Posts Tagged: Physiotherapy

I Laughed So Hard I Peed!

February 12, 2019

Ladies, ladies, ladies….. Let’s be real for a minute. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a thing. You may know this thing as “I pee a little when I sneeze”, “I pee when I run”, “I pee when I skip rope” “I pee on the trampoline” “I pee when I quickly lift up my 48lbs child or […]

An Imperfect Guide to Live Your X

July 23, 2018

As a practitioner at IHI—in acknowledgement of the clinic’s tenth anniversary—I have been contemplating my understanding of our celebration slogan, ‘Live your ten’… Live your ten. Automatically I think ‘the perfect 10’. There is a story told in my family about me as a little girl, learning to tie my shoes, and crying when the […]

Thanks, Mom. A Note to My Mom and a Message for New Moms

November 14, 2016

By Shannon Stoby, PT, MScPT Hi Mom. I know you read all of my blogs, so here’s one for you. I write this, not as a parent, but as a grown child. My mom sacrificed a lot of her life for us. She always cared for us and put the family first. As parents go, […]

The Dance of Vulnerability and Resilience

September 26, 2016

  By Shannon Stoby It makes me laugh when I hear people equate vulnerability with weakness. You can be sure that those who draw that line have never tried it. To show yourself for who you really are, to speak your truth even when it is terrifying, is among the bravest things anyone can ever […]

The Pelvic Floor: Finding Empowerment in Vulnerability

September 12, 2016

By Shannon Stoby There is a sense of vulnerability that comes with injury and illness. The sense of invincibility is gone and, as we put our recovery in the hands of health care professionals, it may feel like we’ve lost control of our lives. This can be the case in any health-related scenario, but there […]

Trust and Fear in an Uncertain World

August 22, 2016

By Shannon Stoby I don’t know if we are generally a distrustful species or if we have just taught each other to be that way. Certainly, there is a survival instinct that may promote distrust. Our long history of feuding on this planet in the name who knows what may also be a contributing factor. […]

Trust and Fear: Finding Your Comfort Zone in the Therapeutic Relationship

August 02, 2016

By Shannon Stoby There can be a lot of fear associated with illness or injury. Fear of pain. Fear of the prognosis. Fear of the recovery process. Mostly a fear of the unknown. And when faced with a health issue it may feel like your own body has become the unknown. At this point we […]

Bodily Connections and the Patterns of Pain

July 21, 2016

  By: Shannon Stoby Nothing that happens in the body happens in isolation. Any injury, illness, or event creates a chain of reactions. Despite the fact that there is a specialist for every organ, system, and body part these days, it is ultimately all connected. Ever sprained your ankle and wound up with a knee […]

Core Connections: What’s the Pelvic Floor got to do with it?

July 11, 2016

By Shannon Stoby Core strengthening is a big thing in exercise nowadays—and rightfully so. It is important to have a stable base from which to initiate your movement. But are planks and crunches really the cornerstone to core strength? No. There are other pieces to the core which should not be ignored. While the rippin’ […]

The Benefit of Empathy

June 20, 2016

By Shannon Stoby I think apathy is one of the greatest threats to our society and to our planet. We see large-scale examples of it at election time in voter turn-outs, smaller examples in our day-to-day life: litter on the sidewalk, neglect of the homeless person on the corner. In general, I think we have […]