Event: Jan 31, 2017
Bladder and bowel control is challenging for many people, and men and women with multiple sclerosis often report struggles in this area. The pelvic floor muscle is responsible for opening and closing the bladder and bowel and, therefore, plays an important role in continence. This presentation will discuss the functions of this muscle and how healthy diet and lifestyle combined with pelvic floor muscle exercise can prevent or improve issues with bladder and bowel dysfunction. Pelvic floor physiotherapists work directly with this muscle and can help with those struggling with bladder and bowel issues. The role of the pelvic floor physiotherapist and the treatments they offer will also be presented. Please join us to learn more about what you can do for yourself to improve your bladder and bowel health as well as to learn about the conservative medical treatment options that may be helpful to you.
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Presenter(s):Dr. Kelli Berzuk, PT
Dr. Berzuk is a pelvic floor physiotherapist and the owner of Nova Physiotherapy-Incontinence & Pelvic Floor Clinic in Winnipeg. For almost 25 years she has focused her clinical practice to the specialty of pelvic floor muscle health and the treatment of bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain and pelvic organ prolapse in men, women and children.
She received her post-graduate pelvic floor education through the American Physical Therapy Association, Certification in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation and Continence through the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Master of Science Rehabilitation and PhD in Urogyne-Colorectal Medicine at the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Berzuk is the author and publisher of the self-help book, “I Laughed So Hard I Peed My Pants! A Woman’s Essential Guide for Improved Bladder Control.”, the Past-President of the Women’s Health Research Foundation of Canada, a member of the Editorial Board for the Current Sexual Health Reports international scientific journal for sexual medicine, and a Journal Reviewer for numerous international urogynacology journals for the promotion of research in pelvic floor health and medicine.
She was nationally recognized within the first-ever graduating class of Canadian Physiotherapy Clinical Specialists for her work in Women’s Health Medicine. Kelli is the recipient of the national Distinguished Service Award for her lifetime dedication to education, research and clinical practice in the field of Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Medicine and the Distinguished Dissertation Award for her research thesis, “Effects of Increasing Awareness of Pelvic Floor Muscle (PFM) Function on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD).”