Women’s Health

What is Women’s Health Physiotherapy?

Women’s Health is an area of treatment interest that addresses a spectrum of issues related to women’s health including: sexual health, maternal health, child birth (pre/post partum), prolapse, incontinence, sport related issues, post surgical conditions and bone health.

What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, or PFD, refers to disorders found within the pelvic floor. Bladder and bowel dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse (descent of the organs) and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction are all forms of PFD.  

As reported by the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia, one in three women in Canada is impacted by some form of PFD, most commonly brought on by childbearing and menopause, the direct costs for treatment of urinary incontinence is over $3.8 billion annually, with indirect costs due to lost workday and productivity estimated at $2.59 billion annually. 

Only 26% of Canadians experiencing incontinence have consulted a health care provider. Physiotherapy is the first choice and most non-invasive approach to treating pelvic health issues including incontinence. Patients can often see results after a few weeks when coupled with treatment and good adherence to their home exercise program. Physiotherapists can help determine the cause of incontinence and assess which treatment is best for the individual, help strengthen pelvic muscles using exercises and biofeedback, establish healthy bladder habits, and assess diets to ensure it is not contributing to incontinence.

Initial appointments are 45 minutes in length and will involve a detailed history and physical exam which may possibly include an internal examination.  After the assessment, a treatment plan will be developed to target the dysfunction and related problems.  This may include prescribed stretching, strength, relaxation and/or recruitment exercises.  Follow up treatment appointments are 30 minutes in length. 

If you have any questions or would like to start treatment in the area of Women’s Health, please contact Lisa Harris at 604-510-9900 or lisa@pureformphysio.ca. When booking an appointment please let the receptionist know that you are wanting to see the Women’s Health physiotherapist.

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