Demystifying Diastasis-Rectus Abdominus

The first year of mother-hood is accompanied by vast physical, hormonal and emotional changes. The female body undergoes remarkable transformation during pregnancy, the most obvious change being the growth of the abdomen, stretching to accommodate the growing fetus. In fact, studies show that during the third trimester around 70% of pregnant women develop a condition of over-stretched abdominal muscles (Boissonnault … Read More

Your Bladder Matters! –  5 Common Myths About Bladder Habits

As a pelvic health physiotherapist, I love to talk about the pelvic floor and bladder interaction as it relates to incontinence (refer to my previous posts, “Paediatric Incontinence” and “Pain Down There”). Research has shown that approximately 1 in 5 adults over the age of 20 report some type of lower urinary tract symptom (LUTS)2. A healthy bladder is a … Read More

Create Your Own Adventure Bites Recipe

  Hello everyone! It’s me, Crystal, your favourite Nutritionist! Today I’m going to be showing you a quick and easy snack you can make that will ensure you can spend the most of these beautiful days outside enjoying the sun and not slaving away in the kitchen. If you’re like me, and grew up in the 80’s, then you probably … Read More

Osteopathic Relief for Infants and New Mothers

The first few weeks of motherhood are extremely demanding and involves an incredible amount of learning. Almost all care is transferred onto the baby as parents attempt to dissect each little squeak, leg jolt, and cry in hopes of understanding what their newborn needs. As the week’s progress in the postnatal period, a remarkable instinctual communication develops between newborns and … Read More

Avoiding Shoulder Injury This Tennis Season

Let’s do some quick math to start:   (past history of sport) + (current desk jockey career) + (public tennis courts) + (the human ability to ‘over-do’ it) = ????   Though this math seems a bit unorthodox, I’m sure you can extrapolate from the title that this can result in injury. Shoulder injuries, in particular, are common in overhead … Read More

Paediatric Incontinence: How to Help Children Who Suffer From Poor Bladder Control

Approximately 90% of children achieve urinary continence by the age of 5, but what is it like for those 10% that are “accident-prone”? Day- or night-wetting for children is not only uncomfortable but can also limit participation in sports, sleepovers and other social activities; and although less than 1% of affected children continue to experience incontinence into adulthood, it is … Read More

Putting the Oh! in Probiotics

Did you know there are more cells in your body than stars in the universe? So hard to fathom right?! Even more crazy is that there are 10 x more bacteria in and on your body than all of your cells combined! Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in your body. They colonize your small and large intestine and determine the … Read More

Stay Injury Free This Summer With These Tips

Spring is in the air and summer is right around the corner. As Canadians we live for the warm weather and the activities that come with it. From getting your garden planted and blooming, to the vast array of outdoor sports sometimes, we can overdo it with our enthusiasm for the warmth resulting in injury. When exercising and doing outdoor activities there … Read More

Pain Down There?

So you have pain down there, and like many people, you don’t know what to do about it. Many women ignore their pelvic pain for reasons such as – they are embarrassed, they hope it will go away or they think it’s normal to have pain (especially after having kids). Pelvic pain is NOT normal and should be assessed by … Read More