Castlegar Chiropractic and Health is offering complimentary treatments on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 17 from 5 to7 p.m. in exchange for donations to the Castlegar Community Harvest Food Bank.
Dr. David Bzdel, doctor of chiropractic, Chris Mansbridge, registered acupuncturist, and Anna McCullagh, registered massagetherapist, will be taking appointments after hours on both days.
“Dave will be offering his usual service to his regular clients of chiropractic adjustments, Anna will be offering a [fifteen]-minute shoulder and neck massage, and I’m going to offer a group acupuncture. So it’s twenty-minute acupuncturetreatments, clothes on, sitting in chairs, just points in the ear or other parts of the body that are easily exposed,” explainsMansbridge.
Bzdel, Mansbridge and McCullagh wanted to find a way to help give back to the community.
“It’s been something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while, having been associated with a few clinics in the past that havedone similar sort of things,” says Bzdel. “It’s always in the cards just to help this time of year because it can be a challengingtime of year for a lot of families. What we do in here, we’re pretty fortunate to be able to do it every day, and it’s nice to beable to give back a little.”
The fundraiser not only helps support the food bank, but gives those who might not otherwise be able to afford massagetherapy or acupuncture services a chance to access them.
“I serve on the board of directors of an NGO called the Latitude Project and our goal there was to make fundraisers that areactually super fun to go to,” said Mansbridge. “So I think this is something that can be a service that people want or needanyways, and it can be a super enjoyable way to contribute.”
Because the services Dr. Bzdel offers are diagnostic he can only see established patients, but Mansbridge and McCullagh areable to serve people who have never visited the clinic before.
Donations will be accepted in the form of cash, non-perishable food items, or toys, but cash is best.