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Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy in Kanata

Restore your pelvic health and confidence with our specialized physiotherapy services.

At Inertia Physio, we are dedicated to addressing your pelvic health concerns, including managing pelvic pain. Our pelvic floor physiotherapists ensure a professional and compassionate approach, focusing on personalized care tailored to each individual's needs. We create a supportive environment that respects your privacy and comfort, guiding you through your recovery with expert and dedicated support.

What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

Pelvic health Physiotherapy is a specialized branch of Physiotherapy focusing on various pelvic floor conditions. Pelvic Health Physiotherapists have advanced, specialized training to perform external and internal assessments of the pelvic floor and must be rostered within their college.

What is the Pelvic Floor?

The pelvic floor is a hammock-shaped network of muscles, fascia, and nerves that runs from your pubic bone in the front to your tailbone in the back. It supports pelvic organs and has 5 critical functions including support, stability, sexual function, sphincteric control, and acting as a sump-pump.When the pelvic floor is either too weak, has too much tension, or is uncoordinated it can lead to pelvic floor dysfunction which can affect one or more of its functions. The pelvic floor is an integral part of your “deep core” and works closely with your deep abdominal and back muscles and diaphragm to maintain proper function.

Pelvic Floor Facts

  • 3.3 million Canadians suffer from incontinence
  • 1 in 4 women have incontinence
  • 10-20% of women report painful intercourse
  • 25-50% of women experience pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction can be the cause of low back or hip pain
  • Only 1 in 12 (8%) people seek out treatment for their pelvic health

What Types of Conditions Does Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Treat?

  • Pregnancy, birth prep, and postpartum health and fitness
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Urinary incontinence (stress, urge, mixed)
  • Urinary urgency, retention, hesitation, frequency
  • Nocturia (urination at nighttime)
  • Constipation
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination
  • Pain with intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Pain in areas of the vagina (vestibulodynia, vulvodynia or clitorodynia)
  • Vaginismus
  • Pelvic girdle pain: coccyx, sacro-Iliac joint, symphysis pubis
  • Diastasis rectus abdominus
  • Post abdominal surgery rehab: cesarean delivery, hysterectomy, abdominoplasty, hernia repair
  • Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Pudendal neuralgia
  • Persistent and/or unexplained pain not responding to treatment in the low back, hip, pelvis

What Can I Expect?

During your initial visit, your Physiotherapist will conduct an assessment which includes a detailed history of your bladder, bowel, gynecological, and sexual health as well as a physical examination.

The physical examination typically has both an external and internal component. The external component can involve an assessment of posture, breathing, low back, hips, SI joints, abdomen, functional movements, gait/impact, and/or external pelvic floor. The internal component consists of an examination of your pelvic floor vaginally and/or rectally, which is the gold standard for assessing the pelvic floor. This assessment is looking at the tone, strength, endurance, coordination, and tenderness of your pelvic floor.

You do not need to choose to participate in an internal exam on the first visit or at all throughout your Physiotherapy treatment if it is not something you are comfortable with. Assessment and treatment is based around your comfort and consent and your Physiotherapist will work with you each step of the way. An effective treatment plan can still be provided through a whole-body approach centered around your goals.

An individualized treatment plan will then be developed based on the specific assessment findings tailored to help you reach your goals.

Meet Our Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Alisha Oliver brings a wealth of expertise to her role as a pelvic health physiotherapist. With an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences from Western University and a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University, Alisha is well-equipped to support your pelvic health needs.

From a young age, as a competitive gymnast and volleyball player, Alisha experienced the benefits of physiotherapy firsthand, sparking her passion for helping others regain function and achieve their health goals. After completing her education, she quickly specialized in women’s health, earning a comprehensive Pelvic Health certification. This specialization allows her to effectively address various pelvic health dysfunctions, emphasizing support and empowerment for women on their health journeys.

At her practice, Alisha employs a holistic approach, treating each client as a whole person rather than just focusing on symptoms. She believes that a blend of compassionate care, thorough education, clear communication, hands-on treatment, and personalized exercise programs are the keys to successful physiotherapy outcomes.

Outside the clinic, Alisha stays active by hiking with her partner and their mini Aussiedoodle, Remy. She also enjoys traveling, exploring new culinary experiences, engaging in weightlifting and yoga, and relaxing with a good book.

Her qualifications include:

  • Advanced training in the Assessment and Treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Incontinence.
  • Trauma-Informed Assessment and Treatment for Pelvic Pain.
  • Membership in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and its Women’s Health Division.

Alisha is committed to providing holistic and effective care tailored to your unique pelvic health needs, helping you navigate your journey with expertise and empathy.

Book an appointment today!


What are some common symptoms of pelvic pain?

Symptoms of pelvic pain can vary widely but typically include persistent or intermittent pain that may be sharp or dull in the lower abdomen, pelvis, or lower back. It may also manifest as pain during urination, bowel movements, or sexual activity. Other symptoms might include increased urgency or frequency of urination and discomfort during prolonged sitting.

Who should consider pelvic health physiotherapy?

This therapy is beneficial for anyone experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, including pelvic pain, incontinence, and discomfort during sex. It is also highly recommended for pregnant and postpartum women dealing with pelvic girdle pain, those undergoing menopause, and individuals recovering from pelvic surgery.

How long does it typically take to see results from pelvic health physiotherapy?

The time frame for seeing results from pelvic health physiotherapy can vary. Some patients may notice improvement within a few weeks, while others might need longer, depending on the severity of their condition and their body’s response to treatment. Consistent participation in prescribed exercises and adherence to treatment recommendations are crucial for effective outcomes.

Can pelvic health physiotherapy help with sexual dysfunction?

Yes, pelvic health physiotherapy can be particularly effective for treating sexual dysfunctions that are linked to pelvic floor disorders. Treatments can help alleviate pain during intercourse, improve erectile function, and enhance sexual sensation and orgasmic function by addressing the underlying muscle and nerve issues.

Can men benefit from pelvic health physiotherapy?

Absolutely, men can benefit from pelvic health physiotherapy for conditions such as post-prostatectomy incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, and other disorders related to pelvic floor dysfunction. Treatment for men is tailored to address specific male pelvic anatomy issues and may involve exercises, manual therapy, and education on pelvic floor health.

Is pelvic floor therapy covered by OHIP?

No, OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) does not cover pelvic floor therapy as it is considered an elective, specialized treatment. However, pelvic floor physiotherapy may be covered by private extended health insurance plans, so it's best to check with your insurance provider about coverage details.

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