Is the chronic pain in your neck or back too much to bear?

Were you recently pregnant, and now your pelvis doesn’t feel quite right?

Are you less mobile than you used to be, as a result of an injury or illness?

If so, you may benefit from physiotherapy treatments from Mahaya Health.


What Is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a discipline of healthcare that works to restore and maintain your body’s function and mobility.

Physiotherapists focus on the science of movement. They’re trained in how to recognize any movement limitations you may have, and how you can address the underlying issues causing them. These could be related to an accident, a sports injury, pregnancy and childbirth, surgery, or any number of other incidents.

What To Expect From A Physiotherapy Session

During your first session with your physiotherapist they’ll go through a full examination and ask you a series of detailed questions, with the goal of getting as full a picture of your health as possible. Your physiotherapist may request certain documentation based on your medical history as well. Your physiotherapist may ask you to do a few exercises or movements as well, with the goal of assessing your current level of mobility.

If at any point you feel any pain or discomfort, let your physiotherapist know. It isn’t supposed to hurt.

Once your physiotherapist has been able to make a full and complete assessment, they can provide you with a treatment plan. Depending on what your unique health needs are, your physiotherapist may recommend:

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Your pelvic floor plays an important role in your fertility, digestion, sexual function, and much more.

If you experience lower back or pelvic pain, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s related to your pelvis, but there are a number of issues which can be connected with pelvic floor dysfunction. In some cases, it can even be involved with chronic headaches.

Pelvic floor physiotherapy can be particularly effective with pregnancy and postpartum health concerns.

Exercises

When you feel pain, your first instinct is to stiffen up. As a result, you might tend toward letting an injured body part rest as much as possible. This can lead to problems, though. In particular, it can lead to stiffness, weakened muscles, and reduced mobility. In this case, your physiotherapist can recommend exercises to help your body ease back into mobility.

Myofascial Release

Your fascia runs from your head to your toes in a three-dimensional web. It’s a tissue that covers everything. When we say each part of your body is interconnected, this is just one of the many examples.

Sometimes, though, your fascial tissue can become restricted. This happens for many reasons – injury, surgery, inflammation, repetitive strain, habitual posture, or physical or emotional trauma.

Myofascial release is a hands-on treatment applying gentle, sustained pressure to your skin to address these restrictions. This is a safe and effective way to reduce pain and improve mobility.

Physiotherapy For Chronic Pain 

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, it can be disheartening and exhausting. At its worst, chronic pain can stand in the way of you being able to do the basic things of day-to-day life.

Because the part of your brain that manages pain is the same part that manages your emotions, the two often play into each other. Unfortunately, the more depressed, frustrated, or angry you get at having to deal with your chronic pain, the worse the pain may become.

Your physiotherapist may suggest myofascial release therapy, pelvic floor rehabilitation, and/or general advice about how you’re moving and carrying your body to achieve the best results for your pain relief.

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy  

Your pelvis is an important part of your body, but it might not be one you think about every day.

It houses your reproductive organs, the lower part of your spine, and a large part of your digestive system. So if there are issues in this part of your body, it can have wide-reaching effects throughout your body.

In particular, if you’re pregnant or you’ve recently been, it can cause issues of incontinence, lower back or pelvic pain, discomfort during sex, or other digestive issues.

Giving birth can be a beautiful experience, but from a physical perspective it’s a trauma to your pelvis. As a result, it’s a good idea to see a physiotherapist both during and after your pregnancy. They can help you maintain a healthy pelvic area, which may make the birthing process a little easier, as well as help you recover.

Here at Mahaya Health, our physiotherapist Shannon Stoby has received special accreditation with the College of Physical Therapists of Ontario to perform the assessment and treatment involved in pelvic floor rehabilitation.

Physiotherapy can help with a number of other health conditions as well, including:

  • Asthma and other lung conditions
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer-related pain or fatigue
  • Brain or spinal trauma-related mobility loss

If you’re dealing with any of the above conditions, you may benefit from physiotherapy.

Not sure whether physiotherapy is right for you? Contact Mahaya Health today. We’ll help you understand your treatment options, and empower you with the knowledge you need to make the right decisions for your health.

Start building a healthier life in body and in mind.