan, making it easy for your plan administrators to access any questions they might be asked regarding employee coverage

Gold Key Benefits Group
4732 91 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 2L1
(780) 328-6514
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Five Reasons to go for a Massage

5 reasons to go for a massage

If you're looking for a reason to go for a massage, look no further! 

Massage therapy has incredible health benefits, including promoting relaxation of the body and the mind. If you work a stressful job, experience chronic pain or headaches, or just need to relax, massage therapy might just be the answer for you! 

Massage can help to relieve stress by lowering your heart rate and decreasing your blood pressure. If your daily responsibilities are causing you a great deal of stress, try a massage to help you relax! 

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 40 million adults struggle with anxiety disorders. If you're one of them, 60 minutes of massage therapy might help to reduce the anxiety you're feeling, leading to a better quality of life! 

Tension headaches are the most common form of headaches in adults. They are caused by stress and emotional conflicts and they cause your neck muscles, face muscles, scalp and jaw to tighten, causing tension leading to headaches. 

As mentioned above, leading a stressful life can cause high blood pressure. Visiting a massage therapist regularly can help to lower your blood pressure, increasing your overall health and well-being. 

Last but not least, the most convincing reason to visit a massage therapist is to relax. Taking an hour for yourself on a regular basis can help you to deal with life's stressors more effectively and can lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle. Don't be afraid to take the time for self-care! 

The best part about massage -- it's usually covered under your group insurance plan! If you're not sure if you have coverage, or if you're wondering how to make a claim, give us a call and we will help you work through it! 

Gold Key Benefits Group
4732 91 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 2L1
1-877-277-0677
http://www.goldkeybenefits.com/

How to Deal with the Legalization of Cannabis in the Workplace

If you're like many other Canadian employers looking for ways to ensure workplace safety with the legalization of cannabis, this blog is for you. 

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety released a document last June that provides suggestions and guidelines for businesses to follow once legalization occurs. We curated some of the most valuable aspects of the document and will highlight them for you in this post. 

  1. Canadian employers have a duty to provide a safe work environment and take all reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of employees and others in the workplace. Due diligence is demonstrated by the employer’s actions before an event occurs, not after.
  2. To establish due diligence, an employer will have written occupational health and safety policies in place to establish any hazards around the workplace. The employer must then inform all employees about potential hazards and take the necessary actions to correct them.
  3. In the case of cannabis use and the workplace, the employer should consider workplace policies and programs as they may relate to impairment from any source such as fatigue, life stresses, alcohol, medications (used legally or illegally), cannabis (recreational or therapeutic), or any other substance.

It is important to tailor the policy to meet the specific needs of the workplace. Elements of the policy could include:

  1. that arrangements have been made for employee education (e.g., a general awareness regarding disability due to substance dependence)
  2. statement regarding if either medical/therapeutic or non-medical substances are allowed on the premises, or under what situations they would be allowed
  3. a mechanism for employees’ to confidentially report when they have been prescribed a medication that may cause impairment
  4. statement of the employee’s rights to confidentiality
  5. statement of who is covered by the policy and/or program
  6. definition of what the employer considers to be impairment
  7. definition of substance use
  8. statement of the purpose and objectives of the program
  9. that arrangements have been made for educating and training employees, supervisors, and others in identifying impaired behavior and what steps will be taken
  10. provisions for assisting those with disability due to substance dependence
  11. processes for accommodation, and return to work/remain at work planning
  12. if applicable, statement of under what circumstances substance testing will be conducted, as well as the criteria for testing and interpretation of test results
  13. provision for a hierarchy of disciplinary actions 

Having policies in place to prepare your company for the legalization of cannabis is important. We will be posting more from the document in our next post, but we hope you find this helpful in regards to policies and procedures. 

To read more, click here.

Gold Key Benefits Group
4732 91 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 2L1
(780) 328-6514

Tanzania

There are those who enter the world in such poverty that they are deprived of both the means and the motivation to improve their lot. Unless they can be touched with the spark which ignites the spirit of individual enterprise and determination, they will only sink into apathy, degradation, and despair. It is for us, who are more fortunate, to provide that spark.
— His Highness, Aga Khan

At the beginning of the year our advisor, Kam Haji, made his annual trip to Tanzania with a specific purpose in mind. With the help of our partners, The Benefits Advisory Group, Kam was able to donate a 3000 Litre water tank along with various stationary supplies to a local school. 

Kam has a strong connection to Tanzania, as this is where he was born and lived for the first part of his life. He travels back once a year and felt it was important to do something impactful and long lasting for local students, some of whom are required to travel more than 4 hours each way to and from school.

Kam chose a school that is located in the mountains of Tanzania; far-removed from the centre of the town, this school has limited access the resources, such as water and transportation.

There are certain things in life that we can take for granted in Canada, one of those things being the simple access to ample amounts of water. While Tanzania does have a water supply, it is rationed by the government, so when they run out, the students and staff are left with nothing to drink during the long hot days of travel and study. 

The 3000L tank that The Benefits Advisory Group was able to donate acts as a reserve that can be accessed when the town is cut off from the water supply. Rather than having to withstand long days of learning and travel without access to clean drinking water, the students and staff now have a lasting supply they can rely on when necessary.  

As you can imagine, limited access to water makes it all the more difficult for young students to make the journey to and from school each day. To ensure sustainability for the school and for the students and staff, The Benefits Advisory Group donated a 3000L water tank. 

In addition to the water tank, The Benefits Advisory Group was also able to donate various stationery supplies and some additional food and drink items for the students. 

We applaud the efforts of Kam, The Benefits Advisory Group, and all others who were a part of this project. Bringing water to this school will help these young students to prosper, to learn, and to be successful in all the ways they dream. 

From all of us at Gold Key Benefits, thank you for setting this humbling example and for leading our team towards greatness. 
 

Teamwork is the secret the makes common people achieve uncommon results.
— Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

How to Submit a Cost Plus Claim

Wondering how to submit a cost-plus claim through you Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan? Check out this step-by-step explanation below or watch the video for details! 

  1. Login to your admin portal at www.mybenefits.ca
  2. Select 'Form and Tools'
  3. Select 'Cost Plus'
  4. Fill out the information for the appropriate employee
  5. Print the completed form 
  6. Attach the explanation of benefits that corresponds to the claim
    1. A summary can be found on the employee portal in www.my-benefits.ca
  7. Include any additional receipts
  8. Write a corporate cheque to the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan in the total amount listed on the claim form
    1. The employee will personally receive this amount back, less processing fees and taxes
  9. Mail all forms and documents to the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Head office
    1. 1051 King Edward Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3H 04R

Still, have questions? Give us a call or send us an email! 

Gold Key Benefits Group
4732 91 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 2L1
(780) 328-6514

Agent Vs Broker

Have you ever wondered about the differences between insurance agents and insurance brokers?

Primarily, insurance agents work directly for one company, only having access to that company's products. Brokers work directly for clients, allowing them to shop the market and find products that benefit the client rather than the insurance company. 

Insurance brokers are able to help you make the most of your benefit plan. If you are unhappy with the service you are receiving, or are interested in exploring benefits outside of your carrier's capabilities, an insurance broker can help to move you to a more suitable carrier. 

In terms of making claims, insurance brokers always have your best interest in mind. Brokers are always here to help you and want to be sure you are getting the most out of your benefit plan. 
 

Check out the infographic below to compare the differences between Agents and Brokers. 

Agent vs Broker

Want to know more? Let Gold Key Benefits Group help you!

Give us a call or write us an email and we will be happy to help you! 

7 Reasons to Try Chiropractic Care

Some people are wary of visiting a chiropractor for fear of worsening an injury, or because they don't know how chiropractic care works, but chiropractic care can be very useful in managing your pain, in correcting your posture, and in helping to maintain your overall health.

Our team at Gold Key Benefits Group put together seven reasons for you to give chiro care a try. Check them out! 

Back Pain

1. 

If you experience back pain on a regular basis, your chiropractor can help to align your spine, alleviating your pain. Your chiropractor might also teach you stretches and/or exercises to assist with healing and pain management. 

 
Headache relief

2.

Similar to back pain relief, a chiropractor can adjust your neck and/or back to help relieve pain caused by headaches. Chiropractors can be especially helpful in providing tips to improve your posture, which will further strengthen your muscles and relieve the pain in your neck, back, and head. 

 

3.

We know it's confusing to think that a chiropractor could help with gastrointestinal issues, but visiting a chiropractor will help to properly align your body and assist with bowel regularity

Bowel Regularity
 
Ear infections

4.

Do your or your child experience reoccurring ear infections? Try visiting a chiropractor to resolve the alignment issues in your spine, allowing the fluid in your ears to flow properly, and resolving the reoccurring infection. 

 
Neck Pain

5.

We know it can be scary to allow a person to crack your neck and spine, but Parallel to back pain and headaches, a chiropractor can help to resolve that unwavering pain in your neck. You will likely find increased mobility and a loss of tension after allowing a chiropractor to work on your neck. 

 
Arthritis and Joint Pain

6.

If you struggle with arthritis or regular joint pain, a chiropractor can help you to manage your pain. As stated above, your chiropractor is likely to explain some useful stretches and exercises specific to your area of concern; practicing these exercised and stretches will help you to manage your pain and improve your overall health. 

 
Blood Pressure Regulation

7.

By adjusting your body, your chiropractor is able to improve the natural flow and alignment of your body, allowing your blood and other cells to flow freely. 

 

Still unsure? Chiropractic care is covered by most group and employee benefit plans! Give us a call to learn more or give a chiropractor near you a try! 

Alberta Dental Fee Guide

Alberta Dental Fee Guide.

Most people do not enjoy going to the dentist, and some even avoid it for reasons such as fear, inconvenience, and largely due to the cost of dental procedures. 

The Alberta Dental Association and College are publishing a Dental Fee Guide for the first time in our province since 1997. The Dental Fee Guide is intended to set a standard for dental pricing, so as to limit overcharges and unaffordable dental care. 

This new guide is set to be effective January 1, 2018, and while it is a great tool to have in place, dental offices are not required to follow the prices listed in the guide.

We recommend cross-referencing your dental office's pricing with the Dental Fee Guide to ensure you are not being overcharged for your dental procedures. Additionally, it is a good idea to ask your dental office for an estimate in advance. You can submit the estimate to your group insurance plan carrier to ask how much of the cost will be covered; this will prevent you from being charged any extra fees at the time of your appointment. 

You should be advised that your group insurance plan will pay up to the suggested price and you will be responsible for any additional costs. 

If you have questions regarding your dental appointment, please reach out to our office. We are happy to help you further understand the fee guide and answer any questions you might have about coverage. 

Make Travelling Easier!

When you think about taking a trip, you probably think about making memories and escaping the routine of daily life. But you probably also think about costs—housing, eating out, souvenirs, visiting not-to-miss (but pricey) sites—as well as all the other countless details that go into making a trip perfect. And that worry is probably amplified when it comes to considering international travel. 

But just like any other major undertaking, a little planning goes a long way to making sure that the details aren’t of concern. For example, do some research about travel documents. You’ll need a passport, of course, but you might (depending on the destination) need a visa too—and all those documents take weeks, if not months, to get to you. And your passport must also be valid a certain time before you’re allowed to travel.

What can other tips help? This graphic explains the details.

Courtesy of: https://www.discover.com/personal-loans/resources/major-expenses/international-family-vacation/

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Deskercise!

It's that time of year again when those delicious holiday baked goods are making their way around your office, but it's hard to get outdoors and stay in shape when all your favorite activities are hindered by the snow.

We found some ways to keep you moving while you're at work so you can indulge in your favorite treats without feeling guilty! Check out our list below:

1. Tap your toes!

Turn on your favorite radio station and tap your toes to the beat of each tune; this keeps your legs moving and your circulation flowing! If you're worried about disrupting your co-workers, try plugging your headphones into your computer.

2. Take the stairs! 

We know the elevator is easier, but if you work on a lower floor and you're up for a challenge, try the stairs a couple times per week! This option might not be available to all, but it's a great start for those who are able.

3. Wait for the printer!

Sure, this might sound a little boring, but why not do some calf raises while waiting for your pages to print? Calf raises will not only help to strengthen your legs, but they'll also help to strengthen your ankles. 

4. Butt squeezes!

We know this sounds funny, but why not tone those glutes when no one is looking?! Just squeeze your cheeks together, hold for 5-10 seconds, and see the results next time you put on those yoga pants!

5. Leg raises!

Simply lift your legs, hold them in place for 5-10 seconds and then lower them slowly without allowing your feet to touch the ground. If it's not hard enough you can loop your purse around your feet for some extra weight. 

 

Like these tips? Follow this link for the full article! 

Adding Your Spouse to Your Group Benefit Plan

We always mention how important it is to add your employees well within your company's waiting period, but did you know it's equally as important to add their spouses and all other dependents on the plan at the same time?

Dependents should be added along with each employee even if they have coverage through their own employer. We are able to opt dependents out of the plan if they have alternative coverage. 

When we add a spouse but opt them out of coverage the employee will pay a single rate, however, the employee's family can be made active at a later date without penalties. 

If we do not add spouses and other dependents on to the plan at the time of enrolment, they will be treated as late entrants and will have to complete a statement of health form; they will be subject to exclusion and/or denial based on their medical history. Additionally, they will only be allotted $250 worth of dental coverage in the first 12 months. 

 

It is imperative that you, as a plan administrator, remind each of your employees to add all dependents to their application forms. Please direct them to check off the Opt-Out boxes at the bottom of page one if they choose to keep their dependents inactive. 

Advantages of Working With an Advisor

Have you spent hours of your own time searching for an employee benefits program only to find yourself getting lost in the industry lingo?

We know it can be difficult to make sense of the insurance industry, so we're here to help! Our job is to provide you with reliable and trustworthy advice ad to help you find a benefit program that best suits your company's unique needs. 

We are a brokerage - we can shop the market and do the heavy lifting so you don't have to! 

One Stop Shop

As we said above, we can do all the heaving lifting so you don't have to. We will find you a benefit plan that stays within your budget, that best suits your company, and we will compile an easy to read comparison so you can see each plan at a glance. Once you have decided on a plan design, we can set up a meeting to explain the details of your program to you and your staff. Additionally, we are here to help with plan administration and answer any questions you might have after enrolment. 

 

If you're experiencing issues with your claims, we can help you make sense of it. often times a claim has not actually been denied, but rather put on hold. We can help to get to the bottom of the program and have your claims processed in a timely manner. 

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We know it's frustrating to try to get a hold of the right person to assist with your claims or general questions, but we're here to help! You can make our office your first call, speak to someone familiar, and we either solve your problem or send you in the right direction!

 

Overall, we're here to make your life easier; we strive to provide the best customer service possible and we want to ensure you are always satisfied with your group plan. 

Please give us a call if you have any questions, or if you'd like help setting up a new group plan!

Exercising While Pregnant

Are you someone who loves being active and going to the gym? We know it can be difficult to stay on top of your fitness routine while you are pregnant, so we though we’d find some tips to help you modify your regular exercises!  

First and foremost, it is important to be cautious when you exercise while you are pregnant; be sure to talk to your doctor before exercising during pregnancy. Any exercises you do should be safe for you and your baby, so it is important to modify your routine to suit your current physical capabilities.

We’ve compiled some of our favourite tips into a list for you:

1.      Get enough calories – your doctor or dietician can help you to determine how many calories you should consume each day during your pregnancy. This is different for each woman, so it is important to talk to a professional to determine the best diet for your unique lifestyle.

2.      Avoid extreme or dangerous sports – This might sound obvious, but even sports such as soccer or bike riding might be harmful if you’re having a hard time with your balance.

a.      Pregnant women should especially avoid scuba diving; if you have a vacation planned during your pregnancy, keep in mind that your baby is not protected from the effects of pressure change.

3.      Do some warm up activities – prior to your workout, you should do some low intensity activities to get your body ready for exercise. This will prepare your muscles and prevent strain, aches, and pains during or after your workout.

4.      Drink lots of water – Make sure you stay hydrated during your workout. Dehydration can lead to a reduced amount of blood reaching the placenta and can increase your risk of overheating.

5.      Don’t lie flat on your back – This is especially important after the first trimester. The weight of your uterus can put pressure on a major vein called the vena cava, which reduces blood flow to your heart and can reduce blood flow to your uterus. As an alternative, put a foam wedge under your back to slightly prop yourself up.

6.      Try not to remain in one position for long periods of time – standing in one place for a long amount of time can reduce blood flow to your heart and uterus, this can lower your blood pressure and make you dizzy. Try to walk around, walk in place, or switch positions often during your workout.

7.      Don’t exercise in heat – You might feel warmer than usual during your pregnancy, naturally your body temperature will rise even higher while you are exercising. You might get overheated, which might cause you to feel dizzy or nauseous; be sure to sit down, drink some water, and let your body cool off.

8.      Sit or stand up slowly – don’t try to rush your workouts and allow yourself the time to sit or stand up at a pace that feels comfortable for you; you don’t want to cause dizziness and a potential fall.

9.      Cool down – Give yourself some extra time to cool down from your workout. You can try light stretching, walking in place, or any other light activity that will return your heart to its normal rate.

The most important thing is to take care of yourself during your pregnancy; maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and even treat yourself to a pre-natal massage!

 

We hope you find these tips to be helpful. For the full article, please click here!

 

 

 

5 Reasons to Sign Up For A Life Insurance Policy

Have you always thought about signing up for a life insurance policy, but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet? We get it! Countless people put life insurance off because see themselves as young and healthy, they don’t want to pay the premiums, and they tell themselves they will consider it later.  

Life insurance can help you to look after your family, your assets, the things you care most about, and even your business. We found a really great article that points out he benefits of having a life insurance policy and we compiled our favourites into an easy to read list for you! Check them out:

1.      Provide income for your family when you are no longer able – If you experience a tragic accident and you aren’t able to provide for your family, a life insurance policy can replace your income to ensure your loved ones are taken care of.

2.      Eliminates debt at an important time -If you have a large amount of debt, your life insurance policy will pay off what you owe after you have passed, just another way to ensure your loved ones are well taken care of.

3.      Leaves a legacy of value – You don’t always have to purchase a life insurance policy for yourself; some people purchase policies on the lives of their children, which can be transferred directly to the child when he/she turns 18. This provides a tax-free legacy for future generations.

4.      Ensures the continuity of your business – Your policy can help to ensure your business lives on even after you have passed.

5.      Help to make meaningful donations – If you have the desire to help your favourite charity, you can donate the proceeds of your life insurance policy after your passing.

If you’d like to look into a life insurance policy or have questions about signing up, give us a call! We can help you to understand the different types of coverages available to you and we can get you signed up in a timely manner!

 

To read the full article, click here

Employee Appreciation

It's incredibly important for your employees to feel recognized; what do you do as a business owner to express your appreciation?

We found some tips for you to use to enhance your employee/employer relationship. 

Employee Morale
  1. Engage in conversation and pay attention 
    1. Greet your employees when you come to the office in the morning. Saying a simple hello and asking about your employees' evening and/or weekends is a great way to build your relationship. This can set the tone for a positive work day and encourage your employees to be more motivated at work. 
  2. Share your time 
    1. Share your ideas and listen to your employees' ideas. It takes a team to run a successful business, so don't brush off your staff's ideas because you don't feel you have time. People feel appreciated and important when they are given the chance to share their thoughts. 
  3. Use positive and reinforcing words
    1. Take the time to say thank you. Taking a small moment to recognize a job well done will resonate with your employees; it allows them to see that you noticed their hard work and you appreciate the effort they put in. 
  4. Provide new opportunities for hard working employees 
    1. If you feel your employee is up to the challenge, let them take on new tasks or allow them to share their techniques by training other employees. Your employees will appreciate being given the chance to share their work and ideas with other members of your team. They will feel important for having their work highlighted and are more likely to continue putting the extra effort into their jobs. 
  5. Make an announcement to the whole office
    1. Highlight your employees' job well done by making an announcement to the whole office. Pointing out hard work to the entire group is likely to raise morale and make the individual person feel especially appreciated. 

As we've mentioned previously, employees who feel noticed, appreciated, and recognized are more likely to put extra effort into their work. They will feel happy and motivated to come to the office each day and are less likely to feel drained and/or tired.

To see more of these tips, please click here

 

Advantages of Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine which focuses on the flow of energy throughout the body. When the flow is disrupted it can lead to pain, illness, or lack or normal function; your acupuncturist will focus on various acupoints in your body to relieve tension and to help release your body’s natural pain killers by targeting some of the body’s main systems, including the nervous, endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, and digestive systems.

Your acupuncturist will start your appointment by examining your tongue, checking your pulse, and asking you some questions about your medical history; once they have determined the best treatment plan for you, they will start with your acupuncture treatment. Your practitioner will insert needles as slim as human hair into your acupoints. After insertion, the acupuncturist might manipulate the needles by hand or by adding an electrical stimulant.

Although some people might shy away from this treatment due to a fear of needles, most patients report little to no discomfort and leave the treatment with a sense of relief.

The most common reason for visiting an acupuncturist is to manage neck, back, joint, or head pain, including the treatment of migraines. Additionally, acupuncture can help with nausea, allergies, menopause symptoms, and infertility.

Depending on the severity of your condition, your acupuncturist might recommend coming back for a series of weekly treatments, or he/she might suggest continuing acupuncture as a form of maintenance.

Regardless of physical condition, acupuncture is generally suitable for most people. It can help to treat the root cause of your malady and can reduce your dependence on medication and/or prevent you from needing medical procedures.

Some people might experience minor discomfort after treatment, including stiffness and/or soreness, but these symptoms are not generally a cause for concern.


Clinical studies have also shown acupuncture to help treat

  • Depression,
  • Knee pain
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Cardiac neurosis
  • Ear pain
  • Female reproductive pain
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension

Acupuncture is generally covered under your group insurance plan. Please talk to your plan administrator or review your employee booklet form more information.

 

Read More: Advantages of Acupuncture, Clinical Care

Why is Having a Group Health & Dental Plan a Good Idea?

Are you a business owner looking for ways to improve your business and compensate your employees? Group benefit plans are a great tool for business owners and can greatly improve the quality of your company.

Signing up for employee health and dental benefits gives you and your employees access to insurance products that might be available on an individual basis. The greater number of people seeking benefits, the better group plan you’ll have access to – and at a significantly lower cost that individual insurance.

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Furthermore, groups of three or more do not have to complete medical questionnaires, so you and your employees will not be subject to exclusions or denial based on pre-existing health conditions.

In addition to the increased availability of insurance products, group benefit plans provide tax benefits for both the employee and the employer. Business owners are able to write off any portion of the group plan they pay for as a business expense, making benefit plans even more affordable than some might think. If you choose to have your employees pay for their benefits, they will be considered non-taxable to the employee.

Some business owners choose to include benefit plans as part of employee compensation and are often offered to employees instead of a monetary raise. This benefits the employee by not increasing CPP and EI deductions on their paycheck.

Other benefits of group benefit plans:

  • Travel insurance; employees don’t have to purchase additional insurance when travelling out of province or out of country.
  • Improved employee health; with access to extended health care benefits, employees can take better care of themselves outside of the workplace.
  • Improved morale; providing benefits for your employees lets them know that you, as an employer, care about their health and well-being, leading to a more cohesive and productive work place.

5 Reasons to Get a Massage

Did you know that massage is covered under most benefit programs, allowing you to claim a portion or the entire cost of massage service? It appears most people think of massage as a treat to themselves, but it can be a really great way to maintain your overall health, decrease muscle pain, improve your athletic performance, and assist in reducing pain caused by arthritis and/or other illnesses.

Stress Relief

Massage can provide you with 30-90 minutes of relaxation, taking you away from your every day stresses and allowing you to clear your mind of any bothersome thoughts.

 

 

Reduce Anxiety

Alongside stress management, massage can help to reduce anxiety by enforcing relaxation. Many people experience anxiety throughout the week as they find a way to manage work place stressors and other personal concerns.

Decrease Migraine Frequency

 

Do you experience severe headaches and/or migraines? Massage can help to relax your muscles and decrease the frequency in which you experience migraines.

 

 

Reduce Muscle Tension

Parallel to reducing headaches, massage therapists can help to relax the other muscles in your body that might be causing you pain or discomfort. Your massage therapist can work on specific muscle groups to release tension throughout your body.

Enhance Exercise Performance

Massage can help to increase your range of motion, therefore enhancing your exercise performance. If you have tight muscles at the gym, you’re at greater risk for injury and you likely won’t be able to complete your exercises properly.

 

For more information about the benefits of massage, read the full article here.

If you’d like to learn about claiming your massage or you wish to know more about your coverage, please contact our office.