New tool at the clinic: pelvic floor biofeedback

This month, I decided to invest in a new piece of equipment to help my clients in connecting with their pelvic floor muscles. It is called a “biofeedback”. It can be a great tool especially for people who have trouble “feeling” their pelvic floor contracting or releasing – the ones who come back to me after their first session and say “I don’t really feel if I’m doing it right or not when I’m at home”. It can also help people to remain motivated in their home program as they see their strength and endurance progressing from a week to another.

Want to see how it works? Watch this short video 🙂

My biofeedback is now available for my clients to rent – let me know if you are interested in giving it a shot!

Tightly Wound: short movie about painful sex

Dyspareunia. A fancy word for “pain with sex”. You would be surprised how many women come through my office expressing that sex is not enjoyable to them, even painful. For some, they have never known anything else than sex = pain (called “primary dyspareunia”). For others, it used to be comfortable and enjoyable, but it is not anymore (called “secondary dyspareunia”) for different reasons ranging from trauma, childbirth, hormonal changes, etc.

So how are you supposed to cope with painful sex? How can you fall in love or maintain a relationship? How can you be hopeful about having kids? Or have a gynecological examination performed if you need to? I can totally understand how distressing it can be.

This short video is such a great eye opener about “vaginissmus” – a condition where the muscles around the vagina contracts in a reflex manner when something is inserted (tampon, penetration). This is only one condition, amongst others, that can cause dyspareunia. However, I think some parts of this video  can speak to many women who deal with dyspareunia. I also love the message of hope that it provides. Because YES, there is hope, and we can help you!

Share if you care about raising awareness about Women’s Health 🙂

Sophie Villeneuve, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist