Women’s Health in Bonnyville

Health Tips presented by Tellier Guardian Pharmacy: March 23rd, 2017

Bonnyville Medical Clinic is now offering women’s health physiotherapy

Do you lose urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh or lift? Incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunctions are extremely common and 1 in every 3 women who have had children will suffer from urinary incontinence at one point in their lives. 1 in every 4 women of all ages and lifestyles experiences incontinence on a regular basis. Almost half of the women suffering from incontinence will choose not to talk about or seek treatment. That is because women often view this problem as either an unavoidable consequence of childbirth, therefor normal, or as a normal part of the aging process. Unfortunately, society also validates these misconceptions by normalizing this condition through the media and advertisements.

Other conditions that can also cause pelvic floor dysfunction include: pelvic surgeries, pregnancy, chronic pain, menopause, aging, high impact activities and exercise, respiratory problems, poor bowel and bladder patterns and prolapse. In fact, a women’s risk of developing prolapse is twice as likely after her first baby, and increases with subsequent pregnancies.

Pelvic floor dysfunction has a massive impact on the well-being and quality of life of those effected by it. Most women attempt to address pelvic floor dysfunction by strengthening their pelvic floor and doing so called “kegels”, usually recommended by their doctors. But research has shown that 50% of women could not perform a kegel properly with verbal cueing alone and 25% were doing kegels in a manner that could promote incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction rather than fixing it. Another problem with doing kegels is that some people might have a tight/overactive pelvic floor and doing kegels could potentially cause more dysfunction and even result in pelvic pain.

Pelvic floor physiotherapy aims to prevent these issues by teaching the correct way of strengthening the pelvic floor if it needs strengthening, through appropriate exercise and biofeedback. A specialized physiotherapist can determine the cause of incontinence/pelvic floor dysfunction and assess what treatment would be best for you. They can also help you establish healthy bladder and bowel habits to ensure it is not contributing to your incontinence or pelvic floor dysfunction. A specialized pelvic floor physio could treat the following conditions: pelvic pain, dyspareunia, incontinence, vaginismus, prolapse, post partum pregnancy related problems. It is important to know that these conditions are not normal and that physiotherapy could improve and in some cases even cure some of these conditions. There is hope!

For more information and to book an appointment please phone the clinic at 780 826 3346, ext 209. A referral from your family physician is a pre-requisite for an assessment and treatment. Please note that this service will not be covered by Alberta Health as it is a private clinic. In some cases claims will be submitted to an insurance company if applicable. Initial assessments are $90 and follow-up visits $60. For the biofeedback, an additional fee will be charged.

Shift to Healthy Habits at Work!

With March being Nutrition Month – We want to address Keeping Hydrated

We all know we need lots of water throughout the day but sometimes it’s difficult to stay on top of hydration while at work.  Try making an effort to choose water at work and see results!

Keeping hydrated at work will help you stay alert.  Fluids are also needed for the body to digest food, cool down, and move nutrients and waste.  Most adults need 9-12 cups of fluid per day.

Choose water to drink:

  • Take a water break instead of a coffee break
  • Serve water at meetings
  • Carry your own water bottle
  • Find water “boring”? – add flavour with lemon, lime cucumber, fresh mint or berries


Speaking of ingesting liquids…..We have info on the Poison & Drug Information Service

Learn when to call for poison, medication or herbal advice 1-800-332-1414

What to do when you call?

  • Have the poison container with you when you call
  • Be prepared to answer important questions
    Listen carefully to instructions
  • Ask the Information Specialist to repeat anything you don’t understand
  • Follow the Information Specialist’s advice

What to expect when you call….Information Specialists will want to know:

  • Name
  • gender
  • weight
  • what was swallowed
  • how much was swallowed
  • information from the container label
  • if you’ve had anything to eat or drink since swallowing the poison



The Information Specialist will then recommend treatment such as basic first aid, home-based monitoring, or a referral for immediate medical attention.


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