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Demystifying pelvic floor physiotherapy: Miller Health offers solutions

Physiotherapists at Miller Health assist men and women to address pelvic floor concerns

Struggling with a leaky bladder? Feeling pressure or discomfort 'down there'?

You're not alone, but so many myths and an overwhelming amount of information online can make it hard to know what to do or where to go to get help. The usual story – it's just what happens after having kids, a problem only women face.

And the solution? Endless Kegels, right? Wrong! Miller Health's experienced physiotherapists, Erin Hennessy and Kristina DiFabio, are here to set the record straight. 

Busting the Myths 

  • It's not just for women: "We work with men too," explains Hennessy. "They might come for issues like urinary incontinence, pain, or for rehab after prostate surgery."
  • It's more than incontinence: DiFabio adds, "Pain, prenatal and postnatal challenges, surgical recovery – pelvic floor physiotherapy tackles a wide range of concerns."
  • Kegels aren't always the answer: "A thorough assessment is crucial," Hennessy emphasizes. "Sometimes, people need assistance relaxing to address muscle overactivity, the opposite of Kegels."

Do You Need Help? Watch for These Signs:

  • Changes in how often you urinate (aside from infections)
  • Pain or discomfort in the pelvic region
  • A sense of heaviness or pressure
  • Changes in how things feel internally
  • Back or hip pain that seems connected to pelvic floor discomfort

The Miller Health Difference: Expertise and Compassion

Miller Health's pelvic floor physiotherapists bring years of specialized experience to their practice. "We start with a detailed history,"  says DiFabio, "and discuss your comfort with internal exams, as those are ideal for a full assessment." Treatment plans are then tailored to individual needs, incorporating exercise programs and addressing overall health goals.

Working with clients who have experienced trauma is another important aspect of their practice.  "We understand the impact of trauma and are very client-centred and sensitive to past experiences," Hennessy assures. "Open communication is key, and we work with each person's comfort level to help them achieve their goals."

The team approach at Miller Health is a key benefit. "Our interdisciplinary practice offers a complete range of care," notes Hennessy. "We consult with chiropractors, massage therapists, even mental health professionals – it truly optimizes the patient's recovery journey."

Beyond Relief: Prevention and Education

Miller Health's focus extends to prevention, particularly for expectant mothers. DiFabio explains, "Prenatal physiotherapy can help decrease risks of certain complications during labour and delivery, and exercises for back and hip mobility can make the process far more comfortable (change to) tolerable."

Additionally, they provide guidance for safely managing post-partum changes in the pelvic floor. DiFabio notes that Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists can address muscle and soft tissue changes following cesarean section surgery as well. 

If you're experiencing pelvic floor concerns, don't dismiss them as 'normal'. Miller Health offers personalized consultations and treatment plans to help you regain comfort and function. Call 705-327-5400 or book an appointment at

Note: Before making any health decisions, it's always essential to consult with a healthcare professional. The above article offers insights but isn't a substitute for professional medical advice.

Erin Hennessy
Kristina DiFabio

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