How to Fit In Exercise Without Carving Extra Time From Your Schedule

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In a world where busy is celebrated and we are constantly over booking and overwhelming ourselves, it is no surprise that one of the most common challenges I hear to maintaining an exercise program is lack of time.    Realistically most people should be incorporating 30 minutes of intentional movement daily to stay healthy, maintain a healthy body weight and … Read More

Stop Promoting Pain for Gain and Start Listening to Your Body

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Listen to your body.    Growing up I was extremely active. I loved to play. I played any sport I could, I would run often, go outdoor adventuring, and basically move any chance I could. During my very active childhood at some point that I cannot seem to remember, I started to experience pain. Real pain; not muscular pain, which … Read More

So You Want to be a Runner? Part 1

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The air is fresh, September signals a reset and with the holiday season fast approaching, you have decided to take up running.   I get it. It is hard to ignore the throngs of runners that hit the streets in the fall. At almost every turn there is a weekend fun run or race.   I’ve been running for years. … Read More

12 “Silly” Questions You Will Want to Know the Answers to Before Your Pelvic Floor Exam

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I was recently asked to sit on a panel about pelvic floor and in preparation for the event I was asked what kind of topics women would most want to discuss.   I knew what I wanted to discuss immediately.   I want to talk about why we don’t talk about pelvic floor.   In Europe, pelvic floor is a … Read More

Feel the Burn: How to Boost Performance with Heat Training While Staying Safe and Avoiding Heat Stroke

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This summer has been nothing if not glorious by Canadian standards. Hot and sunny days have stretched into one another inviting us to linger longer outdoors.   For many of our clients, the string of steamy days has also meant that regular workouts in the heat have become a reality. Since our summers tend to be short, Canadians are often … 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

Simple Summer Habits to Keep Even the Most Indulgent Holiday on Track

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Summer is the perfect time to slow down and relax. The warm weather and longer days beckon you to linger at parks or enjoy time with friends outside.    Summer can also be a season of indulgence. A cold beer on a hot afternoon, decadent bbqs and life at a slower pace. While all of these are well deserved celebrated … Read More

Tendinopathy: How to Deal With Chronic Tendon Pain

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Tendinopathy, tendinosis, tendinitis… three terms to describe basically the same injury. Confusing right? It should be! Part of the confusion around naming this injury is the fact that for the longest time we didn’t really know much around the SCIENCE behind the injury. Since then, we have made steps in deciphering this problem. The current theory of WHAT HAPPENS when … Read More

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