Gender Dysphoria, Binding and the Pelvic Floor

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Gender dysphoria is the psychological distress that results from a mismatch between one’s sex assigned at birth and one’s gender as per the American Psychiatric Association.  This may present as a strong desire to rid oneself of primary sexual characteristics (ie. uterus, vagina, penis, testicles) or secondary sexual characteristics (ie. height, body shape, body hair) that are associated with one’s … 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

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

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

Gains Without Pain: How to Safely Return to Sport & Fitness

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Recently, Body Co’s own chiropractor Dr. Peter Johnston and I (physiotherapist, Jordan Fortuna) got together to discuss the basic principles around evaluating/managing your workout routine in order to maximize the effectiveness of your program. Whether you are a seasoned vet or a rookie in the sport and fitness world, the principles we discussed are applicable across the board and can … 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