Why Bounce Back Physical Therapy?
Pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period are such amazing periods of growth and transition in a woman’s life. In the years when a woman is growing her family, her body undergoes some truly amazing physical changes to create and nourish her children. At the same time, her attention will often shift away from herself and onto the physical, emotional and mental needs of her family.
If you have been managing pelvic or abdominal problems such as pain, weakness, incontinence or prolapse for the last few weeks, months or years while other matters have taken precedence, please know that your symptoms can improve with a little guidance. It’s never too late to bounce back. View Our Services →
Your pelvic floor was designed to bounce back
Despite its name, the pelvic floor is not rigid like a floor. And it’s definitely not like a hammock. It’s actually more like a trampoline that stretches and gives then bounces back into shape. If your trampoline is strung too tightly or is sagging down then it’s not working properly and can lead to symptoms. Knowing if your pelvic floor is too tight or too loose is crucial in determining what rehabilitation you’ll need. An assessment at Bounce Back Physical Therapy will determine how best to address your unique situation.
Everything you need to heal yourself is within you
Just like your body knew how to begin menstruation, or how to conceive, or how to grow a baby, or how to birth, your body knows how to heal. If healing is not occurring, let's figure out why, treat it and let the body heal itself.
Pelvic Physiotherapy treatment is meant to be restorative. We can help by identifying and treating the causes of your symptoms. Once those have been addressed, you can return to living your life the way you want.
Meet Your Physios
Jillian Palmer, Physiotherapist
After graduating in 2010, Jillian worked as an orthopaedic Physiotherapist in private practice assessing, treating and rehabilitating individuals after injury or disability. She had always had a special interest in the area of women’s health; but after her own experience as a woman with pelvic injury after childbirth, this interest became her passion. She has taken post-graduate training to further her knowledge in this challenging and rewarding area of practice. She is enthusiastic about educating women about their bodies and providing the education and treatment that will allow them to bounce back after pregnancy and childbirth so that pelvic injuries do not interfere with their ability to fully participate in the next chapters of their lives.
Jillian’s unique combination of Physiotherapy experience, Motherhood experience, and her passion for the pelvic health specialty translates into the ability to provide skilled, empathetic and enthusiastic care to her patients. After being assessed by Jillian, you can expect to receive the most appropriate combination of education, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and acupuncture as treatment for your individual set of symptoms.
Master of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, 2010
Bachelor of Science, Honours, in Neuroscience, University of Alberta, 2008
Pelvic Health training, Alberta Health Services, Uro-Therapy Clinic and Women’s Health Program
Certified Medical Acupuncture Practitioner, Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute
Hypopressive®/Low Pressure Fitness Instructor
Visceral Manipulation Practitioner
Continuing education through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Orthopaedic Division
Continuing education through the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute
Carrie Tam, Physiotherapist
Carrie graduated from the University of Alberta with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy and holds a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree from the University of British Columbia. Since graduating in 2010, Carrie has been working as an orthopaedic physiotherapist. After the birth of her first child, she developed an interest in women’s health physiotherapy and received formal training in this area shortly after.
Combining a treatment approach consisting of education, manual therapy, and functional exercises allows her to help women return to the activities that they enjoy most.
Lauren Richardson, Physiotherapist
Lauren graduated in 2010 from the University of Alberta with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Prior to this, she attended the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton where she completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology. Since graduating, Lauren has worked with a variety of patients, from those with neurological conditions, orthopaedic and vestibular impairments. Lauren’s passion for women’s health began after the birth of her two children, as she experienced first hand the benefits of pelvic floor rehab.
Lauren is a passionate and professional Physiotherapist who believes in the benefits of physical health and fitness for people of all ages. She strives to empower, uplift and achieve her patients’ goals, whether that is to pick up your child pain free, return to physical activity or sneeze without peeing.
Lauren will use a a combination of education, manual therapy and functional exercises to help women gain confidence and return to what they love doing most.
Farah Walji, Physiotherapist
Farah is currently on Maternity leave and we are excited to welcome her back soon!
Farah completed her Bachelor's of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2004 and her Master's of Science in Health Promotion in 2009. She has Physiotherapy experience in community clinics, the hospital, and in pelvic health. Farah strongly believes in tapping into the human potential to build capacity in the areas of health and well-being. Providing the appropriate awareness, education and resources to clients in the area of women's health is paramount in helping them to build their own capacity to take control of their bodies and ultimately improve their quality of life.
Farah became interested in Women's Health Physio after realizing that she herself experienced pelvic trauma after the birth of her daughter, but thought it was the "normal" post partum process. She believes that every woman should see a Pelvic Physio after giving birth. Farah's treatment approach includes providing education, functional exercises and using a client-centred approach to help support you through your journey of healing and recovery.
Simone Fleet, Physiotherapist
Simone graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2012. Since graduating, she has worked within an orthopedic private practice and within interdisciplinary teams working with rheumatological and chronic condition populations. Simone values the contributions of an interdisciplinary team and strives to continue this direction of care within her own practice.
Simone’s interest for pelvic and women’s health started during her first pregnancy and became her passion after her own experiences with physical and mental health challenges in the prenatal and post partum periods following the birth of her children. She prides herself in building strong therapeutic relationships with her clients and empowering women to gain greater awareness and education of their pelvic floor health and advocating for the same. Simone believes that every woman should have a thorough assessment and individualized care plan for their pelvic health needs.
In her downtime, Simone enjoys relaxing days with her family, Ukrainian dancing and working out.
Elizabeth Cyrankiewicz, Physiotherapist
BScKin, MScPT, ACC, CSEP-CPT, RYT
Liz graduated with Distinction from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2013 and completed her Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta in 2015.
Liz strives to create an environment for her clients to feel heard and validated as they navigate their road to recovery. Her approach to physical therapy focuses on looking at a patient as a whole to get to the root of the problem and includes the use of manual therapy, patient education and a strong element of therapeutic exercise. Liz loves to learn and has taken many post-graduate courses in Orthopedics and Pelvic Health as well as Acupuncture, Visceral Manipulation, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Functional Resistance Training. Prior to physiotherapy, Liz worked in the fitness industry as a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer and since then has become a Hypopressive Instructor and Yoga Teacher. Liz is also involved in the Edmonton birth community and has completed her CAPPA Labour Doula Training, which has given her huge insight into the amazing things the female body can do.
Beyond physiotherapy, Liz enjoys spending time with family and friends, being out in nature and exploring Edmonton’s numerous festivals and events. Her hobbies include biking, hiking, snowshoeing and travelling to new places.