Return To Play Therapy

Our Certified Athletic Therapist, Sarah Breu offers private athletic therapy appointments out of Vergie's Speed. Our Certified Athletic Therapist offers an effective form of rehabilitation for all active individuals with any injury.

A holistic approach is taken with each client to not only treat the injury but determine the root cause of the injury, so that you can return to work, sport or life faster and remain injury free longer. Your appointments will always be private, one-on-one as we have a hands on approach to treatment, with a variety of manual techniques and exercises, and this allows us to help you to to understand your injury and return you to your work, sport or life as quickly and safely as possible.

Operating as usual

Suction.. Not to be confused with octopus hickies lol
Such an effective technique to open up fascial adhesions.

[05/24/16]   Feeling humbled as I read through some emails over the weekend from patients. Love to help and heal.

"I'm so grateful I found you. Your therapy is so intensive & educated. I've been to quite a few physios & chiros & none could stand up to your knowledge level & practice. "

Return To Play Therapy

Mammas, our next session starts this Wednesday May 18 and we only have 1 spot left. Register today to secure your spot.
Let us help you close the gap or prevent it from happening!

Check out this photo of what exactly diastasis is. The top photo is how your rectus abdominus muscles should be, close together.
The bottom 4 photos are variations of how diastasis recti can present itself. This condition itself doesn't hurt, but due to a weakened front core, more stress and strain is put on your back.

This separation does not heal itself, and doing traditional ab exercises like crunches and planks will make the gap worse! Even if you are doing squats, running, or simply holding your kids/babies and not activating your deep core muscles, the gap could get worse.

Our post natal pillar of strength course teaches you how to activate your deep core (including pelvic floor) muscles to tighten up the separation, take the strain off your back and hips, and help stop or lessen that embarrassing stress incontinence (peeing when coughing, sneezing or running) - Despite the common "mom joke" this is common but NOT normal and can be fixed.

Too much emphasis goes into the aesthetics of weight loss and flat tummy after baby. Let us help restore the function to your core, so that you can get back to doing the things you love and the weight loss will come that much easier! We still have a couple of spots left for the next post natal Pillar of Strength core recovery class that starts TOMORROW (Thursday Mar 3).

Class is Thursdays 7 - 8pm at Flawless Laser & Body Sculpting (very easy and central access off Deerfoot and Blackfoot) #12 1922 -9th Ave SE

Class sizes are small to accommodate instructor feedback and body adjustments with exercises. For more information, check out
http://www.returntoplaytherapy.com


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foxnews.com

Why every new mom needs physical therapy | Fox News

This is a great read!
Its too bad this isn't the case for care in Canada but hopefully one day! Just because a doctor isn't prescribing post natal core recovery doesn't mean it's not necessary or important. Just the opposite.
Thanks to a past client of our post natal program for sharing this find.💕

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/04/17/why-every-new-mom-needs-physical-therapy.html

foxnews.com After she gave birth to her son, Valerie Orsoni knew what to expect: a prescription from her doctor for 12 sessions of physical therapy to rehabilitate her pelvic floor muscles.

Return to Play Therapy

Happy Sunday all!
WOW, thanks for all the interest in our post natal core recovery classes! Registration is now open and active on the website for the next session.
Class will run May 18 - June 29.

The link below will take you to the registration.
https://returntoplaytherapy.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php

app.acuityscheduling.com Schedule your appointment online with Return to Play Therapy

Tired of that back, hip, knee, feet pain that seems to get better when you stop activity and get a few treatments.... Only to have the pain resurface soon after returning to activity.
Let us help you take the red pill!
I am happy to share that we are now offering video analysis of movement patterns to better assess your muscle imbalances and or improper technique.
If you would like us to help you take that red pill please send us a message to book an appointment or call 403-870-7980.

Return To Play Therapy

Our next round of post natal core recovery classes start up this Wednesday April 6. We have a couple spots left for registration. You can register online at www.returntoplaytherapy.com and click book now.
Looking forward in another great session!

Check out this photo of what exactly diastasis is. The top photo is how your rectus abdominus muscles should be, close together.
The bottom 4 photos are variations of how diastasis recti can present itself. This condition itself doesn't hurt, but due to a weakened front core, more stress and strain is put on your back.

This separation does not heal itself, and doing traditional ab exercises like crunches and planks will make the gap worse! Even if you are doing squats, running, or simply holding your kids/babies and not activating your deep core muscles, the gap could get worse.

Our post natal pillar of strength course teaches you how to activate your deep core (including pelvic floor) muscles to tighten up the separation, take the strain off your back and hips, and help stop or lessen that embarrassing stress incontinence (peeing when coughing, sneezing or running) - Despite the common "mom joke" this is common but NOT normal and can be fixed.

Too much emphasis goes into the aesthetics of weight loss and flat tummy after baby. Let us help restore the function to your core, so that you can get back to doing the things you love and the weight loss will come that much easier! We still have a couple of spots left for the next post natal Pillar of Strength core recovery class that starts TOMORROW (Thursday Mar 3).

Class is Thursdays 7 - 8pm at Flawless Laser & Body Sculpting (very easy and central access off Deerfoot and Blackfoot) #12 1922 -9th Ave SE

Class sizes are small to accommodate instructor feedback and body adjustments with exercises. For more information, check out
http://www.returntoplaytherapy.com


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marilyn.ca

The Marilyn Denis Show | What Your Pee Says About You

Speaking of gimmicks - this Poise product is a gimmick.
Shame on you Doctor Jennifer Berman, specialist of urology - you are supposed to be an EXPERT in bladder and pelvic floor health. To say that the only other option for women before this device was surgery is not true. I am saddened and frustrated that you have never recommended your patients to pelvic physio and now you have just public broadcasted to how many countless viewers mis information. How much are you being endorsed to promote this product?
Surgery is NOT the only option to fix stress incontinence! Surgery should be the last resort. Pelvic physios and therapists/trainers that have specialized in pelvic floor health can help re-train those muscles whether you just had a baby or are now going through menopause.
As much as this product seems good - it's a temporary fix. It's not realistic for you to wear this product daily.

The other big frustration of this segment was her explanation of how to do Keegles. She only mentioned the bladder... The pelvic floor covers from your pubic bone to your coccyx (front to back) and holds your bladder, uterus and rectum in. So you don't want to only think about holding your pee to do a Keegle.
In our classes we teach you how to properly do a Keegle, and pelvic physios will teach you as well.
http://www.marilyn.ca/Video?vid=825098
#returntoplaytherapy #marilyndenisshow #incontinence #pevlicfloor #keegles #pelvicphysio #Drjenniferberman

marilyn.ca From frequency to colour to incontinence, Dr. Jennifer Berman explains what your pee says about you.

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Sadly, in this social media overdrive society we live it, there is that much MORE pressure on women to get their pre-pregnancy body back with the constant in your face pictures of moms that have done it, and the advertisements of "what's your excuse?...I have 3 kids, how do you not have time" - Like that makes anyone feel good!
There are a lot of companies and devices out that that "prey" on women's weakened self esteem and confidence and their sleep deprived minds don't help your decision making abilities, so we often get sucked into these gimmicks or workout plans that may be great in theory BUT are not designed for the recovering post partum body.
For example, Jumping jacks are a great exercise that is a full body workout and cardio component. BUT if you just had a baby...lets just say, you might as well put on a pair of depends because your pelvic floor will hate you.
Or take planks, another great full body workout exercise BUT you are placing your body in a position that gravity will pull your innards downwards if you do not have the proper muscle recruitment of your deep core. Most people don't do this exercise correctly without having kids, now lets add in the component of our stretched out abdominal wall and those muscles have been on vacation for the last few months...you are setting yourself up for diastasic recti or making the gap bigger if you already have it - which 50% of women do.

Whether your delivery was vaginal or cesarian - our bodies need to recover. Taking 6 weeks off and then resuming your regular activity is not adequate care!
After childbirth, a women's core muscle have been stretched out and no matter how fit you were before or during pregnancy these muscles need some devoted attention given to them. Register for our postnatal pillar of strength class today.
You need to re-boot your core. We can help.

In this 6 week session, you will learn how to fire your deep core muscles and be given the building blocks to use these muscles in everyday life. Strengthening these muscles will help prevent the back strain, help tighten up your belly from the inside out and help make your workouts more effective and can help prevent or decrease that embarrassing leaking that happens when you cough, sneeze, laugh, run or jump.
There is common but it is not normal and can be fixed!

Registration is open for classes starting in April. This class is also great for moms at any stage of recovery.
We have Wednesday evenings 7:30-8:30pm. Classes are hosted at Flawless Laser & Body Sculpting (1922-9th Ave SE)
These times don't work - send me a message and we can work on setting up a time that does work.
For more information and to register check out the website www.returntoplaytherapy.com

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Return to Play Therapy

Lovelies - we have had some interest in Wednesday evening for the core recovery class. So to accommodate this, we are happy to announce that we are going to be offering a class Wed Mar 9 - Apr 13 7:30pm - 8:30pm. Comment below, message or register online https://returntoplaytherapy.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php

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Check out this photo of what exactly diastasis is. The top photo is how your rectus abdominus muscles should be, close together.
The bottom 4 photos are variations of how diastasis recti can present itself. This condition itself doesn't hurt, but due to a weakened front core, more stress and strain is put on your back.

This separation does not heal itself, and doing traditional ab exercises like crunches and planks will make the gap worse! Even if you are doing squats, running, or simply holding your kids/babies and not activating your deep core muscles, the gap could get worse.

Our post natal pillar of strength course teaches you how to activate your deep core (including pelvic floor) muscles to tighten up the separation, take the strain off your back and hips, and help stop or lessen that embarrassing stress incontinence (peeing when coughing, sneezing or running) - Despite the common "mom joke" this is common but NOT normal and can be fixed.

Too much emphasis goes into the aesthetics of weight loss and flat tummy after baby. Let us help restore the function to your core, so that you can get back to doing the things you love and the weight loss will come that much easier! We still have a couple of spots left for the next post natal Pillar of Strength core recovery class that starts TOMORROW (Thursday Mar 3).

Class is Thursdays 7 - 8pm at Flawless Laser & Body Sculpting (very easy and central access off Deerfoot and Blackfoot) #12 1922 -9th Ave SE

Class sizes are small to accommodate instructor feedback and body adjustments with exercises. For more information, check out
http://www.returntoplaytherapy.com


http://fit2b.us/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/diastasis_recti_illustration3.png

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[02/20/16]   Want to get $20 off your next treatment or class registration?
Refer a friend to register for our post natal core recovery classes.
Class dates are:
Thurs Mar 3 - April 7 or
Wed April 13 - May 18

Registration is open for both dates!

**Make sure to tell the person you refer to tell us you sent them!

We are now offering visceral manipulation as treatment technique to help with those chronic injuries that just don't seem to be getting better.
After an abdominal surgery (which includes cesarians!) your viscera can get adhered and sticky. This added torsion can inflict added stress on our musculoskeletal system and in turn cause injuries.
Right neck pain - could be related to your gallbladder
Right hip pain might be your psoas or it may be your large intestine, or kidney
Low back pain - could be your small intestine

This is mind blowing in how we will be able to help that many more patients.
If you would like to learn more send us a message.
If you or someone you know could be helped - tag them :)

Collapsing knee in 1 leg squats

Thanks to an awesome client who is willing to share her not so perfect 1 leg squat for educational purposes. Thank you Kristen Freudiger
Check out the video and watch her knee collapse inwards. (The end few get a bit better :) )
This is a tell tale sign of weakness in the hips, specifically your glute med and your external rotators. As you can see there is a lot of torque on the knee joint when she squats down. When you are repeating this motion over and over again the knee experiences pain, due to injuring the patellar tendon (pain below the knee cap) or PFPS (pain underneath the patella). Once you strengthen the weak hip muscles this pain will subside.

Why don't you do the test of a 1 leg squat in front of a mirror to see if your knee is collapsing in. Better yet, take a video and post it in the comments :) Lets see all your 1 leg squats!!
Running season is soon approaching - and think about how many hundreds of thousands of times your knee is collapsing in during your training or races OUCH. Book in to see an Athletic Therapist to fix your imbalances and help your pain. We can help - contact us today

[01/18/16]   Wow, thanks for all the love this week!
I want to make sure that you all receive my posts and updates, so to ensure that happens for you. On the top of the page where it says "liked" you need to click that and say that you want to turn notifications ON. Another option is to comment, like or share the posts you read. This way Facebook knows that you are actually interested in the page, so the posts will show up on your newsfeed.
Yours in health,
Sarah

[01/14/16]   Kegel
An exercise commonly prescribed by doctors and therapists in relation to pelvic floor and pregnancy. But did you know most people dont do kegals peoperly?
Learn how to ACTUALLY do a kegel. And most importantly how to incorporate these muscles into every day movements. As good as it is to lay on your back and contract your pelvic floor, we need to be using these muscles when we run, jump, squat...etc.
Sign up for tonight's Pillar of Strength class that starts TONIGHT at 7:30pm so we can help you!

[01/05/16]   Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great Christmas with your families and loved ones.
Postnatal core recovery sessions start back up again next week. We have Thursday evenings 7:30-8:30pm and Saturday mornings 9:30-10:30am options.
Whether your delivery was vaginal or cesarian - our bodies need to recover. Taking 6 weeks off and then resuming your regular activity is not adequate care!
After childbirth, a women's core muscle have been stretched out and no matter how fit you were before or during pregnancy these muscles need some devoted attention given to them.Register for our postnatal pillar of strength class today.
You need to re-boot your core. We can help.
A new year means most of you have renewed benefits, so you can claim your registration under Athletic Therapy or health care spending account, or fitness spending account (if you are one of the lucky ones to get this benefit!)
Looking forward in helping you

Day 22 on our countdown.

I can't tell you how many times I go to the gym and see people doing exercises incorrectly. I also can't tell you how many times I see patients that have injured themselves from doing exercises incorrectly.
Form. Form. Form. So important!

[12/22/15]   Day 21
Are you a runner?
Are you running the track indoors?
Tracks alternate directions each day, but if you are running every other day you end up running the same direction.
This is bad news for your body especially with the track is banked because your inside leg has more strain on the outside part of your foot and the outside leg has more strain on the inside of the foot.
Inside foot will tend to suffer from peroneal tendinitis (muscles on the outside of your lower leg) and outside foot tends to suffer from "shin splints" as examples of how running the same direction could be the route to your injury.
Instead of alternating running days, try planning your runs to be alternating directions on the track.
Enjoy your runs!
If you are suffering from these injuries, book in with us.

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