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! She introduced me to the world of pelvic floor physio and my mind was blown. She forever changed my whole body wellness, and drastically decreased my pelvic pain."
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is a specialized form of Physiotherapy that requires advanced post-graduate training.
The following list includes common conditions treated by Glow Physio. This list is not exhaustive and you are welcome to inquire to see if we are able to meet your individual needs.
Pelvic Floor Conditions We Treat:
- Urinary Incontinence (Stress Incontinence and Overactive Bladder)
- Urinary Retention
- Bladder Pain/Interstitial Cystitis
- Bowel Incontinence, Urgency, & Constipation
- Abdominal Separation/Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA)
- Menstrual Issues
- Genitourinary Symptoms of Menopause
- Adductor Sprains & Strains, Groin Pain, and Osteitis Pubis
- Tailbone/Coccyx pain
- Post-Operative Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy: Common surgeries include Incontinence Treatment, Hysterectomy, Prolapse Repair, Radical Prostatectomy/Prostate Surgery, among other surgeries
Sexual Health Conditions We Treat:
- Vulvodynia (Vaginal Pain/Sensitivity)
- Vaginismus (Tightening of the Vaginal/Pelvic Floor Muscles)
- Pain With Intercourse
- Reduced Sensation or Difficulties With Orgasm
- Testicular or Penile Pain and Dysfunction (see Male Pelvic Health)
Why is this happening to me?
Why am I still suffering with incontinence, pelvic pain or pressure, or painful intercourse.
Most people hope that when they have incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse (often felt as heaviness and/or pressure), pelvic pain, or issues with sexual function, that the issue will simply go away on its own.
They hope that one morning they will wake up and it will disappear. It is then 6 months later and they are still living with pelvic floor issues, and they are often worse than when they started.
Does That Sound Like You?
Pelvic health concerns can be especially challenging because of their sensitive nature. You may be keeping your issues to yourself or may have not received helpful advice or treatment when you did bring up your concerns.
You may have been told that “it’s just a fact of life” as you get older or after you’ve had a baby. Did you see a medical practitioner because you are having bladder or bowel incontinence, pelvic pain, or pain with intercourse? Were you told to relax and “try these painkillers” and “see how it goes”?
Clients report hearing this advice, and then return to the same medical practitioner 6 weeks later because it hasn’t gotten any better. Worse, they’re often given yet another prescription of even stronger pills and advised “to just relax” so that things will get better.
Many clients were told to do kegels without any guidance. They may have been offered surgery without trying specialized pelvic floor physiotherapy, which research has established to be the gold standard for resolving incontinence.
Has That Ever Happened to You?
Have you been given different advice from different people about what your issue is or how to solve it? The pelvic floor plays so many crucial roles, and a problem that appears in one area may actually be originating elsewhere. Conflicting information often leaves people at a loss for how to solve their Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. In frustration, many people end up accepting these issues as though they are normal.
While Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is common, it is not normal. Although the awareness of Certified Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is on the rise, many people still don’t realize there is a solution.
If You Have Pelvic Floor Dysfunction,
Here Are 8 Reasons Why It Could Persist
- Friends and family members told you that pelvic floor issues happen to everyone eventually, so you just accepted it.
- You sought help from other Healthcare Professionals or another Physiotherapist, but they only looked at your pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is often the “victim”, and there may be other “criminals” causing your symptoms.
- You saw another practitioner who was not familiar with the current research on pain, using the whole-person or “biopsychosocial approach”. This has been shown to be key to treating chronic pelvic pain and dysfunction.
- You were given too many exercises to do and you did not have time to complete them.
- You saw your physician who prescribed medication and told you to be patient, but the medication didn’t help and your pelvic floor issues persist.
- You changed your workouts or tried exercise videos online, but the leaking persists.
- It is still painful to be intimate despite trying different positions and more lubrication.
- You thought doing more kegals would help but your incontinence hasn’t improved, and the heaviness from your prolapse hasn’t changed. You aren’t even sure whether you’re doing them properly (hint: most people aren’t!)
If any of these sound familiar, book a call with us so we can tell you what can be done. The fact that you’ve tried any or all of these things shows your dedication to improve and is actually a GOOD THING! When you know what doesn’t work, you are closer to finding out what does!
Talk To A Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Click the button to book a free call to get helpful advice tailored to your specific situation. There is no charge for the call and there is no obligation to book any appointments after the call. Our goal is to help you make the right decision about what to do for your pelvic floor dysfunction.
This consultation is offered to people who are unsure about Physiotherapy. They may want to make sure we are a good fit before they book an appointment. If this sounds like you, please start with a free call so that we can discuss your specific situation, without any commitment on your part.
What Can I Do To Restore Pelvic Floor Function?
Here are 6 ways to get started:
- Start by Making a Decision – Waiting is what causes most people’s pelvic pain to persist. Many people hope their pelvic floor issues will resolve on their own, but 6 months later nothing has changed, or things have gotten worse.
- Get To The Root Cause – One of the best things to help you solve your pelvic floor dysfunction is to find out why it is happening in the first place.
- Do The Correct Exercises - It is a common misunderstanding that pelvic floor issues must be due to weak pelvic floor muscles. An overactive pelvic floor can be to blame and is more common than you’d think. By having a thorough evaluation by a Certified Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, the right series of progressive exercises will be chosen for you, putting you on a path to a long term solution.
- Avoid Sitting And Long Periods Of Rest – We were not designed to sit. Have you ever tried to get up from the couch after resting for a while, and then your pelvis feels painful and tight? When you sit for too long, especially in awkward positions, the joints in your back, hips, and pelvis stiffen. These can have a strong impact on the function of your pelvic floor. Your physiotherapist will give you appropriate strengthening exercises for better posture and a stronger core, along with hands-on treatment. This is the best way to get you active and healthy as quickly as possible.
- Stay Hydrated - Many people who suffer from incontinence are worried about drinking too much. When we are dehydrated, our urine is more concentrated, which irritates the bladder. This in turn can worsen incontinence! There are many opinions on how much water to drink. One guideline to follow suggests we should be drinking around half our body weight in ounces each day. For a 150 lb woman that is 75 ounces, which is nearly 9.5 cups per day or almost 2 liters. Proper hydration helps prevent constipation, helps with energy levels and mental functioning, and aids in digestion.
- Get Customized, Hands-On Physiotherapy – Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is proven to help people with urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain. If your pelvic pain or leakage is holding you back from the activities you love, if it threatens your independence or is compromising your relationships, if it is getting the way of spending quality time with family and friends, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy can help get you back to living the life you deserve as quickly as possible.
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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