Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Reproductive Health; Practical Tips to Reduce Your Exposure

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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals within our environment that can impact the way our hormones work1. Depending on the chemical, they can either ‘mimic’ our hormones and bind to hormonal receptors, some can block our hormones from performing their important actions, while others can increase or decrease the levels of hormones in our body1. There is an evolving area of … 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

5 Signs You Need to Address Your Energy and Underlying Stress

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I spend a lot of time talking to those I work with about their energy.    When people come to see me they are often feeling low on the energy scale, but this is just one symptom. Often times as dig deeper they are also very stressed out!! The low energy could well be a result of an overactive mind.  … Read More

5 Signs of Insulin Resistance

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Insulin resistance is one of the most prevalent issues I see in practice and a major driver in several common health concerns. Many of my patients are struggling with symptoms of insulin resistance without knowing it because it’s so rarely tested in traditional blood work. These patients are frustrated when all their lab work comes back as normal despite knowing … 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

5 Reasons Why You Might Be Losing Your Hair

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5 Common Causes of Female Hair loss For women, increasing hair loss can be both a scary symptom and a major cause of stress. Although it is common to go through periods of increased hair loss, this is not a normal symptom for women and is a signal your body is sending that something is not right.  There are many … Read More

10 Ways to Manage Your Anxiety

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1 in 5 Canadians will deal with a mental health issue by time they are 40.  5% of Canadians suffer from anxiety 8% suffer from major depression 63% of people say they suffer from stress Both stress and anxiety are on the rise with COVID-19 and there are predictions for much higher depression rates as a result.   I have suffered … Read More