Pelvic health physiotherapist & owner
Sophie Villeneuve obtained her Physiotherapy degree from Laval University in 2008. She started her career in orthopedics at Villa Medica Rehabilitation Hospital in Montreal. She then became a teacher within the Physical Rehabilitation program at the Marie-Victorin College. In 2011, Sophie moved back to Quebec City and had the opportunity to work as a research project coordinator at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration. She was published in the Experimental Gerontology Journal in February 2014. Sophie was also sporadically involved as a teaching assistant within the Physiotherapy program in University Laval.
Sophie moved to the Yukon in 2013 and worked as a Physiotherapist in Continuing care for 2 years. She then started practicing part-time at Whitehorse General Hospital. Sophie completed post-graduate education in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy with Pelvic Health Solutions. In May 2015, she opened Physio Borealis, a physiotherapy clinic focused on Pelvic Health. The increased interest in the community for Pelvic Health encouraged her to start providing Pelvic Floor education sessions for different groups and organizations.
Sophie’s goal is to provide high quality Pelvic Health Physiotherapy services to the Yukoners, as well as raise awareness about pelvic floor disorders in the community.
Sophie is a fully registered Physiotherapist in the Yukon with a special endorsement for uro-genital and rectal conditions. She is a member of the Women’s Health Division from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She offers services in both French and English.
What is pelvic health physiotherapy?
Pelvic health physiotherapy is a specialized type of physiotherapy which involves assessing and treating pelvic floor dysfunction. The pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscles that attach to the front, back and sides of the pelvic bone and sacrum. They act as a hammock to support the bladder, uterus, prostate and rectum. These muscles must be able to contract to maintain urinary and bowel continence, and relax to allow for urination, bowel movements, and sexual intercourse.
Pelvic floor dysfunctions can have many implications, including but not limited to: pain during sexual intercourse and/or urination, urine leakage when coughing or doing physical activity, urinary urgency, constipation, low back pain and organ prolapse. These problems can be caused by pelvic floor muscles weakness and/or tightness, as well as joint dysfunction (low back, sacroiliac, hip, coccyx). Depending on the nature of the problem, different treatment methods can be used: internal and external manual therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, bladder diary, electric stimulation, patient education, etc.
Physio Borealis’ philosophy is to provide each client with an individualized plan focused on their goals. We recognize that each patient is different and has specific needs. Therefore, our approach is flexible and adapted to each individual. By providing lots of education about their conditions and how to self-manage their symptoms, we coach our clients to take control of their pelvic health.