Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Men, women, and children can benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy, when appropriate. It helps with bowel and bladder dysfunction, pelvic pain, organ prolapse, prenatal and postpartum issues and sexual dysfunction.

Do you pee when you laugh, sneeze or cough? Do you avoid running, jumping, or playing with your kids out of fear of embarrassing leaks? When you have the urge to pee can you hold it, or do you panic and run to the bathroom? Do you experience irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, or incomplete emptying?

Pelvic floor physiotherapy may be able to help.

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What is the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is essentially a sling or “hammock” of muscles/connective tissue that runs from the pubic bone at the front to the tailbone at the back. This sling gives support to your bladder, bowel/colon, cervix/uterus (in females).

What is pelvic floor physiotherapy?

Much like a physiotherapist can help with other musculoskeletal issues in the body (shoulder, hip, etc) the pelvic floor is no different. A physiotherapist with pelvic floor training can help address issues related to the pelvic floor. Pelvic floor Physiotherapy can also address issues related to your pelvic girdle (the bones of your pelvis).

When should I see a Physiotherapist?

If you are suffering from any of the issues listed below you could potentially benefit from pelvic floor rehabilitation:

  • Bladder or bowel incontinence/leakage
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Bladder or bowel urgency
  • Overactive bladder
  • Pain in the pelvic floor, pelvic girdle, hips or low back
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Diastatis recti
  • If you are pregnant or postpartum and dealing with any of the above issues or wanting to be assessed for preventative measures

What does a pelvic floor assessment involve?

You first pelvic floor physiotherapy appointment will involve your therapist completing a detailed subjective history and then a physical assessment will be completed.

The gold standard for assessing the pelvic floor is a pelvic exam (vaginal and or rectal depending on your symptoms and if you are male or female). However, if you are not comfortable with a pelvic exam there are other methods for assessment.

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy expertise you can trust.

Jenna was raised in the Northern Interlake in the small town of St. Martin. She attended high school right here in town at ACS graduating in 2005.

From a young age, Jenna knew she wanted to have a profession in healthcare. After seeing a physiotherapist for sports injuries in high school and then doing some soul searching in University, it became clear that physiotherapy was the profession she was looking for.

Jenna graduated from University of Manitoba with her Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy in 2010. Since then she has worked in both public and private healthcare settings and has gained a lot of valuable experience from both. Jenna holds the strong belief that you should always continue to learn and therefore has taken various courses over the years.

In 2018 Jenna realized her strong passion for pelvic floor rehabilitation and since then has completed levels 1, 2 and 3 with Pelvic Health Solutions. She is particularly passionate about pre and postnatal care and considers herself a “birth junkie”. Most recently she has completed a Labour and Delivery course to further her knowledge in pre and postnatal care as well as the option to attend births for support.

Jenna deeply values the importance of truly listening to her patients and their goals and giving them the education and methods to become independent. You can often hear her saying “I am your guide”. Other favourite quotes of hers include “motion is lotion for your joints”, “your best posture is your next posture” and “all or something”.

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Canadian Physiotherapy Association