Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Even though pelvic floor challenges are common, they are treatable and you should not have to live with them. Pelvic Health Physiotherapy can help you regain control, maximize function and recovery, and improve your well being.
Pelvic health physiotherapy can assist at any age, any stage….
Reproductive endocrinologists (aka fertility specialists) now recognize the additional benefits of physiotherapists who have advanced training in gynecological conditions on improving fertility. Many conditions that cause pelvic pain, such as endometriosis, interstitial cystitis and pelvic congestion syndrome have also been connected to infertility and the synchronized intervention by physicians and physiotherapists is becoming increasingly more necessary for successful outcomes. Our team of pelvic health physiotherapists uses a combination of evidence-based manual therapies, neuro-modulation techniques and exercise prescription to optimizing the health of the pelvic region for enhanced receptivity for conception.
Pelvic girdle pain is very common during pregnancy and is characterized by pain in the pelvic region that is worse when changing position such as rolling over in bed. In addition to treating this problem through application of advanced international training in obstetrical care, our team assists women during pregnancy to maximize physical function and best prepare women for optimal birth and function post-birth. Research studies confirm that women who learn how to properly train their pelvic floors during pregnancy have shorter less painful labors, less soft tissue damage and faster recoveries.
Learn about The Bump Method, Pre & Postnatal Workout Series, developed by our own Dr Sinead Dufour & Nikki Bergen of The Belle Method http://thebellemethod.com/video-courses/
To purchase the The Bump Method exercise videos for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Trimesters and Beyond: http://thebellemethod.com/video-courses/
In France, every woman is assessed and treated if necessary by a pelvic floor physiotherapist after giving birth. Our pelvic floor muscles are just like any other skeletal muscle in our body and they need to be restored after the feat of childbirth.
Through specialization in pelvic floor rehabilitation, our team of pelvic health physiotherapists ensure that the lingering causes of pelvic or back pain, bladder issues (“leaking with laughing”), connective tissue separation of their abdomen (“mummy tummy”) are all corrected for optimal physical function.
New developments in Diastasis Recti: Interview with Sinead Dufour
The signal of menopause is womens’ lives is a life transition in which the body, including the pelvis changes due to fluctuations in hormones, namely a reduction in estrogen. Women’s bodies love estrogen so accommodating to lower levels of this hormone can result in some unpleasant symptoms. Bone and bladder health are two areas of key consideration during this time. Applying their expertise in urogynecology, our team of pelvic health physiotherapists can assist women to restore their bladder function and optimize overall mobility through strategies to prevent functional decline.
What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse? Dr. Sinead shares her expertise with you HERE
Dr. Sinead Dufour, PhD and physiotherapist shares her personal story about recovering from birthing twins, coping with diastasis recti and dealing with dyspareunia (painful intercourse) after becoming a mom.
Join our Physiotherapists and Core Specialist for a Restore Your Core Workshop!
An internal examination is required to treat all pelvic floor dysfunctions.
INITIAL CONSULTATION: $135
FOLLOW UP VISIT: $90
Pfilates: The WOMB offers Pelvic Floor Pilates (pfilates) to women who have been referred by our pelvic health physiotherapists for additional exercise therapy to restore the pelvic floor and/or diastasis recti. These classes are covered by physiotherapy benefits and are 3 classes for the price of one physiotherapy session.
Cost: 3 sessions for $90 (no HST).
If you have been referred to a class, you can register in person or by calling The WOMB. Private sessions are also available for $90 per session.
Tuesdays 12:30 - 1:30PM
Wednesdays 9:45 - 10:45AM
Tuesdays 12:30 - 1:30PM
Thursdays 7:00 - 8:00PM
Pelvic Health Courses
Advanced Topics and in Perinatal Care: Application of Rehabilitation Principals
This 1-day course is for pelvic health physiotherapists, primary health care providers and fitness professionals interested in women's health. The course provides practical, evidence-based knowledge related to considerations and associated interventions with the pregnant and postpartum client. Didactic instruction includes:
- a very brief overview pelvic anatomy and physiologic changes in pregnancy
- an overview of pregnancy related pelvic floor dysfunctions
- urinary incontinence
- pelvic organ prolapse
- pelvic girdle pain
- diastasis rectus abdominus
- an overview of current pain science (inclusive of new insights related to the microbiome!) and neurophysiologic education as it relates to pregnancy and birth
- an overview of rehabilitation and fitness informed strategies across the perinatal care (pre-natal, intrapartum and post-partum).
- an overview of preventative strategies for pelvic floor injury dysfunction through labour and delivery.
- advanced clinical decision making with these populations will be discussed.
The didactic aspect of this course will be broken up with practice of a few key exercise interventions.
NO internal pelvic floor techniques are taught at this course.
Unlike other women’s health courses, this course will integrate findings from four recent and ongoing studies led Dr. Sinéad Dufour.
Dufour S, Vandyken B, Forget MJ, and Vandyken C (2017). Association between Lumbopelvic Pain and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in Women: A Cross Sectional Study. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice (IP)
Dufour S, Bernard S, Murray-Davis B, Graham N (2017). Establishing best practice principles for pregnancy-related diastasis rectus abdominis: A consensus study. The Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy (IP).
Clark-Smith M, Dufour S, Cryan J, O’Mahony S (2017). Stress reduction therapy improves symptoms of pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain and reduces salivary cortisol. University College Cork Ireland/McMaster Univeristy Canada Collaboration.
Daniel S, Alaniz G, DeGroote Y, Dufour S (2017). Towards understanding pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain. Physiotherapy Canada (IP).
Bio: Dr. Sinéad Dufour
Dr. Sinéad Dufour is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University. Faculty of Health Science. She teaches and conducts research in both the School of Rehabilitation Science and the School of Medicine.
Her current research interests include: conservative and lifestyle approaches to manage pelvic pain, concordant approaches to prevent pelvic floor dysfunctions, technologies to support pelvic floor rehabilitation, and interprofessional collaborative practice models of service provision. Sinéad stays currently clinically through her work as the Director of Pelvic Health Services at The World of my Baby (the WOMB) in Milton, Ontario. She has worked as a physiotherapist for over a decade with an emphasis on treating lumbo-pelvic concerns and a more recent focus in obstetrics and urogynaecology.
Sinéad is an associate of Pelvic Health Solutions and a member of the Urogynaecology Committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
Appointments are available Mondays through Saturdays. Call or Book online.
INITIAL CONSULTATION: $125 (1 hour)
FOLLOW UPS: $90 (30-60 minutes)
The 'After Baby' AB Tank and Wrap
Providing support to the healing connective tissues and muscles, belly wrapping is an age old tradition that inspired Pelvienne Fitness to design a modern day version so moms, like yourself, could reap the benefits without being subjected to the tedious wrapping and inability to move and breathe. We also believe that wrapping alone is also not enough. An 8 week core confidence exercise program is coupled with the AB Tank and Wrap to provide a holistic solution to help you heal and rebuild from the inside out so not only do you have the flat tummy you want but you are also a stronger mummy too!
The AB tank is designed to fit under the bust to allow for breastfeeding while keeping your belly covered and supported no matter where you are - even when doing your Core Confidence exercises!
We recommend that the AB Tank and Wrap be purchased while you are still pregnant so you have it to put on immediately postpartum in order to take advantage of the most critical healing time for diastasis - the first 8 weeks postpartum.
Purchase your AB Tank in person at THE WOMB or Online!
Pelvic health problems are intensely private and can be challenging to discuss.
Visit The WOMB in Milton or Burlington to meet our empathetic (can’t think of what to change that word to but it seems weird) physiotherapists.
Pelvic Health and Physiotherapy
Pelvic floor dysfunctions are more common than you might think, but we don’t talk about them! If you suffer from incontinence, bowel issues, unexplained vaginal pain or post pregnancy issues, you should know that you are not alone!
Visit us for pelvic health rehabilitation using safe and drug-free treatments. Physiotherapy is becoming increasingly more established as a first line of defence against incontinence and pelvic pain.
We can help with incontinence, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction and more
Pelvic health is a good investment in your future!
Physiotherapy for Pregnant Women
Pelvic health physiotherapy is the assessment treatment, and education surrounding the various conditions related to the pelvic floor muscles and the surrounding pelvic girdle. Through pregnancy and labour, the pelvic floor may experience unexpected changes and challenges of which physiotherapists can play an integral role in any woman's prenatal life and postpartum recovery.
Visit us if you are experiencing issues such as incontinence, pelvic, hip or back pain, prolapse or diastasis. Our workshops and physiotherapy classes can improve your quality of life.
You will leave our classes feeling grounded, calm and revitalized