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Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

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What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is a unique branch of physiotherapy focusing on the treatment of disorders of the pelvis and core. The muscles located within the pelvis form a ‘hammock’ that supports the pelvic organs, including the bladder, intestines and reproductive organs. These muscles play an integral role in many of our body’s functions including posture, movement, and mobility. The pelvic floor is also intricately involved in the function of our digestive system, reproductive system, childbirth, and elimination.  

What do Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists treat?

Our pelvic floor therapists here at our centre in Kanata are highly trained specialists who work to address several conditions including (but not limited to):

  • Urinary Incontinence 
  • Overactive bladder / urinary urgency
  • Pelvic pain (with intercourse, menstruation, etc)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (heaviness or bulging in the pelvis)
  • Gastrointestinal challenges (constipation, fecal incontinence, etc)
  • Postpartum rehabilitation 
  • Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Endometriosis
  • Coccydynia (tailbone pain)
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) pain involving the low back and/or hips
  • Sciatica 

What can you expect from a session?

Prior to attending your appointment, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire to give our physiotherapists some insight into your pelvic health concerns. At your first appointment, your therapist will expand on this information with you to develop a good sense of your health history and specific concerns. Many people find it difficult to discuss sensitive subjects such as bowel, bladder and pelvic issues, and we recognize that this may feel daunting for you. Know that your sessions are completely confidential and we will only discuss what you are comfortable disclosing. 

Your therapist will then conduct a physical exam assessing low back, abdomen and pelvis. If appropriate, this will include an internal examination to assess pelvic floor muscle function. Following the initial assessment, your therapist will discuss their findings and develop your treatment plan to achieve your treatment goals. 

Who do we treat?

We offer services for people who identify as women, trans and non-binary. We do not offer services for men or children at this time.

Meet Our

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists

Rayane Moreira, BScPT.
Rayane graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the Sao Paulo State University (Brazil), where she was first in touch with Pelvic Health, having the opportunity to complete various clinical placements in OB/GYN and work directly with patients, assessing and treating women with various conditions. Educating and empowering patients to learn about their bodies and improve quality of life is what drives her professional practice. Working with pregnancy related conditions and educating her patients on how to make informed decisions during labour and take good care of themselves during their postpartum gives her a great sense of contribution to the community. Rayane has completed various post-graduation courses related to pre/postnatal care such as diastasis rectus, c-section births rehabilitation, pelvic girdle pain, and many others. She is also engaged in working with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and feels motivated when learning new treatment techniques and putting them into practice, therefore is constantly taking courses to enhance her professional skills. As a trained Clinical Mat Pilates and Low Pressure Fitness instructor, Rayane loves to incorporate these principles to her treatment plans. She uses movement therapy to help her patients achieve their best results. Rayane provides Pelvic Health appointments in English or Portuguese.
Terri Robicheau, PT
Beginning her career in orthopedics, Terri uncovered her passion for pelvic health physiotherapy and perinatal care after the birth of her children. It was then that she discovered a lack of readily available postpartum care and education for new parents in her home province of Nova Scotia. With the goal of addressing this gap in care, she has completed training in physiotherapy for various pelvic health and perinatal concerns, as well as unique training in physiotherapy for breastfeeding/chestfeeding support. With a passion for supporting new families, Terri also offers Infant Feeding Support Physiotherapy as well as Blocked Duct Ultrasound Therapy to address any issues or concerns while feeding your baby. Terri is a graduate from Baby Dance Club™ and offers this lively and engaging class at our center. Terri uses a thorough approach in her assessments and treatments, ensuring she takes the time to have a clear understanding of her patients’ concerns. She is passionate about working with her patients and empowering them as they achieve their rehabilitation goals. Terri has been practicing as a registered physiotherapist for over a decade. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics from St. Francis Xavier University, followed by a Master's of Science in Physiotherapy degree from Dalhousie University. In her spare time, you will find Terri making memories with her husband and three young boys. She enjoys being active, baking, and going on walks with her sweet new puppy.