Physiotherapy treats and manages a full spectrum of injuries and movement patterns using evidence-based knowledge of rehabilitation sciences, anatomy and physiology. Our physiotherapists at Valeo work to empower, promote independence and improve the quality of life for our patients across all ages and abilities.
Dry Needling/ Medical Acupuncture
Dry needling and Medical Acupuncture use fine and flexible sterile needles to reduce muscle tension and stimulate healing in the fascial tissue, nerves and joints. The needles are inserted through the skin into the underlying tissues and muscles at specific points known as myofascial trigger points. When the twitch response is obtained the muscle is released.
A useful conjunctive method of treatment to help relieve muscle spasm/tension, decrease pain and promote normal nerve function and joint mobility.
Vestibular rehabilitation is a form of therapy that is utilized for those with concussions, vertigo, dizziness and balance issues. The therapy works to compensate, habituate or retrain the vestibular system and brain to reduce the frequency and/or intensity of symptoms.
Common symptoms of vestibular issues include
- Dizziness or feeling off balance
- Falling or stumbling
- Feeling as if you are floating or the world is spinning
- Nausea and vomiting
- Visual sensitivities such as difficulties with screens, light, reading
- Functioning in busy places
Not limited to our later years, a large number of women will suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction beginning as early as 14 and more commonly with women in their 40’s. The Pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscles that play an important role in supporting our bladder and bowel, as well as aid in sexual function.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy aims to improve pelvic floor function through exercises, lifestyle modifications, education and hands on treatment to decrease and eliminate your symptoms.
Common Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
- Urinary incontinence when you laugh, sneeze, cough, or jump/run
- Urinary frequency, urgency, hesitancy, painful urination
- Fecal incontinence or staining when you have an urge for a bowel movement
- Constipation, straining, or pain with bowel movements
- Unexplained pain in your low back, pelvic region, hips, genital area, or rectum
- Pain during or after intercourse, orgasm, or sexual stimulation
- Pain with inserting a tampon
- Muscle spasm in the vaginal or rectal region
What does a Pelvic Floor Assessment and Treatment involve?
Pelvic floor dysfunction is diagnosed by using internal and external “hands-on” or manual techniques to evaluate the function of the pelvic floor muscles’ ability to contract and relax. The therapist will also assess your lower back, hips and sacroiliac joints to determine if any other structures are contributing to your pelvic floor dysfunction. Treatment depends on your particular condition but can include techniques to relax hypertonic muscles, strengthening exercises if there is weakness, manual therapy, biofeedback, and general physiotherapy management if other issues are contributing to your pelvic floor dysfunction. You will also ALWAYS learn self management techniques and education on how to manage, improve and eliminate your issues.
It is important to realize that pelvic floor pain and dysfunction is not normal, and it can be addressed!