Meeting Minutes - Adrienne Paliyath: Pelvic Health Solutions - June 28th. 2018
President Martin Alderwick opened the meeting at 9:55 am and welcomed all present with a special welcome to the guest speakers for today, Adrienne Paliyath and Renee Quiring. There were 41 members present.
Announcements Food Truck Fridays – Sharon from Trinity United Church Food Truck Fridays are held weekly at Trinity United Church from May 25 – September 28, 2018 from 4:30 – 8:00 pm. These are neighbourhood gatherings with three to four different food trucks and picnic tables and a children’s play area. On some Fridays there will be musical entertainment. Bring your own lawn chair. There are several summer camps for children.
President’s Announcement President Alderwick opened by saying he was pleased to take over as president of the new Board. He thanked outgoing President Ed Herold for the great job and dedication to the Club he performed during the previous year. President Martin provided some background on himself.
Coffee Club – Andy Curtis The coffee club meets every other Thursday at 10:00 am at either the Boathouse or the Airpark Café. Everyone is welcome.
Activities – Martin spoke on behalf of Ray Biffis who had to leave early - the Grand River Boathouse Cruise on Wed. Sept. 19th, 2018 at a cost of $55 per person; - the Elora Racetrack night and dinner is on Sept. 24th Details about these events are also found on the Club website.
Next Meeting – Thurs. July 12th. – Speaker TBA
Ed Herold introduced the two speakers for today.
Adrienne Paliyath will speak to us on "Urinary, Bowel and other Issues for Seniors: New Treatments" Adrienne will also discuss new treatments that are becoming available. Adrienne will be joined by a colleague, Renee Quiring, in presenting this talk.
Bio: Adrienne graduated the Masters of Physiotherapy program at McMaster University in 2011 and is a graduate of Wilfred Laurier University where she received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Kinesiology and Physical Education in 2008. She also has previous clinical experience as a Kinesiologist (2008-2009). Adrienne practices at Good Practice Physiotherapy, a multidisciplinary clinic in Waterloo, ON and Achieve Balance, a multidisciplinary clinic in Breslau, ON. Adrienne has an interest in manual therapy, sports injury and injury prevention and pelvic health. She has successfully completed her Intermediate Manual Therapy Examination through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Adrienne has also completed various pelvic health, low back, chronic pain seminars and shoulder courses. She is a strong proponent of evidence-based care and believes in exercise as medicine.
Renee Quiring is a Registered Physiotherapist and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist.
Adrienne Paliyath said she looks at pain through an orthopedic’s lens and she is going to talk to us about pelvic physiotherapy and pelvic floor muscles and function. Note:Most of the the information provided by Adrienne Paliyath can be found on the following webisite:http://www.achievebalance.ca/services/servicesPel.html
In advancing her training she learned and specialized in pelvic muscles and pelvic health which really interested her. So she spoke to us about pelvic floor physiotherapy and pelvic floor health and how this related to many different types of pain.
She covered the topics of functions of the Pelvic floor with an overview of what pelvic floor health is and the types of pelvic floor physiotherapy, what is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?, Why Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?, What and Where are your Pelvic Floor Muscles?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that swing from the pubic bone in the front to the tail bone in the back and attach on the different surfaces of the bony pelvis on either side and serve as a hammock on the bottom. There are different layers to these muscles and they all attach to different parts of the organ system and connective tissue. The diaphragm mimics the pelvic floor function and attaches to the back muscles and the abdominal muscles so that it is all one muscle system. All together the muscles are like a barrel with the pelvic floor muscles serving like the floor of the barrel.
The function of these muscles is broken into five categories: 1) Support - these muscles sling and support inner organs with connective tissue; 2) Stability - muscles attach to the core muscles for stability; 3) Sphincter - help to control the internal and external urethral sphincter and the internal and external anal sphincter; 4) Sump Pump - There are lots of structures in the pelvic cavity such as blood vessels and lymph nodes and the muscles help to move these fluids in and out of the pelvic cavity; 5) Sexual - help with erection, ejaculation and orgasm, The pelvic floor muscles provide some of our basic physiological needs. When these things start to function inaccurately it affects us physically, socially, emotionally and mentally.
Adrienne talked about the conditions that occur when these things don’t function properly. Such things as incontinence which requires both urinary and fecal continence control. This deals with the coordination of the muscle system. When the muscles aren’t functioning properly it can lead to chronic pain in the lower back.
Adrienne’s talk covered sexual health disfunction, what pelvic health physiotherapy is, what happens in an exam and what treatments are available. There is a lot of evidence for pelvic floor physiotherapy to deal with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Following her presentation Adrienne and Renee Quiring responded to questions from the membership
Ed Herold thanked the speakers and presented a token of the club’s appreciation.