PELVIC HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPY
Pelvic health physiotherapy at Pacific North Wellness is an evidence-based treatment that focuses on the overall health and well-being of our clients with pelvic floor issues. Our pelvic floor physiotherapists are musculoskeletal physios that have additional training and education in pelvic health. We perform a full body assessment and, with your consent, are able to do internal pelvic exams to fully assess your condition.
Pelvic Health services are for all genders and ages.
WHAT WE TREAT
The changes that our bodies go through to carry a baby are incredible! Pelvic health physiotherapists are here to support you and help your body adapt to this new environment. We can provide you with relief by treating some common pregnancy issues including: low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, diastasis recti, tailbone pain, pubic symphysis dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and painful intercourse. Having a pelvic floor assessment during pregnancy can empower you to know how to prep your pelvic floor for birth!
Pelvic health physiotherapy can help your pelvic floor recover after having a baby.
Common birth injuries that can benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy include: perineal trauma (tearing or episiotomy), intravaginal scar tissue, incontinence (bowel/bladder), pelvic organ prolapse, painful intercourse, tailbone pain, diastasis recti, and vaginal dryness. Our physiotherapists will provide you with the education, exercises, and tools to feel successful in this chapter of your life.
Pelvic health physiotherapy can guide you on a safe return to exercise after having a baby. Jumping into high intensity activity after having a baby can put you at risk of pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic health physiotherapy can guide you on exercises to gradually strengthen your core, pelvis, low back, and pelvic floor to prevent dysfunction from occurring or worsening. We can teach you how to progressively load your exercises so you can get back to doing everything you want!
C-sections are considered a major surgery and can impact your core and pelvic floor function.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help with scar tissue management, scar tissue numbness/pain, core strengthening, and pelvic floor strengthening.
Sexual Pain & Dysfunction
Sexual pain has many varying diagnosis but mostly tends to be a combination of pelvic floor tension, hypersensitivity, muscle guarding and sometimes hormonal tissue changes. There are many ways to treat these conditions and some of that includes: pain education and management, creating a sense of safety around the tissues, possible vaginal or rectal exam with feedback to create change in your pain, and possible dilator use.
Bladder & Bowel Disfunction
Urinary incontinence affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 9 men and kegels are often not the answer to fixing this issue. A functional pelvic floor needs to be coordinated, able to move through its full range of motion, strong enough to manage intra-abdominal pressure, and have decreased tension. Physiotherapy can help figure out what's causing your incontinence and develop a treatment plan to reach your goals.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Symptoms of prolapse can be scary. It is important to note that prolapse symptoms and severity (how far the organs are moving into the vaginal canal) do not correlate. This means that you can have severe symptoms with minimal organ descent, or minimal symptoms with objectively a large descent. Physiotherapy will focus on your symptoms and how to manage them! We will assess when you get your symptoms and come up with ways to manage them. This means we will assess and look at your tissue strength, posture, intra-abdominal pressure management, and core control.
Conditions we treat:
Urinary or fecal leakage during coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising
Post menopausal changes
Pre or postpartum people
Pelvic organ prolapse
Pelvic pain with endometriosis
Pelvic pain with or without sexual intercourse
Urgency urinary/fecal incontinence
Bladder pain syndrome
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need a doctor's referral?No referral is necessary for Private or MSP funded patients.
Is Physiotherapy covered by insurance?Yes. Most extended health plans offer coverage for Physiotherapy services. Each company offers different amounts. Some plans have a maximum amount per year, and some plans are unlimited. Physiotherapy is also covered by MSP premium assistance. If you are eligible for premium assistance, MSP will cover $23 per session, for up to 10 sessions per year.
What should I wear to my Physiotherapy appointment?Please wear clothes that can move so we can access the area that needs to be assessed and treated. If you have a knee injury, please bring shorts. If you have a shoulder injury please wear a tank top or a shirt that can be moved to expose the area.
Do you accept ICBC/car accident claims?Yes, we do accept valid ICBC claims. On your first appointment you will need your healthcare card and a valid claim number. You are entitled to accident benefits whether you are at fault or not.
Do you accept WorkSafeBC claims?No, we do not accept WorkSafeBC claims.
What is Dry Needling?Dry Needling is a form of Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). Using acupuncture-like needles, the therapist will place the needle into muscles that have tight bands or “trigger points.” The ultimate goal of Dry Needling is to cause a “twitch response” within the muscle. This can feel like an ache, tightness, or small contraction within the muscle. It is brief and the discomfort typically subsides immediately. The purpose of Dry Needling is to create a neuromuscular change which can help to decrease muscle tension, improve muscle strength and flexibility, and, overall, improve symptoms of pain and dysfunction.