Why is Optimum Perinatal Health rescheduling all in-clinic appointments at this time?

Based on the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the provincial and municipal governments, and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Please see below for the statement from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association directing our response at this time: “In most outpatient settings, clinics should be closed to respect the social distancing protocols being rolled out across the nation. In support of the recommendations by Public Health authorities to optimize social distancing, we recommend that physiotherapy services in the community only be offered to patients with urgent needs. Those whose care and services can be postponed, or can be provided virtually, we strongly recommend doing so until at least after March 30. We recognize that these are exceptional times that require exceptional measures aimed to reduce the spread of the virus and to reduce the demand on the health system.” We will be working closely with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association to provide an alternative to in-clinic appointments during this time in order to provide you with continuing care. If you have an appointment booked during this time frame, your appointment will be canceled and we will contact you once we have our telehealth platform in place. We are working to provide you with the most up to date information and options as our response to the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve. You may also reschedule an in-person appointment for after March 30th online at this time at https://optimumperinatal.janeapp.com and we will keep you updated on any changes that may occur to the time frame for rebooking an in-person appointment.

What do I do if my appointment has been cancelled due to COVID-19?

You will not be charged a cancellation fee. You may email to book a Telehealth appointment or may reschedule your in-clinic appointment to a later date.

What conditions can we help to prevent/treat?

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
    • Stress Incontinence
    • Urgency/Frequency
    • Painful Intercourse
    • Constipation
    • Fecal/Gas Incontinence
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (Abdominal Separation)
  • Lack of strength or function
    • During pregnancy
    • Postpartum
  • Back, Pelvis, Tailbone, Neck, Shoulder pain and other Orthopaedic concerns
    • During pregnancy
    • Postpartum

What is an internal pelvic health physiotherapy exam?

  • An internal vaginal and/or rectal examination is used to assess the strength and function of your pelvic floor and pelvic organs, and position of your tailbone.
  • The pelvic floor muscles run around the opening of the urethra, vagina (in women) and rectum.
  • The gold standard for assessing the pelvic floor muscles is via an examination which is performed with one gloved finger inserted into the vaginal or rectal canal.
  • Pelvic physiotherapists are trained in both internal and external evaluation and treatment techniques.

Who would benefit from Optimum’s Prenatal Workshops?

  • Any woman experiencing a healthy low-risk pregnancy
  • Women entering their second trimester and beyond

When in my pregnancy do I sign up for Optimum’s Prenatal Workshops?

  • Our prenatal workshops are appropriate for any woman entering into her second trimester of pregnancy or beyond.

Do the prenatal workshops replace traditional prenatal education classes?

  • Our workshops are designed to supplement traditional prenatal education classes, not to replace them.  
  • Our focus is:
    • Readying your pelvic floor and core for labour and delivery
    • Recovering and protecting your body after the birth of your baby
    • Restoring your abdominals, pelvic floor, and functional strength, so that you can safely return to the activities and sports you love

Who would benefit from Optimum’s Postnatal Workshops?

  • Any woman that has had a baby that is looking to learn more about recovering her pelvic floor and core or wanting to progress her activity safely.

When should I sign up for Optimum’s Postnatal Workshops?

  • You may sign up for postnatal classes anytime after the birth of your baby with your doctor or midwife’s approval
  • Typically this is at 6-8 weeks postpartum