Pelvic Health Physical Therapy.
Get to know your pelvis. Because everyone has one.
Pelvic health plays an important role in the physical, mental, social, and sexual well-being in anybody with a pelvis. How well do you know your pelvis and the role it plays?
Out of sight, out of mind
The less we know about something, the easier it is to ignore. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles with attachments to your pubic bone, tailbone, and pelvis. However, it isn't something we see everyday (or ever), so many people don't understand its role in relation to the rest of our bodies.
Pelvic health issues can affect all people, including people with a penis. Anybody with a pelvis should pay attention to their pelvic health.
Pelvic health at every age.
From potty training to weight training, there are pelvic health treatments to make your daily movements more comfortable. High-intensity exercise, heavy lifting, pregnancy, being overweight, and chronic constipation can all lead to a weakened pelvic floor. This isn't just an adult problem - children can also be affected by pelvic heath issues, like bedwetting or underactive bladder.
Meet your clinician
Dr. Aimee Anagnostos
As an expert pelvic health physical therapist, Dr. Aimee treats clients in pre and postpartum health, incontinence, pelvic pain, and more. She believes in empowering and educating you throughout your healing journey.
To ensure her clients move and feel their best, Aimee builds a bridge between rehabilitation and recreational fitness through patient-centered care and holistic wellness.
How pelvic health physical therapy can help.
Many people who suffer from pelvic pain or dysfunction don’t know it’s impacting their quality of life. Needing to sit near a washroom, issues with intimacy and relationships, incontinence, and sometimes not even wanting to leave home are all ways pelvic issues can impact your general wellbeing. Discomfort can show up in the lower abdomen, and can be steady or sporadic, dull or sharp, and sometimes may not cause obvious pain at all.
Pelvic health physical therapy can help restore strength, flexibility, and function to the muscles and joints in the pelvic region, so you can get back to everyday living.
What to expect at a session
We listen carefully
We may ask questions that seem odd or embarrassing, but trust us - it's relevant, we've heard it all, and it stays between you and your therapist. Your first appointment will last about 60 minutes.
We explain simply
We want you to feel as comfortable as possible, so along the way we'll explain what we are doing and why. This is also a good time to ask any questions you have.
We assess comfortably
We work at your pace, and within your comfort zones. If you don't want to do an internal exam, we can discuss alternative options. You may be asked to move around to determine how your back, hips, or core may be correlated to pelvic floor dysfunction.
We plan effectively
After your exam, your therapist will explain what's happening, what you can do to reach your goals, how long it may take, what to expect next time, and exercises you can do at home to help you manage symptoms.
The clinician is a physical therapist that has taken specific training in pelvic health physical therapy. Depending on the clinician, they may have taken additional courses from reputable organizations (ie. Pelvic Health Solutions) focusing on treating different conditions and populations.
Absolutely. If you have been referred here by your doctor, OB, gynecologist, midwife, or doula, your clinician can send a letter outlining the findings and treatment plan with your consent. If you have been referred by your current physical therapist, your clinician will/can follow up to form a collaborative approach to your goals. This is all with your consent and only if you would like to.
An assessment will get you started and typically 2-3 follow up sessions to ensure you are doing well, self managing and progressing. Some clients need more or less depending on the complexity of the problem. We suggest batch booking your subsequent visits to ensure a spot in the clinician's schedule (ie. book 2 or 3 sessions in advance).
It should not and the clinician will make sure to give you a thorough explanation of the exam, what to expect and will constantly get your feedback to make sure you are comfortable.