Client story: Sara, a mother and professional in Squamish
"There are simply not enough kind words in this world to describe Lauren. She is the softest, sweetest, and most caring Physiotherapist I have ever met! Truly! I first met Lauren as she was covering for another Physiotherapist I was seeing and that's when she introduced me to the world of pelvic floor and my mind was blown. She forever changed my whole body wellness, and drastically decreased my pelvic pain."
If you suspect or have been told you have Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP), it is important to know that it is a functional problem, not a disease. Pelvic Health Solutions defines POP as "the descent of the pelvic organs (the bladder, urethra, uterus, vagina, rectum, or small intestine) toward or through the vaginal or anal opening. It is considered a subjective disorder in that the severity of prolapse may not be correlated with the symptoms experienced. Some women with pelvic organ prolapse have no symptoms at all. It is primarily the ‘level of bother’ of these symptoms that guide treatment".
Conversely, some women with a minor prolapse can find it quite bothersome. It is also important to note that pain is not usually a complaint with prolapse, but it can occur in some cases.
Are you wondering whether you might have Pelvic Organ Prolapse? Here are some of the most common symptoms:
A feeling of heaviness or pressure in the perineum (the area between the vagina and anus).
A "bulge" felt at the opening of vagina or anus. This may or may not be visible, but it can be felt. It is typically worse with impact activity, long periods of standing or walking, after straining on the toilet, and at the end of the day.
Pressure and/or discomfort during intercourse.
After a bowel movement or after urinating, it feels as though you haven't fully emptied your bowels or bladder.
Diffulty urinating or having a bowel movement.
Difficulty starting a urine stream.
What can contributes to Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
- Chronic constipation:
- Giving birth, with the risk increasing with subsequent births. Certain factors during pregnancy and childbirth can also increase the risk of prolapse.
- Laxity in the pelvic floor tissues
- Inadequate pelvic floor support
- Overly tight pelvic floor muscles
- Excessive intra-abdominal pressure
- Increasing age
- Chronic cough
How can an assessment through Glow Physio & Pelvic Wellness help?
- You'll learn what type(s) and what degree of prolapse is present.
- You'll understand the contributing factors and what you can do now to improve your symptoms.
What can you expect through treatment?
- You'll work towards getting back to the activities you love. You will know how to monitor your prolapse to know whether you are overdoing it.
- You'll be given strategies to lessen the pressure and will know why it is present in the first place.
- You'll get a customized plan looking at what factors are within your control, and which are not, and realistic exercises to improve the support and strength of your pelvic floor.
- You'll receive hands-on treatments to improve muscle imbalances
- You'll be able to see your pelvic floor muscles working using Real-Time Ultrasound. This helps you practice how to manage the pressure and to know that you are doing your exercises correctly.
- You'll get instruction on how to work towards higher impact activities, and what strategies you can use during your favourite activities to manage the pressure.
Lauren has provided me with outstanding care and support over the past several years. As an active younger person, she helped me to continue being goal oriented and helped me get back to training and competing at my best. More recently as a mom to two kids, she has guided me through the pre and post-natal periods as I prepared for birth and returned to exercise. Lauren is able to help get you back to where you want to be, even when you are busy! She is kind, respectful, and extremely talented. I love that she’s an athlete and a parent herself as well!Nikki, 30's Prenatal, Postpartum, Sports Injury
Lauren went above and beyond helping me throughout my pregnancy. I experienced acute SI joint pain and lower back pain starting in the second trimester and my mobility was compromised. Being a freelance photographer my body is essential to my work and I immediately sought out Lauren’s expertise to help with the pain. I was able to speak with her right away and she walked me through all of the exercises and guided me through each step along the way back to a strong and capable pregnant body. The relief I felt after following her plan was enormous and I was able to keep working right up until I gave birth. I would highly recommend her for any and all physio needs!Emily, 30's SI Joint Pain, Lower Back Pain, Prenatal, Postpartum
I have had the pleasure of working with Lauren for many years. Lauren has worked with me for a number of different challenges and through a number of different stages of life. She is incredibly supportive of my activity goals and finds ways to help me achieve them. She is passionate about pregnancy and postpartum care and getting you back to where you want to be physically! Lauren’s client centered approach always has me feeling empowered and well cared for!Kati C Prenatal, Postpartum
As a seasoned physiotherapy patient, I was impressed by the treatment I received from my latest physiotherapist, Lauren Lozinsky. Anybody who has been troubled by back spasms knows it often is not a quick fix. This time I required half a dozen visits. After each one I felt better, was more comfortable and -- armed with a series of exercises I'd never seen along with a hard rubber ball to massage the "hot spots" -- able to enhance the improvements that Lauren initiated. She is innovative and thorough and, almost as importantly, available by email to answer any questions concerning the self-treatments. Fortunately, there isn't a test to see if you remember her highly scientific analysis and diagnosis! An added bonus was that she also helped with my plantar fasciitis even though that was only something I mentioned in conversation. Nobody recommended her to me -- it was simply my good fortune to find her by searching the Internet -- but I'm obviously happy to endorse her with my five-star rating.Bob, 50's, Squamish Back Pain, Plantar Fasciitis
I saw physio Lauren Lozinsky and was amazed at the service she provided. She was professional and a great listener to my experience. She was able to problem solve and treat using her IMS skills and I was on my way to recovery after a couple visits. Highly recommended!Jamal, 40's, Squamish Sports Injury
After having an unexplained sciatica nerve problem I tried several other treatment options with not much change. Lauren was able to cure the issue with a combination of procedures.Roy, 60's, Squamish Sciatica Nerve Problem