Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Assessment and treatment of a variety of pelvic health conditions including incontinence, pre and postnatal care, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain syndromes.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is a specialized area of physiotherapy practice that is well established in the literature as a first-line defense against incontinence and pelvic pain.
Pelvic floor dysfunction can present with a variety of symptoms such as:
- Leakage of urine when sneezing, coughing, or exercising
- Pain in the pelvic area, groin, or buttocks
- Rushing to the toilet or leaking on the way there
- Bulging, pressure, or heaviness in the vagina
You can expect a comprehensive assessment to determine potential contributing factors. A treatment plan is created based on the assessment findings and your goals. Treatment may include elements of breathing retraining, postural education, pelvic floor muscle release or facilitation, manual therapy, establishing healthy bowel and bladder habits, exercise, and education.
Pre and post-natal care
A pelvic health physiotherapist should be an integral part of your pre and post-natal care team. They can assist with issues such as:
- Pelvic, hip, and back pain
- Leakage (incontinence) or prolapse
- Labour/delivery preparation techniques and education
- Diastasis Rectus Abdominus management
- C-section scar management
- Blocked milk ducts
- Safe return to activity/exercise focusing on core/pelvic floor
Did you know?
Pelvic health concerns are more common than you may think!
*1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience incontinence.
*Incontinence is not a normal part of aging or after childbirth.
*Incontinence has many social consequences which include: loss of self-esteem, limited physical activity, social isolation, and heavy economic burden.
*Most importantly, most incontinence can be improved or even cured without the need for medication or surgery.
Available Monday’s 8:30AM-4PM
About Catherine Vingerhoets
Physiotherapist, BAH, MSc PT, c/NDT
Catherine graduated from Queen’s University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in 2005 and McMaster University with a Master of Science (Physiotherapy) in 2007. She has 10 years of experience working in both hospital-based neurological rehabilitation and acute care settings. Populations treated include: stroke, acquired brain injury, Parkinson’s, MS, and amputees. Catherine has completed post-graduate training in aquatic physical therapy, pelvic health, and neurological rehabilitation.
Catherine is registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand. She is a member of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA) and is a NDT certified therapist. Catherine has worked in Barrie, ON, Queensland, Australia and Oamaru, New Zealand. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and outdoor adventures with her husband, daughter and Vizsla pup Airlie.