Figure 8 Therapeutics

15 days ago
Cindy Filler

August - More Summer Please

Have you seen the bounty of berries? Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries…yumm! Great time to stash some away in the freezer for fall and winter breakfast oatmeal or pancakes. Berries are full of summer sunshine energy and antioxidants.

And speaking of berries…have you practiced your kegels lately. Do you do them the right way? Do you even need to do them? This channel from Kim Vopni, the Vagina coach, has lots of great tips on keeping your pelvic floor in shape. As well as learning how to contract and relax the pelvic floor. All women need to learn how to do this the right way. Some of you are over contracting, some need to learn where to contract, and some need to learn how to incorporate it into your daily lives so that you dont leak when you sneeze, pick up your kids, or jump on the trampoline! She also talks about diastasis recti – when the linea alba is stretched from pregnancy and how to check yourself for it. Check out her channel here: Vagina Coach Channel .

85 days ago
Cindy Filler

May is not grey!

How do you like all this sunshine here in Victoria this month?! So fabulous to see locals walking, hiking, biking, SUP’ing, kayaking all around our fabulously green island! Great way to start off the summer and shed the spring/winter.

This month I went to a conference on Chronic Pain with Professor Lorimar Mosley from Australia. World renowned Neuroscientist. How’s that for an awesome title! As a very well funded researcher he and his team have come up with some wonderful ways to rethink how we talk about chronic pain. How does saying “your protection system” or your “danger system” sound instead? “Chronic” is very final, as if nothing can change it, its been around so long you don’t know what to do about it, or have done everything you can think of about it. Education about why your body hurts is a key element to understanding how the nervous system is turned on or off and how you can rethink it so that you have the control back. Because you do…its in your head or your brain.

Enjoy this new video and well organized website about rethinking pain.

120 days ago
Cindy Filler

April flowers and showers

Here comes the sunshine! Well, most days…and it is warmer in direct sunshine, but a few windy chills are still keeping the fireplace burning.

For this week, here is a great friend and therapist Katheryn Kuszysyn. She is a fantastic yoga instructor that specializes in Yoga for Scoliosis. She even wrote a book! check her out at:
(Yoga Kat)
(Scoliosis Undone)


151 days ago
Cindy Filler

Spring is here! 2018

Well hello to all the lovely daffodils, cherry and plum blossoms! As well as the longer sunnier days that have arrived and more to come! Info below on upcoming pelvic floor class and a great workout for your spine.

Upcoming class: Bladder Health, Pelvic Floor and Core – Stop Your Bladder From Running Your Life!
Bladder health, pelvic floor and core workshop:

Learn how pelvic floor function and lifestyle habits impact bladder health. Registered Physiotherapist and Pelvic Floor Specialist Jodi Ganton and Certified Yoga Instructor Melissa Krieger will teach you how to use yoga, exercise and lifestyle modifications to help you take back control of your bladder.

Bladder dysfunction, including urinary incontinence, is an extremely common problem and most people can eliminate or significantly reduce their symptoms with some basic pelvic floor exercises, as well as diet and lifestyle modifications.

Do you leak urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze, walk, run or exercise? Do you never pass up an opportunity to use a restroom? We can help! It doesn’t matter how old you are, these are issues that can affect many people.

Please join the next workshop on Saturday April 7th, 2018, 1-3:15pm at Cedar Hill Recreation. Please call Cedar Hill directly to sign-up. 250-475-7121.

Jodi Ganton is a registered physiotherapist who specializes in working with people with pelvic floor dysfunction. For the past thirteen of Jodi’s twenty five years as a clinical physiotherapist she have been assessing and treating clients with urinary incontinence. In this time, she has come to realize that general knowledge about bladder health is quite limited and if many of her clients had had prior access to this knowledge they would not have had to take medication, had surgery or even needed to see her at all.

New Exercise: What is ELDOA?

ELDOA is a revolutionary technique created by renowned French Osteopath Dr. Guy Voyer.

ELDOA is a French acronym which means: Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation OsteoArticulaire. The english translation is Longitudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation of the Spine.

Dr Voyer first created ELDOA to address the back pain epidemic. What he also discovered was that patients were experiencing improved visceral function as well as a greater sense of wellbeing.

ELDOA are postural exercises designed to create space between a chosen articulation. There is a specific ELDOA for every level in the spine as well as ELDOA’s for the pelvis, sacrum, shoulders, sternum and ribcage and skull. Seeing as we are all subject to gravity and its effects, this is a wonderful practice to learn. For instance, if you’re suffering from a disc compression at L5-S1, there is a specific posture that addresses that level in the spine. If you did this specific ELDOA every day for 1 minute per day over time and with continued practice you would see the results of improved function at that level. The way this is achieved is by creating fascial tension to fix the vertebra below and contraction in extreme range to normalize the vertebra above the targeted disc.

Some of the specific benefits of ELDOA are:

  • Heal Chronic and Acute Back Pain
  • Relief of Neck and Shoulder Tension
  • Normalize Disc Bulges and Herniations
  • Delayed Disc Degeneration
  • Reduce the effects of Scoliosis, Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, Arthritis and other conditions
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Improved Muscle Tone
  • Improved Visceral Function
  • Reduce Forward Head Posture
  • Find Relief from Referred Pain in Legs and Arms, Tingling in Hands and Feet
  • Increased Blood Flow
  • Improve Recovery Time from Training and Sports
  • Prevent Future Injuries
  • Improve Posture and Strengthen Your Spine
  • Improved Sense of Well Being and Overall Body Awareness

For more information on ELDOA and how to get started please contact Aliesha Wright by email at or by phone at 250-818-8110

192 days ago
Cindy Filler

February 2018 - Breathing with your mouth

Happy 2018!
The weather is warming up, slowly but surely. That we do know. Do you see the buds everywhere? Even though we have not had a lot of sun so far, the plants are still going strong and know spring is coming.
But at the same time the rainy days keeps me inside. And that makes me think of the air quality indoors. The showers, the wood burning fireplace, cooking and other odors that don’t get a chance to escape the house, just settle indoors. The dehumidifier is working overtime as well as my HEPA vacuum. Sometimes that is not enough for my lungs to do their job.
The Buteyko breathing method has also helped my breathing and sleep. It would be great to increase the minutes and hours of deep sleep, as measured by my wrist monitor. So I’ve decided to implement some of the techniques I’ve learned from this technique.

And here is a short lecture on the relationship between ADHD and mouth breathing while sleeping:

Learn more about it from their channel above. Also there are clinical trials in Ireland showing that this technique helps those with asthma, OSA, and other breathing issues. Buteyko Clinical Trials

277 days ago
Cindy Filler

The Rain is falling....must be November, 2017

Here it is…that season to park yourself on the couch in front of a cozy fire…oh wait, thats me! As much as I want to be outside in nature, I’m really a fair weather gal, and would prefer the sunshine and days when its NOT raining thanks. But here it is, my raincoats are dusted off and ready to brave the drizzles. Anymore than that and the fireplace calls! It rained so quickly this month that my Halloween decor was still up! And drenched. Oh well, most of it dried near the fireplace so it could be stored away for next year.

So what’s on your reading list for the winter? I have many as my Amazon wish list is several pages long from years of contemplating anatomy, physiology and osteopathic texts, to the latest and greatest in health and self help books, and then there’s the fun book list made up of sci-fi and fantasy novels to escape the dreary weather (actually to procrastinate on house chores!). There is never enough time to read them all. I do look them over once they are in my hands, but some are still in the “to peruse later” pile.

Here is my current read that I think you would enjoy. Have an open mind and heart as the author comes from a place of courage and love to share what he has learned. His food suggestions alone are worth more than the price of the book. There are two others by him that are also worth your time.

Medical Medium: (from Anthony William, the one and only Medical Medium, has helped tens of thousands of people heal from ailments that have been misdiagnosed or ineffectively treated or that doctors can’t resolve. He’s done this by listening to a divine voice that literally speaks into his ear, telling him what lies at the root of people’s pain or illness and what they need to do to restore their health.