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Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
evidence based, personalized care for every body
What to expect during a Pelvic Health Assessment
At Synergy, all of our therapists have advanced qualifications in both orthopaedic and pelvic health. We are passionate about the prevention and treatment of pelvic health conditions, including:
pre-natal care and post-natal rehabilitation
chronic pelvic pain
athlete pelvic dysfunction
stress and urge urinary incontinence
pain with intercourse
abdominal separation (diastasis recti)
prostate cancer prehab and postsurgical rehab
pre and post operative care, including but not limited to: hysterectomy, cesarean section, top and bottom surgery as well as gender reaffirming surgery
children's pelvic health including incontinence, bedwetting and constipation
The impact of all of these issues can be reduced or eliminated, through the help of physiotherapy techniques such as strengthening, stretching, and trigger point release. If you are struggling with pelvic dysfunction, pelvic health physiotherapy can help you regain control, maximize your function, and improve your well-being.
Wondering what to expect?
At your initial consultation, your physiotherapist will ask about your medical history and your current pelvic issues. Pelvic health physiotherapy typically involves an internal and external examination of the vagina and/or rectum in order to assess and treat the region’s muscles and connective tissue. Clients also receive education about the pelvic floor and its function/dysfunction, as well as home exercises and a combination of home and clinical treatment techniques designed to help resolve their issues.
Many people find it difficult to discuss issues affecting the pelvic region, and our physiotherapists are committed to providing sensitive, confidential care. If there is anything we can do to help you feel comfortable during your Pelvic Floor Assessment or treatments, please let us know. We are happy to communicate with your family doctor, gynaecologist or urologist.
Q: I have an appointment coming up but I'll be on my period. Should I reschedule?
A: It is useful for pelvic health physiotherapists to do an internal exam during all phases of your cycle, so if you are menstruating, you are encouraged to continue with your scheduled appointment. Also, the internal exam is only a small part of our pelvic health care. Our treatment approach incorporates education on self management, external manual therapy and exercise. You can also opt to attend your appointment virtually, but it is not necessary to cancel, as we always have lots to work on.
Q: I am not comfortable having an internal exam? Can you still help me?
A: Yes! Our pelvic health team offer and will explain different treatment options, to ensure you are comfortable and understand your care plan. We are very excited to be the only clinic in the Maritimes using 2D Ultrasound in our pelvic health approach. This ultrasound allows us to see your pelvic floor and core muscles working in real time, and is done externally.