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What to expect during treatment...

Assessments:  60 minutes

Treatments:  30 or 45 minutes

Physiotherapy with a global approach and one-to-one, undivided attention in a comfortable setting.  Each person is unique, and there is no 'recipe' treatment for any specific condition.  Assessments and treatment plans are individually tailored to meet the needs of the person.

Education:  My goal is that you take control of your own health and well-being!  My aim is that you....

  • understand your condition

  • understand the pain system and the difference between acute and chronic pain

  • could explain your condition if you had to

  • know which habit or lifestyle modifications can help your manage your symptoms

  • know which exercises to use and when, and how to make a safe progression with exercise toward your goal in treatment

  • have the tools you need to help yourself = your survival kit


Manual Therapy for Joints:

  • This involves a hands-on assessment, joints are moved or mobilized and manipulated to restore motion and reduce pain.  This may involve spinal or peripheral joints depending on your needs.


Myofascial Release:

  • This is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into muscle and connective tissue restrictions to reduce pain, and restore motion and tissue health

Fascial/Connective Tissue Release:

  • This is a safe, very gentle hands-on technique that involves gentle pressure to treat a band or sheet of connective tissue, made of primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs, to reduce pain, restore motion and tissue health


Neural techniques:  this can include...

  • down-regulating techniques to calm a sensitive nervous system

  • assessment of sensitivity of the peripheral nerves (the outer branches the supply the muscles and skin) and their mobility

  • neuromodulation techniques that desensitize sensitive nerve so that they react to touch in a healthier way

  • neurodynamic techniques, gentle manual nerve mobilization that allows the nerves to move freely through tissues with less pain

  • exercises that encourage the nerves to keep moving through the tissues


Home Exercise Prescription:

  • a safe, gradual progression of exercises based on the problem list identified on assessment

  • based on your needs, these may include: relaxation techniques, flexibility for the muscles and joints, postural advice and corrections, strength exercises, core exercises to improve stability of the abdomen in the post-partum, and lumbo-pelvic stability

  • There will be functional progressions to keep you moving toward your goals

  • These will be matched to your interests and fitness goals (either you love yoga or spin class - we will work within your interests!)


Tools for Home = this is your survival kit.  I want you to get better and stay better by knowing how to help yourself!

  • You will be taught, actually shown how to treat yourself using hands on techniques

  • There may be techniques to downregulate, or turn off the ‘fight or flight’ mode of the nervous system that can be part of pain, bladder, and bowel dysfunctions

  • A specific set of exercises that are tailored for you in maintaining improvements and working on the areas you need

  • All of your survival tools will be given to you on handouts to keep for as long as you need


Guidance in products - advice may be given on which...

  • personal care products advice, which to avoid and which brands are best

  • products to buy for pain management or independent self-treatment


Collaboration with other health care providers:

  • We work best as a team, I will always have my ‘go-to’ team mates, because sometimes we can’t cover it all in physiotherapy

  • Other team-members I will co-treat with on a per patient, as needed basis are: osteopaths, acupuncturists, naturopaths, psychologists, personal trainers, doctors and gynaecology or urology specialists

  • Communication will occur with the referring doctor or specialist so that they are immediately informed of the assessment findings and the treatment plan through an Assessment Summary.  They will also receive updated reports on discharge so that they will know how you are doing, and if they need to be involved any further in your care.

Pelvic Plus Physio, providing you with comprehensive Pelvic Health Physiotherapy in Ottawa!

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