Author:Leeanna Maher, Reg. PT

What is OASIS?

Obstetric anal sphincter injuries, otherwise known as OASIS, may occur during a vaginal delivery.  OASIS occurs when the degree of perineal trauma is categorized as a third or fourth degree tear.   A third degree tear involves injury to the perineum and the anal sphincter complex.  Third...

Protecting the Perineum

What is the Perineum? The perineum refers to the area extending between the anus and the vaginal opening or the anus and the scrotum.  During the birthing process, trauma can occur in the perineal area through episiotomies and spontaneous lacerations. There are 4 classifications of perineal tears. ...

Pelvic Therapy Wands

Myofascial Pelvic Pain syndrome (MFPPS) is defined by the presence of increased tension and tenderness to palpation of the pelvic floor muscles.  Pain may be localized to the pelvic floor muscle that is being palpated but it may also refer to other areas within the...

Vulvar Dermatological Conditions

Just one Google search with the keyword “vagina” and a countless number of words automatically follow to complete the sentence.  Some of these include “vagina itch”, “vagina discharge”, “vagina burning”, and even “vagina cancer”.  I shudder to think how many people are searching online for...

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...

Tips to Help Improve Your Child’s Digestive Health

The reported prevalence of constipation within the paediatric population varies from 14% to 29%.  This can be a difficult experience for both the child and parent. The goal of this blog is to provide some strategies and tips to help improve your child's digestive health....

Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome

What is IC/BPS? Over the course of the last century, the diagnosis of interstitial cystitis (IC) has been identified, defined, and redefined a number of times.  The variability in the definition of this condition has contributed to a certain level of confusion in the medical world...



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