Women’s health physiotherapy can offer a wide range of benefits to the menopausal population. As women go through menopause, hormonal changes can often lead to a variety of challenges, including but certainly not limited to anxiety, sleep disturbances, hot flashes, osteoporosis, vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse, weakened pelvic floor muscles and increased risk of incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Woman’s health physiotherapy is specifically designed to address these issues and provide effective solutions from acupuncture for hot flashes or anxiety to targeted exercises for osteoporosis or incontinence!
One of the main advantages of physiotherapy for the menopausal population is the improvement in pelvic floor muscle training. This could include strengthening, lengthening or relaxing the pelvic floor muscles. Through targeted exercises and techniques, we at Performance can help gain better control of their pelvic floor muscles, which can help alleviate symptoms such as urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. When this is not enough, a pessary may be recommended, and Rhonda is trained and experienced at sizing and fitting pessaries. A pessary is a silicone device that is inserted vaginally like a tampon. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and we at Performance have many samples to choose from. The pessary provides additional support for a prolapsing organ, much like an ankle brace provides support for a sprained ligament. Using a pessary can put an end to the discomfort or incontinence that can be associated with a prolapse, thereby eliminating the need for surgery.
In addition to pelvic floor muscle training and pessary fitting, physiotherapy can also provide education and guidance on lifestyle modifications that can further improve symptoms during menopause. Physiotherapists can provide advice on proper posture and body mechanics, which can help relieve pelvic pain and discomfort. They can also provide guidance on diet and exercise, as well as stress management techniques, all of which can have a positive impact on many menopausal symptoms.
Overall, physiotherapy offers a holistic approach to improving the quality of life for the menopausal population. By targeting specific issues related to menopause, such as pelvic floor muscle weakness and urinary incontinence, physiotherapy can empower women to take control of their health and well-being during this transitional phase in their lives. With the help of a skilled physiotherapist, women can navigate the challenges of menopause with confidence and grace.