Sophie Villeneuve, owner
Sophie Villeneuve is a registered Pelvic Health Physiotherapist with a strict focus on 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 in 2008 and moved to Whitehorse in 2013. Recognizing the need for more pelvic health services in her new community, she took post-graduate training with Pelvic Health Solutions in 2015 in order to become a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. In April 2015, she opened the doors of Physio Borealis, the first physiotherapy clinic in the Yukon focused on pelvic health.
In 2018, she pushes her passion for perinatal care further by taking specialized training at the Institute for Birth Healing (Denver, CO, USA). After completing the full curriculum successfully, Sophie receives her Birth Healing Specialist certification in December 2018. She is proud to be the 1st physiotherapist in Canada to obtain this certification which provides her with advanced knowledge & manual therapy techniques to help moms prepare & recover from birth. Since obtaining her certification, Sophie has been the #1 referred physiotherapist in her community for perinatal pelvic care.
Sophie's approach to pelvic health mixes holistic body work, customized exercises prescription, as well as in-depth education to each client. Regarding the private nature of pelvic health issues, it is essential for Sophie to create a safe, private & comfortable space for her clients to connect with their pelvis.
"I wasn't sure what to expect when I made an appointment to have my pelvic floor assessed 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's passion to educate women about pelvic health has been contagious on social media. Her Youtube channel where she regularly shares videos about pelvic health has raised in popularity over the years. Sophie can also be followed on Instagram & Facebook, as well as through her blog.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
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 and uterus. The pelvic floor is involved in many body functions such as urination, defecation, sexuality and pelvic stability. Due to its central location in the body, the pelvic floor's functioning can be influenced by many surrounding structures such as the core & visceral/reproductive organs.
Why do pregnant & post partum women need pelvic health physiotherapy?
Pregnancy & childbirth bring along many challenges for the pelvic space, which explains why women often consult with a pelvic health physiotherapist for the first time when they go through their first pregnancy or post partum recovery.
In pregnancy, the increased weight and pressure from Baby growing on top of the pelvic area can in itself trigger pelvic symptoms. The core gets overstretched & weak, and postural changes occur. These changes affect the pressure system on the pelvic and low back area and can cause pain issues or urine incontinence symptoms. There are also a number of women who present pelvic floor tightness that may influence negatively the pushing stage. Pelvic floor physiotherapy during pregnancy can help facilitating a smooth delivery by releasing tensions in the pelvic floor and pelvis prior to birth.
Post partum, even the most uneventful delivery requires pelvic health care. Indeed, the pelvic floor is going through so much pressure - sometimes tearing - during the pushing stage. The use of mechanical aids (vacuum, forceps), length of the pushing stage, baby's weight and head circumference, and other factors all influence the amount of damage to the pelvic area during childbirth. In cesarean deliveries, the abdominal wall is cut through, which requires significant healing time and core rehabilitation, as well as caution in regards to return to activities.
It is recommended for every post partum woman to get a pelvic health physiotherapy assessment around 6 weeks post partum to get guidance in their recovery and address symptoms such as low back/hip/pelvic pain, urine leakage, painful bowel movements & hemorrhoids, painful sex and scar tissue, core rehabilitation, pelvic prolapse and so on. Asymptomatic women should also consult for prevention, as symptoms may start later after return to moderate-intense activities/sports.
Physio Borealis' philosophy is to provide each mother with an individualized treatment focused on their needs and goals, so they can perform their activities comfortably and confidently. Urine leakage, prolapse & pain do not have to be your new reality as a mother! Through a unique approach mixing bodywork & education, we provide each mom with personalized care 🙂