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 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

3 Essential Pelvic Health Practices for Pregnancy

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Recently I was at a mom and baby class to speak about pelvic health. I always start by asking the moms if they have had any experience with pelvic floor therapy. I am happy to report that after 6 years of doing this work, now the majority of the hands go up. Most women generally recognize that bringing a new … Read More

Relieve Period Pain Naturally

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Experiencing cramping and pain with the menstrual cycle is incredibly common. So common, that many women have lived years and even decades with debilitating pain and have come to accept it as a monthly inevitability. 1 -2 days of very mild cramping at the onset of bleeding that does not require the use of painkillers is normal. Anything beyond this … Read More

How to Avoid Injury With Proper Bike Fitting

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Whether you are an avid spinner or a weekend cyclist, setting up your bike so that it is specific to your measurements is critical for optimizing your ride and preventing repetitive strain injuries.  In this blog post, I am aiming to touch on some of the key elements to keep in mind when getting ready for your first ride this … Read More

Irregular or Missed Period? It Might Be Stress Related.

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Could stress be the cause of your missing period? While so many of us are struggling to cope with a ‘new normal’ in the past few weeks, stress and anxiety are on the rise.  Some signs and symptoms of stress are easy to pinpoint such as increased fatigue, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath or dizziness. However the female body … Read More

What is the Right Amount of Exercise for YOU!

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I have been working with mothers and children for the better part of my career and there has always been one limiting factor to fully relating to my patients: I am not a mother nor do I have children. But I am passionate about my work and highly value exercise prescription, so if you’ve come to see me in the … Read More

Why Restorative Bodywork Matters

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Today, the market is flooded with so many types of group exercise classes. It’s difficult to know what is good for you and what you should avoid, what is ‘healthy’ for your body and what might hurt it. There’s yoga in its many forms, including flow and hot yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, boxing, strength training, and spinning classes. There’s mom & … Read More