Lisa Flanders, Registered Physiotherapist

Connecting you with your Pelvic Floor

Category: Prenatal

It’s Not TMI – Episode 5: All About Poop (in less than 5 minutes)

I had a chance to sit down and chat with the wonderful Dr. Erin Kasparek, Naturopathic Doctor here in Ottawa and get the scoop on our poop.

All about Poop, constipation help, bowel movement, gut health

The Scoop On Poop

She gave some great insight on;

  1. What defines constipation
  2. How often we should have a bowel movement
  3. What our movements should look like
  4. How to choose a probiotic for gut health
  5. The different types of fibre
  6. How fluid plays a role in constipation and normal bowel function

Episode 5: All About Poop

Click on the link below to learn all about poop in less than 5 minutes!


It’s Not TMI – Episode 4: How Should I Wash My Vulva For Optimal Hygiene?

Vulva Care, Wash My Vulva,  Vulva Hygiene

What if I told you that your vulva and vagina are self-cleaning and that you don’t have to wash with soap? I’ve created a new video below to address vulva care and hygiene. Plus it means another video with my Vulva puppet!

Episode 4: How Should I Wash My Vulva For Optimal Hygiene?

Click on the link below to learn more, and remember, It’s Not TMI!


It’s Not TMI – Episode 3: Does Stopping the Flow of Urine Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor?

I am fortunate enough that I get to do what I love. Right now I am LOVING filming these videos (so much so that I filmed this one at 6 in the morning)!


Stopping the Flow of Urine, It's Not TMI, Pelvic Floor


Does stopping the flow of urine strengthen your pelvic floor?

  1. Not everyone needs to strength
    en their pelvic floor (see episode two)
  2. It may increase your risk for urinary tract infections
  3. This action is likely not specific to your dysfunction

Episode 3: Does Stopping the Flow of Urine Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor?

Click on the link to find out more. If you have a question that you think is “too much information” feel free to send me a message and I will answer it on an upcoming episode.

It’s Not TMI – Episode 2: All About Kegels

This week on “It’s Not TMI” I am talking all about kegels!


5 reasons kegel exercises may not be appropriate for your pelvic floor:

  1. Kegels are not specific
  2. If you have a tight pelvic floor, doing kegels may make your dysfunction worse
  3. Most women do not do kegels effectively
  4. Kegels are typically not done dynamically or applied to functional exercise
  5. The pelvic floor is only ONE aspect of our deep core (working together with our diaphragm, deep abdominals and low back muscles)

Episode 2: All About Kegels

Click on the video link below to learn more about kegels and if they are a good exercise for you.

And yes….I did reference a T-rex, I just watched Jurassic World on Netflix.

Research Study – University of Ottawa

Are you pregnant with your first child? If so, you may be interested in the study below at the University of Ottawa regarding the natural course of recovery of the truck and pelvic floor musculature after delivery.

Research like this is so important to the field of physiotherapy and pelvic health. It allows myself and my colleagues to continue serving our patients with the the most current information and best practices.