How long does a pelvic session last? Assessment is 60 min and treatment is 30 mins
There are two main types of pelvic floor physiotherapy sessions, the initial assessment, and the treatment sessions. The initial assessment is typically one hour, while the treatment sessions are 30 minutes. The number of pelvic floor physiotherapy sessions you will need depends on the severity of your condition. Your pelvic floor physiotherapist will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your specific needs.
It’s generally recommended to avoid intense exercise and activities that may exacerbate your symptoms for at least 24-48 hours after an IMS treatment session. This allows your body to rest and recover and gives the IMS therapy time to take effect. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to stop all physical activity.
Your healthcare practitioner may recommend specific exercises or activities that are safe and appropriate for your condition and treatment plan. These may include low-impact exercises, stretching, or other therapeutic activities that can help promote healing and prevent muscle stiffness or tightness.
It’s important to communicate with your healthcare practitioner about your exercise routine and any changes you plan to make while receiving IMS treatment. They can provide guidance on how to safely incorporate exercise and physical activity into your treatment plan and help you achieve the best possible outcomes.
Pelvic floor therapy is highly effective, with the majority of patients reporting significant improvements in symptoms. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help to:
If you are experiencing any of these problems, pelvic floor physiotherapy may be able to help. A pelvic floor physiotherapist can assess your individual needs and develop a treatment plan to help you achieve your goals.
You should stop going to physiotherapy when you have met your personal goals, resolved the initial concern that brought you to physiotherapy, or have been discharged by your physiotherapist.
IMS treatment should be performed by a qualified healthcare practitioner, such as a physiotherapist or a physician, who has received specialized training in IMS. In some countries, IMS can also be performed by licensed acupuncturists who have completed additional training in IMS techniques.
When seeking IMS treatment, it’s important to look for a practitioner who has completed a recognized IMS training program and has experience in performing IMS. Your healthcare practitioner should also have a thorough understanding of anatomy and be able to identify trigger points and muscle imbalances.
In addition to their IMS training, healthcare practitioners should also have the appropriate licensure or certification to practice in their specific field. For example, physiotherapists should be registered with their respective professional regulatory body, while acupuncturists should be licensed by their local licensing authority.
Overall, it’s important to choose a qualified and experienced healthcare practitioner who has the necessary IMS training and credentials to perform IMS treatment safely and effectively.
IMS can be used to treat headaches and migraines, especially if they are caused by tension and tightness in the neck, shoulders, and upper back muscles. By targeting these areas with acupuncture needles, IMS can help release tension and promote circulation, which may alleviate headache symptoms.
In some cases, headaches and migraines may also be caused by trigger points or knots in the muscles of the neck and shoulders. IMS can be used to release these trigger points, which may provide relief from headache symptoms.
It is important to note that IMS may not be effective for all types of headaches and migraines. Your healthcare practitioner can help determine if IMS is a suitable treatment option for your specific condition, and may recommend other treatments or therapies in addition to IMS. It is also important to consult with a healthcare practitioner if you experience frequent or severe headaches, as they may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition.
In Alberta, physiotherapists are considered primary care providers, so you can see a private one without requiring your doctor’s referral.
However, your physician will likely refer you to a physiotherapist for post-surgery recovery or an extended medical issue needing specialized attention. It is common for physiotherapists to collaborate with other healthcare professionals such as a doctor, occupational therapists and massage therapists to develop an individualized treatment plan for you.
In addition, if your private health insurance covers physiotherapy, you may need to provide a doctor’s referral for the insurer to cover the cost of your treatment.
Hot and cold therapy is commonly used in physiotherapy for pain relief and healing. Cold therapy involves applying cold to reduce swelling and numb pain, while heat therapy involves applying heat to increase blood flow and reduce muscle spasms. Cold therapy is typically used for acute injuries, while heat therapy is used for chronic conditions. Both should be used under the guidance of a physiotherapist to avoid worsening an injury or condition.
Shoulder impingement is a chronic compression injury to the soft-tissue structures of the shoulder joint. When you move your arm overhead, the space between your humerus (arm bone) and the acromion (pointy end) of your shoulder blade shrinks, and the tendons running through that area from your rotator cuff can get irritated. Normally, this temporary compression does not lead to any injury, but consistently repeating overhead motions can lead to irritation and pain. If left untreated, the constant compression of the structures in the shoulder joint can lead to more debilitating effects and chronic shoulder pain.
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a type of manual therapy that involves the insertion of thin, solid needles into the muscle tissue to release tension and relieve pain. It is a form of acupuncture, but it focuses more specifically on the muscles rather than the traditional Chinese acupuncture points.
IMS is based on the theory that chronic pain is often caused by muscle shortening, which puts pressure on nerves and causes pain signals to be sent to the brain. By inserting needles into the shortened muscle fibers, IMS can stimulate a healing response and help to release the tension in the muscle tissue, thereby reducing pain and restoring normal movement.
IMS is typically performed by a trained practitioner, such as a physiotherapist or chiropractor, who will assess the patient’s muscle tension and pain levels before inserting the needles. The needles are usually left in place for a few minutes, and the treatment may be repeated several times over the course of several weeks to achieve optimal results.
Yes, physical therapy can help to reduce the pain, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis to improve joint function. A physiotherapist can help you improve your joint mobility, strength, and flexibility to help manage your symptoms.