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Pre & Postnatal Programs

Osteopathy for Babies and Children

It is a common belief that children should have no structural stresses because they are young and their bodies are so supple. However, that isn’t always the case. Birth-induced stress, especially as the result of a difficult birth or a forceps or vacuum extraction, and falls and accidents as children grow can contribute to problems later in life. In babies and toddlers, these types of stresses can cause colic, reflux, gas, feeding difficulties, recurrent ear infections, sleep disturbances, asymmetrical movement (favoring one side), delayed crawling or walking, or alignment problems as they begin to walk. For preschoolers, they can show up as alignment or postural concerns.

Osteopathy gently aligns the bones of the skull and other tissues of the body to their optimum position. When this essential framework is in place, many problems resolve. Most children benefit from occasional treatment throughout childhood to pick up any developing problems early and minimize their long-term effects. Our osteopathy services are covered by most health insurance plans. Learn More

Registered Massage Therapy, Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Acupuncture (for adults)

Trust our team of experts to reduce the aches and pains you experience during pregnancy, after birth or from the physical demands of caring for a child. Our wellness services can help with back, pelvic, neck and shoulder pain, tendonitis and urinary stress incontinence. We also provide physiotherapist-supervised exercise programs to get you ready for pregnancy and labor, as well as core, pelvic and general strengthening programs. Services are covered by most health insurance plans. Learn More

Chiropractic and the Webster Technique

Are you concerned about a breech baby? Our chiropractor is trained in the Webster Technique – a gentle and safe way of opening up the pelvis and removing misalignment in the lower spine to help your baby go into the correct position naturally. Our chiropractic services are covered by most health insurance plans. Learn More

Pilates & Yoga

Improve core strength, pelvic floor strength and reduce your risk of back pain, pelvic pain and urinary stress incontinence. Private sessions and group classes are led by certified instructors and physiotherapists with specialized knowledge in prenatal and postnatal care. Fees may be covered by your health insurance – ask us if you qualify. Learn More

Nutritional Consulting for Parents and Children

Get your baby off to a healthy start with one-on-one nutritional consulting. Our Registered Dietitian or Holistic Nutritionist will advise you on prenatal vitamin and mineral supplementation, foods to avoid, appropriate gestational weight, and healthy eating for pregnancy. After baby arrives we can help you with breastfeeding nutrition, increasing breast milk supply and healthy eating advice. Plus,if you need a structured plan to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight, we will tailor a program to your needs. We’re also here to help with family nutrition issues including foods for healthy growth, coping with food sensitivities and allergies, dealing with picky eaters, supplementing missing nutrients, creative lunch and snack ideas for preschoolers – and practical, healthy, delicious recipes everyone will enjoy.

Naturopathic Medicine

Our Naturopathic Doctor can help you and your child stay healthy from pregnancy through childhood. Learn about prenatal supplementation and natural management of nausea, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and hypothyroidism. Once baby arrives, our naturopathic doctor can help you deal with colic, reflux, eczema, food sensitivities, allergies and constipation, and support the immune system to help fight colds and infections. Learn More

Compression Stockings

Do you have sore, swollen legs and feet? Are you worried about varicose veins, spider veins or blood clots? Compression socks, leggings or pantyhose support your veins and help pump blood back up to your heart to reduce swelling, alleviate pain and decrease the risk to your health. We offer a variety of compression garments for everyday, work or sports, and the cost is covered by most health insurance plans. Learn More

Orthotics, Braces & Supports

We offer custom made orthotics (shoe inserts) to help improve foot alignment, fatigue and pain. We also carry braces and supports to help with tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, pelvic pain and back pain. Costs are covered by most health insurance plans. Learn more

The Bump Method  (Pre and Postpartum exercise)

The Bump Method prenatal workout is a safe and effective program designed to support women in achieving a healthy and fit pregnancy. We combine Pilates, low-impact dance, gentle stretching and deep overall muscle toning with 1-3 lb weights. You will not do any gym-like “crunches”, but rather will learn to work your abdominal wall (transversus abdominis) from the inside out. Workouts are tailored to reflect the unique needs of each trimester of pregnancy. Checkout the videos below.

Trimester 1

This comprehensive 45 minute prenatal workout is designed for women in the 1st Trimester of pregnancy, between 1 and 13 weeks. The program focuses on teaching the fundamental building blocks that will support you throughout pregnancy and post partum recovery. Exercises are created to be calming for the nervous system and to help manage any hormonal related dizziness and nausea.

Most of all, this trimester is all about getting you to connect with your deepest layer of abdominals (transversus abdominis) before this muscle stretches out from the growing baby in the 2nd Trimester and 3rd Trimesters.

Trimester 2

This comprehensive 50 minute workout is designed for women in their 2nd Trimester of pregnancy, between 14 and 26 weeks. The 2nd Trimester is when hormone levels have stabilized as the placenta has now been fully built. This means it’s usually a good time to add new dynamic movements to your workout program – you can physically challenge yourself more during this time than any other time during pregnancy.

The program builds on the foundations of the 1st Trimester workout and is designed to strengthen and prevent postural changes as belly grows.

Trimester 3

This comprehensive prenatal workout is designed for women in their 3rd Trimester of pregnancy, between 27 – 40 weeks. The exercise program is designed to increase comfort in this final stage of pregnancy, to manage postural changes and to release the pelvic floor in preparation for delivery. In order to minimize the risk of developing “mummy tummy” aka diastasis recti (overstretched abdominal connective tissue), there are no plank or “hands and knees” positions during this later stage of pregnancy when the baby is largest. 

Trimester 4

Reconnect to your deepest layer of abdominals by learning how to activate your inner corset, stabilize your spine and strengthen from the inside out. This workout is ideal for postpartum women – both caesarean and vaginal deliveries – as well as anyone looking to restore proper core function and re-train their abs to fire correctly. The program has been designed with the guidance of Dr. Sinéad Dufour, PhD, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist to help repair diastasis recti (over stretched abdominal tissue, aka. “mummy tummy”) that often happens during pregnancy.

The Belle Method (Pilates Fusion workout)

BelleFusion

This challenging 1 hour video is a  full body core workout performed to music fusing Pilates, dance conditioning and yoga. We build on Pilates technique and take abdominal work, toning and sculpting to a deeper intensity using concentrated movements and deep muscle recruitment. Your booty will burn! Prepare to strengthen, lengthen and sweat.

For more information please call us at 416.760.8280 or email us at info@physioplushealth.com.