Registered Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) provides services to individuals to help assess and treat injuries and ultimately restore movement and function throughout their lifespan. Physiotherapists are rehabilitation specialists. They use the knowledge and skills unique to their profession in the assessment, education, treatment and prevention of various injuries and illnesses.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Pelvic health physiotherapy is the assessment and treatment of conditions involving the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor consists of muscles, ligaments, nerves, and connective tissue, and plays an integral role in supporting our pelvic organs. It is also a key component of the “inner core”. Like other areas of the body, when components of the pelvic floor are not working as they should, dysfunction may result.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is often discussed in the context of pregnancy, and can cause pain, urinary incontinence, and fecal incontinence, amongst other symptoms, which can significantly affect our quality of life. There is increasing research to support the role of physiotherapy in the management of these conditions during pregnancy and postpartum.
Physiotherapists are trained to recognize when an individual may benefit from referral to more specialized care. Book today to see whether our approach is right for you!
Physiotherapy for Vertigo
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a sudden, brief, non-life-threatening condition triggered by change in head position that causes a sensation of spinning, either inside of your head or in the external environment. In BPPV, calcium carbonate crystals become dislodged and migrate into the semi-circular canals in the ear. This interferes with signals to the brain, leading to the spinning sensation and imbalance associated with vertigo. Common symptoms of BPPV may include dizziness / spinning sensation, loss of balance / unsteadiness, nausea, vomiting and abnormal eye movements (nystagmus).
A number of our trained physiotherapists can perform a series of specific head movements on the patient to reduce BPPV symptoms. These maneuvers make use of gravity to guide the displaced crystals back into the correct chamber in the inner ear, thus eliminating the symptoms associated with BPPV.