Proactive Pelvic 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...

Is it Sciatica or SI joint pain?

The word “sciatica” seems like a conversational ice breaker.  I hear the diagnosis being talked about all the time like it’s something that one catches when you hurt your back. And though it is common, there is a possibility that many people claiming they have...

Stress Incontinence vs. Urge Incontinence

What is Urinary Incontinence? Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine and affects approximately 3.3 million Canadians. Incontinence is not a normal part of any phase of life, but the good news is that help is available. In this blog, I will review the role...

Pelvic Physiotherapy for Bowel Conditions

It has been known for several years that strengthening the muscles of the deep pelvis -the pelvic floor - makes a significant impact for those with bladder leakage. What is increasingly used in clinical practice is retraining of the pelvic floor muscles (PFM) to improve...

Levator Ani Syndrome: One Way to Name the Pain

The human pelvis is sometimes referred to as a 'high-traffic area'. It houses a number of different systems: urinary system, digestive system, musculoskeletal system, reproductive system, as well as elements of the circulatory and nervous systems. These systems are in close proximity and share nerves,...

Planning for Pregnancy

Planning for pregnancy can be an exciting time for many! It's also a time to surround yourself with accurate information as you begin this journey. You might find that you don't become pregnant on the first try - which is incredibly common. Statistics show that...

Miscarriage and Mindful Self-Compassion

Together the practice of Mindful self-compassion has been shown to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing and is amongst the most powerful agents of brain change known to science. (Image by Designecologist) I've been practicing mindfulness daily since I first completed the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress...

Osteopathy for Postpartum and DRA

The current standard of care for postnatal people in North America consists of a six-week check up with their family physician or health care provider (WHO, 1998). The six-week check-up involves education around contraception, breastfeeding and involves a vaginal exam or an assessment of any...

Urinary and Sexual Dysfunction in Males

As a follow up to our blog on 'Pelvic Pain in Males', this entry will review some of the urinary and sexual concerns that may arise in male pelvic health. Leakage with Movement, Cough or Lifting The pelvic floor assists the sphincters of the prostate in controlling...

The Many Benefits of Breast/Chest Massage

Did you know that breast (or chest) massage is within the scope of practice of a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)? RMT's who are trained in Ontario receive specific training in breast/chest massage as part of their 2200 hour certification. Advanced training in breast massage can...



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