The foundation to women's health is learning how to integrate appropriate responses to movement. Too often we are over-gripping our abdominal muscles, breath holding or otherwise improperly recruiting muscles. The result can be anything from shortness of breath, low back pain, pelvic pain and incontinence. Often this break down of core strategies can contribute to seemingly unrelated issues like foot and knee pain. Restoring optimum function means retraining your breathing patterns and integrating them into everyday movement patterns. It starts with alignment, continues with breathing and finally involves optimum recruitment of pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. Then these strategies are integrated into whatever it is you do - whether it is running after the kids, gardening or hitting the gym. Gone are the days of sitting around doing Kegel's at stoplights, or spending twenty minutes doing a "core workout." Learning how to recruit the right muscles at the right time in proper alignment means that you are "working your core" in everything you do! At Calgary Winter Club Sport Physiotherapy, Jessica DeMars, PT is available to provide assessments and treatments that focus on women-specific issues. While not an internal pelvic floor physiotherapist, Jessica is able to assist you in learning optimum movement strategies to mitigate symptoms; and if that fails to address the issue, she works collaboratively with pelvic health physios in the community and can refer when required.