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In this episode, I sit down with clinician-researcher Sarah Lord Ferguson to discuss: Current trends in physiotherapyPhysiotherapy as a businessExpectations that patients may have of their physiotherapistPatients are not a blank slateThe importance of meeting patients where they are atBlending evidence based care with what our clients may be asking for or expectingHow can patients find the right physiotherapist for their needsSarah is a clinician-researcher from Vancouver, Canada who is inspired by the problems that physiotherapists and other healthcare providers face. She has a special interest in patient psychology including patient belief systems and patient expectations of healthcare services, particularly in private practice settings.After completing her physiotherapy training, Sarah went on to study Business and completed her Master's of Business Administration (MBA) before pursuing her PhD at Simon Fraser University in healthcare marketing. She continues to work clinically in an orthopedics/sports medicine clinic, teaches marketing and business strategy at two local universities, and sits on the Board of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia as President-elect. These different, but connected endeavors allow Sarah to bring a unique perspective to the research and advocacy work she does for the physiotherapy profession.Cheerful AcademyLearn more about the next Pelvic Health Fundamentals cohort here (Starts Jan 2024):www.thecheerfulacademy.comClick on this link for $150 off applied at checkout:Discount linkOr enter code: 150offDiscount code in effect until Dec 15th 2023Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find out how to work with me:  www.pelvicfloorprojectspace.com/Support the show
In this episode, I sit down with Beverly Hills based urogynecologist, Dr. Alexandra Dubinskaya  to discuss:  The importance of sex and difficulties when it comes to talking about itThe female sexual response cycleDesire: various types of sexual desires, common issues related to sexual desire, and available treatmentsArousal: Factors that can impact sexual arousal and strategies to enhance itOrgasm: Health issues that can affect the quality of orgasm and treatment optionsThe role that your various health care providers can play Alexandra Dubinskaya is a board-certified gynecologist, specializing in urogynecology with an emphasis on female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, female sexual health, and menopause. Her mission is to help women suffering from pelvic floor disorders, sexual and menopausal concerns.  She is currently practicing as a clinician, researcher, and passionate advocate for her patients.  Her credentials further include being a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG) and a Certified Menopause Practitioner through the North American Menopause Society (NCMP).Her involvement in the field extends past the office as she is also an active member, speaker, and presenter at national and international conferences. Dr. Dubinskaya serves as a chair of the communication committee for the International Society of Sexual Medicine and is overseeing the promotion of sexual literacy through the society’s website, newsletters, and social media.  Her goal is to inspire and encourage women to embrace their bodies, and sexuality, and regain control and confidence in their lives.  She wants women to understand that problems are solvable and there are options available to make the changes for a better life. Her practice specializes in the treatment of urinary incontinence “urinary leakage”, pelvic organ prolapse “vaginal bulge”, urinary tract infections “UTIs”, interstitial cystitis, pelvic floor dysfunction, vaginismus, vulvodynia, vulvar skin conditions, menopausal symptoms, and female sexual dysfunction including painful sex, low libido, and orgasmic disorders.Dr. Dubinskaya believes in advancing medical care for women through research. She has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer for several journals. She has contributed to several textbooks including Ostergard’s Urogynecology and Steele’s Colorectal Textbooks.Coming from a diverse background, Dr. Alexandra Dubinskaya is fluent in both English and Russian languages.  For more information or to schedule a visit and/or consultation with Dr. Dubinskaya, visit  her website:  www.drurogyn.comCheerful AcademyLearn more about the next Pelvic Health Fundamentals cohort here (Starts Jan 2024):www.thecheerfulacademy.comClick on this link for $150 off applied at checkout:Discount linkOr enter code: 150offDiscount code in effect until Dec 15th 2023Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find out how to work with me:  www.pelvicfloorprojectspace.com/Support the show
In this episode, I sit down with Kelowna based OBGYN Dr. Kate Collins to discuss: Reasons/symptoms that may indicate a hysterectomy could be beneficialDifferent surgical procedures (vaginal, open abdominal, laprascopic) Types of hysterectomy Surgical menopause What can be expected after surgeryPostoperative suggestionsPain management Sexual intercourse after hysterectomyPhysiotherapy considerations before and after surgeryThe use of a compression garment after surgeryDr. TB Kate Collins is a general obstetrician gynecologist currently working at KGH in Kelowna, BC.  She is originally from Nova Scotia and graduated from Dalhousie Medical School. She then went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Alberta, finishing in 2014.  Dr. Collins practiced in Calgary prior to moving to the Okanagan in 2017.  Her current practice covers the breadth of Obstetrics & Gynecology with a special interest in minimally invasive gynecology and high risk obstetrics. Cheerful AcademyLearn more about the next Pelvic Health Fundamentals cohort here (Starts Jan 2024):www.thecheerfulacademy.comClick on this link for $150 off applied at checkout:Discount linkOr enter code: 150offDiscount code in effect until Dec 15th 2023Check out SRC health for their high quality line of compression shorts and leggings:https://srchealth.com/Use code: THEPELVICFLOORPROJECT for 10% off your orderThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find out how to work with me:  www.pelvicfloorprojectspace.com/Support the show
In this episode, I sit down with Beverly Hills based urogynecologist, Dr. Alexandra Dubinskaya  to discuss:  What is prolapse?Typical sequence of events that happens when patients experience symptoms of prolapse and how they may end up in the office of a surgeon. Conservative management optionsHow the decision is made to proceed with surgeryTypes of repair and how this is individual to the patientDifferences between countries, centres and surgeonsDiscussion around meshRecovery after prolapse repairPhysiotherapy considerations before and after surgeryAlexandra Dubinskaya is a board-certified gynecologist, specializing in urogynecology with an emphasis on female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, female sexual health, and menopause. Her mission is to help women suffering from pelvic floor disorders, sexual and menopausal concerns.  She is currently practicing as a clinician, researcher, and passionate advocate for her patients.  Her credentials further include being a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG) and a Certified Menopause Practitioner through the North American Menopause Society (NCMP).Her involvement in the field extends past the office as she is also an active member, speaker, and presenter at national and international conferences. Dr. Dubinskaya serves as a chair of the communication committee for the International Society of Sexual Medicine and is overseeing the promotion of sexual literacy through the society’s website, newsletters, and social media.  Her goal is to inspire and encourage women to embrace their bodies, and sexuality, and regain control and confidence in their lives.  She wants women to understand that problems are solvable and there are options available to make the changes for a better life. Her practice specializes in the treatment of urinary incontinence “urinary leakage”, pelvic organ prolapse “vaginal bulge”, urinary tract infections “UTIs”, interstitial cystitis, pelvic floor dysfunction, vaginismus, vulvodynia, vulvar skin conditions, menopausal symptoms, and female sexual dysfunction including painful sex, low libido, and orgasmic disorders.Dr. Dubinskaya believes in advancing medical care for women through research. She has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer for several journals. She has contributed to several textbooks including Ostergard’s Urogynecology and Steele’s Colorectal Textbooks.Coming from a diverse background, Dr. Alexandra Dubinskaya is fluent in both English and Russian languages.  For more information or to schedule a visit and/or consultation with Dr. Dubinskaya, visit  her website:  www.drurogyn.com Links Mentionedhttps://www.voicesforpfd.org/assets/2/6/POP.pdf https://pop-q.netlify.app/ Cheerful AcademyLearn more about the next Pelvic Health Fundamentals cohort here (Starts Jan 2024):www.thecheerfulacademy.comClick on this link for $150 off applied at checkout:Discount linkOr enter code: 150offDiscount code in effect until Dec 15th 2023Check out SRC health for their high quality line of compression shorts and leggings: https://srchealth.com/Use code: THEPELVICFLOORPROJECT for 10% off your orderSupport the show
In this episode, I sit down with women health advocate and self proclaimed menopause chick, Shirley Weir to discuss: The negative stigma around the term ‘menopause’The relationship between perimenopause, menopause and post menopauseSymptoms commonly experienced in these stagesIs women’s health support experiencing a wave of momentum?What Shirley learned on her personal journey with menopause and the 50,000+ member women’s health community she has created to help othersThe very popular vaginal moisturizer Shirley and her team have createdImportant take home messages for listeners as well as practitioners Shirley Weir introduces herself as a Menopause Chick. Now 56, her perimenopause journey began in her 40s. Sleep deprivation, brain fog, anxiety & depression led Shirley to her doctor’s office, the book store and “Dr. Google,” but she was left feeling confused, overwhelmed and alone. In 2012, Shirley launched MenopauseChicks.com onto the world stage to empower women to get curious about their hormone health—and with an important reminder that we all deserve to FEEL AMAZING!With an audience of over 300K, she moderates a very active private online community regarded as the “go-to” place for reliable, evidence-based women’s midlife health information. From sleep to stress to vulva, vaginal & sexual health, Shirley's research shows 77% of women have questions, and she has made it her personal mission to ensure 100% of women have access to quality answers.Shirley is a three-time author, podcast host, TedX Speaker, women’s health advocate, has tweeted for Oprah and speaks regularly to media. But her proudest accomplishment is when women tell her they have finally put their own name at the TOP of the to-do list.Links mentioned: Menopause Chicks website: www.menopausechicks.comFeel Amazing Vulva & Vaginal MoisturizerJoin the private Facebook CommunityCheerful AcademyLearn more about the next Pelvic Health Fundamentals cohort here (Starts Jan 2024):www.thecheerfulacademy.comClick on this link for $150 off applied at checkout:Discount linkOr enter code: 150offDiscount code in effect until Dec 15th 2023Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find out how to work with me:  mommyberries.comSupport the show
In this episode, I sit down with registered nurse, Kirsten Curruthers who was curious to know ways she can better support her patients who undergo colonoscopy. Here are some of the things we discuss: Common patient symptom patterns Kirsten notices in the colonoscopy clinicAdvice typically given when colonoscopy results are negative How the pelvic floor is related to our gastrointestinal systemHow a pelvic floor physiotherapist can help with stool incontinence or feelings of inadequate emptying after bowel movementsWays pelvic floor physiotherapy can help people suffering with constipationHow constipation and straining can contribute to GI pathologyWays that breathing and abdominal wall function affect bowel function/motilityBenefits that pelvic floor physiotherapy may have for have for those with irritable bowel disorders (crohns, ulcerative colitis) even when in remission.The importance of a biopsychosocial treatment approachKirsten has been a Registered Nurse for 12 years, in a variety of acute care settings, most recently in the Endoscopy Suite at her local hospital. In one of her past lives, she also spent a few years as Personal Trainer, working with Perinatal women, and became passionate about all things pelvic health, as a result of her own diagnosis of Pelvic organ prolapse. Through working with pelvic health physiotherapy, and incorporating the strategies she learned at physio into her personal training practice, she was able to see the value knowledge of how the core functions could help women in all stages of life. This was further compounded when she began working in the Endoscopy suite, as she began to see the connections between pelvic health and colon health and function. This crossover between two worlds allowed Kirsten to see the gap in knowledge between gastroenterology and physiotherapy which sparked her interest into learning more and developing connections. Kirsten believes that education is power when it comes to your health, and strives to share as much knowledge as possible with her patients and peers, and takes every opportunity to share what she has learned, whether that means presentations to colleagues, or sitting down with a patient and making a plan of care that meets their needs.Cheerful AcademyLearn more about the next Pelvic Health Fundamentals cohort here (Starts Jan 2024):www.thecheerfulacademy.comClick on this link for $150 off applied at checkout:Discount linkOr enter code: 150offDiscount code in effect until Dec 15th 2023Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find out how to work with me:  mommyberries.comSupport the show
In this episode, I sit down with Anniken Chadwick and Trish Gipson from the Cheerful Academy to discuss: Reasons why new physiotherapy graduates are starting off in niche areas like pelvic healthDifferences between practicing in orthopaedic vs pelvic health The gap that exists between what we learn in pelvic health courses and what is like in the treatment roomCommon struggles clinic owners experience when introducing a pelvic health practitioner to their teamAs a clinic that employs many pelvic health physiotherapists, what are some common struggles that new practitioners bring up with you?What led you to start the Cheerful Academy?Describe what the Cheerful Pelvis Pelvic Health Fundamentals mentorship opportunity entails?Learn more about the next Pelvic Health Fundamentals cohort here (Starts Jan 2024):www.thecheerfulacademy.comClick on this link for $150 off applied at checkout:Discount linkOr enter code: 150offDiscount code in effect until Dec 15th 2023Anniken (Founder), and Trish (Director of Clinical Services and Education) work together at both the Cheerful Pelvis, a pelvic health physio clinic in Vancouver BC, and The Cheerful Academy, where they offer online training and mentorship for physios working in pelvic health. Trish is an FCAMPT therapist with a strong interest in sports and high-level rehab, while Anniken is trained in somatic psychotherapy and enjoys working with persistent pain and trauma. Both are trained in the Integrated Systems Model and take a whole body, whole person approach to their care. The strength of Trish and Anniken's teamwork is in their differences and the space they create for the diversity in physio styles. They are passionate about using teaching approaches that allow for all types of learning, reasoning and personalities, whilst also offering structured frameworks for mentees to use while they find their own path.Links to contact Anniken and Trishhttps://www.instagram.com/thecheerfulacademy/https://www.thecheerfulacademy.com/Email Anniken: anniken@thecheerfulpelvis.comEmail Trish: trish@thecheerfulpelvis.comThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find out how to work with me:  mommyberries.comSupport the show
In this episode, I sit down with Kelowna based OBGYN Dr. Kate Collins to discuss: The stress that uncertainty and lack of control can have on an expecting momHow far out can moms planning a c-section expect to know their delivery date?The sequence of events that unfolds once you arrive at the hospitalHow is this different in an emergency situation?When is my husband/partner/support allowed in the room?How is the birth site prepared and anaesthesia administered? Who will the people be in the delivery room?What layers of tissue are affected with the incision?What can you expect to feel during the c-section?What determines staples, sutures or tape to close incision?What do you need to know about your incision afterwards? Can compression be used afterwards for comfort? The importance of rest afterwardsDr. TB Kate Collins is a general obstetrician gynecologist currently working at KGH in Kelowna, BC.  She is originally from Nova Scotia and graduated from Dalhousie Medical School. She then went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Alberta, finishing in 2014.  Dr. Collins practiced in Calgary prior to moving to the Okanagan in 2017.  Her current practice covers the breadth of Obstetrics & Gynecology with a special interest in minimally invasive gynecology and high risk obstetrics. Episode Sponsor:Check out SRC health for their high quality line of compression shorts and leggings: https://srchealth.com/Use code: THEPELVICFLOORPROJECT for 10% off your order Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find out how to work with me:  mommyberries.comSupport the show
In this episode, I sit down with fellow physiotherapy clinician, researcher and educator, Katie Kelly to discuss: Similarities in acute care needs between limb surgery and cesarean birthHow can abdominal compression support help after c-sectionWhat does the research tell us about compression after cesarean birth?People are looking for a black/white answer “is it good or bad”?Do you recommend people talk to OBGYN before using? When is it recommended to start use? Recommendations for type of band/compressionSuggestions for how long in the day and how to know when to discontinue Suggestions to mediate recovery other than compressionFollowing graduation in 2010, Katie completed her first post-graduate pelvic health course in 2011 and has been treating pelvic floor patients ever since. She is happy to work with a variety of patients – women, men, transgendered and non-binary people, of all ages with a range of pelvic floor conditions. Katie opened her own practise in 2017, and expanded to her co-owned multidisciplinary clinic at Reconnect Health Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick in 2020. Katie is often a guest lecturer for the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University, with a focused knowledge on pregnancy, and pelvic health. She is an active contributing author to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Women’s Health Division Newsletter. Katie has formed a relationship with Mount Allison University’s Sexual Health Laboratory to research chronic pelvic and genital pain conditions. She has developed coursework for Cesarean section rehabilitation that is available through Embodia Academy and Uro-sante. She has also created The Vulvar Image Collection, a collection of photographs of vulvas of varying ages, sizes and skin tones, undergoing vaginal exams.  These images are for purchase and used in lecture for anatomical learning, and for graded imagery exposure in patient assessment and treatment. Katie received both her BSc and MSc in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University, is a member of the New Brunswick College of Physiotherapists, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Women’s Health Division, the Canadian Sex Researcher Forum and the Canadian Obesity Network. Her latest goal is to help expand the knowledge of her peers. Links to contact guest:Webistes:www.katiekellypt.cawww.reconnecthealth.caFor more information about her coursework and The Vulvar Image Collection on Embodia: Click hereTo enroll in her upcoming live online 2-day C-section course with Uro-sante: https://physiourosante.com/courses/caesarean-section-with-special-guest/Social media links are: InstagramTikTok FacebookThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find out how to work with me:  mommyberries.comSupport the show
In this episode, I sit down with Kristin Eapen, a birth doula and Lamaze certified childbirth educator to discuss: Reasons why new moms have a hard time asking for help How physical recovery after birth is similar to recovery after a knee surgerySuggestions to support your entire household (including you)Suggestions to support the new mom Tips for the times she is resistant to your helpWhat does rest actually look like and why is it important?The importance of prioritizing short periods of time for herselfKristin Eapen (LCCE, CD(DONA)) is a birth doula and Lamaze certified childbirth educator with the immense privilege of serving families on the traditional, unceded territory of the Syilx/Okanagan people in Kelowna, BC. She is an active member of the birthing community, most notably an antenatal educator at a local maternity clinic, as well as the BC Interior rep and board member of the BC Doula Services Association. When she's not teaching or at a birth you will probably find her learning about dinosaurs, colouring unicorns, or discovering the outdoors with her husband and three kiddos (Jonah (10), Sophie (8) and Ezra (5) ).  Links to contact guest: Website: www.nurturednest.net Instagram FacebookMore about the C-Section Program:This initiative is sponsored by Health Canada as a part of the competitive Innovative Solutions Canada program, for which RxPx has been selected. The program is designed for mothers who are expecting a planned c-section, or who may have to undergo an unplanned c-section. The program includes evidence-based content to help mothers prepare for and recover from their c-section.  Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with and support other mothers who are anticipating a c-section or educating themselves about a c-section in case it is something they will need.For a printable PDF version of the suggestions: STEP 1: download the ‘Stronger Together’ App from Google Play or Apple App Store STEP 2: use code C-SECTION when onboarding STEP 3: go to the discover section of the app located at the bottom of the screenThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find out how to work with me:  mommyberries.comSupport the show
In this episode I sit down with Kiran Mann, a resident doctor in obstetrics and gynecology and member of the Be Pelvic Health Aware Campaign to discuss: Definition and symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI)Factors that may make someone more prone Effects of menopause DiagnosisAre antibiotics overused?Consequences of an untreated UTIHow the pelvic floor may be involvedWhy intercourse can make some people more susceptible to UTIs Douching, vaginal steaming, special soapsThe effectiveness of cranberries for UTIKiran Mann is a first year obstetrics and gynecology resident at McMaster University and completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the Be Pelvic Health Aware team, led by Dr. Roxana Geoffrion, and is also a research assistant with the Centre for Pelvic Floor. She is passionate about patient education around reproductive health, including the pelvic floor and its related conditions. Kiran hopes that this podcast will be helpful for the listeners to learn about the diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, and prevention strategies for urinary tract infections. Links to contact guest:Website: www.bepelvichealthaware.caInstagram FacebookMore about the C-Section Program:This initiative is sponsored by Health Canada as a part of the competitive Innovative Solutions Canada program, for which RxPx has been selected. The program is designed for mothers who are expecting a planned c-section, or who may have to undergo an unplanned c-section. The program includes evidence-based content to help mothers prepare for and recover from their c-section.  Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with and support other mothers who are anticipating a c-section or educating themselves about a c-section in case it is something they will need.How to join the app:STEP 1: download the ‘Stronger Together’ App from Google Play or Apple App Store STEP 2: use code C-SECTION when onboarding STEP 3: attend weekly expert Q+A sessions in FebruarySTEP 4: participate in group chats and share what information you would like to haveThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find out how to work with me:  mommyberries.comSupport the show
In this episode, I sit down with Registered Dietician Haeli Draper to discuss: Nutritional considerations leading up to birthThe effects of constipation on the pelvic floor and nutritional suggestions for softer stoolsAre there ideal foods to consume leading up to birth?Suggestions for eating in the postpartum periodTips for family and friends that want to bring meals for the new momNutrition for milk supplyThe nuances that come from pressure to lose weightWhen it may be helpful to consult with a registered dietician Haeli is a Registered Dietitian practicing and living in the beautiful Okanagan for the last 9 years.  She has worked in private practice focusing primarily on plant-based nutrition and living and is currently working with Interior Health as apart of the Primary Care Network. In this role, she works with patients in the community to help navigate a range of issues, from chronic disease management, gut health, disordered eating, pediatrics as well as those going through their pre and postpartum journey’s. She values connecting with people and being a part of their journey to better health, whatever that means for them. In her spare time, you’ll find Haeli chasing an active toddler around and preparing for baby number 2. Links to Contact HaeliInstagram TwitterMore about the C-Section Program:This initiative is sponsored by Health Canada as a part of the competitive Innovative Solutions Canada program, for which RxPx has been selected. The program is designed for mothers who are expecting a planned c-section, or who may have to undergo an unplanned c-section. The program includes evidence-based content to help mothers prepare for and recover from their c-section.  Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with and support other mothers who are anticipating a c-section or educating themselves about a c-section in case it is something they will need.How to join the app:STEP 1: download the ‘Stronger Together’ App from Google Play or Apple App Store STEP 2: use code C-SECTION when onboarding STEP 3: attend weekly expert Q+A sessions in FebruarySTEP 4: participate in group chats and share what information you would like to haveThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find out how to work with me:  mommyberries.comSupport the show
In this episode, I sit down with fellow physiotherapist, Brittany Klingmann to discuss: Various messages that people hear regarding weight lifting and the pelvic floor:“Weightlifting causes too much pressure on the pelvic floor”“Weightlifting causes prolapse”“Valsalva should be avoided and you should always exhale when you lift”“Weight lifting is too hard on the pelvic floor and that is why you leak”Brittany’s personal journey with CrossFit and weightliftingThe use of weightlifting beltsTips for people who want to progress to liftingA recent study published by Christina Prevett et al ‘Impact of Heavy Resistance Training on Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Outcomes’ Brittany is an Orthopaedic and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist who has now been practicing for 12 years.  She currently lives in Halifax, NS and works at Young Kempt Physiotherapy. Although her caseload remains very diverse, a growing percentage is dedicated to Pelvic Health and an athletic population participating in CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting.   As a mother of 2 beautiful babies who came into the world by c-sections she has experienced her unique journey and challenges with regards to returning to fitness and heavy lifting postpartum, and with that lived experience a passion for helping individuals navigating  their desire to participated in the sports or activities they love evolved. Brittany has the wonderful opportunity to blend the worlds of orthopedics and pelvic health by working with clients through our satellite clinic at Ironstone Strength and Conditioning. Outside of the clinic, I love to spend time with my husband and two children. We are always up for an outdoor adventure. She also has developed a love and passion for Olympic Weightlifting and in the fall of 2022 she met the qualifying standard for the World Masters Weightlifting Championships. She plans to make her international competition debut this Summer in Krakow, Poland, representing Canada at the World Masters Weightlifting Championships. Links to contact Brittany: Website: www.youngkemptphysiotherapy.com Instagram Mentioned in the episode: Prevett et al: Impact of Heavy Resistance Training On Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Outcomes - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36331580/13. CrossFit and weightlifting during pregnancy and postpartum with Brittany Klingmann Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find out how to work with me:  mommyberries.comSupport the show
In this episode, I sit down with Registered Provisional Psychologist and PhD candidate who specializes in the area of birth trauma.In this episode we discuss: How birth trauma may present itself in a pelvic health physiotherapy appointmentThe prevalence of birth traumaThe subjective nature of birth traumaHow trauma affects the nervous system, emotional and physical symptomsPartner trauma Various quotes that Teela has shared on her instagram account “we sell people on a Hollywood version of pregnancy and childbirth and then desert them when it doesn’t transpire”“ I don’t know who needs to hear this but mom brain might actually be birth trauma brain”“repeat after me. How my nervous system responded because of birth trauma doesn’t define me as a parent”“birth trauma is a whole body tragedy”“sex and intimacy after birth trauma can be a psychological minefield”“the 6 week checkup is failing birth trauma survivors”“birth trauma is not just about the birth but also the absence of support and understanding”Teela Tomassetti is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and Doctoral Candidate in Alberta who specializes in the area of birth trauma. For almost two decades Teela has been a therapist supporting those who have been through domestic violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and tragic losses. After suffering her own birth trauma by way of midwifery violence and an excessive hemorrhage almost taking her life during childbirth Teela decided to start the fast growing Instagram account @theteaonbirthtrauma. There she supports thousands of survivors in breaking the silence and shedding light on an area that research indicates impacts 1 in 3 birthing experiences. Where to find TeelaInstagramwww.theteaonbirthtrauma.comThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find out how to work with me:  mommyberries.comSupport the show
In this episode, I sit down with fellow physiotherapist, Anniken Chadwick to discuss: How common it is for clients to have experienced some form of trauma in their pastWhat questions pelvic health physiotherapists may ask in history taking and why we ask themNon verbal signs that we may observe that can suggest that a client may have experienced traumaThe importance of having a trauma informed practice as a pelvic health physiotherapistHow a previous trauma can be influencing your physical symptomsExamples from previous clients who have had various forms of trauma including birth trauma, medical trauma, sexual trauma and emotional traumaDifferent ways that we work with clients to acknowledge how the trauma affects them physically and how to work to change the nervous system and the symptoms experiencedHow we work alongside mental health care providersAnniken Chadwick describes herself as a half 'English sense of humour' and half 'Norwegian Viking' immigrant settler in BC. As a cishet woman, she is sensitive, courageous, and intuitive.  Her passion for innovation allowed her to create her businesses, The Cheerful Pelvis and The Cheerful Academy, which are her greatest achievements to date. She is passionate about making waves, critically challenging norms, and creating spaces for people to grow.Anniken has been a physio since 2007, a pelvic health physio since 2010, has trained in somatic psychotherapy and has earned MEd in contemplative learning. She loves integrating learning from these professions to treat complex persistent pain and trauma clients, and teaching others how to do the same. Follow her thoughts and learnings at The Art of Physio.Instagram: The Cheerful PelvisThe Art of PhysioThe Cheerful AcademyWebsite: The Cheerful PelvisThe Art of PhysioThe Cheerful AcademyMore about the C-Section Program:This initiative is sponsored by Health Canada as a part of the competitive Innovative Solutions Canada program, for which RxPx has been selected. The program is designed for mothers who are expecting a planned c-section, or who may have to undergo an unplanned c-section. The program includes evidence-based content to help mothers prepare for and recover from their c-section.  Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with and support other mothers who are anticipating a c-section or educating themselves about a c-section in case it is something they will need.How to join the app:STEP 1: download the ‘Stronger Together’ App from Google Play or Apple App Store STEP 2: use code C-SECTION when onboarding STEP 3: attend weekly expert Q+A sessions in FebruarySTEP 4: participate in group chats and share what information you would like to haveFor a limited time, individuals who join and choose to  participate in the evaluation portion of the initiative will receive a $100 gift card. This involves participating in a one-time interview about your experience with the app.Thanks for joining me! Here is where you can find out how to work with me:  mommyberries.comSupport the show
In this episode, I sit down with fellow physiotherapist and leader in the field, Carolyn Vandyken to discuss: The growing body of literature showing strong correlation between persistent low back pain and pelvic floor dysfunctionThe research conducted by Carolyn Van Dyken and Sinead Dufour investigating pelvic floor findings when clients present with low back painHow orthopedic physiotherapists can screen for pelvic floor involvement without internal examThe current delineation between orthopedic and pelvic floor physiotherapy and how this needs to changeThe relationship between the central nervous system and back pain Considerations for assessing low back pain using a biopsychosocial approachEvidence based tips for addressing persistent low back pain that can be started todayHow mainstream messaging about back pain negatively affects our clientsCarolyn is the co-owner of Reframe Rehab, a teaching company engaged in breaking down the barriers internationally between pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science. Carolyn has practiced in orthopaedics and pelvic health for the past 35 years.  She is a McKenzie Credentialled physiotherapist (1999), certified in acupuncture (2002), and obtained a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2017. Carolyn received the YWCA Women of Distinction award (2004) and the distinguished Education Award from the OPA (2015).  Carolyn was recently awarded the Medal of Distinction from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2021 for her work in pelvic health and pain science.Carolyn has been heavily involved in post-graduate pelvic health education, research in lumbopelvic pain, speaking at numerous international conferences and writing books and chapters for the past twenty years in pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science.Links mentioned:The End of Physiotherapy23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health? O’Sullivan et al “Sit Up Straight”: Time to Re-evaluateLinks to find Carolyn:Websites: Reframe Rehab: www.reframerehab.comClinical Practice: www.physioworksmuskoka.comInstagramMore about the C-Section Program:This initiative is sponsored by Health Canada as a part of the competitive Innovative Solutions Canada program, for which RxPx has been selected. The program is designed for mothers who are expecting a planned c-section, or who may have to undergo an unplanned c-section. The program includes evidence-based content to help mothers prepare for and recover from their c-section.  Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with and support other mothers who are anticipating a c-section or educating themselves about a c-section in case it is something they will need.How to join the app:STEP 1: download the ‘Stronger Together’ App from Google Play or Apple App Store STEP 2: use code C-SECTION when onboarding STEP 3: attend weekly expert Q+A sessions in FebruarySTEP 4: participate in group chats and share what information you would like to haveFor a limited time, individuals who join and choose to  participate in the evaluation portion of the initiative will receive a $100 gift card. This involves participating in a one-time interview about your experience with the app.Support the show
In this episode, I sit down with urologist, Dr. Jennifer Locke to discuss:The research she is conducting to investigate the effectiveness of physiotherapy when addressing symptoms of genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) and dyspareuniaAn explanation of GSM with common signs and symptomsClinical trends Dr. Locke sees when working with this client population as a urologistCommon themes I see as a pelvic health physiotherapist when working with this client populationThe evidence based options for those experiencing GSM (over the counter lubricants, hormone based, laser, physiotherapyThe importance of conducting research and gathering data to inform evidence based practice. Dr. Jennifer Locke is a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certified Urologist with subspecialty training in reconstructive urology (female urology, male urology, neurogenic bladder, overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, urethral stricture disease).Dr. Locke grew up in Tsawwassen, British Columbia and attended the University of British Columbia for her undergraduate degree in chemistry. She then completed a PhD in experimental medicine at the University of British Columbia followed by her MD training at the University of Toronto. She completed her residency training in urology at the University of British Columbia followed by her fellowship training in reconstructive urology at the University of Toronto.Her current clinical practice is based out of Kelowna and consists of a mixture of general urology and reconstructive urology. Operating out of the Kelowna General Hospital she serves the greater Okanagan region and beyond.Find Dr. Locke here:  www.lockemd.caLinks mentioned:Episode 26. Vaginal moisturizers and lubricants with Corinne WadeEpisode 54. Vulvovaginal hormone therapy with urologist Dr. Rachel Rubin Episode 18. The research behind vaginal devices, chairs, laser and online apps to treat incontinenceIf you are interested in finding out more about Dr. Locke’s many research projects and how you can help out: IHurologyresearch@UBC.caThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find out how to work with me:  mommyberries.comSupport the show
In this episode, I sit down with Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach, Jamie Straker to discuss:The fears around doing planks and pushups postpartumSome harmful messagingReasons why getting back to planking and pushups is helpfulHow to start with the basics Ways to progress back to planking and pushupsSigns your body may be finding the exercise too difficultJamie is a Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach and owner of JS Fitness.   She has a passion for educating people and motivating them to move their bodies in ways that empower them and make them feel strong throughout pregnancy, postpartum and beyond.  Jamie is a trained elementary school teacher, but after having two children she saw a need for educating women and creating fitness opportunities where women feel safe and strong in their bodies.Jamie works with people during pregnancy and postpartum to get strong and feel confident in their bodies, both online and in person in Kelowna, British Columbia. Links mentioned:Find Jamie and I at KLWNA Health and Wellness: WebsiteBook with usThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.comSupport the show
In this episode, I sit down with RxPx CEO, Lynda Brown-Ganzert to discuss their Stronger Together project for C-section parents. How Lynda’s personal experience led her to her visionThe company’s initiative to support women preparing for cesarean birth and their caregivers The funding behind the project that enables free accessThe research component of the projectInterior Health involvement How can people sign up for the appWhat users can expect once inside the appCompany information:RxPx (previously known as Curatio) provides peer to peer patient apps to help deliver personalized social support, education, coaching, and adherence at scale. Our mission is “No Patient Alone” and one of the ways we accomplish this is by creating private communities for individuals experiencing a similar health journey to connect with one another and access evidence-based content.More about the C-Section Program:This initiative is sponsored by Health Canada as a part of the competitive Innovative Solutions Canada program, for which RxPx has been selected. The program is designed for mothers who are expecting a planned c-section, or who may have to undergo an unplanned c-section. The program includes evidence-based content to help mothers prepare for and recover from their c-section, both physically and mentally. Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with and support other mothers who are anticipating a c-section or educating themselves about a c-section in case it is something they will need.How to join the app:STEP 1: download the ‘Stronger Together’ App from Google Play or Apple App Store STEP 2: use code CAESAREANSTEP 3: register for the free in app event with me to discuss how to prepare for c-section from a physiotherapy point of view on Nov 29 4:30 pm PSTSTEP 4: participate in group chats and share what information you would like to haveThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.comSupport the show
In this episode, I sit down with Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach, Jamie Straker to discuss:The fears around doing crunches postpartumSome harmful messagingReasons why getting back to crunches is helpfulHow to start with the basics Ways to progress back to crunches/sit upsSigns your body may be finding the exercise too difficultJamie is a Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach and owner of JS Fitness.   She has a passion for educating people and motivating them to move their bodies in ways that empower them and make them feel strong throughout pregnancy, postpartum and beyond.  Jamie is a trained elementary school teacher, but after having two children she saw a need for educating women and creating fitness opportunities where women feel safe and strong in their bodies.Jamie works with people during pregnancy and postpartum to get strong and feel confident in their bodies, both online and in person in Kelowna, British Columbia. Links mentioned:Find Jamie and I at KLWNA Health and Wellness: WebsiteBook with one of usThanks for joining me! Here is where you can find more:my online course to walk you through pregnancy, birth prep and postpartum recovery: https://mommyberries.comSupport the show
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