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

How to Track Cervical Fluid to Optimize Fertility

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One of the many fascinating things a woman’s body does is send hormonal signals every month that create physical changes in the body that indicate when she is most fertile in her cycle. Cervical fluid is arguably the most important of these signs to track if trying to get pregnant OR trying to avoid it! Cervical fluid is what many … 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

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

92% of People Will Fail to Keep Their Resolutions. Here’s How to Make Your’s Stick.

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Right now you are living in the land of good intentions.   Everywhere you look people are declaring their resolutions for success in 2020. It is hard not to get swept up in the momentum as this decade draws to a close.   The reality however is that the inspiring resolutions you are dreaming of will likely never come to … Read More

Post-Partum Exercise: 6 things You Can Do in the First 6-Weeks

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So you’ve had, or are about to have a baby – congratulations! The first few weeks post-partum are an exciting time to bond with your baby, focus on recovering and see your body start to make some exciting changes. Getting back to exercise is on your mind but you may have read or heard that you should avoid all exercise … Read More

How To Boost Your Fertility

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The number of individuals and couples facing infertility issues has shown a rise over the past few years. Today, the infertility statistics have increased from 5.4% in 1984 to 16% today (1) – that means almost 1 in 6 couples today are facing fertility issues. Besides taking measures to monitor your menstrual cycles and ovulation, below are some simple lifestyle … Read More