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.
Tarah Brophy, Physiotherapist
Tarah completed her Physiotherapy education from the University of Alberta in 2012, after which she started working in a private practice setting. Since finishing school, Tarah has gained experience working with a variety of populations and treating numerous injuries and conditions. After having her own children, women's pelvic health became an interest of Tarah's. She is hoping to empower and educate women in this area so that they can take control of their pelvic floor and return to the activities that make them happy.
Tarah's approach to care has always been to put the individual foremost, working alongside her patients to make meaningful goals and encourage active participation in their treatment. She looks forward to shaping a new landscape for pelvic health where women have more information and access to these services.
Chantal Pinsent, Physiotherapist
Chantal graduated from the University of Alberta in 2010 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. She has extensive clinical experience in orthopaedic Physical Therapy and has also worked with chronic pain and pediatric clients.
She is a certified acupuncturist, having completed the nationally recognized AFCI acupuncture program, and has completed both the basic and advanced levels of the Gokavi Transverse Technique dry needling course. Chantal is also continuing her advanced training in manual therapy, through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
She became interested in women's health physical therapy after the birth of her first child, believing that women need more support in their rehabilitation before and after their deliveries. Chantal’s interests include running, biking, basketball, golf and snowboarding.
Farah Walji, Physiotherapist
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.