The uterus must be mobile for proper physiological function. When the uterus is fixed in one position fibrosis of the ligaments can result and impair local circulation. When circulation is impaired, the cells won’t get proper nutrients (oxygen), and acidity, pain, and cell death will follow. There are 3 main types of movements the uterus exhibits (that I know of). Mobility, motility and contractions. I’ll briefly cover them below.read more
If you didn't make it to the live Google Hangout you can watch it here. I answer questions regarding fibroids, uterine positions, painful period, prolapsed uteri, diastasis recti and how movement and manual therapies can help. We covered a lot of information in a...read more
Abdominal Adhesions are fibrous tissues that can form between abdominal tissues and organs. When adhesions are present the tissues no longer glide and the internal organ’s motility is inhibited, organ function may be affected, pain may result. Manual abdominal therapy can help mobilize tissues and increase internal organ motility.read more
I had an interesting experience with a woman who had a stage 3 cystocele (bladder prolapse). The general listening (evaluation to find restrictions) took me to the lower left quadrant of the belly. The local listening took me to the bladder and from there I followed a lesion chain deep into the obturator fascia. The bladder is closely related to the obturator foramen via fascia. After applying a techniqueread more
I'm excited to be a speaker at the Vancouver, BC Blood Cycle Conference! Join the #LoveYourPeriod #MenstruationMatters movement and help us re-write the significance of "periods" from taboo to holistic! Check out the Kickstarter campaign HERE. Join me for a FREE live...read more
Sciatica refers to pain caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and originates at the lumbosacral plexus at L4-S3 and has branches all the way down into the foot.
When most people think about sciatica they think of compression from the L4-L5/S1 or piriformis tension.
A common test for sciatic nerve pain resulting from lumbar disc compression is the Lasegue test. The patient lies supine (on their back) with legs straight and the practitioner passively (without help from the patient) lifts the leg. If lifting..read more
I had the entire day off today, so I decided to give myself a “spa day” with all the things that nourish me. I used to think I had to get away and spend $$$ at a spa to be pampered. I now find it’s the simple things that truly nourish me, things that I can weave into every day.read more
I’ve compiled a list of 2015 winter boots I like. Obviously, which boot you choose depends on how severe your winters are. I looked for boots that are flat, flexible, have wide toe box with minimal to no toe spring. Not all of the boots meet all of the criteria, but at least they’re headed in the right direction. Also, it’s worth pointing out that not everyone is ready for a minimalist shoe. If you want to transition wisely to a minimal shoe, I recommend starting withread more
There are different schools of thought on the cause and treatment for heartburn. The mainstream medical model sees the problem as too much acid, which makes sense at first glance. “If I had less damn acid I wouldn’t have this problem!” But, if you look a bit deeper, you may come to the conclusion that you have too little gastric acid.read more