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Free Webinar by Tania Mannella, Doctor of Physiotherapy
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.
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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!!
I am excited to be part of a new service coming to WIN Health Solutions Niagara Falls! Patients will be able to obtain extra guidance and support by a Registered Kinesiologist on each visit. In case I have not had the opportunity to meet you, my name is Karen Evers and I am a Registered Kinesiologist.
I have been working the last two years with the Niagara Falls Physiotherapy team at WIN Health Solutions as a Physiotherapy Assistant. I am also a Registered Kinesiologist. To be a Kinesiologist in Ontario, I had to earn a University degree, and then complete and pass the Provincial Exam to work as a Kinesiologist in the province.
You may be wondering what Kinesiology can offer a patient in the clinical setting. We are human movement professionals. We assess patients to rehabilitate and/or enhance human performance. My goal at WIN Health Solutions is to work with our team of professionals to provide care to those who suffer from musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, individuals injured at work or people who have had motor vehicle accidents.
WIN Health Solutions is unique because it offers a wide range of health care services to the community under one roof. This is of great benefit for patients because with a team approach the WIN Health Solutions Practitioners can collaborate to ensure you get the best and most comprehensive care possible.
My vision as a Kinesiologist at WIN is to provide patients with injuries or conditions extra health strategies and support to round out what they will receive from the clinician they are working with at WIN. I will also offer guidance with regard to specific exercises that will help relieve pain, increase range of motion and gain back strength so they can take control of their own health.
My approach is always individualized and will complement the treatment your Chiropractor or Physiotherapist has given you. Another added benefit is that some insurance companies offer coverage for Kinesiologist visits.
I look forward to working with the WIN Practitioners to help our patients achieve their optimal health goals!
By WIN Contributor: Lora Dino, Reception Team Member
Our head physiotherapist is Tania Mannella PT, DPT, and offers many different techniques and services that she provides to her patients. Tania practices rehabilitation-based therapy which focuses on optimizing her patients' independent function through manual work and specific exercise. She has extensive experience in manual therapy while offering unique modalities such as laser, shockwave, acupuncture and many others.
She also specializes in pelvic floor physiotherapy, and is the only physiotherapist rostered by the College of Physiotherapists for this treatment in Niagara Falls. In addition, Tania is trained in aqua therapy for patients who benefit from the buoyancy of water.
Tania has won the "40 Under 40" award which she received for being one of the top 40 entrepreneurs in the Niagara region under the age of 40. In addition, she is continuously taking extra courses to update and enhance her services and knowledge base to be able to offer her patients the most innovative and advanced treatment possible.
To her patients, Tania offers very best by way of her professionalism, courteousness, warmth and positivity. A loved quality that she possessed, is that she ensures she spends quality time with her patients and provides individualized care for each one and she is always willing to take on emergency patients when needed.
Tania is extremely dedicated to providing exceptional care to her patients. To learn more about Tania or physiotherapy contact us at WIN Health Solutions.
Have you ever laughed and tears ran down your leg? Have you ever pulled in the driveway and had to run as fast as you can to the bathroom in your home? Have you ever suffered from any sort of pelvic pain? NONE of this is normal!!
These are all dysfunctions that can be helped, and believe it or not Kegels are not always the answer! They can actually do more harm than good if it is performed in the wrong situation. If you can relate to any of the above situations, I urge you to discuss things with a specialized pelvic floor physiotherapist.
There is extensive research that concludes that certified physiotherapists with specialized training in pelvic floor rehabilitation should be the first line of defense before surgical consultation for stress, urge and mixed incontinence in women. We also play an integral role in reducing pelvic pain and in pre-and post partum care.
A pelvic floor physiotherapist must take advanced training and must become registered with the Ontario College of Physiotherapists prior to treating any patients. Our women's health specialist at WIN Health Solutions, Tania Mannella PT, DPT will perform a detailed assessment and take an extensive history of each patient's situation. The assessment also includes a short internal, physical exam in order to assess the tenderness, integrity, strength and endurance of the pelvic floor musculature. We will assess the pain source, trigger points and potential neurological issues. Once we establish the source of the issue we continue into treatment immediately.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is not new, but most women and doctors are not aware of this form of treatment. If you or someone you know, suffer from any sort of pelvic pain or incontinence, please discuss pelvic floor physiotherapy as an option of conservative treatment with your doctor. We would love to be of service to you and your specialized women's health issue at the WIN Health Solutions Niagara Falls Physiotherapy clinic.