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Birthing Positions By Miral Patel     Do you recall what position you, your mom or your friends gave birth in?  Was it lying on their back?  That's likely the case.  94% of women in Canada deliver their baby while lying on their back.  This is in fact the worst position to be in for giving birth.    Let's take gravity into consideration. Lying flat on your back takes away the role of gravity, which can help to bring the baby down. In labour, when...
Posted on 2015-11-09
Feeling Comfortable with Your Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist By Miral Patel   Are you considering having your pelvic floor assessed, but feel a bit nervous about the internal exam?  I can surely say I felt the same.   Pelvic floor physiotherapists are specially trained and sensitive to intimate issues patients may experience. In fact, when we are trained in pelvic floor physiotherapy we practice ON EACH OTHER!!   I’ll tell you about my first experience.   My...
Posted on 2015-11-02
 5 Pregnancy Tips from a Pregnant Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist by Anita Vandenberg (PT)                                                   The number 1 statement I hear from my postpartum clients is "Why did no one tell me this when I was pregnant?" A...
Posted on 2015-10-23
By Patti MacGregor, RMT The postpartum period is a time of many physical and emotional adjustments. After childbirth, a woman’s body undergoes many structural and physiological changes in order to heal from the rigors of labour.  Adapting to life with a new baby that demands 24-hour care can be extremely difficult, and for a new mom this can mean little to no time to look after herself. Though it may seem impossible, this is the time that massage therapy can be most beneficial. ...
Posted on 2015-10-05
By Miral Patel Imagine athletes like Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova or Anna Kournikova.  Would you ever imagine that any of them suffer from pelvic floor dysfunctions?  US NCBI stats show that 41% of elite female athletes suffer from stress incontinence.   What is stress incontinence??  It’s leakage of urine or fecal matter with activities such as coughing, sneezing, jumping or running.  This usually occurs as a result of weak pelvic floor muscles.  ...
Posted on 2015-09-29
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Here's a sneak peak at recent posts:

Heather Vaughan - Stress Reduction for Men through Mindfulness

"As a physiotherapist who believes that the mind and spirit are just as important as the body in the successful treatment of physical injuries and pain..."

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Dr. Alan Vu, ND

"3 Tips for Prostate Health"

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Dr. Zeynep Uraz, ND

"6 Pregnancy Wellness Tips"

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Patti MacGregor - Breast Massage

"Boob's, Ta-Ta's, The Girls, Jugs, (one I just learned) B1 and B2! Whatever you call them, if you are a woman; they are your life long companions and can be a source of great joy...and pain."

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Julia Di Paolo - Size does Matter...Backpacks and your Kids

"Summer has come and gone and it’s September again. Time for back to school and back to school shopping. Number one on our shopping list this year is backpacks. The array of styles and sizes is staggering, not to mention prices."

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Natalia Monka - Acupuncture and Physiotherapy

"I recently completed my second level course through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI), and was humbled at the complexity and versatility of this treatment method within the scope of physiotherapy..."

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Julia Di Paolo RPT - Role of the Pelvic Floor

"Hey your pubococcygeous is really cut! The role of the pelvic floor.
It's no secret that the pelvic floor is my favorite group of muscles. I often get asked why..."

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Naturopath Team - Vagina Health

"April is Vagina Month!  We naturopaths here at PhysioExcellence want to pass along a few tips to for keeping your vagina healthy..."

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Kerri Cooper C.N.P - Heal Your Gut To Heal Your Body

"Many problems that send us to doctors, physiotherapists, dentists and dermatologists are due to some type of inflammation: arthritis, tendonitis, gingivitis, dermatitis, colitis, neuritis, or any other ‘itis’ which signifies inflammation. Inflammation is an immune response to injury, toxins, infections and allergy..."

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Julia Di Paolo RPT - How to Do a Proper Kegel

"So you had a baby and everyone told you to do the famous kegel exercises. You nod and say yes I’ve heard of that, then go home with your newborn baby and try to pull up your pelvic floor muscles, only to find you can’t feel them and really don’t know where they are anymore, let alone how to lift them up..."

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 Lauren MacArthur RPT – Injury Prevention

"With New Years resolutions on the horizon, many people are inspired to get into a new sport or to ramp up their current training program! Keep in mind, injury prevention is an essential component to the success of any athlete, whether you are an elite level or a weekend warrior..."

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Guest Post: Surgery Day – Wednesday March 7

“I took the subway to the surgery facility for 9 am. It was nice to walk and clear my head. In hindsight, it would also have been nice to have someone to sit with for support..."

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Guest Post: Life After Surgery for Diastasis Recti Abdomini

One of our patients has undergone surgery to repair her diastasis recti abdominis. Keep checking in as we follow her physical and emotional journey through the recovery from surgery.

Tuesday March 6 - The Day Before Surgery

"There is no turning back now. Surgery is booked and paid for. My helpers are in place. And yet of course I am having second thoughts..."

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When the Shoe is on the Other Foot... 

Those of you that see me in real life are fully aware of my dental woes. It’s a humbling experience to be in such a vulnerable situation. I have had a myriad of MSK issues; fracture, sprains, strains, disc bulges, pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence and even a diastasis. When these arise, it’s upsetting or just plain maddening, that I can’t play or run for a few weeks, but it’s not the same feeling when you’re out of your comfort zone...  

 

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2011: A Year in Review

As the end of the year approaches, and with a new year on the horizon, I look back on 2011 fondly as a year of inspiration and change.

The first major change was leaving my former clinic, CBI Spine and Sport Physiotherapy after 11 years. I had the privilege of being mentored for 6 of those years by Anita Lorelli Reg PT, a phenomenal clinician with her diploma in MDT from the McKenzie Institute...  

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 Is it Worth It?

 I treat a lot of women with diastasis recti (DRA) one of the most common questions I get asked is: I want to have another baby is it worth all this effort if it’s just going to separate again? Well, the simple answer is YES!!!...

 

 

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Physio After Pregnancy. When to Start?

New moms ask me this all the time, so I thought it would make a great blog post!

Q: How quickly after giving birth can I begin post-natal diastasis physio?

A:The sooner you begin the better.

My preference is to start during the pregnancy, as soon as the diastasis is noticed, presumed or diagnosed. This way we can start patterning your muscles to work together, in synergy...

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Top 10 Ways to Stay Safe While Biking!

Do you know the most common cause of bike vs. car accident?

I have been commuting to work on my bike for more than 10 years. The last 6 years include bringing my kids where they need to go (daycare, school, play dates, shopping). They have logged about 50% of my miles. I thought I had seen it all: cyclists smoking, toddlers eating choking hazards in bike seats, flips, falls and collisions...

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 Healthy Snack for Kids!

For those of you who follow me on twitter: @physioexellence you know how enraged I have been at the boys’ soccer games in regards to the snacks parents are bringing…chocolates, mr. freeze, candy. I asked Carole Ma, a naturopathic doctor what the best snacks are for kids playing in this heat.
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