Integrative Health

Group Physiotherapy: An Effective and Affordable Alternative to Individual Care

Physiotherapy is an essential component of quality healthcare that helps individuals recover from injuries and chronic conditions, improves mobility, and promotes overall well-being. While individualised physiotherapy assessment and treatment are required at the outset of a treatment plan, lack of alternative options may be limiting the success for many.   Group physiotherapy, as an alternative, has

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Blossom this Spring with Bloom’s 30 Day Wellness Challenge

#bloomhealthchallenge Join Bloom this April for a 30 day spring wellness challenge, chalked full of positive and healthy self care activities! All content is curated and provided by our interdisciplinary healthcare team at Bloom Integrative Health & Movement Centre. At the same time, enjoy a little healthy competition to get 10% off any of Bloom’s

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Infertility

Infertility: When Should You Seek Help?

[ Disclaimer ] There are many different types of people and couples on the path towards creating new life. In this article, we refer to cis-female and cis-male individuals, but we recognize there exists more people trying to conceive outside of these genders. We also refer to the individual testing and roles that cis-females and

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Postpartum Thyroid Health: An often overlooked contribution to fatigue and other “normal” concerns

In the whirlwind of postpartum, changing bodies and new symptoms get overlooked or inappropriately labelled as “just normal”. While the focus is mostly on babe, Mom’s concerns can get ignored or trivialized.  My first real experience of this was when A.G., a new mama to a five month old babe, came to see me. She

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Safe Return

A Safe Return to In Person Care

Since March 16th, 2020 we have shifted our practice to offering Virtual Care as an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  As of May 14th, the Ontario government released the first stage of their reopening plan. Unfortunately, this did not include any changes to the existing advice on practice restrictions for physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors

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Telerehabilitation

Telerehabilitation for Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. Really?

As we attempt to provide care in a unique and safe way, in the form of Telerehabilitation, there can be a sense of loss or comparison against what we are used to. This makes sense as we are creatures of habit and Physiotherapy is traditionally quite physically and hands on based.  However, there are many

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Telerehab

Telerehab Physiotherapy: Comparable to In-Person Care… well almost.

Physiotherapy is a profession that is, at its core, a very physical health care modality. We are experts in movement and movement conditions that affect people’s’ day to day including quality of life and optimal physical functioning or performance. So while it makes sense that the majority of care is provided in person and hands

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Cesarean Birth

Physiotherapy after a Cesarean Birth

One of the most common myths I hear as a Women’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist is that women who have experienced a cesarean birth do not need pelvic floor physiotherapy as their pelvic floor “was not affected”. On the contrary, I HIGHLY recommend seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist minimum 6 weeks postpartum regardless of whether you’ve experienced a vaginal or cesarean birth.

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Stability

5 Minute Movements: Stability Junkie

How many of you think you don’t have time to exercise? This is something we hear time and time again from our clients, especially new mama’s. Exercise does not have to be hours long to be effective, nor do you need fancy equipment. What is most important is consistency, which builds up over time. Stability is important during movement.

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Personal Lubricant

It’s Not TMI: Personal Lubricants

Let’s talk about personal lubricant. Lubricant is great for reducing vaginal dryness, which is highly necessary in the early post-partum period or with menopause. Lubricants come in a variety of forms, the most common being water-based options, followed by silicone and oil-based varieties. Choosing the type of lubricant that works best for you is primarily

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decrease stress

Decrease Stress through Breath to Support your Nervous System

You have probably heard of the “fight or flight” response, this is our body’s defence mechanism
against threats and stress, called the sympathetic nervous system. This response is necessary
when we are in threatening situation and is what is responsible for the stories you hear about a
mother who lifts a car of her child or the man who fights off a grizzly bear in the woods, it’s also
what is responsible for the butterflies in your stomach before a big presentation.

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enhance your breath

Enhance Your Breath & Support your Abdomen and Pelvic Floor by Opening Your Ribcage

The ribcage is intricately connected to the abdomen and pelvic floor. Optimize your ribcage mobility through these 3 basic yoga poses to enhance abdominal and pelvic floor function – including leaking pee!

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Birthing from Within

Birthing from Within: A “birth class” with a twist

Birthing is more than just the physical – Birthing From Within offers a birth class focused on assisting parents to become more resourceful, comfortable and confident in themselves on their journey in becoming parents.

Jennifer brings a unique perspective to her support of families during this time. Join her this January in person for a 2 part series.

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The Shoebox Project

The Shoebox Project: Treat Yo’self By Treating Someone Else

Since opening our doors in September, we have had the privilege of connecting with many women facing a variety of health concerns that leave them feeling isolated and unable to relate to others in their struggles.
Establishing these meaningful connections has inspired us to directly support a cause that is addressing feelings of loneliness and segregation faced by women who are living at or using the services local agencies and shelters in Ottawa.

The Shoebox Project is a simple and creative way to add a bit of sparkle to someone’s holiday, because everyone deserves more than just basic necessities of living.

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Postnatal Tips with Sarah Trottier: Lifting and carrying your baby’s carseat

Postnatal Tips with Sarah Trottier: Lifting and Carrying Your Baby’s Car Seat

To all the new and expecting moms (and dads) out there. It’s estimated that two-thirds of new
moms experience low back pain, often attributed to heavy work, including lifting, carrying and
breastfeeding your new bundle of joy and love. Caring for your newborn is a lot of work (filled with a lot of reward), be kind to your own body too!

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Taking a deeper and more specific look: The use of real time ultrasound for abdominal-pelvic rehab

Taking a Deeper and More Specific Look: The Use of Real Time Ultrasound for Abdominal-Pelvic Rehab

We are so excited to offer the use of real time ultrasound (RTUS) imaging as an adjunct to our clinical and manual tests for abdominal-pelvic physiotherapy. It is the same type of ultrasound that physicians use to look at a baby in utero. It is used to identify potential issues in organs or inflammation in a tendon. However, we will be able to do it in house and with a focus on abdominal-pelvic health concerns.

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It’s Not TMI: The Difference Between a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Exam and a Pap Test

It’s Not TMI: The Difference Between a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Exam and a Pap Test

After Lisa Flanders’ post on A Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Exam is NOT a Pap Test many questions came in asking about the difference. It’s Not TMI and if you have an idea for a future episode, Contact Us

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10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SEE A PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST

10 Reasons Why You Should See A Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

The number one question we get asked is “How do I know if I should see a pelvic floor physiotherapist”. The short answer is that all pelvic floor dysfunction should be evaluated and if you are not sure, having an evaluation and the education that accompanies can be invaluable.

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Your first visit

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy: What to Expect at Your First Visit

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a branch of orthopaedic physiotherapy with the focus being on the muscles, joints, tendons, bones and organs found in and around the vagina and rectum.
I encounter so many wonderful questions regarding the first visit with a pelvic floor physiotherapist and what to expect, that I compiled them into one place.

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Urinary Leakage

Path of the Breath: Optimize Pressures to Limit Urinary Leakage

Consciously connecting to pelvic floor just before and holding it during a cough or sneeze (aka “the knack”) can be a very helpful and functional way to limit urine leakage. However, we also need to think about and manage pressures above – especially if “kegeling” is not working for you. Check out this video to assist your pelvic floor even more with this simple breath awareness technique.

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Sports Performance and the Pelvic Floor

Sports Performance & the Pelvic Floor

As such, all of us, and especially athletes, need a healthy, adaptable and resilient pelvic floor to enhance the capacity of the “deep” or “anticipatory” core muscles (also including the respiratory diaphragm, transverse abdominis, and multifidus) to allow for speed, agility, coordination, and overall performance. Especially due to its close proximity to the deep hip musculature that is used for a lot of sports.

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