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