Lifemark - Centre for Pelvic Health
Contact InfoLifemark - Centre for Pelvic Health
163 Hespeler Road
Cambridge, ON, Canada
Hours of Operation
|Monday||8:30am - 8:00pm|
|Tuesday||8:30am - 5:00pm|
|Wednesday||8:30am - 8:00pm|
|Thursday||8:30am - 8:00pm|
About Lifemark - Centre for Pelvic Health
Lifemark Centre for Pelvic Health is a unique specialty clinic on Hespeler road in Cambridge offering specialty physiotherapy services dedicated to pelvic health treatment. Among many other pelvic health treatments we provide is teaching the correct performance of kegels for optimal results. What sets us apart is that all of our six physiotherapists have undergone specialized training in treating the pelvis and pelvic floor, and have dedicated their practice to this area of physiotherapy.
We provide evidence-based physiotherapy for the treatment of:
- Urinary and fecal incontinence in women, men and children
- Urinary or fecal urgency and frequency
- Pelvic organ prolapse (bladder, uterine, rectal)
- Genital pain
- Sexual pain
- Pelvic pain
- Low back, SI pain
- Tailbone pain
- Prenatal and postpartum care
- Prostate problems
The common thread in the conditions mentioned above is often dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles, which run between the pubic bone, tailbone and sit bones. These muscles are involved in controlling the bowel and bladder, supporting the pelvic organs, supporting the pelvis and low back. These muscles also play a role in sexual function and childbirth. Most often, we think of these muscles as being weak, and that we should “do our kegels”. While this is often the case, these muscles can be quite difficult to find and exercise correctly. Men and women often need help in figuring out how to properly perform kegels to see optimal results. Alternately, these muscles may also become tight and develop trigger points. This is often the case when pain is one of the symptoms experienced, or with urgency and/or frequency. In this case, kegels may have no effect, or could even make symptoms worse. When the pelvic floor muscles have trigger points, treatment may include trigger point release, pelvic floor relaxation and stretching exercises, as well as acupuncture. Pelvic floor strengthening (kegels) will often aggravate trigger points, so this must be addressed before pelvic floor strengthening can be initiated if appropriate.
Another common thread in many pelvic floor conditions is an increased sensitivity of the nervous system, which can lead to pain lasting beyond normal healing times. When this is a component, treatment will often begin with Pain Neurophysiology Education (PNE), or learning about how we feel pain, and how this can change over time. This is a relatively new area of study, and the research is quite encouraging. In fact, it is one of the most effective treatments that can be offered to someone with persistent pain (and not just in the pelvic area). Other treatments for a sensitive nervous system may include acupuncture, guided meditation, goal setting and pacing education along with manual techniques to address nervous system, muscle and connective tissue tension.
We also offer massage therapy, including traditional massage therapy, pelvic massage therapy and manual lymphatic drainage. Our pelvic massage therapist has undergone special training to enable her to work closely with our physiotherapists in treating many pelvic health conditions.
We are located at 163 Hespeler Rd, right next door to Grandview Medical Centre and have satellite locations in Kitchener, Waterloo, St. Jacobs, and Guelph. Parking is free behind the building.