So how do we turn down the volume of the alarm system, when it is no longer being helpful? How can we decrease the sensitivity of our alarm system so that we feel less pain? Good news! There are lots of different strategies that can help with this. Here are a few simple ideas: Learn… Read More


Pain is complex. It is our body’s alarm system. And it is often not a reliable indicator of the level of tissue damage, injury or danger. One reason for this, is because while the brain is processing information from our bodies, other factors can affect the volume of the final output or alarm. In reality,… Read More


The Alarm System

Pain is our body’s alarm system. Pain is produced by our brains (100% of the time), when it interprets information from various sources as dangerous. The interpretation and processing is done subconsciously — we are not aware of it and we can’t interfere with it. If our brain decides a warning is necessary, the alarm… Read More


As talked about previously in our blogs, pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy is common but should not be considered “normal”. However, 50% of women will experience pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy, with approximately a quarter of them experiencing severe pain. A recent 2018 study, determined that there are two clinical tests that therapists can use… Read More


Urinary incontinence is a term used to describe urine leakage during activities such as coughing, laughing, sneezing, running or jumping. Up to 40% of women experience urinary incontinence during or after their pregnancy. Although it is quite common, it is not considered normal! Your pelvic floor muscles play a huge responsibility in keeping you continent… Read More


Do you ever wonder if your pelvic floor function is “normal”? Unfortunately, there can be a lot of stigma around talking about pelvic floor dysfunction such as leakage, prolapse or pain. Here is a list of some common pelvic floor misconceptions! The following are common symptoms that can indicate pelvic floor dysfunction: Misconception: it is… Read More


The term “Kegel” is widely used to define a pelvic floor contraction. For those who don’t know, the pelvic floor is the group of muscles that sits under your pelvis and acts to control bladder/bowel function and also helps to stabilize the pelvis by working with your core and glute muscles. Many women and men… Read More


If you recently found out you are pregnant, congratulations! Pregnancy is an absolutely incredible journey, and the physical changes your body will go through to support the growth of your little one (and to bring them into the world) will be remarkable. However, these same physical changes can lead to some unpleasant symptoms and conditions:… Read More


ATTENTION all women with lower back and hip pain! Are your physiotherapists asking you the following eight questions? If not, share this information with them! Have you ever been pregnant or given birth? Recent or otherwise. Do you ever leak urine with coughing, running, sneezing, laughing or lifting? Do you experience increased bladder urgency, or… Read More


When you assess a female client with lower back and/or hip pain, are you asking these questions? Have you ever been pregnant or given birth? Recent or otherwise. Do you ever leak urine with coughing, running, sneezing, laughing or lifting? Do you experience increased bladder urgency, or feel the need to urinate more than 8x/day?… Read More