We’re All About You

Imagine with us for a moment: what does it mean to you to be healthy, strong, and functioning well in your body? Picture what that looks like. And now the bigger question: does that picture match your current reality?

If your answer is no, that’s ok! There is no judgement from us. We get it because we’ve had our body struggles too! And we understand how different life stages – from pregnancy, to postpartum, to perimenopause – can greatly impact how our bodies feel, how they move, and how they work.

That is why we exist. We believe that bodies are adaptable and can change for the better. We are here to help you become more confident, capable, and content with your pelvic and overall health, no matter the life stage.

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Your Talented Team

It’s rare to find a workplace where everyone genuinely loves coming to work. Not only are we passionate about what we do, we also have over 50 years of combined experience to provide you with expert care. We work with our heads, hearts, and hands – and we’re here to serve you. (Did we mention that we’re down to earth and friendly?)

Ibukun Afolabi

Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Diana Blaney

Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Carla Huls

Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Sophia McLean

Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Eliza Pereira-Karve

Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Kate Dowling

Client Care Coordinator

FAQ

Oh were should we start!? Honestly, the longer we do this, the longer we are convinced that pelvic health physiotherapy should be a standardized part of our Canadian healthcare system.

Did you know that in France it is standard protocol for every woman who has had a baby to have up to 20 visits from a pelvic health physiotherapist? And it’s covered by their government! Our European counterparts are light years ahead of us. They have seen the benefits of supporting women with their pelvic floor health and we can learn from them.

While there is currently much less government support here in Canada, awareness is starting to grow. More and more women are willing to invest in their pelvic health because they understand how it can change their life right now and also prevent future problems as they age.

Our goal is to optimize your pelvic or maternal health by equipping you with knowledge and skills that can transform your reality. Even if you don’t have any specific pelvic floor symptoms, just being proactive and getting checked can alter the trajectory of your health.

One last note on why you should work with a pelvic floor physiotherapist:

We are trained to assess and treat the pelvic floor as it works in synchrony with the rest of your system. We don’t just focus on structure (ie. anatomy), but function (ie. how your body is actually working). We have the unique skills to assess and treat in ways that that other health providers may miss or are outside of their scope of practice.

Also, we have the luxury of spending a lot more time with you; this means you get an opportunity to learn strategies where you can instantly change the experience you have with your body. How empowering is that?!

Unfortunately, kegels is what many people think of when they hear the words “pelvic floor”. But it’s so much more than that.

It is about training the entire core (the pelvic floor is just one part of it) and integrating its function into your daily life activities. It’s about whole body alignment, and connecting to your various systems, which all play off each other. It’s about optimization of the neural and myofascial systems, it’s about mobility, endurance, strength, efficiency, breathing, training new movement patterns, increasing variability, motor control, coordination, and optimizing your brain pathways.

It’s about looking at the bigger picture of YOU. Getting to the root causes (which may not be the pelvic floor muscles), eliminating pain, and being comfortable, confident, and in control of one’s body…

Basically, we don’t believe in a cookie cutter approach for every woman. Instead we carefully listen, evaluate, and then together, we act to help you attain your goals.

Yes, absolutely! Pelvic floor issues can and do exist in all ages and stages. Even though we’re called “The Mama’s Physio” we work with women from all walks of life.

If you are an older woman, it’s never too late to get started on improving your pelvic health. In fact we urge you to do so because issues caused by past pregnancies, giving birth long ago, chronically poor ways of moving, and menopause often don’t get better on their own. They typically get worse or can manifest later in life. Now is a great time to do something about it.

Of course! If you have never gone through pregnancy or childbirth, if you don’t plan on having children, or if you’re a college or university student, we can absolutely still work with you.

If you find yourself facing various health issues related to pelvic health, such as diastasis recti, incontinence, prolapse, vaginismus, or other types of pelvic pain, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re here for you too. =)

No, you do not. However, if you plan on using your extended health benefits, your insurance company may need to see a referral for physiotherapy from a physician in order for you to be reimbursed. Simply call your insurance provider to ask if they require a referral in order to cover physiotherapy.

Our initial consultation blocks are booked for either 60 minutes ($140) or 75 minutes ($165).

Other treatment fees vary based on the length of time you spend with your therapist, the program, class, or the workshop you are interested in. Please contact us for more information.

Most private insurance companies provide coverage for physiotherapy – including virtual physiotherapy (sometimes called “online physiotherapy” or “telerehabilitation”). Since pelvic physiotherapy is under the umbrella of physiotherapy, coverage should be no problem. If in any doubt, please call your insurance company. You may also be able to claim physiotherapy treatment as part of your medical expenses on your year end tax return. Speak with an accountant to verify if this applies to you.

Lastly, if family or friends want to love on you, we have gift certificates available for pelvic floor physiotherapy.

No, we are not currently set up to bill directly. However, we will email you an electronic receipt that you can easily forward to your insurance provider (we can do paper too). It will have all the information they require to process your claim.

Regarding OHIP: unfortunately our office is not an OHIP funded physiotherapy clinic so we’re unable to bill OHIP. To find out more about OHIP funded physiotherapy clinics in our area, please click here.

The first visit is the initial consultation which takes place in a comfortable and private office with closed doors. You share your story, let us know your goals, and then we complete a physical assessment.

The physical assessment may focus on a number of different areas depending on what your main concerns are. We may evaluate posture, functional movement patterns, breathing, your abdominal wall, orthopaedic tests, pelvic balance and symmetry, your central nervous system, pressure system, or anything else that’s an important feature in your story.

Also, the physical assessment may include an internal pelvic floor muscle evaluation with your consent.

After completing the physical portion of the consultation, we share our findings, answers any questions, and outline a plan of care. If it all sounds good to you and you’re ready to proceed, you’ll then book out your treatment sessions with our client care coordinator.

Follow up sessions are typically booked for 45 or 30 minutes. They may also be booked for 60 minutes, especially if you’re coming from out of town. (We should note that we have the flexibility of seeing you for follow ups by doing a combination of in person and virtual visits.)

Treatment sessions may focus on: education, teaching somatic awareness, improving biomechanics, improving flexibility and mobility, increasing endurance and functional strength, training your pelvic floor and core, pressure management, bladder and bowel (and brain) re-training, manual therapy techniques, breath work, nervous system training, brain remapping, lifestyle evaluation, pain management strategies, manual therapy, acupuncture or dry needling, and more!

Certain tools, products, books, or other services (for example, naturopathic medicine or counselling) may be recommended to you as well. You will be provided with a home program to practice and to integrate what you learn into your daily life. The goal is to keep it practical because women are busy people! We encourage and expect you to take ownership of your program and your overall health, because it really is the key to long-term success.

If it would make your experience more comfortable, you are welcome to bring a trusted person to any appointment with you.

Great question! We have a whole page dedicated to that one. Check it out here.

Internal examination is the gold standard to assess the status and function of the pelvic floor. Pelvic floor physiotherapists are specially trained to assess muscle tone, spasm, strength, structure, function, position, compliance, tissue quality, and more by using manual assessment skills. By completing an internal pelvic exam, we gain a wealth of information that helps us plan your treatment.

If you provide your informed consent for a pelvic examination, you will be asked to lie down on a physiotherapy table and you will be draped comfortably with a sheet. The process will be explained step by step using an anatomical pelvis model as a visual.

The internal examination is a gentle and clean technique (using non-latex gloves) and does not involve a speculum or stirrups. One or two gloved fingers are inserted into the vaginal canal, or one finger is inserted into the rectum in order to access the pelvic floor muscles. We walk you through each component of the internal examination so you understand what we are assessing for and can also offer us feedback.

It is very important that you feel comfortable and in control at all times. Please know that you can revoke your consent to an internal examination at any time and for any reason – no questions asked.

Some women prefer to defer the internal examination until a future appointment and that is 100% fine with us as well.

Please note: if you opt to see us virtually, we do not/cannot complete an internal examination of your pelvic floor muscles. However, we are still able to gain a significant amount of information to inform your treatment based on your history and other examination findings.

You will be sent a welcome email prior to the first visit. That email will contain all the information you will need to prepare.

Yes. And you have a few options:

1) We can focus your session on external strategies (which we do a lot of anyway!)

2) We are 100% comfortable working internally while you’re on your period; so if you are ok with it then so are we.

3) You could convert your in-person visit into a virtual visit and see us online if you prefer not to leave the comfort of home.

Note – we do require 48h notice for appointment changes in order to avoid the cancellation fee.

Your children are most certainly welcome. We love little people! We have a room full of toys for them and our receptionist and student volunteers are great at cuddling babies.* You’re also welcome to bring a family member or friend along who can watch your baby while you are in with your therapist.

If your little one comes into the session with you, we suggest that you have something that will keep him or her occupied and happy so that you can focus on you and get the most out of your time with your therapist.

If you need to attend to a fussing baby, feel free to do so (we are breastfeeding friendly). However, we are unfortunately unable to extend the length of your visit as other clients are booked in and we need to respect their time.

*Note: During Covid-era we are required to maintain social distancing. So we do request clients to attend their appointments alone if at all possible. If you need to bring your baby with you, please note that our volunteers and staff will be unable to hold your baby if he or she is fussing.

A passion for women’s health and advocacy was born when the founder of The Mama’s Physio, Ibukun Afolabi, was a physiotherapy student completing an international rotation at this hospital back in 2006.  The experience planted a seed which ultimately grew into The Mama’s Physio!  Each of our therapists have a different story that led her down this path – so feel free to ask when you meet your physio in person. She would love to share!

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