shelbourne Physical Therapy

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy


pelvic floor physiotherapy victoriaPelvic Health Physiotherapy is a specialized treatment for urinary or anal/fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, lumbopelvic pain, painful intercourse (dyspareunia) and perinatal conditions. Treatment is customized to each patient and often integrates pelvic floor muscle re-training, helpful advice on bowel and bladder habits, nutrition and hands-on techniques from the Physiotherapist.

Who is a candidate for Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy in Victoria B.C.?

People who:

  •        Leak urine when they cough, laugh, sneeze or exercise
  •        Leak urine due to inability to hold during strong urges
  •        Urinate more than 8 times a day
  •        Have difficulty initiating urination
  •        Feel that they have not fully emptied their bladder after urination
  •        Have feeling of pressure or heaviness in their pelvic region
  •        Strain to have a bowel movement
  •        Experience pain during or after bowel movement
  •        Have pain with sexual intercourse or difficulty with penetration
  •        Have pelvic pain (vaginal, rectal or perineal)
  •        Have pelvic girdle, buttock, low back or coccyx pain
  •        Had an Episiotomy, Forceps delivery or Caesarean section
  •        Pregnant women who would like to prevent tearing during labor

Have you been diagnosed or suffer with:

  •        Stress or Urge Incontinence
  •        Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  •        Over Active Bladder
  •        Pregnancy related pain (pre and post-partum)
  •        Interstitial Cystitis
  •        Dyspareunia
  •        Vaginismus
  •        Volvodynia/Vestbiulodynia
  •        Pudental Neuralgia or Entrapments
  •        Pelvic Floor Pain
  •       Chronic Constipation 
  •       Urinary or Bowel Incontinence
  •       Hypertonic or Hypotonic Pelvic Floor Muscles

What is the function of the Pelvic Floor?

The pelvic floor muscles are voluntary muscles; these are muscles that we have direct control over. Their functions include:

  • maintaining continence of the bladder and bowel
  • allowing sexual function and pleasure
  • providing support to the bladder, uterus, and bowel so that they stay supported in the abdominal cavity
  • providing support for the low back so that we can function without pain

When the pelvic floor muscles are unhealthy, they can contribute to problems such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain.

What causes Pelvic Floor problems?

Pelvic floor dysfunction can be caused by an imbalance of pelvic floor muscles that are either too weak (hypotonic) or too tight (hypertonic).

  • Weak pelvic floor muscles can contribute to stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
  • Tight pelvic floor muscles can contribute to urinary and fecal urgency, urge incontinence, painful intercourse, pudendal neuralgia, interstitial cystitis, and chronic pelvic pain.

How will Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Help Me?

Physiotherapy in Victoria by specially trained Physiotherapists such as Shannon Huff and Holly Mallari are internationally recognized as the first choice of treatment for incontinence and prolapse. We use evidence based therapy techniques and a team based approach to treatment.  Shelbourne Physiotherapy has state of the art facilities, technologies and private rooms for pelvic health treatments. Your comfort is our priority while addressing this sensitive issue. If you want to get control of your body and live your life to your fullest potential come see a pelvic health therapist at Shelbourne Physiotherapy.

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Shelbourne Physiotherapy, Pilates & Massage is a locally owned health company with 3 locations in beautiful Victoria & Saanich, British Columbia. Our clinics offer Physiotherapy, IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) & Dry Needling, Kinesiology, Exercise Rehabilitation, Massage Therapy, Sports Rehabilitation, Post-Operative Rehabilitation, Vestibular, Dizziness & Balance Rehabilitation, Women's health (peri-partum and incontinence), Acupuncture, Hydrotherapy, Scoliosis Treatment,  Clinical Osteofit Classes, Osteoporosis TreatmentAquatherapy, Pool Therapy, Real Time Ultrasound, Arthritis and Osteoarthritis Treatment, Electrical Modalities, Pelvic Floor Physio, Pelvic Pain Physiotherapy, Incontinence Treatment, Sports Physiotherapy, Chronic Pain Treatment,  Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), Aquatic Therapy, Yoga, Yogalates, Saanich PhysiotherapyPolestar Pilates, Stott Pilates, Clinical Pilates, PIlates Instructor Training in Victoria BCScoliosis Treatment and Custom Knee Bracing,

Our clinics are approved providers for WorksafeBC (WCB) Physiotherapy and ICBC Physiotherapy, Kinesiology & Rehabilitation. We are proud members of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy(CAMPT), Sport Physiotherapy Canada, SportmedBC, British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK), Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), Vestibular Disorders Association, ISST International Schroth 3D Scoliosis TherapyInternational Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment (ISMST), Think Local Victoria, Canadian Federation of Independent Business(CFIB),  the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA and the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia (PABC) We have a clinic located in the Gordon Head Recreation Centre in Saanich

Shelbourne Physiotherapy staff provide clinical instruction at our Victoria Clinic for students in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. We are an accredited facility for UBC Dept. of Physical Therapy Student Practicums. 

Our 3 Victoria Physiotherapy clinics are modern and provide a relaxed healing atmosphere with private rooms available. Many Physiotherapy clinics in Victoria work out of a single room or a basement that does not offer the equipment, resources or space to help you recover properly. Our convenient locations make our clinics easy to access from all the neighbourhoods of Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt and Oak Bay such as Dockside  GreenFairfield, James Bay, Oaklands, Fernwood, Harris Green, Jubilee, Hillside QuadraGonzales, Rockland, Gordon Head, Cadboro Bay, Uplands, Downtown Victoria, Cordova Bay, Arbutus, Camosun College Lansdowne Campus and the Songhees. We offer appointment times ranging from 7:00AM to 7:00PM for your convenience.Our Multidisciplinary Health Clinic is located right across the street from the Hillside Shopping Centre. we share a building with the Shelbourne Medical Centre which has a walk in clinic and many great General Practitioners.

Think Local First Shelbourne PhysiotherapyWe are a friendly, local Victoria & Saanich owned and community based health company designed to meet your individual needs. Our mission is to provide Physiotherapy and related services to the communities of Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Victoria West and Esquimalt and help keep these residents active and healthy. We strive to creatively and professionally maximize client functioning and promote life-long wellness.

Our experienced and dedicated Health Care Professionals include Victoria & Saanich Physiotherapists Penny Salmas, Jennifer Kolot, Mark Gottfried, Nicole Gill, Meena Sran, Phil Lawrence, Jessica Shave, Kim Lobb, Kathy Murdoch, Ruan Le Roux, Nina Bai, Seung Bai, and Blair Braz. Our experienced Victoria BC Kinesiologists include Heidi Nottelman, Larry Muir, Radek Wiechecki and Lindsey Tabish. Our experienced Victoria & Saanich BC Registered Massage Therapists include Taryn Krizan, Selena Curvelo, Dresden Varney, Kathy Pantalon, Molly Scott, Jessica Bundy RMT and Rebekah Neubert. Our Certified Victoria Pilates and Yoga Instructors include Sharon McAuley, Dana Carter, Chris Csak, Holly Newton, Regina Flueck, Rhiannon King and Jenny Stewart.


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