Proactive Pelvic Health

The Evidence of Perineal Massage

Perineal massage is a technique used to prevent/reduce perineal trauma during a vaginal delivery. Several studies have been conducted over the years to determine the evidence regarding the effectiveness of perineal massage and how to implement it. Here are the main take home points that...

The wonder of the ‘wanderer’ vagus nerve

The vagus nerve is one of the twelve cranial nerves of the body and it is one of the longest nerves in your entire body. The vagus nerve is the tenth cranial nerve. It originates in the brainstem and carries nerve fibers that transmit and...

Positions for Labour and Delivery

Currently in North America, the majority of birthing parents who deliver their babies vaginally do so laying on their backs or in a semi-reclined position.  As well as being the most common, it’s also the most represented in media like TV shows and movies.  As...

Pelvic Health Considerations in Cycling

Cycling is certainly a good option for most individuals but there can be some drawbacks to this activity for those struggling with pelvic health concerns. Read this article by Clinic Director and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, Angelique Montano-Bresolin to learn more about pelvic health considerations in...

Cesarean Birth and your Pelvic Floor

Approximately one third of all births in Canada are delivered by cesarean sections (c-section or c-birth).  Some of the many factors that healthcare providers take into consideration when planning for a c-section include the position of the fetus (for eg. breech), labor dystocia (i.e difficulty with...

Vaginal Moisturizers

What is the purpose of a vaginal moisturizer? Vaginal moisturizers are often recommended for those who are experiencing the uncomfortable symptom of vaginal dryness.  Vaginal dryness can be felt deep inside the vaginal walls as well as around the outer layer that surrounds the opening of...

Fibre and the Gut

Fibre and the gut is an essential aspect to consider when it comes to abdomino-pelvic health. Fibre is a carbohydrate that the body can’t digest. There are two main types of fibre: soluble and insoluble. Both are important and beneficial for gut motility and health...

Exercises and Strategies to Relax the Pelvic Floor

While pelvic floor strengthening is an important concept we teach clients, it may not be the best option for everyone. Many of our clients present with tension in their pelvic floor, which often develops from over activity of a muscle group. This lack of balance...

Wearing a Mask and TMJ Pain

Wearing a mask is important to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but this can potentially contribute to TMJ pain. Jaw tension and pain are overlooked side-effects from our hyper-vigilance to be safe. The function of the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is often compromised under chronic stress....

Vaginal Dilators

Vaginal dilators are tools that can be used to achieve or restore flexibility of the vaginal tissues.  However useful they may be, they can definitely be intimidating and it’s not always obvious how to use them properly and successfully. With this blog I hope to...



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