Kaaiaa Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Kaaiaa Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Pelvic Floor
    What is Pelvic Health?

    Pelvic health is the term used to describe the health of the muscles and tissues that support the bladder, uterus, and bowel. These muscles and tissues are called the pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic health is important because these muscles and tissues help keep the bladder, uterus, and bowel in their correct positions and help to control the flow of urine and bowel movements.

    What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

    Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a type of physiotherapy that focuses on the pelvic floor muscles and tissues. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help to improve the strength and function of these muscles and tissues. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can also help to improve bladder, uterus, and bowel control.

    What are the most common problems with the Pelvic Floor?

    The most common problems with the pelvic floor are problems with bladder and bowel control, pelvic pain, urgency, frequency, and low back/hip pain (Yes, the pelvic floor might be why this is not getting better!). Also, abdominal separation or diastasis recti can be considered a pelvic floor issue.

    How can Physiotherapy help with Pelvic Floor conditions?

    Physiotherapy includes a variety of techniques including breathing, posture work, stretches, strengthening and manual therapy (massage and stretching by the therapist) that can help alleviate the symptoms you are experiencing. Your Pelvic Physiotherapist will determine what techniques are best suited for your symptoms and condition and they will e-mail all exercises to you at the end of the appointment. 

    What is stress incontinence and what can I do about it?
    Stress incontinence is a type of bladder control problem. It is when you leak urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze, or do any other activity that puts stress on your bladder. There are a number of things that you can do to help improve your bladder control and reduce your risk of stress incontinence. Some of these things include:
    - Doing pelvic floor physiotherapy
    - Doing pelvic floor exercises
    - Avoiding caffeine and alcohol
    - Avoiding smoking
    - Drinking plenty of water
    - Urinating when you feel the need to urinate
    - Wearing a pad or incontinence underwear when you are active
    What may cause chronic pelvic pain?
    There are a number of things that can cause chronic pelvic pain. Some of the most common causes are:
    - Pelvic floor problems
    - Endometriosis
    - Ovarian cysts
    - Uterine fibroids
    - Pelvic inflammatory disease
    - Urinary tract infection
    - Constipation
    - IBS
    What happens in an assessment and treatment session?
    Your assessment includes an in depth conversation regarding your medical history including your current symptoms any past injuries, surgeries, falls, medical conditions. After this, the Physiotherapist will do an external assessment of the back, hips, abdomen. Finally, the muscles internally are usually assessed because this is the only way to really know what they are doing and how best to treat them. This internal examination is done with gel, gloves and using a single finger and most importantly, with your fully informed consent. At times, when the patient does not feel comfortable with the internal examination, the Physiotherapist can still provide you with exercises and treatment. If symptoms are improving then an internal examination might not need to be performed at subsequent appointments. However, if there is no change in symptoms, your therapist might recommend and internal examination at that point in time, but again, it will only be performed with your consent. For questions regarding this please book a free phone consult or e-mail us at hello@kaaiaa.co.
    Pregnancy & Child Birth
    Will my pelvic floor recover from childbirth?

    It is possible for your pelvic floor to recover from childbirth. However, it is important to do pelvic floor physiotherapy and exercises targeted at improving the muscle strength and control so that you can return back to your daily activities, sex, and fitness without issues. 

    Can post partum diastasis recti ever heal on its own?

    Most cases of post partum diastasis recti will need specific exercises to help reduce the gap, and any bulging that is happening. A pelvic physiotherapy assessment would include taking a look at the abdominal muscles, assessing the gap, the back, hips and pelvic floor as everything works together and needs to be strong so there is less pressure in the middle.

    What exercises heal your diastasis recti after childbirth?

    There is no one exercise that will heal your diastasis recti after childbirth. However, doing pelvic floor physiotherapy and exercises can help to improve the strength, tone, and function of the pelvic floor muscles and tissues. This can help to speed up the healing process and reduce the risk of developing long-term problems.

    Cost & Billing
    Do you offer direct billing to my insurance provider?

    Yes! We direct bill the following companies. If there is any remaining balance after direct billing, it will be charged to your credit or debit card. Personal and spouse benefits accepted (primary and secondary providers).

    • BPA

    • Alberta Blue Cross

    • Sun Life

    • Canada Life

    • Canadian Construction Workers Union

    • Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan

    • CINUP

    • ClaimSecure

    • Cowan Insurance Group (managed by Express Scripts Canada)

    • D.A. Townley

    • Desjardins Insurance

    • Equitable Life of Canada

    • Empire Life

    • First Canadian

    • GMS Carriers 49 and 50 (Express Scripts Canada)

    • Greenshield

    • GroupHEALTH

    • GroupSource

    • Industrial Alliance

    • Johnson Inc.

    • Johnston Group

    • La Capitale

    • LiUna Local 183

    • LiUna Local 506

    • Manion

    • Manulife Financial

    • Maximum Benefit

    • Medavie Blue Cross

    • People Corporation

    • RWAM

    • TELUS AdjudiCare

    • Union Benefits

    • UV Insurance

    What is your rescheduling and cancellation policy?

    We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise, and you may need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. However, we kindly request that you provide us with adequate notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.

    For rescheduling up to 24 hours ahead of your appointment time, no fees will be incurred.

    For cancellations/rescheduling made less than 24 hours in advance of the appointment time, or if you fail to show up for your appointment without any notice, we reserve the right to charge the full appointment fee to the credit card on file.

    Questions? Email us at hello@kaaiaa.co.