Prioritizing women's pelvic health since 2015

You are not alone, there is hope

The average woman sees 7 healthcare providers before seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist, despite pelvic floor physiotherapy being recommended in research as the first line of defence and the best initial option for many urogynecologic issues. Pelvic health issues (ex: pain with sex, incontinence, prolapse) are not talked about, leaving women feeling worried and alone. It is time to break the silence.

Evidence based & Lasting results

There is Level I/ Grade A evidence (the strongest level of evidence available) in research supporting the effectiveness of pelvic floor physiotherapy. Treatment comes with little to no risk or side effects. Research recommends pelvic floor physiotherapy, before surgical consultation or medication, for various conditions.

What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

Dysfunction in the pelvic floor can occur when the muscles are weak, too tight, or when knots/spasms develop in the muscles. Kegels are not always appropriate, and in many cases, can make the issue worse.

How can Physiotherapy help?

A physiotherapist with specialized training in the pelvic floor will use education, lifestyle modifications, exercises, and in most cases will perform a vaginal and/or rectal exam using a finger to assess and treat the pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor physiotherapy teaches the patient the skills and exercises needed to self manage and often resolve the condition.

Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help with the following symptoms and conditions

  • Pain with sex
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary urgency
  • Overactive bladder
  • Nocturia (waking up at night to pee)
  • Prolapse
  • Postpartum recovery (both vaginal and C-section)
  • Diastasis rectus abdominis
  • Pelvic and lower abdominal pain
  • Vaginismus
  • Vulvodynia
  • Persistent pain due to endometriosis or Interstitial Cystitis
  • Pregnancy related pain
  • Unresolving/unexplained low back or hip pain
  • Tailbone pain

What to expect

You understandably may feel nervous or apprehensive before meeting with your physiotherapist. You are not entirely sure what to expect, you don’t understand how physiotherapy can help your problem, and you know that you will need to discuss some things that are very personal and/or upsetting to talk about. The physiotherapist will spend a lot of time that first session putting you at ease and explaining what is going to happen and how physiotherapy can help.

Helpful Articles

When it comes to pelvic floor issues, the internet is full of misleading information. The resources on this website provide up to date information and best evidence based practice. You can trust the material because it is backed by current research.

Practicing Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy in Fredericton since 2015

Meet Lynn

Physiotherapist with Specialized Training in the Pelvic Floor

A trusted pelvic floor physiotherapy provider by Fredericton's medical community; Lynn was one of the first to practice pelvic floor physiotherapy in New Brunswick. She pioneered pelvic floor physiotherapy in a multi-disciplinary setting in the city of Fredericton.

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Lynn Sweeney, Physiotherapist
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a doctor's referral?You do not need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist. You can self -refer, and book the appointment yourself. However, a select few insurance companies request a referral in order to reimburse you. If you phone your insurance company (Blue Cross, Great West Life, SunLife, Johnson, etc) they will let you know if a referral is required.
Is it covered by insurance?Yes, pelvic floor physiotherapy is covered under “physiotherapy” in your insurance plan.
Can I still come if I am on my period?Yes, you can still come to your appointment if you are on your period. Your physiotherapist will place an absorbent pad under you for the duration of the exam. Your period does not affect the results of the exam or the treatment.
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