PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPY
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
What is it?
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a specialized branch of physiotherapy involving internal and external assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor muscles. Those muscles are located between the hip bones and the sacrum, and they serve as a hammock/sling to support the pelvic organs including the bladder, colon and uterus.
Why might I need it?
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is becoming more established in the literature as a first-line of defence against incontinence and pelvic pain. You may benefit from this specialized physiotherapy if you have any type of pelvic floor dysfunction, generally classified into two problems: your muscles are overactive (too tight) or they are underactive (too weak).
A tight pelvic floor can contribute to:
urinary frequency and urgency
pain with urination
waking up during the night to urinate
urinary incontinence (loss of urine before making it to the washroom)
constipation, straining or painful bowel movements
sexual dysfunction (inability to have vaginal penetration, or pain with penetration)
A weak pelvic floor can contribute to:
stress incontinence (loss of urine during jumping, running, coughing or sneezing)
pelvic organ prolapse (a pelvic organ shifts out of place creating heaviness or bulging at the vaginal or rectal opening)
Other conditions that pelvic floor physiotherapy can treat are:
Dysmenorrhea (painful periods)
Vulvodynia and Vaginismus
Lichens Simplex, Sclerosis, or Planus
Interstitial Cystitis and Bladder Pain Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
These pelvic conditions can occur during any point in a woman’s life, but commonly after birth or during menopause. Sadly, women think they must live with these symptoms for the remainder of their life, but luckily there is much that can be done to correct these problems and lessen/get rid of symptoms!
Registered Physiotherapist, Pelvic Floor Therapist & Acupuncture Provider
Hoda is a 2007 Physiotherapist University graduate. She is motivated to deliver patient-centric, evidence-based, and professional care to her patients. She has practiced Orthopaedic Physiotherapy for more than 10 years and has worked with Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) related injuries, Workplace Injuries, and Sports Injuries helping people return back to their normal function.
Hoda is also an experienced Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist assessing and treating conditions related to Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pelvic Pain, Urinary Incontinence, Pre-Natal and Post Natal Pelvic Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Endometriosis, and much more.
Hoda has further education in Acupuncture, Vestibular Rehabilitation, and Concussion Therapy. She is committed to promoting patients’ overall health through lifestyle modifications that improve overall function.
Hoda enjoys Pilates, walking, watching a movie, playing piano, cooking, and playing games with her family.
Registered Physiotherapist, Pelvic Floor Therapist - Level 1
Oriane graduated with a B.Sc. Physiotherapy (Hons) degree from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and has spent the last five years building her professional career in private practice in Harare, Zimbabwe. Her main approach to treatment is manual therapy and active rehabilitation at times combined with a range of techniques such as electrotherapy, dry needling, Kinesiology taping, Maitland, McKenzie, and Mulligan techniques only to name a few.
Oriane is a tireless and enthusiastic Physiotherapist who is passionate about her work. She has been working as an Orthopaedic Physiotherapist for over five years and highly prioritizes patient outcomes. Oriane enjoys a deep personal reward from her work and her love for what she does is reflected in each and every session.
Oriane is a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist assessing and treating conditions related mainly to Urinary Incontinence.
Oriane has also taken a special interest in correcting poor posture. The increase in time spent on devices has led to an increase in poor posture in school-aged children, teenagers, and adults alike. Although back devices are helpful, Oriane says the best way to correct poor posture is through education, stretching, and strengthening exercises that target specific muscles.
When Oriane is not working, she enjoys spending time at home with her family, going for long walks, and bracing herself for her first Canadian winter!