What is the Pelvic Floor?
The Pelvic Floor (PF) is an important group of muscles, nerves, and fascia that sit in the 'saddle' area of your pelvis. These muscles attach to the tailbone at the back of the pelvis, the pubic bone at the front of the pelvis, and the sitz-bones at the sides of your pelvis. Collectively, they play an important role in:
What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Because the pelvic floor is a group of muscles, like any other muscle in the body, it can become too tight, too weak, or uncoordinated. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) occurs due to one or a combination of the following:
How Can Pelvic Physiotherapy Help?
Pelvic Physiotherapists undergo specialized training to assess and treat the muscles of the pelvic floor. Using both internal (vaginal and/or rectal) and external examination techniques, a pelvic physiotherapist can diagnose pelvic floor dysfunction.
During an examination, a Pelvic Physiotherapist will screen your core, low back, hips, and sacroiliac joints, assess your ability to contract and relax the pelvic floor muscles, and determine if there are any psychosocial factors contributing to your symptoms. No system works in isolation, and as such, it is important to understand how you are functioning as a 'whole person' in order to design an effective treatment plan.
What is Orthopaedic Physiotherapy?
Orthopaedic physiotherapy addresses problems that arise from the musculo-skeletal system (i.e. muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and nervous system). These problems may arise from:
How Can Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Help?
Using a variety of assessment techniques, an orthopaedic physiotherapist will perform a thorough examination to determine the root-cause of your symptom(s). Examination may involve a functional movement screen, postural analysis, muscle strength and flexibility testing, and hands-on assessment of joint mobility and soft-tissue integrity (e.g. muscle, ligament, tendon, fascia).
Once the underlying cause is determined, an orthopaedic physiotherapist will use a combination of treatment techniques to address your individual situation. These may include (1) education and advice on home management strategies to assist in recovery and prevent recurrence, (2) specific exercises to address imbalances in muscle function, (3) hands-on manual therapy to help facilitate the body's natural healing response, and (4) any combination of modalities such as acupuncture, ultrasound and neuromuscular stimulation, as indicated.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy involves a number of hands-on treatment techniques that are intended to improve function of the lymphatic, circulatory, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems. By manipulating soft tissue structures of the body, therapeutic massage can help to prevent and alleviate pain and discomfort, improve circulation and speed healing, maintain and/or increase flexibility, and lower stress and anxiety by inducing relaxation.
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In May 2015, Trish Brunelle became one of 17 Canadian Physiotherapists qualified to provide Continuous Labour & Delivery Support. The goal is to use the unique biomechanical knowledge that physiotherapists have, in order to assist in protecting the pelvic floor, spine or other orthopaedic conditions during labour and delivery while working with each family's individual birth plans. One application for birth attendance is accepted each month.
A complete course of care includes:
These services do fall under the scope of physiotherapy care and as such, may be partially covered under many benefit plans. Please contact the clinic if you are interested in more information or booking a consultation for these services.
Low Pressure Fitness/Hypopressives
Our first class offering this fall will be Low Pressure Fitness/Hypopressives. This is a 2 week class and you should leave with a good understanding of how to practice this technique by the end of the second night.
Low Pressure Fitness/Hypopressives can help you with:
During the first class, you will be learning:
You will be expected to practice the technique at least once before the next class. During the second class, we will troubleshoot any issues then go through an entire series of poses, ensuring that close attention is paid to form and technique.
Please check back frequently or contact the clinic to be put on the waiting list for the next class series.
There are only 6 spaces available per class, so please call the clinic at 705-252-8558 to reserve!
Join us on Tuesdays for yoga with Christine Clemmens. Experience the benefits of yoga as you progress through programme of practicing a variety of Hatha yoga styles that will strengthen your body and muscles, quiet and sooth your busy mind, and lovingly reconnect you to self.
As participation is limited to 6 participants, please register early.