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Concussion Awareness

Concussion Awareness

The last Wednesday in September is Rowan’s Law Day, to honour the memory of Rowan Stringer, a 17-year-old high school rugby player from Ottawa who died tragically in 2013 from a condition known as “second impact syndrome”. In this blog, our Physiotherapist Maryann Fabrizio discusses concussions and concussion safety.

In-Utero Malposition

In-Utero Malposition

One of the biggest concerns my pregnant patients have is the position of their baby in-utero. In fact, this is one of the main reasons we get so many referrals from midwifery clinics. This is a valid concern as every pregnant woman knows that proper positioning of their baby in-utero is directly related to better birth outcomes….. read more

R.I.C.E.

R.I.C.E.

Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation. This treatment protocol has been used for over four decades by healthcare professionals, trainers, athletes, and lay people alike to treat acute injuries. But what does the research say? Is this an appropriate method to treat acute tissue injuries? 

A Therapist’s Perspective on Anxiety

A Therapist’s Perspective on Anxiety

Leaving out complicating factors like significant trauma, or medical diagnoses, here are my thoughts on anxiety.  A couple paraphrased quotes to get you on the right page when it comes to managing anxiety: “spend 95% of your time understanding the problem, and you’ll only need 5% of the time to solve it”, and, “you cannot solve your problems with the same thinking you used when you created them”. 

The Benefits of Maternal Singing

The Benefits of Maternal Singing

What is maternal singing? Maternal singing is a term used to describe the way parents sing more expressively, more slowly, and at a higher pitch level when singing to an infant. This mentoring is done to promote emotional regulation in early years and enhances memory and learning in preschool years. Studies of maternal singing focus on expressive features that convey maternal feelings or intentions and their consequences for infants. In the first year of life, when self-regulatory skills are limited, the caregivers’ management of infants’ negative emotions is crucial for the subsequent development of self-regulation skills.

Natural Labour and Delivery… Really??

Natural Labour and Delivery… Really??

Why do we as women so often discount ourselves? Why do we underestimate our abilities, our strengths, our bodies? Why do we lean into fear so often instead of trusting our bodies, our intuition, and our given abilities?
When it comes to the birthing process, we have been taught by society from a young age that we will need to depend on others to extract our babies, that it will be a terrible, difficult process; and we know that we will be constantly checked to see what scary things may be wrong at each stage of our pregnancy and birthing journey. We couldn’t possibly support our own babies through this powerful rite of passage naturally, could we?