From Pregnancy to Menopause: 4 Ways Physical Therapy Advances Women’s Health
When you think of physical therapy, what comes to mind? You might think of treatment for replacement surgeries or sports-related injuries.
But what about women's health?
Here are 4 common ways that physical therapists (PTs) treat women's health:
Supporting the weight of the baby, hormone changes, and lack of core strength can affect a woman during pregnancy. Many women assume these are permanent changes they must learn to cope with in the long-term. But that's not true. PTs can help with many related issues, including:
- Body mechanics and flexibility
- Safe exercise plans before and after childbirth
- Improving the function of pelvic muscles
2. Gastroenterological and urological conditions
Conditions that fall under these categories, such as bowel incontinence and constipation, are often ones that women do not feel comfortable discussing or may not even know that these issues can be treated. Women's health PTs have specialized education and expertise and frequently help women with these issues.
3. Pelvic floor dysfunction and gynecological conditions
Pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, and pain with sexual intercourse are some of the issues that many women deal with silently. PTs can help with solutions that often do not involve surgery or long-term use of prescription medications.
Menopause can mean significant changes for a woman, including weight gain, insomnia, and hot flashes. PTs can design an aerobic exercise plan to help with those effects while also improving strength and balance, which in turn helps with building muscle and maintaining bone density.
Learn more about women's health physical therapist and the conditions they treat.
Authored by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association