KW Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

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Announcing K-W Pelvic Health with Beth Albert

We are pleased to announce the opening of KW Pelvic Health, founded by Beth Albert, based out of the SOS Physiotherapy clinic in the Belmont Centre for physical medicine.

Beth focuses her practice on pelvic floor, orthopaedic and paediatric therapy.

What is pelvic floor physiotherapy? 

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a branch of orthopedic manual therapy that focuses on the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves and fascia of the pelvic girdle, low back and hips.

During assessment and treatment, the therapist uses both internal and external techniques to properly assess and treat the pelvic floor, and associated structures.

Treatment involves a combination of:

  • Manual therapy
  • Exercise
  • Acupuncture
  • Modalities
  • Behavior modification
  • Education

When should patients see a pelvic floor specialist? 

Pelvic floor physiotherapy can be used as a non-invasive form of treatment for pelvic pain and incontinence. Recent literature has supported pelvic floor physiotherapy as the first line of defence in the treatment of incontinence*, and along with diet modification, is the first choice for treatment of interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome. *

*2010 Cochrane Collaboration

*The American Urological Association 2010

Who should see a pelvic floor physiotherapist? 

Men and women who suffer from any of the following;

  • Stress, urge and/or mixed incontinence associated with pregnancy, prostatectomies, menopause and hormonal changes
  • Urinary frequency associated with pregnancy, prostatectomies, menopause and hormonal changes
  • Persistent pelvic pain
  • Generalized and localized vulvar pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginismus
  • Painful bladder syndrome
  • Chronic prostatitis (class 3B)
  • Pain associated with endometriosis and dysmenorrhea
  • Hip, low back and sacroiliac joint pain that has not responded to traditional care techniques

Why should patients seek a registered pelvic floor physiotherapist? 

In Ontario, physiotherapists who perform pelvic floor rehab with internal exams and treatments are required to register themselves with Ontario College of Physiotherapists. These registered therapists have undergone advanced training in pelvic floor dysfunction.

Is an internal exam necessary? 

In order to properly assess the structures of the pelvic floor, penetration beyond the vagina and/or rectum is necessary. Internal muscle function cannot be properly assessed and treated from an external examination. These muscles play a primary role in incontinence and are associated with pain.

Is a referral needed for these services? 

Physiotherapy patients do not need a physician’s referral to visit KW Pelvic Health, but we do maintain a close relationship with each patient’s physician throughout treatment. Some insurance companies require written medical referrals.

Quality Care from a Compassionate Professional 

Meet Beth Albert, DPT, B. Kin, CAFCI 

Beth is a registered Physiotherapist, having achieved her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Franklin Pierce University and her Kinesiology degree from McMaster University. Beth focuses her practice on pelvic floor, orthopedic and pediatric therapy.

In order to provide her patients with the best care possible, she has taken advanced courses in manual therapy, acupuncture, McKenzie and pelvic floor dysfunction. Beth is also a registered yoga instructor.

Beth’s interest in pelvic health began after giving birth to her daughter and undergoing pelvic floor physiotherapy herself. She began KW Pelvic Health as a response to her desire to help others maintain their active lifestyles while finding solutions to their pelvic health challenges.

In addition to practising yoga, Beth enjoys many sports. A former captain of the McMaster University women’s swimming team, she remains an avid swimmer. She also enjoys running and cycling. She recently completed her first ultramarathon and is looking forward to competing in her first Ironman triathlon in summer 2013. She enjoys spending time hiking and spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter.

You can find the KW Pelvic Health website and more details here.