It is important to understand that there are several physical and physiological attributes that are unique to women, and physiotherapy plays an important role in women's health.
Three functions in particular, are unique to women. These include menstruation, pregnancy, and lactation. These functions are intricately tied to complex hormonal patterns in women, which also influence behavior.
We understand the physical differences of the female population and are uniquely qualified to assist women to live healthy, pain-free lives.
Here are some of the conditions in which physiotherapy can play an important role:
• Breast and other cancers
• Rehabilitation following breast surgery
• Post-menopausal disorders
• Chronic myofascial pain
• Patellofemoral pain syndrome
• Hypermobility syndrome
• Multiple sclerosis
• Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction
• Ailments unique to female athletes
Physiotherapy also helps reduce discomfort and recovery before, during and after pregnancy. Pregnancy related issues include gestational diabetes,hypothyroidism, body pains like heel pain (plantar fasciitis) and associated aches and pains.
Healthy Aging for Older Women
Specific actions need to be taken to ensure healthy aging for older women. Physiotherapy can help identify (and eliminate) risk factors for falls and fractures. Regular strengthening and weight bearing exercise can slow down the reduction in bone density as women age. Screening for calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12 deficiency is also recommended. Pelvic floor dysfunction and incontinence can also be treated with physiotherapy.
Physiotherapy and Women's Health
Exercises and techniques to treat issues specific to women include:
• Muscle retraining
• Exercise Therapy
• Proper diet and food supplementation
• Manual therapy
Every physiotherapy program is different and is customized to the patient's needs. Women have unique physical and physiological attributes that physiotherapists take into consideration.
Physiotherapy can make a difference to every member in your family at some point. Don’t hesitate to ask us about what we can do for you