My name is Suzanne and I am both a Registered Physiotherapist and a Registered Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. I started at ANCHOR a little over a month ago and am absolutely loving it.
I am going to be writing Pelvic Health related blog posts monthly for the Sunday Rundown. For the first post, I wanted to stick to the basics; what exactly IS Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?
As a Physiotherapist, I am trained to help people restore, maintain and maximize their strength, function, movement, and overall well-being. The same goes for the down there area, aka the pelvic floor!
The pelvic floor is made of a group of muscles, just like any other body part! Actually, the pelvic floor consists of muscles, ligaments, nerves, and connective tissue, and plays an integral role in supporting our pelvic organs. Additionally, it is a key component of the “inner core”. Like in other areas of the body, when components of the pelvic floor are not working as they should, dysfunction may result.
I have special training to complete an internal pelvic floor assessment (yes… internal) which helps me to better assess, diagnose and treat several pelvic-related conditions. Some of these conditions include:
• Urinary or bowel incontinence
• Urinary or bowel urgency and/or frequency
• Nocturia (repeatedly waking at night to urinate)
• Pelvic organ prolapse
• Chronic/unexplained low back, hip, or pelvic pain
• Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle, pubic or low back pain
• Vaginismus/vulvodynia (spasm or pain with intercourse or tampon insertion)
• Interstitial Cystitis
I also have a keen interest in helping women throughout all stages of pregnancy, including the pre, peri, and postnatal stages. I aim to help women feel supported, prepared, empowered, and educated throughout pregnancy, during labor and delivery, postnatally, and years after that!
I am in the ANCHOR clinic Wednesday mornings. Stay tuned for future blog posts on Pelvic Health-related topics!
May your day be relaxed and your pelvic floor strong,