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The Health Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Pelvic floor physical therapy is a world full of unknowns to most people. It's a world full of muscles, nerves, ligaments, connective tissue and blood supply that people don't even realize they have!
The pelvic floor is one of the most important sets of muscle systems in the body. This system quietly does significant work each day that allows us to preform functional movements that we often take for granted like urinating, bowel movements and sex!
As one of the few physiotherapists in Ontario, and the only one in Niagara Falls, who has received a specialization in this area through extensive study and certification, I understand these muscle systems, their importance and the possible dysfunction associated with them.
So why? Why would I want to learn about people's pelvic floor pain, incontinence, sexual dysfunction? Because I know so many people feel uneasy about discussing these health concerns, which can have a major impact on quality of life. I welcome the opportunity to improve their lives and offer effective health solutions that they didn't know they had.
Many people don't feel comfortable discussing their pelvic health issues. I offer secure and comfortable support, a listening ear, understanding and empathy to help others attain their health goals. I work with my patients so they may feel empowered to overcome the embarrassment associated with pain in this area of the body.
For this reason I put together this webinar so you can learn what to expect with pelvic floor physical therapy. I welcome you to have a listen, find out more about the benefit of pelvic floor physical therapy assessment and treatment, and be informed so you can take the necessary steps to find your truest expression of health.
Special Pelvic Floor Initiative...If you are Pregnant, Postpartum or Planning a Family get a head start on optimizing your health...
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Nicholas Slowinski, Chiropractor
With the start of 2017 you may look back and wonder what you could have improved on last year? Maybe you want to try something new, or even improve on something that you’ve been doing for a while. In any case, resolutions made for a new year can be a tricky thing. Its been said that most people give up on there resolution within 15 days of January first! That is hardly enough time to make any new practice a habit…this particularly becomes troublesome when someone’s new year resolution involves a positive health change such as eating better, quitting smoking or exercising. It can be very challenging and often frustrating at times when people decide to challenge themselves and feel as though they may fall short of their goals.
If this sounds familiar to you, rest assured your not alone! First of all, remind yourself that just as health care is a continuous cycle of ups and downs, so is personal growth! Change is hard, and it takes courage to take on a challenge and step outside of your comfort zone. However stepping outside of ones comfort zone is an important thing for everyone and this is where personal growth occurs. So it is time to change the lens we see our goals through. Although we may all benefit from stepping outside our comfort zones, taking on new challenges and achieving our goals, where we should really measure our success is in the process leading up these goals.
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For example, a while ago I decided to challenge myself and run my first charity 5km race. Now, I should preface this by stating that there are numerous health benefits associated with recreational running, and competitive distance runners are phenomenal athletic specimens without a doubt! I just could never truly appreciate recreational running, after all no one was chasing me so why would I ever want to run 5km, 10km, 20km etc when I could just go lift weights. Running was ok when it was a part of other sports, but by itself, I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it. This all changed for me last January when I finally registered for the race.
I needed to develop a way to stay focused on training for the race, and I didn’t have many resources to help me train for the race, such as the excellent running clinic offered by WIN Health Solutions Niagara…which I probably should have attended. Training for the race was a struggle! Finally through conversation a colleague reminded me that my goal should not be to focus on the race, but on improvement each day/week leading up to the race.
Lasting Change: Focus on the improvements made each day or week rather than the end goal
With this mentality I began to enjoy the activity much more then before. It even reached the point where I looked forward to running as part of my regular routine, something I never thought would happen in a million years! On race day not only was I prepared for the run, but also excited to take on the challenge rather then dreading what was to come.
The point here is it wasn’t the goal that helped me improve myself, but the process of stepping outside my comfort zone and changing my focus that allowed me to have personal growth. It is this thinking that helped me achieve one of my goals for the previous year.
So I challenge all of you to change the way you think, step outside of your comfort zone, enjoy the process and grow in regards to what ever your new years resolution might be. As always, if you need any guidance on the steps to take to make change, or help along the way don’t hesitate to visit the excellent providers at WIN Health Solutions Niagara. Together we can keep you moving in the right direction! On behalf of the WIN Health Team, we wish you all a very safe and happy new year!
By WIN Contributor: Nancy H, Reception Team Member
On the First Day Of Christmas, my Chiro gave to me, shockwave therapy.
On the Second Day Of Christmas, my ND gave to me, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Third Day Of Christmas, Physio gave to me, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Fourth Day Of Christmas, Massage gave to me, four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my ND gave to me, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Sixth Day Of Christmas, my Chiro gave to me, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy. (Whew!!!)
On the Seventh Day Of Christmas, my Trainer gave to me, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Eighth Day Of Christmas, Physio gave to me, eight core strength exercises, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Ninth Day Of Christmas, Massage gave to me, nine hot stones (cause I need them now!!), eight core strength exercises, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Tenth Day Of Christmas, my Chiro gave to me ten acupuncture needles, nine hot stones, eight core strength exercises, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy.
On the Eleventh Day Of Christmas, my Trainer gave to me, eleven burpees jumping, ten acupuncture needles, nine hot stones, eight core strength exercises, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters and shockwave therapy. (Am I done yet??)
On the Twelfth Day Of Christmas, my ND gave to me twelve Relaxation Strategies!! ('cause now I really need it!!), eleven burpees jumping, ten acupuncture needles, nine hot stones, eight core strength exercises, seven abs a squeezing, six laser treatments, 5 REM-E-DIES!!! Four “cupping” treatments, three ultrasound, two immune boosters AN-ND SHO-OCKWAVE THERAPYYYY!!
(Disclaimer: No patients were harmed in any way in the creation of this song!! LOL ;)
We, at WIN Health Solutions Niagara, would like you to know all of these services and many more are offered at our one stop, full service alternative healthcare clinic Niagara Falls.
Thank you to all of our clients for your valued patronage in the past, present and future! To all of you, your families and prospective patients, we would like to extend our warmest wishes for a very happy holiday season and a healthy New Year!!
By WIN Contributor: Lora D., WIN Receptionist
Dr. Matthew Bird, or as we affectionately call him, Dr. Matt, completed his undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph. He received his degree of Doctor of Chiropractic after attending the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. His years of exceptional work was recognized when he recently received a Niagara This Week Readers Choice Award.
Dr. Matt has a great enthusiasm and love of his work because it helps people everyday feel better. His treatments incorporate a variety of different techniques such as soft tissue work, chiropractic manipulation and adjustments, Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Shockwave, Trigenics, Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) as well as other various types of hands on therapy.
He continues to better his work by consistently taking continuing education courses to broaden his knowledge base. He also enjoys keeping up with the latest research and news regarding Chiropractic, musculoskeletal health and health in general.
Combining his expertise, therapeutic approach and observation of the latest health news helps him reach his professional goal, which is to help his patients be able to lead pain free, healthy lives.
There are many things that Dr. Matt enjoys in his off hours. He leads a very healthy lifestyle. He is a super volleyball player, (so he says…lol) I’m sure his height has something to do with that!! ;) Dr. Matt also enjoys snowboarding, beach volleyball, pilates, yoga, and weight training.
He's also sure to have fun with his growing family. With his beautiful wife, Erika, and adorable 18 month old son, Carter, they make sure to enjoy quality time together. The WIN Team is excitedly looking forward to their next big moment in the coming Spring as they await the newest addition to their family... a new baby for The Birds!
Dr. Matt is a natural at work-life balance, and we know he will continue to inspire his patients, and the WIN Team, with this as his family grows.
If you are seeking a knowledgable Chiropractor who uses an evidence based, cutting edge chiropractic approach, Dr. Matthew Bird at WIN Health Solutions Niagara will give you great options to address your muscle and/or joint related concerns, in addition to many related health concerns like headaches, migraines, TMJ pain, sciatica and sports injuries.
By WIN Contributor: Nancy V, Reception Team Member
Where do you start when you want to blog about a fellow co-worker?
I know exactly where .... WIN Physiotherapist, Jennifer Lepere, DPT.
Jenn inspires you to be your best, and if you are not quite at your best she will get you there.
She graduated from D'Youville College in 2008 with her Masters in Physical Therapy and again in 2010 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She joined Tania Mannella's physiotherapy team at WIN in 2014 and has since been such a valuable team member.
Jenn's Physio Focus
Jenn will help and guide you to your full mobility potential with her manual manipulation of the muscles. She also incorporates acupuncture, TENS machine, ultrasound, class 4 Laser Therapy, Shockwave Therapy, and most important of all, supervised stretches and exercise programs. This eclectic mix of therapeutic options are blended to best suit you and will all be available to get you to your best.
Out To Stop Spinning: Vestibular Rehab
She is our specialist in vestibular rehab, which means if you are suffering from a case of vertigo or dizziness she will put her expertise to work. Jenn is one of few physiotherapists in Ontario with specialized training in vestibular rehabilitation. She is focused on offering effective solutions for this very debilitating health concern, and through her diligence, she has helped many patients find their balance once again.
Jenn's In It To WIN It: Fun Facts
Jenn's love of sports inspires the passion for her work as a Physiotherapist and shows in her daily routine and treatment of patients. She is an avid baseball, volleyball, and lawn bowler to name just a few. On a personal note Jenn recently got married to a wonderful man named John Lapierre. Lepere... Lapierre... Thankfully her new last name pronunciation will not to difficult for the front staff to handle. :)
Where do you end a blog about a fellow co-worker.
I know exactly where ... my friend ... WIN Physiotherapist, Jennifer Lepere!
By WIN Contributor: Tania Mannella, Doctor of Physiotherapy
Painful sex, known as dyspareunia, has been found by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to affect up to 75% of women at some point in their lives. Nine out of ten women will experience postpartum dyspareunia.
This can be result of various issues involving the pelvic floor area and musculature. Some women are too shy or embarrassed to talk about it or seek help. Many women and their doctors don’t know that Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (PFP) is the most effective way to resolve pain during sex.
In my practice, this is not a taboo topic and through offering Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy I am helping women in our community find solutions and optimize their sexual health.
Origins of Vaginal Pain
Pain can be experienced with intercourse, sexual contact, tampon use or even wearing tight pants. Women may be told the problem is "psychological" however most often, there is an anatomical and physiological source.
Possible medical causes of painful intercourse are vulvar vestibulitis, vulvodynia, and interstitial cystitis. Other causes can be painful healing after childbirth, pressure on spinal/pelvic nerves, hormonal changes and narrowing of the vaginal entrance. Tight muscles of the pelvic floor, which include the muscles inside the vagina that are normally active during sexual excitement, may be a source of pain as well.
What Pelvic Floor Physiology Offers
The pelvic floor evaluation involves taking your history and a pelvic floor muscle assessment that checks for muscle tension, tightness, tone, range of motion and muscle strength. This internal exam also provides important information about internal muscle trigger points, the integrity of the pelvic organs and the presence of a prolapse.
PFP treatment empowers you as the patient because you learn to play an active role in controlling your pain. You will learn how to to sufficiently relax muscles related to your concern, which helps decrease anxiety and further decreases pain. This breaks the pain cycle.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy will help you experience sexual intercourse for the passionate, enjoyable and intimate act it is meant to be with your partner. Rekindle the flame……with less pain!!
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Nick Slowinski, Chiropractor
The Ontario Chiropractic association has some solid suggestions when picking out a backpack and how to wear it correctly. Here are some of their great tips to help kids and parents start the school year off right!
HEALTHY BACKPACK WEARING
Pack it properly: Make sure the backpack contains only what is needed for the day or the activity. Distribute the weight of the contents evenly. The total weight of the filled pack should be no more than 10 to 15 per cent of the wearer’s body weight.
Wear it right: Both shoulder straps should always be used, and adjusted so that the pack fits snugly to the body without dangling to the side. Never sling a backpack over one shoulder. You should be able to slide a hand between the backpack and the carrier’s back.
More than 50 per cent of young people experience at least one episode of low back pain by their teenage years. Research indicates one cause is improper use of backpacks.
PACK IT LIGHT & WEAR IT RIGHT!
Whether they’re primary students, teens or university students, preventing back strain, discomfort or poor posture from an improperly fitting backpack is essential for their wellbeing.
Helping your child with their backpack etiquette may seem like a small piece of their health picture, but it does have influences on their physical health. If your child enjoys sports or complains of back pain remember to consider the effect of their backpack. After all, students are wearing their backpack daily. The physical influence of a backpack overtime can be significant.
If you want to ensure your child feels their best through the school year, and preforms their best during extracurricular activities, no matter what they may be, arrange a visit with me at WIN Health Solutions. My goal is to help students reach their fullest potential through building good foundations in their health.
Here's What You'll Get In 7 Sessions...
- Using a walk-to-run approach your guidance and tips will come from our very own WIN Running Expert, Tania Mannella, Doctor of Physiotherapy
- Run once a week for approximately 30 minutes each session for 7 weeks
- Effective strategies to learn to run
- Motivation to maintain regular fitness that will support your health goals
- An awesome WIN Graphic T-shirt for your run while you're with us...and maybe even to wear outside of running (It's really cool)
- Work towards a goal distance of 5K
- A group running experience which is open to EVERYONE!
WIN Beginner's Running Clinic
Our running clinic is not only going to help you learn to run, or build on your running skills as you go, but also will help you stay fit and active into the Fall season. Tania welcomes everyone to this group.
If you're a novice runner, or enjoy running and want to develop/maintain your running abilities, this clinic is perfect for you.
We get the work-home-life balance for parents... So we also welcome moms and dads who'd like to get our for a jog with tot and stroller in tow, or run with their older children, so to enjoy active quality time together.
Tania is offering two times in the week for this running clinic to make it easily accessible... Thursday nights and Saturday mornings!
You will feel better, run stronger and have a great time with a supportive leader and group.
Clinic Dates & Times
Group 1 - Thursday Evenings at 6:00pm - From Thursday September 15th - Thursday October 27th
Group 2 - Saturday Mornings at 6:30am - From Saturday September 17th - Saturday October 29th
Feeling fleet of foot? Run with us this Fall! Register by clicking below...
Questions or need more info? Click here --> WIN Fall Running Clinic to email us and we'd be happy to assist you. But just remember... you can do anything, so go for it! ;)
By WIN Contributor: Shauna Pierrynowski PTA, RNCP
As I took a good look at the calendar this past weekend I realized that it’s going to be mid-July soon and almost every weekend is full! My work week is always busy with responsibilities each day. I had a moment of exhaustion just thinking about this! How am I going to schedule another get-together, family time, clients, weeding the garden, laundry, outdoor work, and the many other day-to-day things to do?!
I found myself almost in a panic then I thought to myself …. Shauna, you need to load the kayak up into the truck grab your paddle and lifejacket and have some ME time to energize myself!
I know I am not alone on this topic. Many of us lead super busy lives and a common challenge is creating time for ourselves. Finding 10-20 min a day for “me” time can sometimes feel impossible and also makes us feel guilty. What we don’t realize is how VERY important this time is even if it is only 10 min in your day.
Cultivating and awareness of our thoughts, feelings and we physically feel can help us feel refreshed and more productive. Once we realize that the dusting can really wait, and take time for self care, we can better manage stress and be more resilient and focused as we tackle our everyday lives.
Here are some suggestions on how to create me time:
1. Create a Daily Ritual – Ideas: go for a walk, read on your lunch, meditate, 15 minutes of yoga, wake up 15 minutes earlier to sit outside before the day starts
2. Ask for Help – when it comes to the little things ask your spouse or kids to pitch in!
3. Learn to say NO – if you just can’t make it work its ok to just say no!
4. Evaluate the things you are wasting time on – stop checking emails every 5 min, turn your phone off, meal plan and grocery shop in advance to create more time.
5. Decide on how you will spend ME time – Ideas: bike rides, reading, yoga, kayaking, sitting at the park, laying in the hammock, listening to music!
6. Make a wish list – Ideas: a place to go, things you want to try, a new craft etc…
7. Let Go of the guilt – Just remember Rome was not built in a day J
8. Write it down – plan your me time by putting it into your calendar.
However we decide to use our “me” time is totally up to us. We cannot put a price on the overall health benefits that are developed by creating this time. So in closing the WIN Health Solutions Niagara team hopes you have an enjoyable summer filled with fun, laughter, family and friends, vacation, BBQ’s, outdoor house projects and most important we hope you find some time for YOU!
By WIN Contributor: Jennifer Lepere, Physiotherapist
The other day I was out for a run, and Bamm! All of a sudden my calf became very hard, tight, and really painful! I was experiencing a muscle cramp! Working as a physiotherapist at WIN Health Solutions, I get asked a lot what is a muscle cramp and how can I stop it from happening??
Muscle cramps happen because of involuntary contractions, or muscle spasms in one or more muscles. They can happen at any time, such as when being active, or even when you’re not, like when you’re trying to fall asleep.
Why does it happen and what can you do about it?
1. Dehydration. You have to make sure you are drinking enough water daily. The Institute of Medicine recommends 13 cups for males and 9 cups for women.
2. Muscle fatigue. You have to make sure you are properly warming up and stretching before and after activity. Taking regular Epsom salt baths will also help.
3. Not enough magnesium or potassium in your diet. You can start eating more food rich in magnesium and potassium. You could also consult your doctor or naturopathic doctor for help in this area.
These are the most common reason why I would see muscle cramping as a physiotherapist at WIN Health Solutions. If you are experiencing muscle cramping please contact the office for a WIN Physiotherapy Niagara Falls treatment and our physiotherapist and physio team members would be happy to offer you health solutions.
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Matthew Bird, Chiropractor
Since 2010 there has been a dramatic increase in the awareness of concussions associated with sports and within the workplace. This awareness has sparked a significant increase in research on the diagnosis and management of concussions.
Clinically, concussions are termed mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), but to compound the problem of understanding what these injuries are, not all mTIB’s are concussions. Wait, what?
Lets define what a concussion is; a brain injury with a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, induced by biomechanical forces. This means that a concussion is a result of a direct blow to the head/face/neck or body with an impulsive force transmitted to the head. This force will then lead to a rapid onset of short-lived impairment of neurological function that resolves spontaneously. However, symptoms and signs may evolve over a number of minutes to hours. Due to the fact that acute clinical symptoms largely reflect a “functional” disturbance rather than a “structural” disturbance (neuropathological) there is no abnormality seen on routine neuroimaging studies (ie: MRI).
What do you do if you suspect you have a concussion? WIN Health Solutions Chiropractors and Physiotherapists can help you set up a plan for recovery as early management is key to reducing your symptoms and will prevent the trench effect of lingering symptoms. The good news is that 80-90% of individuals with mTBIs will recover fully with therapy!
Management of concussion symptoms is done on an individual basis by monitoring the individual’s biggest energy drain affecting their body/mood. Whether it is bodily pain (headaches, muscle/joint soreness), cognitive disturbances (reaction time, concentration), visual/vestibular disruptions (environment), sleep disruption or secondary anxiety/depression. The goal of therapy is always to get you back to where you want to be and that is back to your normal life.
For further info regarding the effects and management of concussions come speak to a WIN Health Solutions Niagara practitioner so you may keep your head in the game! Remember early intervention is the key to your recovery.