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WHAT IS PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPY?

(taken & adapted from Pelvic Health Solutions)

To Kegel or NOT?

That is the question!! Kegels are not for everyone, and even when indicated are often not done properly!

Specialized Physiotherapy is becoming more established in the literature as a first-line of defence against Incontinence and Pelvic Pain. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction can be caused by:

  • HYPOTONICITY (Weak pelvic floor muscles): contributing to stress incontinence, urge incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Incontinence is NOT a normal part of aging
  • HYPERTONICITY (Tight pelvic floor muscles): contributing to Urinary and Fecal Urgency, Urge Incontinence, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Dyspareunia, Vaginismus, Vulvodynia, Pudendal Neuralgia, Interstitial Cystitis and Chronic Prostatitis

Kegels are NOT always indicated for pelvic floor problems. Sometimes they do more harm than good, and often they are NOT performed correctly.

The Cochrane Collaboration 2010 concluded that Physiotherapists with specialized training in pelvic floor rehabilitation (using internal examination to teach the exercises) should be the first line of defence, before surgical consultation, for stress, urge and mixed incontinence in women.

The pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscles that attach to the front, back and sides of the pelvic bone and sacrum. They are like a hammock or a sling, and they support the bladder, uterus, prostate and rectum. They also wrap around your urethra, rectum, and vagina (in women).

MEET LISA

Lisa is an experienced physiotherapist with a certification in pelvic floor therapy who uses a patient-centred care model to deliver the best outcomes for her patients. Lisa is dedicated to helping her patients reach their goals and maximize their function. She has a special interest in treating women’s health issues including pre and postnatal care, pelvic pain, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Lisa is looking forward to welcoming new patients at Empowerfit and helping you feel your best! 

Lisa is also a certified Pilates instructor and enjoys sharing her passion for Pilates with women at all ages and stages of life.

MEET ERICA

Erica is Empowerfit’s most responsible physiotherapist and she specializes in pelvic health including pre and postnatal care, pelvic pain, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Erica is experienced in treating MSK injuries and offers a variety of treatments including dry needling.  She is passionate about supporting women through every stage of life and encourages strength, function and variety in movement.  Erica loves educating women about their bodies and empowering them with information to feel confident and resilient at any stage of life. Erica is a mother of two and teaches yoga on the side. She can’t wait to meet you in the studio and support you through any concerns. 

 

MEET DARBY

Darby is a registered physical therapist with specialized training in pelvic floor therapy, acupuncture, functional dry needling, and more! She is passionate about helping women of all ages achieve optimal levels of function and comfort in their daily lives. Darby is an advocate of leading a proactive, healthy lifestyle and enjoys triathlon training and high intensity workouts. She is looking forward to the opportunity to help support you in achieving your goals.

MEET TIA

Tia has a passion for helping others to fully participate in life: whether it’s a recovering athlete with a knee injury or a kid who wants to go to camp for the first time, she can’t wait to get her clients back to the things that matter. After receiving her HBSc in Neuroscience, Tia earned her MSc in Physical Therapy in 2019. In addition to general musculoskeletal practice, she also has a special interest in Paediatric Pelvic Health.
Tia is certified in Child Development from the Government of Alberta, and has special training in Intercultural Communication from Norquest College. She looks forward to using her knowledge and passion to help you and your family reach all of their goals – whatever they may be. 

MEET MARIANNE

I’ve always had a passion for helping clients achieve their goals. I’ve worked in the health and fitness industry for 8 years starting out with group fitness and personal training. I am also a certified yoga instructor and an avid cyclist.

I’ve worked as an exercise therapist for 5 years along side some of the best physiotherapists. I am excited to incorporate my experience and passion for helping women (and men) feel their best, into massage therapy and the Empowerfit community.

I’m really excited to work with more prenatal clients as I have experience supporting women in this demographic through my fitness career. 
I can’t wait to help you relax and create a space that helps you care for yourself.

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