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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

Hiral Chauhan, PT
Hiral Chauhan is a registered physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario (CPO). She graduated from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science in India with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2010. She has expanded her knowledge and experience by working with a wide array of cliental over the subsequent four years. Much of her post-graduate training involves the assessment and treatment of pelvic health conditions, vestibular dysfunction, vertigo, and concussion management. Hiral is also specialized in acupuncture as she has a keen interest in the healing effects this treatment method can produce on one’s body. Hiral is a certified pelvic physiotherapist for internal examination, certified acupuncturist, and certified Mulligan and McKenzie therapist. Hiral specialized in treating knee, shoulder, back, hip and neck pain, work and sport-related injuries, pelvic health conditions, concussions, balance, and vestibular issues, motor vehicle accidents, and post-surgical rehabilitation. Hiral emphasizes the utilization of evidence-based strategies that combine a variety of treatment modalities including but not limited to manual therapy, kinesio taping, therapeutic ultrasound, electrotherapy modalities, individualized exercise prescription and patient education. Hiral also has experience working with pediatric clients suffering from different motor developmental delays, such as Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc. She also has experience with geriatric clients suffering from neurological issues such as Parkinson’s disease and post-stroke deficits. Hiral is proficient, personable, dedicated to healing, and most of all passionate about the work she does to help her clients resume their regular activities, free of pain and with a new found sense of strength and confidence. Hiral provides services in English, Hindi and Gujarati. She offers postpartum pelvic floor physiotherapy as well as physiotherapy for the entire family.
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. 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.