Intro to Pelvic Floor Exercises: the Kegel

The most basic pelvic floor exercise in 5 easy steps: the Kegel. Starting position: something comfortable — lying down, sitting or standing. Try different positions!! — your awareness of your pelvic floor muscles will likely be different depending on the position. We are going for maximal body awareness here. Breathing matters: your pelvic floor muscles… Read More

3 Tips for eliminating hip/lower back pain during pregnancy

If you’re pregnant and experiencing hip or lower back pain, you are not alone! Joint aches and pains are definitely common during pregnancy, and can make walking, standing, sitting and sleeping uncomfortable. But just because these symptoms are common, they should not be considered a “normal” part of pregnancy. If you are experiencing any hip… Read More

Are you Pregnant? Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is a must!

I think most of the women I have talked to who are pregnant or who have been pregnant, share what I call their “horror stories” … tailbone pain, low back, or hip pain throughout their pregnancy, sciatica, incontinence, prolapse, perineal tearing, painful sex months after delivery… I hear stories from women more than 15 years… Read More

5 Basic Functions of your Pelvic Floor

Your pelvic floor is a group of muscles that sits like a bowl within your pelvis. The pelvic floor muscles have attachments to your pubic bone, tailbone and pelvis. They are working throughout your day in many ways you may not have ever realized… 5 Important Functions of the Pelvic Floor Muscles: Sphincteric: The muscles… Read More

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

by Dr. Sonya Hamilton Chiropractors often utilize instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization therapy (IASTT) when managing certain conditions as part of their treatment plans. We often get questions about how IASTM works, and to whom it may benefit. What is IASTT? Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Therapy is an evidence informed approach to the management… Read More

Naturopathic Services

Dr. Andreia Horta ND. Welcome everyone to Foundation Physio’s Blog! I am one of the new recruits at Foundation Physio, offering Naturopathic Doctor Services, which is covered by most corporate benefits plans. First, I should probably tell you I have been in school for a long time. I did 4 years of Psychology, plus another… Read More

Orthotics: are they the right solution for me?

Alexandra Sandler, MScPT, BScKin In my clinical practice, clients with knee, hip and back pain frequently ask me: “If I get orthotics, will it correct my pain?” I wish the answer was as simple as a “yes.” But it is a slightly more complicated… Orthotics provide an individual with feedback to correct their arches and… Read More

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy: more than just “kegels”

Karlyn Driedger, MScPT, BScKin Individuals who are experiencing urinary incontinence often hear that they should perform kegel exercises. They also often hear that incontinence is a normal part of pregnancy or aging. Although urinary incontinence is common, it is not normal, and conservative treatment is available. In addition, kegel exercises are not an appropriate exercise… Read More

Active Release Therapy

Chloë Tudor, RMT What is ART? Active Release Techniques (ART) is a non-invasive soft tissue technique used to treat chronic problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and fascia. It breaks down scar tissue and adhesions improving the mobility of the tissue, especially in a sprain/strain injury. Scar tissue is a dense fibrous tissue which is… Read More

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