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Articles Written by Melina Mirzaei

Women’s Health: Incontinence Treatment & Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Highlights Types of incontinence, their causes and aggravators Treatment options and strategies available Overview Incontinence is considered to be any involuntary passing of urine, stool, or gas, and it is incredibly common. According to the Canadian Urinary Bladder Survey, 16% of women aged 18-40 and 33% of women aged 41-64…

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Vaginal Pain Conditions

  As a pelvic floor physiotherapist, I have had many conversations with friends, patients and colleagues about subjects that a lot of people don’t normally talk about. An often-heard complaint is of vaginal pain – whether during exercise or sexual intercourse, after childbirth, post-menopause, or even just while sitting at…

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Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

What is pelvic floor physiotherapy? Pelvic floor physio involves the assessment and treatment of various types of dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles and the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, prostate, rectum). It is a low risk alternative or adjunct to other types of treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction, such as…

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Heat vs. Ice – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist/Physio In Training

Clients often ask us whether heat or ice is better for their particular injury. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, there are some general guidelines which can help you choose which modality will provide the most benefit for you. Heat Heat is most beneficial for relaxing tight muscles and soothing…

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Intermediate Rotator Cuff Lateral Rotation – #EOTW

Stand holding a resistance band in both hands, palms facing up. Slide your shoulder blades back and down.   Exhale to engage your core as you pull out on the band; keep the movement slow and controlled. Make sure your shoulder blades stay in place throughout the movement.  

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Back to school basics – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

Back to school season is upon us! This can be a stressful time for parents and students alike as everyone gets back to the school-year routine. Here are a few tips to ease the physical stresses of this time of year. Backpacks Backpacks are the most practical option for most…

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Swimming – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

Summer is finally here! If  you are a competitive swimmer, training for a tri, or are just doing laps at Kits pool, there are some things to look out for to stay injury-free. Swimming places a lot of stress on the shoulder joint, as it requires the shoulders to have…

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Where did barefoot running come from? – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

A little bit of history… Humans have been running for thousands of years. Running used to be straightforward – it was an essential part of everyday life for our ancestors, who were constantly searching for food and trying to outlast predators. Their version of shoes resembled a loose sandal wrapped…

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Barefoot Running – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

There has been a lot of hype around the barefoot/minimalist running trend over the last few years. There is not a huge amount of research to back up the idea of minimalist shoes over traditional shoes, but there is some information out there that can help you better decide between…

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Sprains and Strains – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

Sprains and strains of all kinds are common injuries that we see regularly in the clinic. There is a difference between the two, although the terms are often (mistakenly) used interchangeably. Let’s see if we can clear up some of the confusion… Sprains Sprains refer to injured ligaments. Ligaments are…

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IT Band Syndrome – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

What is it? The IT band is a thick sheath of connective tissue which runs along the outside of the thigh and connects to the outside of the shin bone (tibia). It is not a muscle itself, but is a fibrous continuation of a muscle called the tensor fascia latae…

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Exercise, Rehab, and Scoliosis – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

Exercise and physical therapy have been shown to be an important part of the management process of scoliosis. Generally, the goals of exercise are to prevent or limit the progression rate of the curvature in the spine, alleviate pain, and improve muscular and postural imbalances. However, each exercise program is…

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