Our Physiotherapists combine their orthopaedic physiotherapy foundation with their pelvic physiotherapy skills. This allows for a whole body physiotherapy experience often incorporating multiple different treatment strategies and using techniques like: external joint and tissue mobilisation, internal tissue mobilisation and release, exercise prescription for both external and internal muscle systems, modalities like ultrasounds, TENS, acupuncture and most importantly patient education. To learn more about EPA’s unique process, read Our Path to Improved Health. To learn more about your unique experience with a pelvic physiotherapist, read What to Expect From Your First Visit.
Our Naturopathic Doctors have a wide scope of natural tools and strategies like acupuncture, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, and lifestyle counselling so that each individual can naturally restore, optimize and maintain their health.
Osteopathy offers another natural, drug-free treatment that focuses on total body health. Treatment is through manual therapy of joints, spine, muscles and organs with the goal of optimizing the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems. For more information visit: http://www.robinsnestfamilycare.com/osteopathic-manual-therapy/
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) involves a tuning-in (to your body, and what’s going on for you right now); replenishing of your body’s resiliency and ability to cope with difficult circumstances; and re-storing your internal resources. It is a form of therapy that focuses on your body’s ability to heal.
BCST is an excellent therapy for responding to trauma (or difficult or challenging experiences). This type of therapy offers options for your body to heal so you no longer have to carry the weight of these experiences. For example, if you experienced a challenging pregnancy, birth, or postpartum period, craniosacral therapy can help you address these experiences from within. It is a unique way to help you: a) feel like you are back feeling like yourself again, b) deal with whatever life presents you with and c) tune into your body’s natural coping mechanisms. For more information visit: http://www.robinsnestfamilycare.com/biodynamic-craniosacral-therapy/
Bowen Therapy is a holistic approach to pain relief and healing that works on the soft connective tissue of the body. Bowen Therapy is a gentle, manual therapy technique that allows the body to rest, relax and restore its own function. Due to the gentle nature of this therapy it is suitable for everyone, from infants to the infirm. For more information, read about Linda Campbell at: http://www.robinsnestfamilycare.com/our-practitioners/
Yoga, Somatic Movement, Breath awareness and Mindfulness practices
The art of yoga works hand in hand with pelvic physiotherapy. In yoga we can become aware of our pelvic floor and learn to specifically relax through breath and strengthen through appropriate contraction. Yoga classes at Guelph Women’s Health Associates are developed in collaboration with physiotherapy to address the common challenges that women bring forth when suffering from pelvic floor conditions.
Acupuncture is a tool that is used across several team members at Guelph Women’s Health Associates. Traditionally, acupuncture is thought to balance the energy (Qi) that flows along the channels in the body called meridians. Acupuncture is a safe and efficient alternative to pain medication, but also can have positive effects on the function of a particular muscle, organ or body system. Each provider at GWHA, when using acupuncture will identify the benefits and risks (if any) with acupuncture being part of your treatment plan. For more information visit: https://www.acupuncturecanada.org/acupuncture-101/what-is-acupuncture/
Nutritional and Lifestyle Counselling
Many women recognize the symptoms and signs that their body is changing or perhaps not responding in the way that they are used to. The feel like they have hit a wall and are not sure on solutions or strategies to get them back to their optimal health. Whether its low energy, hormonal changes, weight loss or managing stress levels, the providers at GWHA can offer direction and tools. Your plan could look like an exercise plan developed by our physiotherapists, a nutritional and hormonal plan from our naturopathic doctors and relaxation mindfulness strategies from yoga. We our unique team we are confident we can offer positive direction!
Pre and post-partum Care & Fertility Treatment
GWHA providers have a unique offering for women looking for pre and postpartum care. Personalized exercise recommendations/plans are developed throughout pregnancy and after in conjunction with physiotherapy and yoga, many painful conditions are treated throughout pregnancy by osteopathy and physiotherapy, lactation consultants are available and naturopathic medicine has a basket of services that begin with fertility issues, symptoms during and after pregnancy.
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), independently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).
Lactation Consultants specialize in providing you with compassionate, holistic, family centred and personalized care. As Registered Lactation Consultants, we will provide information and skilled hands on assistance, to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. Breastfeeding goals are unique to each family, and our Lactation Consultants will help you reach your own definition of successful breastfeeding. For more information please visti: http://www.robinsnestfamilycare.com/lactation-consultation/
Oncology Rehabilitation Programs
GWHA is in a unique position to offer adjunctive treatments for many oncology patients. Successfully assisting a patient dealing with cancer requires an empathic and skilled multidisciplinary team. Our Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program following lumpectomy or mastectomy has been servicing the Guelph community for over 20 years. For specific oncology programs visit the Conditions We Treat.
Osteoporosis Rehabilitation Programs
Successful treatment of osteoporosis focuses primarily on education and prevention. Women who are either at risk or who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis can experience success with their management if they have the right tools. A critical review of types of exercises used regularly, hormonal and dietary considerations are a must. GWHA’s team can lay the groundwork with you!