Women’s health physiotherapy is a branch of physical therapy that focuses on the health, rehabilitation and maintenance of the female reproductive system.
Health benefits of Women’s health physiotherapy.
1. Provide support to pregnant women.
Women’s health physiotherapy helps with the management of pregnancy, labor and delivery. It covers all physiological changes that occur during pregnancy and helps to maintain normal hormonal status and provides great support for the body during the delivery period.
2. Treat menopause symptoms.
Menopause is a natural process but sometimes it can cause some medical problems. The physiotherapist will help to overcome the symptoms, such as hot flushes, through a variety of massage, exercise and rehabilitative therapy.
Women’s health physiotherapy helps to overcome menopause symptoms after delivery or during the perimenopause stage.
4. Improve vaginal health and manage urinary incontinence.
Vaginal atrophy is the impairment of the normal function of the vagina, in particular, it can affect sexual life and may cause painful intercourse due to vaginal dryness, which is a common problem during menopause and post-menopause. The use of moisturizing creams as well as herbal therapies have been used for treating vaginal dryness or atrophy. Using these treatments improves vaginal health and increases arousal, and lubrication during sex which in turn will improve sexual activity.
5. Maintain pelvic floor muscles.
Pelvic floor muscles (also called the pelvic diaphragm) are a set of muscles that support the pelvic organs.
Groin pain is a common condition experienced by pregnant and non-pregnant women alike, it consists of pain and discomfort in the groin area. Often women will experience this pain during or after exercise. The physiotherapist can help in treating and preventing groin pain, like any other pain, it will involve reducing the inflammation, increasing the blood flow to the area, stretching and exercising to regain full flexibility and strength of muscles around the hip.
6. Provides emotional support for various reasons (e.g. fertility issues).
There have been cases where women may have psychological problems like anxiety related to fertility issues which affect their mental health or just simple emotional support that helps a great deal in dealing with those problems and stress levels.
There are many advantages of women’s health physiotherapy, not only does it help with various medical conditions but it also helps in increasing the physical and emotional health of women. It is a specialized portion of physical therapy that focuses on the health, rehabilitation and maintenance of the female reproductive system.