Sophie Villeneuve, owner
Sophie Villeneuve is a bilingual (French/English) registered Pelvic Health Physiotherapist with a special interest in perinatal care. She is also a member of the Women’s Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and a certified Birth Healing Specialist from the Institute for Birth Healing (Denver, CO).
Sophie obtained her physiotherapy degree from Laval University (Quebec, Canada) in 2008 and moved to the Yukon in 2013. Recognizing the need for more pelvic health services in the community, she took post-graduate training with Pelvic Health Solutions in 2015 and opened her own practice, Physio Borealis, the only physiotherapy clinic strictly focused on pelvic health in the Yukon.
Through her Pelvic Health Physiotherapy practice, Sophie soon developed a passion for treating pregnant & post partum women. Indeed, she felt privileged to support women through this very special stage of life and get to develop a relationship both with Mom & Baby. In 2018, she decided to push her passion further and undertook special training at the Institute for Birth Healing (Denver, CO, USA). After attending three courses (Holistic Treatment of the Pregnant Body, Holistic Treatment of the Post Partum Body, Advanced Treatment of the Post Partum Body), Sophie successfully completed her exams and received her Birth Healing Specialist certification in December 2018. She is proud to be the 1st therapist in Canada to obtain this special certification which provides her with advanced techniques to help moms prepare & recover from birth.
Sophie's approach to pelvic health mixes comprehensive and holistic body work (external & internal if indicated), customized exercises prescription, as well as in-depth education to each client. Regarding the private nature of pelvic health issues, it is a priority for Sophie to create a respectful & positive environment for her clients to connect with their pelvic space.
"I wasn't sure what to expect when I made an appointment to have my pelvic floor examined by Sophie. I was relieved by how comfortable Sophie made me feel and how well she informed me during the process. " - Barb, client (read more testimonials)
Sophie remains actively engaged with Yukon moms on social media through her group Yukon Moms & Pelvic Health Community where they exchange about different topics of interest related to pregnancy and post natal care. Sophie can also be followed on Facebook, Instagram, through her newsletter and blog.
Along with 1-1 physiotherapy treatments, Sophie provides pelvic health education workshops & classes, from prenatal preparation for delivery to post partum mom & baby exercise classes, and other workshops of interest. Over the years, she has been invited as a guest speaker by different groups in the community such as local physicians, pre & post natal groups & Maternity Fairs to share her expertise about pelvic health.
Photo credits: Émeraude Photography
What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is a specific type of physiotherapy assessing and treating pelvic health dysfunctions. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, ligaments and fascias acting like a hammock to support the bladder, rectum, uterus (in female) and prostate (in male). The pelvic floor is involved in many body functions such as urination, defecation, sexuality and pelvic stability.
Pelvic health dysfunctions can present through different symptoms including pelvic/low back/hip pain, lack of bowel or bladder control, urinary urgency, overactive bladder, constipation, prolapse & painful sex. Pelvic floor symptoms can have a significant impact on one's quality of life. Since they touch such an intimate area, many people hesitate to share about their pelvic symptoms with their health care provider, and end up suffering in silence.
If you experience pelvic floor disorders symptoms, it is important to get assessed by a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist to determine the nature of your problem and provide you with a specific treatment. Depending on the cause of your symptoms, different treatment methods can be used: internal and external manual bodywork, stretching and strengthening exercises, bladder retraining, education re: healthy bladder/bowel habits, just to name a few.
Physio Borealis' philosophy is to provide each client with an individualized treatment focused on their needs and goals. Through our unique approach mixing bodywork & education, we provide each of our clients with personalized care. In addition, we love working as a team with the different health care providers in Whitehorse. If we believe that one of our colleagues should be included in your team, we will happily refer you so you can get the best outcomes.