Postnatal

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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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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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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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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breastfeeding positions

Breastfeeding Positions That Protect Your Body from Injury

Back pain is common during pregnancy – but can also affect a lot of moms after birth, especially with increase in demands on the body. A good example of an activity that can frequently cause aches and pains after birth is breastfeeding a baby.  By utilizing proper breastfeeding positions and optimal body mechanics, these following

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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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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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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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