Physiotherapy uses evidence-based knowledge of rehabilitation sciences, anatomy, and physiology to treat and manage a full spectrum of injuries and movement patterns. Our physiotherapists at Valeo work to empower, promote independence and improve the quality of life for our patients across all ages and abilities.
What to Expect
The idea of “healthy” and “pain free” will be different for everyone as we all come from different walks of life with different needs and goals. At your first physiotherapy assessment, you can be assured that your physiotherapist will utilize the best tools and techniques to get you to where you would like to be. Examples of types of treatment are listed below.
- Personalized exercise programs designed to improve your strength, range of motion, and function
- Soft tissue release and mobilizations
- Joint mobilization and manipulation to reduce pain and stiffness
- Dry needling to decrease pain and increase activation of your muscles
- Hot and cold packs and modalities to relieve pain, reduce swelling, speed up the healing process, improve movement and function
- Functional activity and tolerance testing
- Environmental change, focusing on removing barriers to function
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
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. They are internal muscles that attach to the front, back and sides of our pelvis, from our pubic bone to our tailbone (coccyx) in a hammock or sling like fashion. The goal of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is to improve pelvic floor function through exercises, lifestyle modifications, education and hands on treatment to decrease and eliminate your symptoms.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
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?
It is very common to have pelvic floor dysfunction, so you are not alone! On average 46% of women over the age of 40 will suffer from one or more pelvic floor dysfunctions. Unfortunately these issues are not limited to our later years, and up to 25% of women aged 14-21 years may also suffer from some sort of pelvic floor dysfunction. Often this is a result of weakness or over activity in the pelvic floor muscles.
The pelvic floor muscles can become dysfunctional through various avenues such as during childbirth; from straining when constipated; with a chronic cough; or from repetitive lifting and high impact gym work if there is poor control through the core. When the pelvic floor muscles are not working properly this can cause an array of symptoms, a few of which are mentioned above.
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, electrical stimulation 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!
Getting Started With Valeo
We know that you'd like to experience what chiropractic at Valeo has to offer. If you have any hesitations or specific questions that you would like to discuss prior to diving in on your new health journey, we would love to sit down and have a no-pressure conversation with you. All of our chiropractors offer FREE 15-minute chats with prospective new patients. No paperwork, no hassle, no pressure. We will be very open with whether we believe we are the right fit for you and will help direct you elsewhere if we are not. Please call to book your free 15 minute chat as our online scheduler does not accommodate for this option.Book An AppointmentGet In Touch