Is Pelvic Floor Physio for me?
At MOMENTUM, our pelvic floor physiotherapist, Raina Hawthorne, helps women to rehabilitate their pelvic floor muscles. These are the muscles that are located around the opening of the urethra, the vagina and the rectum. Often these pelvic floor muscles can weaken due to pregnancy and childbirth, surgery, holding onto excess weight, repetitive heavy lifting or age. When these muscles weaken or are overactive, symptoms such as urinary incontinence or urgency, prolapse, pelvic pain, and diastasis recti may be noticed. The good news is that pelvic floor physiotherapy can help!
Should I See a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist?
If you are experiencing any of the following, visiting our pelvic floor physiotherapist can be of assistance to you!
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
You are pregnant and currently in at least the second trimester
You have given birth in the past - including both vaginal and c-section deliveries, and have had your six week follow-up with your physician
Will Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Help?
Yes! Research has shown that pelvic floor physiotherapy is internationally recognized as the treatment of choice for urinary incontinence and prolapse.
What Should I Expect at my First Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Appointment?
Your physiotherapist will be working with you one-on-one for the entire duration of your pelvic floor physiotherapy appointment. She will:
Conduct all assessment and treatment, one-on-one, in a private treatment room
Take your medical history to ensure understanding of what is occurring
Screen out conditions that may require medical intervention and will inform your doctor of any findings - with your consent
Discuss your lifestyle needs
Perform a thorough physical assessment which may include examination of your back, pelvis, sacrum, pelvic floor muscles, and nerve function
The gold standard for conducting a pelvic floor assessment includes completing an internal vaginal and/or rectal exam. An internal exam is done by our pelvic floor physiotherapist inserting one gloved finger into the vaginal or rectal canal. This allows her to fully assess the strength and function of your pelvic floor muscles and organs.
Prescribe an individualized treatment plan that will include one-on-one treatments, and custom exercises to ensure you reach optimal success!
Do I Need a Doctor Referral to Receive Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Treatment?
No! As with all physiotherapy services in Alberta, a doctor referral is not required to access services. All pelvic floor assessments and treatments are also eligible for direct billing to your extended health benefit plan, should you have additional benefits through your employer. MOMENTUM is happy to offer direct billing to most insurance companies.
Raina Hawthorne, is a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist at MOMENTUM Physical Therapy in Okotoks, AB. In addition to her Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy, Raina has completed additional specialized training in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. As a mom, Raina understands the importance of pelvic floor health and loves helping women overcome their concerns with their own pelvic floor muscles.
In addition to the completion of specialized training in assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor, Raina has also completed additional coursework in yoga training and how it pertains to pelvic health. If you’re interested in learning how yoga can improve your pelvic floor muscles, be sure to call Raina today! 403-982-5600.
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