PELVIC
HEALTH

We have 3 pelvic health therapists at Pursuit Physiotherapy:

Kara Claerhoutkara@pursuitphysio.com
Nicki Julien, nicki@pursuitphysio.com
Leanne Schlachter, leanne@pursuitphysio.com

Pelvic Health physiotherapists do post graduate training in order to gain knowledge and experience in this specialized area, and to be licensed to perform vaginal and anal examinations.  Internal examinations are an important aspect of the assessment to thoroughly evaluate the pelvic floor muscles.

What is Pelvic Health?

If your bladder is holding you back from pursuing an active lifestyle, we would be pleased to work with you to optimize your function. We work in conjunction with local urologists and gynecologists as well as Edmonton and Calgary specialty clinics. That said, you can access physiotherapy services without a doctor’s referral providing there are no medical concerns that need to be addressed.  As always, consult your doctor if you have any concerns regarding infections or disease that first need to be treated medically.

Women’s Health Physiotherapy:

Women are often under the impression that bladder leakage is a normal part of being a woman … not true! 

Examples of conditions that may benefit from treatment:

  • Incontinence (bladder or fecal; stress, urge, mixed incontinence)
  • Prenatal/postpartum pain or difficulty returning to function, including rectus diastisis
  • Pelvic floor pain and dysfunction (which can present as buttock pain, lower abdominal pain, or pain with sexual intercourse, etc)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Recovery after pelvic or abdominal surgery
  • Difficulties arising from breast cancer, osteoporosis

Men’s Health Physiotherapy:

Kara Claerhout, PT is trained in treating men for certain pelvic health issues.  Men can experience difficulties with controlling the bladder or bowels in terms of leakage or difficulty emptying.  Commonly these can occur after intestinal, bowel, or prostate surgery.

Examples of conditions that may benefit from treatment:

  • Bladder or Bowel  Incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic pain
  • Prostatitis
  • Pre and post prostatectomy

Physiotherapists in Alberta are primary caregivers in our health care system.

You do not need a doctor’s referral.

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