Victoria Philip

Clinician + Educator + Advocate

Becoming a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist was unexpected in many ways. It beckoned me from afar and brought me to life. Every day is empowering and inspiring – for myself and those individuals who give me the opportunity to help them along their journey to finding better health + happiness.

Positively Pelvic was born out of this passion. Its mission is to advocate and to empower others to feel + do better through Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. In the words of Elizabeth Gilbert, “Just say what you want to say, then, and say it with all your heart”. So here I am screaming ALOUD for EVERYONE to hear that this therapy exists and that its benefits are vast and wonderful. Learn. Pass it on…

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How does PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPY affect POSITIVE change?

The pelvic floor can be imagined as a “bowl of muscles in the bottom of your pelvis”. We all sit and move on these muscles every single day. Below are the amazing things your pelvic floor muscles do for you:

Continence – they are the reason we do not leak urine, gas or stool.
Support – they hold up our pelvic organs including our bladder, uterus and rectum.
Core – move over abs! These key muscles are the foundation of your core, which supports your overall strength and function.
Enjoyable sex – they are the reason we can participate in pleasure, become aroused and achieve orgasm.
Circulation – these muscles create a pumping action that assists blood and lymphatic drainage helping to keep our tissue fluids in balance.

  • Do you experience poor bladder and/or bowel control?
  • Do you feel a heavy sensation or felt a tissue at the opening of your vagina?
  • Do you experience painful sex or have difficulty enjoying sex?
  • Do you experience pain within your pelvis at rest or with daily activities?
  • Do you think your core strength is weak making exercise and daily activities challenging or tiring?
  • Have you been pregnant or had urological/gynecological surgery?

Sound Famliar?

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy can help you REGAIN Continence, Support, Core, Enjoyable Sex + Circulation through stretching, strengthening, manual therapy, education, mindfulness, behavioural strategies and a home rehabilitation program.

Populations Treated

Incontinence

Men and women can both experience involuntary urine, stool or gas loss with increased abdominal pressure, low and high impact activity, and/or urgency to void both bladder and bowels.

Prolapse

Women can experience low-lying pelvic organs through the vaginal opening – bladder, uterus, small bowel or rectum.

Urinary + Bowel Dysfunction

Men and women may experience pelvic floor muscle dysfunction that contributes to urinary or bowel frequency, urgency and hesitancy; nocturia (night time urination) and constipation.

Pre-habilitation + Post-Surgical

Men and women undergo urogynecological surgeries that affect pelvic floor muscle function. Preparing your body for surgery and participating in rehabilitation post-surgically improves your outcomes including faster recovery and preventing subsequent surgeries.

Pelvic Pain

Men and women can experience a variety of pelvic pain conditions that result in pelvic floor muscle pain and dysfunction. This includes: dyspareunia (painful sex), vestibulodynia, vulvodynia, vaginismus, interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, lichens sclerosus, lichens planus, pudendal neuralgia, sitting pain, rectal pain, prostatitis, etc.

Pregnancy + Post-Partum

Changes affecting the pregnant woman significantly affect the state of the pelvic floor muscles, which contribute to pain during pregnancy and labour. The muscles must also be able to relax, allowing your baby to enter the world. Post-partum body rehabilitation is necessary to help mothers achieve strength for their day-to-day activities and is important to prepare their bodies for the next pregnancy.

Persistent Low Back, Hip and Pelvic Girdle Pain

Men and women who have experienced persistent lumbopelvic-hip complex pain may be the result of ongoing pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.

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