Sophie Villeneuve, owner
Sophie Villeneuve is a bilingual (French/English) registered Pelvic Health Physiotherapist in the Yukon with a special endorsement for uro-genital and rectal conditions. She is also a member of the Women’s Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Sophie obtained her physiotherapy degree from Laval University (Quebec) in 2008. In 2013, she moved to the Yukon and worked as a physiotherapist in extended care for two years. Recognizing the need for more pelvic health services in the community, she decided to take post-graduate training with Pelvic Health Solutions in Toronto. In 2015, she opened the doors of Physio Borealis, the only physiotherapy clinic strictly focused on pelvic health in the Yukon. From 2015 to 2016, Sophie was in charge of the Pelvic Floor Program at Whitehorse General Hospital.
Proud to be recommended by local physicians, gynecologists, nurse practitioners and other health care providers in the community, Sophie is helping men and women with pelvic floor disorders such as incontinence, prolapse, overactive bladder, pelvic pain, urinary urgency and other uro-genital and rectal conditions.
Her clinic, Physio Borealis, is located in the Pine Medical Centre, downtown Whitehorse. In 2018, acknowledging the challenge for moms to come for treatments in the early post partum period, Sophie started offering services in the comfort of her clients’ homes. Unique to Physio Borealis, this service is also meant to serve better people with mobility issues.
“Sophie is knowledgeable and professional. The home visit option was extremely helpful for me as a new mom. She skillfully navigated my needs with my son’s and even the dog! I would not have been able to get the help I needed had Sophie not been flexible and come to me. Thank you Sophie!” – Hannah, Physio Borealis’ client
Sophie's passion for teaching and sharing her knowledge has been contagious in the community. Indeed, over the last years, Sophie has been invited as a guest speaker through various events such as local physicians meetings, Women’s Midlife Conference, Pre and Post-Natal classes, and Maternity & Holistic Health Fairs. Interested in attending one of Sophie's workshops? Check out her upcoming events!
What is Pelvic Health Physiotherapy?
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is a specific type of physiotherapy assessing and treating pelvic floor 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 muscles must have the ability to contract to maintain urinary & bowel continence, and relax to allow for urination, bowel movements, and sexual intercourse in women.
Pelvic floor dysfunctions can present through different symptoms, including but not limited to: pelvic pain, urinary or fecal incontinence, urinary urgency, overactive bladder, constipation, pelvic heaviness / prolapse, etc. Pelvic Floor Symptoms can have a negative effect on someone’s quality of life, impacting their daily activities, work, social and sex life, leisure and so on.
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 an appropriate treatment. Depending on the cause of your symptoms, different treatment methods can be used: internal and external manual therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, bladder retraining, education re: healthy bladder/bowel habits, etc.
Physio Borealis’ philosophy is to provide each client with an individualized treatment focused on their needs and goals. We recognize that each patient is different and has specific needs. Therefore, our approach is flexible and adapted to each individual. By providing education, exercises and self-management tools, we coach our clients to take control of their pelvic health and regain quality of life.
Recognizing the importance of preventing pelvic floor disorders, Physio Borealis also offers pre and post natal pelvic floor physiotherapy sessions to help women prepare for birthing and optimize their recovery in the post natal period.