Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Reproductive Health; Practical Tips to Reduce Your Exposure

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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals within our environment that can impact the way our hormones work1. Depending on the chemical, they can either ‘mimic’ our hormones and bind to hormonal receptors, some can block our hormones from performing their important actions, while others can increase or decrease the levels of hormones in our body1. There is an evolving area of … Read More

Is Gardening Your Sport?

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Is gardening your sport? I really enjoy gardening. Full stop. For many personal reasons, it is an activity that I thoroughly enjoy and is a common topic of discussion with clients at Body Co (especially at this time of year!). Despite all of the joy that gardening brings to each individual, I am acutely aware of the challenges that are … Read More

Is Community the Medicine You’ve Been Missing?

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After a year of social distancing, it’s not surprising that many feel isolated or lonely. What may surprise you though is the impact of that isolation on your health. As researchers explore the physical and mental aspects of being apart, we are starting to understand that connection is as vital to our health as water, good food and exercise. Studies … Read More

5 Things Every Teen & Parent Should Know About Healthy Teen Periods

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Here’s what I remember about being a teenager and getting my first period. I remember a very awkward health class where an extremely ill equipped male gym teacher explained female anatomy and showed us what a tampon looked like. I remember not really knowing what to expect but feeling like I should. I remember getting it for the first time, … Read More

How Motherhood Changed My Physiotherapy Practice

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There are many skills I need to acquire for my job: knowledge, manual skills and conversational skills to name a few. The most profound skill, however, is empathy. To be able to accurately assess, diagnose and treat my patients, I have to first put myself in their shoes. And of course, I have no problem doing this. From the series … Read More

5 Signs You Need to Address Your Energy and Underlying Stress

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I spend a lot of time talking to those I work with about their energy.    When people come to see me they are often feeling low on the energy scale, but this is just one symptom. Often times as dig deeper they are also very stressed out!! The low energy could well be a result of an overactive mind.  … Read More

5 Signs of Insulin Resistance

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Insulin resistance is one of the most prevalent issues I see in practice and a major driver in several common health concerns. Many of my patients are struggling with symptoms of insulin resistance without knowing it because it’s so rarely tested in traditional blood work. These patients are frustrated when all their lab work comes back as normal despite knowing … Read More

Achilles Pain: How to Manage and Overcome Your Injury

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Achilles tendinopathy in runners!!! I’ve spent some time in the past discussing related topics in the past (see here, here, and here). Though this week’s blog post may be on a topic that seems like old hat, the current clinic trends have motivated me to re-address this common injury and dive further into how we can manage our training and … Read More

5 Pregnancy Myths Slowing Your Postnatal Recovery

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We all know that person who gives you advice. They are usually the same person who reaches to pat your belly without asking first. While generally well intended, most pieces of advice I’ve heard pertain to that individual’s experience and circumstances and have little foundation in science. So while they may have been helpful during their pregnancy, they could be … Read More

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction 101

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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is the inability to properly coordinate pelvic floor muscle activation and relaxation. It is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide variety of disorders that occur when structures (muscle, fascia, nerve, tendon, ligaments) in the pelvic floor are not functioning optimally. Although symptoms present differently, pelvic floor dysfunction can occur in both females and males.  In order … Read More