This week, we introduce you to Paige Martin from PEI Pelvic and Breast Health. Paige joined as a PEIBWA Member in January 2022.
Name of Business: PEI Pelvic and Breast Health Inc.
What kind of work did you do in the past and what inspired you to start your own business?
I was working as a physiotherapist in an orthopedic clinic when I started doing additional training in pelvic health. I quickly realized that women's pelvic health in our province was greatly underserved. I knew that the only way to make a change was to dedicate my full practice to treating pelvic and breast conditions. So I did just that, I left my ortho caseload and opened a clinic dedicated to treating women's pelvic health.
How long have you owned your business?
What challenges have you overcome?
It was very nerve wracking leaving a full ortho caseload, not knowing if I would even be busy enough to stay afloat. It is a double edged sword, I am incredibly busy, but that means there are a lot of women who still need help.
What have your successes been?
Every time I get an email from a patient telling me their successes, I take it on as my own. "I no longer have pain with sex" or "I can jump on a trampoline with my kids and not pee my pants" or "I had the best birth experience I could have hoped for".
Have you had any unexpected surprises?
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have to make monthly lube orders haha
What services does your business provide?
- Urinary Frequency & Urgency
- Diastasis Recti
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Low back pain
- Tailbone pain
- Pelvic girdle pain
- Musculoskeletal Pain
- Pregnancy related pain
- Internal pelvic pain, including:
- Vaginismus - involuntary contraction of muscles around the opening of the vagina
- Endometriosis - the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus and/or other organs
- Interstitial Cystitis - chronic bladder pain
We also treat and educate those that are preparing for pregnancy, delivery and postpartum recovery, lactating parents with blocked milk ducts/mastitis, and babies with latch issues or oral restrictions.
What sets you apart from your competitors?
I don't like to think about other pelvic health physiotherapists as competitors, because we are all working towards the same goal. I have a great admiration for them and we often consult each other when we have challenging cases. The only difference would be that my caseload is 100% pelvic and breast as opposed to also treating typical orthopedic conditions.
What areas do you serve?
I treat patients island wide. I operate in Cornwall but I am currently seeing patients from Souris to Tignish.
How can people contact you?