Pregnancy-Related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PPGP) – Is it Normal?

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to take a refresher course on the Pelvic Floor and Pregnancy, with a specific interest in Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP). Pregnancy-related PGP is something that I see often in the clinic and I usually hear a similar story from my patients- “It’s taken me a while to come in because I thought/I was … Read More

Breathe For Diastasis-Recti Abdominis

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As I sat, attempting to interpret data sheets and statistics (not my forte), I noticed the growing tension in my chest, shoulders and neck. I eventually realized, after a couple hours of work, that I had been so focused and stressed that I had forgotten to breathe. I was essentially holding my breath the entire time I was interpreting my … Read More

Stress: What It Is Doing To Your Health and How You Can Get It Under Control

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Stress means a lot of things to a lot of different people. It can be interpreted as anxiety, worry and tension. It can also be excitement and anticipation. With such a widespread impact, it is almost understandable that it is misinterpreted as something controllable, intentional or solely mental.   Let’s get something very clear. Stress is not just in your … Read More

Wondering if In-Home Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Is For You? A Patient Tells Us About Her Experience

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Many of our clients are intrigued by the idea of in-home pelvic floor physiotherapy. We created the option because we understood from our clients that sometimes getting out of the house isn’t as easy as it sounds. Sometimes, especially for new moms, just the logistics of leaving the house can be an overwhelming event. Despite it’s convenience, people often wonder … Read More

Meet the Team: Sandra Ghaly, Paediatric and Pelvic Physiotherapist

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Anyone who can calm my children in under 30 seconds is a miracle worker in my books. Sandra Ghaly, our pelvic floor and paediatric physiotherapist is nothing short of that title. Best known for her caring yet empowering nature, Sandra is carving out her niche as one of only two physiotherapists in the city of Toronto specializing in children’s pelvic … Read More

Don’t Waste Your Time and Money – Learn How to Choose A Great Therapist

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Do you ever eavesdrop on someone’s conversation?   This morning as I was waiting to play tennis I found myself doing exactly that. Two gentlemen beside me were comparing notes on their recent knee surgeries.   Gentleman number one was saying how he was pleased to be back to tennis and had been religiously going to physiotherapy. I was about … Read More

Just Breathe

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Do me a favour. Have a seat. Sit back in your chair. Relax your arms on your your lap. Quiet your mind.   Now, inhale through your nose for a count of four. Fill your belly with your breath, like a balloon fills with air.   Pause.   Slowly, let the breath out through your mouth for a count of … Read More

What Does Your Poop Say About You?

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I’m my house, with two small children, poop is a regular topic of discussion. Poop jokes, poopy diapers, conversations about how frequently each child pooped. Needless to say we are not shy about discussing our poop.   However, if that is not your reality (and lucky you) you may not be paying close attention to a vital marker of health. … Read More

Everything You Need to Consider About Pelvic Floor – A Poem

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Pelvic Physiotherapy. Have you heard that term before? Well let me tell you all the wonderful things, That we can do for your pelvic floor.   Have you had a baby? Maybe two or three? Do you find yourself running to the bathroom, Because you can’t hold in your pee?   Or maybe it happens with coughing, Laughing, jumping, or … Read More

Pain: It’s Not Just In Your Head

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Yes, I am a physiotherapist. A movement specialist. I assess your mobility. Your pain. Your muscle imbalances. And yes, my goal is to get you back to your best physical state. But my patients are often surprised to hear me ask about their diet, sleep and stressors during their assessment. Many of them are not thrilled when I encourage them … Read More