Alison Martin, Registered Physiotherapist
Other designations: PH Level 1, PH Level 2B
My name is Alison. I grew up in the Prairies and have gradually moved west, making BC my home. I completed my Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2000 from the University of Saskatchewan and went on to work in the business. I love being outdoors, and through activities like running and hiking, I sustained some injuries for which I sought out the expertise of local physical therapists. I fell in love with the profession of physiotherapy and decided to take a chance! In 2011, I completed my Masters of Physiotherapy degree at the University of British Columbia. My interest in women’s health started during my studies, and I took my first pelvic health course in 2012. Life took me to a different area of practice while I had my own children, working in both private orthopedic practice as well as in acute care and rehabilitation within Fraser Health.
Since returning to practice in pelvic physiotherapy, I’ve had the pleasure of taking numerous courses, including:
· Pelvic Floor Level 1 & Level 2B (Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute)
· Caring for the pregnant patient
· Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (Dayan Werner Pelvic Rehab)
· Coccydynia (Rost Therapy) - ongoing
· Soft Tissue Release
· Ortho Level 1
· Vestibular Rehabilitation
· Concussion management workshop (Concussion Rehab Works)
I am also excited to be currently taking a course called PhysioYoga and the Pelvic Floor, as well as a course on female athletes and being ready for high-intensity training and impact postpartum.
I have two, very energetic young boys. My labours were very fast (precipitous) and I ended up having an episiotomy with my first child. Through my postpartum journey, I have dealt with pelvic floor dysfunctions including pelvic pain and scarring, prolapse, and incontinence. To help with my recovery, I saw a pelvic floor physiotherapist who helped me resolve my concerns. Pelvic health is a lifelong journey for us all!
In my spare time, you will usually find me out and about with my boys. Yoga is a daily part of my life, I enjoy hiking, and I am working on my own return to running. Next on my list of ventures is to begin some basic trail riding with my boys!
I am so happy to have joined Bump Physio & Co and I look forward to helping other women achieve their pelvic health goals!