Pelvic Health Services
Don’t Hide From Pelvic Health Problems. You Have Options!
Are You Struggling With:
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Pre or Post Natal Pelvic Pain
You are not alone! One in three people will experience a pelvic health problem by the time they are 60, however many symptoms are completely treatable through non-invasive procedures.
At Tri City Physiotherapy, we provide intensive care services for problems ranging from menstrual irregularity, pre and post natal care, urinary incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse in a comfortable setting. Working together, Tri City Physiotherapy and your physician can find solutions that don’t involve medication or surgery and are often covered by most health plans.
Focusing on the Underlying Cause of Discomfort
Tri City Physiotherapy’s pelvic health program focuses on the underlying cause of discomfort found at the musculoskeletal level. Starting with a thorough pelvic exam, a pelvic health trained physiotherapist will assess the structure for signs of problems which may include loss of function, pain, and dysfunction. Our physiotherapist will then develop a rehabilitation program recognized as a first line of defense against incontinence and pelvic pain, without involving medication or surgery.
Patients are seen in individual treatment rooms with total consideration to privacy and compassion for what they are experiencing. Once an initial assessment has taken place, a therapist may use:
- manual manipulation,
- pelvic floor retraining & strengthening exercises,
- and education in an effort to reduce discomfort.
Our clinics give every mother, sister, daughter, and grandmother a chance to be forthcoming about reproductive irregularities and chronic urinary conditions so they can continue to lead an active lifestyle without hesitation.
Why Choose Tri City Physiotherapy for Female Pelvic Conditions?
- Work with a specially trained therapist
- Learn about exercises you can do at home
- Private, non-invasive procedures for total health
Your life is too busy to let anything slow you down. Request an appointment to learn more about how you or a loved one can benefit from this program.
An Ideal Program for a Number of Conditions:
Pelvic health physiotherapy helps patients manage a number of conditions specifically brought on by child birth, urinary stress, female reproductive issues, and general pelvic floor pain. Tri City’s pelvic physiotherapy can help to treat and manage:
(stress incontinence, urge incontinence/frequency, mixed incontinence)
Incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder and/or bowel control due to weak pelvic muscles. Pregnancy, an injury to the pelvic area, neurological disorders and the natural aging process also lead to increased incidences of incontinence. A pelvic health physiotherapist will use varied treatments either alone or in combination to address the cause of a patient’s incontinence. A pelvic health physiotherapist might also want to help a patient with education and may suggest that they keep a diary.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
(cystocele, rectocele, urethrocele, enterocele, uterine prolapse, vaginal vault prolapse)
Pelvic organ prolapse is the abnormal descent or herniation of the pelvic organs from their normal attachment site or position in the pelvis. This occurs due to weakened muscles or ligaments that can occur from a number of causes including childbirth, previous surgeries and obesity. Depending on the grade of prolapse, a physiotherapist would consider treatment options that involve pelvic floor strengthening exercises,functional training and education.
Chronic Pelvic Pain
(painful intercourse, vaginismus, vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, interstitial cystitis, pudendal neuralgia, irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis, Pelvic Floor Tension Myalgia)
Pain the pelvic area can have a profound effect on an affected individual’s life. Often vaginal and rectal pain is significant enough that having pain-free sexual intercourse is impossible. Unfortunately for those individuals who don’t seek treatment, after six months pelvic pain can become chronic. To help treat pelvic pain, your pelvic health physiotherapist will often use manual techniques in combination with pelvic floor retraining. Education about pelvic health can also have an important impact as well.
Pre- and Post Partum Education and Rehabilitation
During pregnancy, some women experience pelvic pain that can affect their ability to walk or sit properly. Sleeping comfortably can also become a thing of the past. Post natally, it is quite common for women to have issues as a result of childbirth. Caesarean sections and episiotomies can cause weakness and pain. Some women experience diastasis recti – a separation of the abdominal wall muscles. Incontinence is quite common as well.
A pelvic health physiotherapist can help every step of the way. The goal is always to prepare the body for labour, reduce discomfort during pregnancy and work proactively to address any issues that may arise after childbirth.
Just as physiotherapy can be applied to any bodily pain, so too can this evidence based practice make a difference when it comes to managing one’s pelvic health. Conditions such as urinary incontinence due to stress or urgency, various pelvic organ prolapse conditions, constipation, chronic pelvic pain, and pre/post-partum conditions experience relief with manipulative therapy and exercise.
Many pelvic health centres will include a physiotherapy department, at Tri City Physiotherapy we bring you one step closer with dedicated therapists who specialize in pelvic health therapy every single day.
Common Pelvic Health Therapy Questions:
Should I be seeing my primary doctor for advice on my pelvic conditions?
Certainly, it’s always good to ensure you are not dealing with more serious issues. However, it’s very common to receive a referral to a physiotherapist following an initial consultation with your regular physician, although it is not required. If you have received treatment or previous examinations, it is recommended to bring all of your past medical evaluations with you to your appointment.
How do I know my pelvic pain isn’t related to a serious condition which requires surgery?
Medically trained, our physiotherapists will evaluate your condition for signs of improvement. Each time you receive treatment from a therapist, you should expect to feel better. Just as with any illness, if progress is not being made, it is important to seek further evaluation. However, statistically, millions of Canadians suffer from pelvic floor issues related to urinary problems, pelvic floor prolapse, pelvic floor pain, and pre and post natal discomfort which is highly treatable with manipulation therapy and exercise.
I’m embarrassed to talk about my urinary problems, how am I assured total privacy?
If you have ever received physiotherapy services before, you may be used to getting treatment in a large room, separated by curtains. This is not the case with pelvic health. Each patient receives evaluation and therapy in a private room with complete compassion for their condition. Remember you are not alone, and many women, more than you know suffer from the same chronic condition. It’s important to receive care now, because even if you wait for as long as 6 months, the delay can hinder your chances for total recovery.
I’ve never heard of physiotherapy when it comes to pelvic health is this new?
While new to Tri City Physiotherapy, physiotherapy for women’s health concerns has been available for many years and is evidence based. Our health care providers are clinically trained to perform vaginal and rectal exams, render treatment, and have received the mandated educational requirements in Canada.
Does treatment hurt and when should I expect improvement?
This is a common question, and while some discomfort may be experienced as you work toward strengthening muscles and tissue work is performed, the ultimate goal remains relief of painful symptoms and discomfort. Depending on the condition you are experiencing, the time frame for recovery may vary. But keep in mind; you should feel you are getting better after the second and third visit with your practitioner.
Tri City Physiotherapy services are covered by most extended health insurance companies and in some cases Veterans Affairs and Medicare – such as OHIP. Not sure if you’re covered? No problem. We can help you find out (and usually within the hour). Just call us 1 (519)-620-2229.
At Tri City Physiotherapy we believe your health should come first. We take care of the paperwork so you can focus on getting better, plus we offer direct insurance billing, saving you time and up front costs.
Learn more about coverage options available at Tri City Physiotherapy
Schedule an appointment today to get the treatment you need, and the care you deserve.