Why see a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist?
Thanks for visiting me. Here's a 2min 13sec explanation of [part of the reason] why I do what I do. Thank you, Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia (PABC), for advocating for the importance of this work.
Welcome to Laura Werner Physiotherapy.
I'm so glad that you're here. You've likely found me because you or someone you care about is having, or suspects they are having, symptoms related to weakened or uncommunicative core or pelvic floor muscles. As a physiotherapy professional, yoga instructor, and mother, I see countless women and men going about their daily lives in pain and discomfort from core and pelvic muscles that are functioning sub-optimally. Physiotherapy is an effective complementary tool for rebuilding physical health, especially in the core and pelvic areas. The purpose of this website is to support my clients and the broader community in understanding the function of these areas and to take effective and efficient action to support their optimal health. The key areas where I concentrate my practice include:
Pre-natal and post-natal care
Blocked milk ducts (treatment with therapeutic ultrasound)
Diastasis recti / separation of the rectus abdominis / Diastasis Rectus Abdominis / DRA (read my 2019 literature review on DRA here)
Bowel and bladder incontinence (stress and/or urge related) for both females and males
Pelvic organ prolapse
Pelvic girdle pain (sacroiliac and/or symphysis pubis pain)
Post-operative pelvic floor recovery and rehabilitation
Vaginal pain and vaginismus (provoked or unprovoked vulvar vestibulodynia or vulvodynia)
Male genital and pelvic pain
Dyssynergic defecation (constipation primarily due to incoordination of muscles involved in defecation)
Low back pain
Coccydynia (pain in the tailbone area)
Read descriptions of the above conditions in the WHAT I TREAT under the WORK WITH ME tab.
Are you suffering or suspect that you're suffering from one of the conditions above? Then schedule an assessment appointment with me.
In this website you will find various resources and content in the Learning Centre - all of which is there for you to reference at your leisure. At the bottom of this page are three posts that touch on the areas that I get asked about the most:
How do the pelvic floor and core abdominals work together?
What is the pelvic floor?
What are the core abdominals?
Below is a video from the Physiotherapy Association of BC, which features physiotherapists as their daily active selves and encourages others to start moving. I am honoured to be featured performing my yoga practice (not shown is me playing basketball or baseball with my children or towing my littlest behind me on my bicycle).
Foundational Knowledge: How do the pelvic floor and core abdominals work together?
Foundational Knowledge: What is the pelvic floor?
Foundational Knowledge: What are the core abdominals?
"... From the first appointment I knew I was in good hands... Working with Laura to heal my pelvic floor was more than just physiotherapy to me. It allowed me to feel confident and connected with my body again, and after only a few short weeks I was feeling like my old self again. Thank you so much Laura.”