Managing Your Adrenals and Stress: A Naturopath’s Approach 

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The stress response is a vital function of human health and survival. It is important to have a stress response, as it allows us to cope with physical, mental, environmental and emotional problems.  Issues can arise when the stress response is uncontrolled or a person is dealing with excessive, prolonged or poorly managed stress.  What is the Stress Response?  The … Read More

Kawhi Are You Still Getting Hurt? The Effect of Load Management on Long Distance Running

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If you had any interest in the previous basketball season, or at least the Toronto Raptors colossal 2019 NBA championship run, you may have heard a thing or two about our beloved (and, sadly, now departed) Kawhi Leonard who managed his injuries with a ‘load management program’. Conceptually load management is fairly easy to explain as a dosage plan to … Read More

How Your Home Should be Part of Your Healthy Lifestyle

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You’re eating well. You’re exercising. You try to get enough sleep. But you’re still not feeling as great as you could. Did you know that your environment (i.e. your home) could be to blame? You may have already seen some pretty doom-and-gloom fear based headlines around toxins. And if they’ve made you tune out to the overall message, I don’t … Read More

Meet the Team: Heather Heaney, Registered Massage Therapist

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One of our team members who has been with us the longest is our registered massage therapist, Heather Heaney. After being away for the last month, it seems like the perfect time to reintroduce this talented practitioner. A passionate advocate for women’s health, a dedicated mom and an animal lover, Heather brings a ton of experience to our team. Here … 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

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

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

Why I Left My Family and Job to Run Away To Panama

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I’m not proud to share this. I yelled at my son.   Not a slightly-raised-voice yell but a foot-stomping-fists-clenched-teeth-bared yell.   My son is not yet two. It was neither his fault nor my finest moment.   After yelling at him I sank to the floor and ugly cried. I did not comfort him despite his quivering bottom lip. Instead … Read More

Not Sleeping? Your Exhaustion May be Sabotaging Your Rehab

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Ahh yes, the seemingly elusive ‘quality sleep’. Many years may have passed since you were last able to get a full nights’ sleep, or at least string a few restful nights together. Yet despite this being a lot of people’s ‘regular’ (…if being a zombie is ‘regular’), what do most of us do about it? My best guess: not a … Read More