Dr. Michaela McClure

Hi, I’m
Dr. Michaela McClure.

I’m an avid-runner, Doctor of Chiropractic, expert in prenatal and postpartum care, former Team Canada athlete, and most importantly wife and mom of two.

I’ve been in your shoes! As a tired new mom wanting to feel like herself again, an athlete striving for a new personal best, and as a Doctor, I’m here to guide and support you through this journey. Let me help you reach your personal best – it’s what I’m passionate about!

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Mindfulness and You

Dr. Donna Rockwell, clinical psychologist/mindfulness expert wrote that most people live in a state where they are “either bemoaning their past or catastrophizing their future“. What is mindfulness? Over the last decade, mindfulness has become a buzz-word. But what is mindfulness? Jon Kabat-Zinn, considered the master of mindfulness describes mindfulness as: paying attention on purpose to something in the present non-judgementally Living in the Present But what about the present? For most of us, we spend very little time in the present. We think about what has happened or what will happen, not what is happening. The present is where we are right now. The dictionary defines the present as ” existing or occurring now“. Think about this for a moment. The present is what is happening in this moment. It’s so fleeting, just a moment, a flash, and then it’s over, now part of the past. So how do we become mindful? How do we live in the present? Not as easy as it sounds right? Most of us can relate to the feeling of our mind wandering, day-dreaming, creating lists of to-do’s, thinking about what we should have done…even those who regularly practice mindfulness meditation experience the drifting mind. That’s no accident! We are programmed to scan our environment for threats, to think about what may lay around the corner ready to pounce! Think of our ancient selves living in a world where wild animals thought of us as food! The problem with this in our modern world is that we are constantly bombarded with stressors, just watch 15 minutes of news and you’ll see what we... read more

Why Exercise?

  We hear over and over again how important exercise is to our health. But do we understand why? Why exercise? What you gain Exercise brings many benefits. Did you know that the simple act of adding exercise to your day can add years to your life? A large study from JAMA clearly shows that the more fit you are the longer you live. And it’s not just that you add years, but those years are healthier, with decreased risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. The science is pretty clear – exercising gives you both time and a better quality of life.   Brain Benefits! What else can exercise do for you?  Studies show it can help depression, in fact exercise is often prescribed to help ease some of the symptoms of depression and overall, boost your mood! It’s also thought to lower the stress hormones coursing through your body, boost endorphins and improve sleep. Guidelines To achieve health benefits, adults between 18-64 years should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 min or more. Boost your benefits by adding muscle/bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least two days per week. More physical activity provides greater health benefits! What is moderate-intensity? Do you feel yourself breathing somewhat harder and sweating a little? That’s moderate intensity! Think bike riding or brisk walking… What is vigorous-intensity? Are you breathing hard and really building up a sweat? Think of how you feel when running or cross-country skiing! Where do I begin? If you are already... read more

Sleep zzzzzzz…

Sleep matters. We all require adequate sleep to function well but so many of us are living sleep deprived. Up to 60% of us report that we have trouble sleeping a few nights a week – what secrets do the other 40% know about getting a good night’s rest? Consequences Poor sleep can lead to some pretty big consequences. We know that not getting enough sleep increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure. It can also have psychological effects like depression, inattentiveness, and increased anxiety. Noticing weight gain?  Sleep issues seem to have an effect on the hormones that regulate hunger and slow down that metabolism. Craving carbs in the afternoon and evening? Researchers say that’s the hormones at work. Also, who feels up to exercising when sleep deprived! How many hours of sleep do we need? Our bodies are designed to generally require 7-9 hours of sleep a night. I know, I know, we all know people who swear that they only need 5 hours of sleep … but studies show these people aren’t functioning as well as they would if they slept for at least 7 hours. Good Sleep Practices How can I make sure I’m getting quality sleep? Here are a few tips to help you create a health sleep routine! Stick to a schedule! ( Yes, even on weekends!) Try to go to bed around the same time each night, it’s a myth that you can “catch up” on sleep by sleeping in on Sunday morning… Keep electronics out of the bedroom – the light emitted from phones, tablets and... read more