What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Pelvic Health physiotherapy is a postgraduate specialization within the field of physiotherapy that involves the assessment and treatment of various conditions and symptoms that manifest in the pelvic region. It is the first line of defence for conditions such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, post-op care for pelvic procedures and rehabilitation after pregnancy and delivery.
What are common Pelvic Health Symptoms/conditions?
- Overactive bladder
- Difficulty emptying or incomplete emptying
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Rectus Diastasis
- Pelvic pain
- Dyspareunia (pain with intercourse)
- Coccydynia (pain around the tailbone)
- Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation)
- Post-op pelvic procedures (c-sections, hernia repairs, prolapse repairs, hysterectomy)
- Pregnancy and postpartum care and education
- Non-bacterial prostatitis
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SIX08 Health’s integrated, multidisciplinary team enables us to provide comprehensive and individualized care to our patients.
Ashley Lowe – B.SC., M.SC., PT
Born and raised in Lethbridge, Ashley completed her Bachelor of Science at the U of L before advancing to the Masters of Science in Physiotherapy program at the U of A. Ashley has postgraduate training in pelvic health physiotherapy for both men and women, including the assessment and treatment of:
- Incomplete emptying
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pelvic pain
- Diastasis recti
- Post-op for pelvic procedures
- Pregnancy and postpartum care/education
- Pessary fittings
Ashley is passionate about keeping people healthy and happy by allowing them to continue in their chosen physical activity effectively and painlessly. Ashley also has specialized training in strength and conditioning. She utilizes her background and training to provide fitness enthusiasts and individuals who enjoy an active lifestyle with evidence-based, movement and education-focused treatments. Ashley combines these two specializations to facilitate safe and enjoyable engagement and return to sport/activity during pregnancy, post-partum and post-op pelvic procedures. Ashley strongly believes that there is no “one size fits all” approach to healthcare, and her treatments are always individualized for each patient and their unique circumstances.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy FAQ
What conditions can pelvic floor physio help me with?
Diastasis recti, incontinence, pelvic pain, painful intercourse, pelvic organ prolapse, urgency/frequency, overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome, symptoms associated with menopause, constipation, retention, endometriosis, prenatal education/preparation/comfort, postpartum rehab, post-op rehab for pelvic procedures/cancers, return to activity planning and preparation.
What does a pelvic physio assessment involve?
During your initial appointment, your physiotherapist will take a detailed health history to get a clear understanding of your symptoms as well as your goals and lifestyle demands in order to tailor your treatments to your individual situation. You will then be taken through a thorough physical examination including both external and internal components to get a complete and accurate understanding of how the systems in this area function and where your symptoms are stemming from. Upon completion of your assessment, your therapist will discuss both the findings as well as the treatment plan with you.
What is involved in a pelvic physio treatment?
Education, exercises (much more than just kegels!), lifestyle/behavior modifications, bowel/bladder training, manual techniques, biofeedback, electrical muscle stimulation
How often do I need to attend?
The frequency and number of treatments are completely individual – this depends on a number of factors and will be discussed with you during your initial assessment based on what your physiotherapist finds during your exam.
How long are treatments?
All of our assessments are 60 minutes. Treatment times vary depending on what your physiotherapist feels is necessary, but they will always discuss this with you before you book your next appointment. We offer 30, 45 and 60-minute treatment options
Do I need a referral from a doctor to attend?
You do not require a referral from your doctor/OBGYN to attend pelvic floor physiotherapy though if you have seen either we welcome any information they may wish to provide.
Is pelvic Health physiotherapy covered under my extended health insurance?
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is covered under any benefit plan that covers physiotherapy.
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