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Introducing Body Co.

Have you noticed our new look? If you have visited our Instagram or facebook pages recently you may have noticed some flashes of our new logo, new name and some pretty new images.

Aside from the vanity of a facelift, you may also be wondering why we are messing with a good thing? Why am I going out of my way to confuse our clients with all of these changes? The short answer is because we are committed to you and are making short term changes to meet the long term needs of our clients.

In the next week, RPM Physiotherapy will become Body Co. When I started the business as a sole practitioner it made sense to co-brand with RPM Total Fitness, our dear friends and home for the last 4 years. However, since that time we have grown. We have listened to our clients and incorporated services that collectively address your whole health and your whole family. While we continue to work, thrive and collaborate with RPM Total Fitness, our old name no longer represents all the amazing ways we can support your health. We wanted a name and vision that was more inclusive of all of the practitioners and services you have come to trust. As such, Body Co. was born.

 

So why Body Co?

The scope of our practitioners may be broad but we are all ultimately students of the human body.   

Our vision is to empower strength, celebrate diversity and nurture potential in the human body.

Just like the systems of the body, we don’t operate as independent entities. We work collectively, supporting whole systems, whole minds and whole bodies.

We believe in specialized and individualized care that is specific to the needs, strengths and challenges of every body.

We are excited for things to come. We are honoured every day by what you have helped us build and welcome this new phase of our business with open arms. Mostly, we are thankful for your continued loyalty, support and community and can’t wait for you to join us on this journey.

 

We will be releasing our new website in the next week and I hope that you will love the new look as much as we do.

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Paediatric Incontinence: How to Help Children Who Suffer From Poor Bladder Control

Approximately 90% of children achieve urinary continence by the age of 5, but what is it like for those 10% that are “accident-prone”? Day- or night-wetting for children is not only uncomfortable but can also limit participation in sports, sleepovers and other social activities; and although less than 1% of affected children continue to experience incontinence into adulthood, it is crucial to identify and treat the cause of it sooner rather than later.

There are two types of paediatric incontinence: nocturnal (night or bedwetting) and diurnal (day wetting). Children can experience either one or both types of leakage. Many factors can contribute to ongoing urinary incontinence, including:

  • voiding dysfunction or deferral
  • urinary tract infection
  • pelvic floor weakness
  • distraction/avoidance
  • uncompleted toilet training
  • unnatural voiding positions (e.g. legs close together)
  • family history

Very commonly, urinary incontinence is associated with constipation that may or may not be diagnosed. In many children, treating constipation first may relieve signs of accidental wetting and allow them to regain control over their bladder.

If your child is over 5 and still having trouble holding in their urine, it is important to have them assessed by a paediatric or pelvic health physiotherapist.

 

What to expect from your child’s first appointment?

Unlike adult pelvic health exams, there is no internal component for the child. Instead, the physiotherapist will take a detailed history from the parents and child to determine the root cause of the problem and offer suggestions for behaviour modification as well as exercises to treat the incontinence.

References:

Figueroa, T. Urinary incontinence in children. Merck Manual. Jan. 2018.

Nankivel, G., Caldwell, P. Paediatric urinary incontinence. Australian Prescriber. Dec. 2014; 37(6):192-195

Sandra Ghaly – Pelvic Floor & Paediatric Physiotherapist

Sandra graduated from Dalhousie University with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree with honours from McMaster University. She has worked with a variety of clientele but has developed a true passion in working with both the paediatric and women’s health populations. Sandra has extensive experience assessing and treating a variety of paediatric conditions and most recently has become certified as a pelvic health physiotherapist. She also has additional training in acupuncture and kinesiotaping. Sandra finds great value in guiding each individual through a tailored rehabilitation program to optimize their function and quality of life.

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Meet Sandra – Our New Paediatric and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

Not everyone can make it into the clinic. Perhaps it is a mobility issue or maybe having small children or someone you care for at home makes it difficult to get out into the community for an appointment.

Does that mean that those individuals don’t deserve the same level of care? Absolutely not!

Meet Sandra Ghaly.

Sandra is the newest member of our team and specializes in paediatric and pelvic floor physiotherapy. She is here to make life easier for those of you who find leaving home a challenge. As of February 21st, Sandra will be available for both in clinic as well as IN HOME visits.

Sandra graduated from Dalhousie University with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree with honours from McMaster University. She has worked with a variety of clientele but has developed a true passion in working with both the paediatric and women’s health populations. Sandra has extensive experience assessing and treating a variety of paediatric conditions and most recently has become certified as a pelvic health physiotherapist. She also has additional training in acupuncture and kinesiotaping.

Sandra finds great value in guiding each individual through a tailored rehabilitation program to optimize their function and quality of life. In her free time, Sandra enjoys yoga, pilates, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

We are very excited to welcome Sandra to our team and to be able to offer this service. In home assessments will be available to clients living in the Junction, Junction Triangle, Roncesvalles, Bloor West Village, High Park, Swansea and Kingsway neighbourhoods.

To book an in home appointment with Sandra, call 416-572-0479.


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