The GLA:D Program is an eight week education and exercise program. This program is specifically designed for individuals with stiff knees and/or hips or those with osteoarthritis of the knee and/or hip. This program has been shown to improve pain, lower reliance on medications, reduce missed days of work and most importantly, improve physical activity level. We have rolled out this program at out Woodstock Physiotherapy Clinic on Princess Street. The GLA:D Program is back up and running and we have taken many precautions and safety steps to get things going again. Call now to reserve your spot!
What can we treat?
Our team of specially trained therapists can assist you with a wide variety of conditions that are associated with being dizzy or a having a sense of being off balance. Dizziness can be described as a number of sensations including a false sense of spinning, lightheadedness, feeling of floating, or feeling woozy. Being dizzy or off balance are often symptoms of something called vertigo, but can also be attributed with other vestibular conditions.
What don't we treat?
It is important to recognize when your body is trying to alert you to a potentially dangerous situation. Be mindful to keep an eye out for potential danger signs of a serious problem.
Signs of a serious problem, often referred to as "Red Flags," include fever, chest pain/heart racing or symptoms of a stroke. If you or someone you care about are experiencing signs of stroke, please call 911 immediately as this should be treated as a medical emergency. Signs of a stroke include: a severe headache, passing out, double vision, speech or swallowing problems, weakness in one arm or leg, and difficulty walking. Other "red flags" you should consider are persistent vertigo or symptoms that last longer than several minutes.
How do we know what to treat you for?
In order to get a better understanding of your condition, you will first have a comprehensive screening and assessment done. During your assessment we will ask you about your history with your condition, how you are currently coping with it, and what your triggers are. We will then perform a thorough physical examination looking at a variety of factors including the biomechanics of your neck and shoulders, your balance, co-ordination, eye movements, and your nervous system.
What can you expect from your treatment?
Every person deals with unique challenges in their lives and vertigo and vestibular conditions are no different. Your treatment will be tailored to your specific circumstances and is often multifaceted. Often treatments consist of hands on treatment for the neck and shoulders, vestibular rehabilitation and rehabituation exercises, as well as repositioning maneuvers for the inner ear.
What can you expect after treatment is over?
In some instances, you may have to continue with your home exercises for a brief period after you have completed your physiotherapy. It is also possible that bouts of vertigo and vestibular conditions can reoccur. Our goal is to get you back to your pre-condition status and give you the skills and knowledge to help manage your condition. We will also give you plenty of guidance on what to expect moving forward and help you regain control of your life and your condition.
If you would like more information on vertigo, please click here to download our free information package. If you would like to get booked in for an assessment with one of our specially trained therapists or would just like to speak to us about your concerns, click here to go to our contact page.
The muscles of the pelvic floor are a very important, yet underappreciated group of muscles! The pelvic floor plays a key role in support and stability of the spine and pelvic organs, allows us to maintain continence, engage in sexual activity, and prevents pelvic congestion. When these muscles are not functioning optimally, a variety of problems can occur. Pelvic physiotherapy is a specialized branch of physiotherapy that assesses and treats the pelvic floor and pelvic floor dysfunction.
Pelvic physiotherapy is useful as a primary or complementary treatment for many conditions, including:
Our pelvic physiotherapist will meet with you in a private room to discuss your concerns and your goals for treatment. Some of the topics discussed may be uncomfortable- questions about your bladder and bowel habits, sexual health and history are important to get a complete picture of your health. Our pelvic physiotherapist will handle your concerns in a compassionate, non-judgmental manner; however, you do not have to answer any questions you don’t want to.
External Examination: From there, our pelvic physiotherapist will examine the movement and strength in your back, hips, abdomen, and pelvis.
Internal Examination: With your consent, an internal examination may be performed. An internal examination typically involves the patient lying down while the physiotherapist manually palpates the muscles of the vagina and/or rectum. The internal examination uses only the therapist’s finger; there is no speculum used during the exam.
After the examination, our pelvic physiotherapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs. Treatment may involve education on your condition, exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor, pelvic floor relaxation exercises, breathing and postural exercises, and manual techniques.
Just like any other muscle in the body, we need to feel the muscles of the pelvic floor to assess how they are working. An internal examination is the most accurate way to determine the strength and function of the pelvic muscles, and helps create the best possible treatment plan for you.
Yes. If an internal examination is not possible, our pelvic physiotherapist can still assess you using your history and external examination.
Yes. An internal examination can be performed during menstruation. If you do not want to do an internal examination, our pelvic physiotherapist can guide you with education and external cueing.
Yes. If you have insurance coverage for physiotherapy, pelvic physiotherapy will be covered under those benefits.
No. Your doctor may refer you to pelvic physiotherapy, or you may self-refer.
Still not sure if pelvic physiotherapy is right for you? Contact us if you would like to get some more information.