Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?

Pelvic Health Physiotherapists are Physiotherapists that have taken advanced training to perform specific pelvic exams to assess and treat their patients.

In your treatment, a pelvic floor therapist will use a variety of treatment strategies including: education, bowel/bladder retraining, therapeutic taping, exercise prescription and hands on therapy to address the patients concerns.

A Pelvic Health Physiotherapist works one on one with the patient to address health concerns, including:

  • Urinary issues such as incontinence (leaking), urgency, and frequency
  • Bowel issues such as constipation
  • Pre-natal care for pregnancy related pain and optimizing for pelvic floor function
  • post-natal care for pain, prolapse, incontinence, return to activity or sport
  • pelvic pain; both internal and external
  • pre and post surgical
  • pain and or difficulty with intercourse
Women's Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

What to expect during your Pelvic Health Physiotherapy treatment

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At your initial assessment, your physiotherapist will spend time discussing your current pelvic health concerns, as well as your relevant past medical history.  After taking a detailed medical history, your pelvic health physiotherapist will complete a physical assessment to determine your best treatment plan. During your visit, you can expect a private, respectful, safe and inclusive setting for the entirety of your assessment and follow up treatment sessions.  All appointments will be one on one with a female therapist.

As part of the assessment, an internal pelvic assessment may be performed to assess the function of your pelvic floor muscles, connective tissues, and nerves. The internal pelvic exam is used to assess for pelvic floor dysfunctions such as muscular weakness, prolapse, and tension and will be used as a part of a broader physical assessment (which may include looking at regions such as your mid back, low back, hips, sacrum, and abdomen). 

After a treatment session, all patients should expect a better understanding of how their pelvic floor works, and will have a plan in place for what the next steps are.

Prairie Therapy Pelvic Health Physiotherapists:

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Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I need a Doctor's referral or prescription?

No, you do not need a physician’s referral to see a physiotherapist. Very occasionally your insurance company may request a physician’s referral in order to process your claim.

Will my extended healthcare pay for Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?

Yes, most extended health care providers cover physiotherapy treatments. However, all policies are different - some may cover only a certain percentage of physio and there is usually a maximum limit. We recommend you check your policy or contact your provider to confirm what services are available to you. We can direct bill for physiotherapy with most insurance providers. Contact our team to confirm that we can set up direct billing for you.

Can I come in for treatment while I am pregnant?

Yes, pelvic health assessments and treatments are safe and encouraged during pregnancy from the 12th week and onward.

Is there any time of my cycle that I should not come in for treatment?

No, you are able to come in for treatment at any time that you are comfortable.  But, if you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact the clinic.

Can I bring my baby?

Absolutely! Babies are more than welcome to come for your treatment, and we will accommodate the best that we can to make sure that you are able to get the treatment that you need