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Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Downtown Ottawa

Are you one of many individuals suffering in silence from a pelvic health condition, such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual dysfunction or pelvic pain?

Sadly, these conditions are known to negatively impact your day-to-day life and long-term health, regardless of your age and gender.

MOOV’s Pelvic Health Rehab program delivers care to a gender-inclusive population and can help you! Our rostered Physiotherapists strive to help clients like you, overcome their pelvic health dysfunction with solutions that integrate clinical findings and your individual goals.

Whereas traditionally pelvic health issues were d

ealt with isolated pelvic floor exercises such as Kegel exercises, we have taken Pelvic Health Physiotherapy a step further by focusing on function!  Our success lies in implementing the most relevant strategies and exercises for you while following up-to-date evidence-based clinical guidelines. We guarantee the treatment you receive will be comprehensive, relevant and meaningful to you.    

 

What Is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is an evidence-based specialized form of physiotherapy that focuses on the muscles, ligaments and tissues in the pelvic region of the body. Pelvic Health Physiotherapy aims to improve the function and strength of these muscles and alleviate pain or discomfort in the pelvic area. Our practices are based on gold-standard research and allow our physiotherapists to be able to evaluate the condition of your pelvic floor and create a plan of care for ongoing treatment.

 

 

What Is the Pelvic Floor?

The pelvic floor is a hammock-shaped network of muscles, fascia, and nerves that runs from your pubic bone in the front to your tailbone in the back.  Together, your pelvic floor attaches your pelvis and spine, creating stability throughout your body’s core.  Everyone has a pelvic floor, however, there are some anatomical differences between sexes.

The 5 Functions of the Pelvic Floor, are as follows:

  1. Supports the internal pelvic organs (bladder, rectum, and uterus).
  2. Provides Stability through the hips, pelvis, and low back.
  3. Sphincteric control for effective voiding of the bladder and rectum.
  4. Role in Sexual arousal and orgasm for best sexual satisfaction.
  5. Sump pump to assist the circulatory and lymphatic systems for fluid and venous return from the lower body to the heart

The 3 Main Components of a Pelvic Health Assessment

  1. A detailed review of your health history including your urological, digestive, gynecological and musculoskeletal systems to better understand how they impact your symptoms.
  2. A comprehensive assessment of posture, breathing, movement patterns, mobility and physical strength to discover how they influence your pelvic health.
  3. A thorough evaluation of your pelvic region which may include internal palpation, to assess your true ability to recruit and relax the muscles of your pelvic floor.

Gender-Inclusive Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Downtown Ottawa

At MOOV, our Pelvic Health Rehab program offers comprehensive assessments and treatments for a variety of musculoskeletal and pelvic health conditions to a gender-inclusive clientele. 

 

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy for Women:

Pregnancy

  • Preparing for labor and delivery.
  • Pain relief through pregnancy for conditions such as pelvis pain, low back pain, sciatica, symphysis pubis pain, sacroiliac pain, tailbone pain, incontinence, prolapse, rib pain, thoracic pain, hemorrhoids, varicose veins.
  • Individually curated wellness and fitness exercise program to stay physically active and fit through out the duration of your pregnancy.

Postpartum:

We also offer postpartum healing services with include:

  • Care and guidance during the first 6 weeks postpartum.
  • 6 weeks Pelvic Floor postpartum (re)assessment and associated treatment to address weakness, sensitivity, ligamentous/ fascial support, posture, core, and breathing patterns.
  • Management of abdominal separation (Diastasis Rectus Abdominus)
  • DeQuervain Tenosynovitis (Mommy’s thumb)
  • Pain relief and management of pelvis pain, low back pain, symphysis pubis pain, sacroiliac pain, tailbone pain, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, prolapse, rib pain, thoracic pain, neck and shoulder pain.
  • Individualized wellness and fitness exercise program to guide you to your desired level of physical activity and fitness

Reproductive System:

MOOV Pelvic Health Physiotherapists also offer solutions to females struggling with:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginismus (involuntary contraction of the pelvic floor muscles)
  • Dyspareunia (pain/ discomfort experienced before, during or after sexual penetration)
  • Clitoral pain
  • Vulvodynia
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Uterine, Cystocele, Rectocele
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause and Perimenopause associated signs and symptoms
  • Hysterectomy

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy for Men:

Men can also benefit from MOOV's Pelvic Health services, which address concerns such as:

  • Erectile dysfunctions.
  • Pain during arousal or intercourse.
  • Non-bacterial prostatitis.
  • Prehab & Rehab for prostatectomy.

 

Pelvic Health Is for Everyone:

In addition to treatment specific to men and women, Pelvic Floor physiotherapy is a non-invasive and effective treatment option for urinary issues such as:

  • Urinary incontinence: Stress, Urge, Mixed.
  • Overactive bladder.
  • Urine retention/ difficulty with bladder emptying.

Through a personalized treatment plan, patients can learn how to control and manage their urinary symptoms, ultimately improving their quality of life.

MOOV Physiotherapy also provides care for rectal disorders, such as:

  • Fecal incontinence (leakage of stool).
  • Pain with passing bowel movements.
  • Constipation.
  • Rectal prolapse

 

Overall, MOOV's goal is to help patients achieve optimal pelvic health and well-being through specialized assessments and treatments that address a wide range of conditions associated with the pelvic area.

 

How Effective is Pelvic Floor Therapy?

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is a highly effective evidence-based treatment that reduces pain and discomfort, improves bladder and bowel control and eliminates pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.  At MOOV, our practice is based on gold-standard research and is used as a first line of intervention to treat a variety of common issues.

Your experienced physiotherapist will assess your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan that may include a variety of techniques, including exercise programs to strengthen or relax your pelvic floor muscles, manual therapy techniques to improve mobility and posture, and lifestyle modifications to help manage symptoms.  

 

When Should You Consult a Pelvic Floor Physio?

When it comes to pelvic floor physiotherapy, the earlier you start, the better. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to your pelvic floor such as urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, or pelvic pain, it is important you seek help from a qualified pelvic health physiotherapist as soon as possible. Early intervention can help reduce your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is also beneficial if you are pregnant, to relieve common aches and pains women often experience during pregnancy and to help your body prepare for childbirth.  It is also extremely valuable during the postpartum period to assist you in the recovery and guide you to a successful return to fitness and athleticism free of pelvic health symptoms.

Discover our MOOV Strong & MOOV to Run Specialty Programs to find out how they can be an integrative part of your Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy in Downtown Ottawa!

 

 

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A detailed examination of your bladder, bowel and gynecological health history to better understand its impact on your life.

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A comprehensive initial assessment of posture, breath, mobility and physical strength to discover how they influence your pelvic health.

A thorough evaluation of your pelvic floor using internal palpation, to assess your true ability to recruit and relax the muscles of your pelvic floor.

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The Pelvic Health Assessment Typically Includes 3 Main Components

MOOV Pelvic Health Rehabilitation offers assessment and treatment of various musculoskeletal and pelvic health conditions associated with women’s health including but not limited to:

  • Pregnancy and postpartum health and fitness
  • Pelvic girdle pain: coccyx, sacro-Iliac joint, symphysis pubis
  • Urinary incontinence (stress, urge, frequency)Pelvic organ prolapse (cystocele, rectocele, uterine, vaginal vault)
  • Diastasis rectus abdominus
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Post abdominal surgery rehab: cesarean delivery, hysterectomy, abdominoplasty, hernia repair
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction

Discover our MOOV Strong & MOOV to Run Specialty Programs to find out how they can be an integrative part of your Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy in Downtown Ottawa!

 

 

FAQs About Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Is Pelvic Floor Physio Worth It?

Yes, a pelvic floor physiotherapist is definitely worth it! Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help to reduce pain and discomfort, improve bladder and bowel control, and eliminate pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. It can also help to improve posture, mobility, and overall quality of life. Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for many conditions related to the pelvic floor including urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain.

Can a Physio Help With Pelvic Floor?

Is Pelvic Floor Therapy Covered by Insurance in Canada?

When Should You Start Pelvic Floor Physio?

Yes, pelvic floor therapy is covered by insurance in Canada. Depending on your specific health plan, you may be able to receive coverage for pelvic floor physiotherapy services. Coverage will vary depending on the province and type of insurance plan you have. Generally speaking, most private health plans will cover some or all of the cost of pelvic floor physiotherapy services. It is important to check with your insurance provider to determine what is covered.

When it comes to pelvic floor physiotherapy, the earlier you start, the better. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to your pelvic floor such as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, or pelvic pain, it is important to seek help from a qualified pelvic health physiotherapist as soon as possible. Early intervention can help reduce symptoms and improve overall quality of life. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can also be beneficial for pregnant women and postpartum women to help prepare the body for childbirth and recovery.

Yes, an experienced physiotherapist can help with pelvic floor weakness and other issues. Physiotherapy is an effective treatment for many conditions related to the pelvic floor including urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain. A physiotherapist can assess your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan that may include exercise programs to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, manual therapy techniques to improve mobility and posture, and lifestyle modifications to help manage symptoms.