Women’s bodies go through many changes in their life, from the trauma of pregnancy to the menopause and aging. All of those changes over time cause a host of physical ailments and problems which can be distressing and unpleasant to live with. Physical therapy can offer many benefits for any woman who is suffering from discomfort, pain or urinary problems as a result of pregnancy, menopause or aging.
Women’s Physical Problems
Some of the many ailments which women suffer over time include:
- Back pain
- Pelvic pain
- Urinary incontinence
- Stress incontinence
- Pelvic organ prolapse
Physical Therapy Benefits During Pregnancy
Pregnancy causes a lot of strain on the body, often resulting in severe back and pelvic pain. Women who are currently pregnant can benefit from receiving physical therapy that will help to alleviate their symptoms and smooth the path towards an easier delivery.
Up to 70% of women experience pain in their back and/or pelvis during the course of their pregnancy due to hormonal changes, weight gain and the changes to their center of gravity. A treatment plan for back pain in pregnancy will address posture, muscle strength, joint alignment and flexibility, helping to boost physical endurance in preparation for the birth.
Physical therapy can also prove highly beneficial after the birth itself. A comprehensive program can speed recovery by addressing weakened muscles and poor posture which may have developed as a result of pregnancy or delivery.
Physical Therapy Benefits For Aging Bodies
When women go through the menopause, they often begin to experience pelvic pain and urinary incontinence. This is not only embarrassing but can also limit the enjoyment you can get out of life.
Physical therapists who are specially trained in handling issues relating to women’s health know how to help treat these kinds of problems. Thanks to discreet and sympathetic treatment, it’s possible to implement a physical therapy program which helps women to return to their normal life.
Women who are suffering from conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse, vulvodynia, urge incontinence or stress incontinence can benefit from a range of rehabilitation exercises which will help to improve bladder function and everyday levels of comfort. Options such as manual therapy, urinary control tools, biofeedback muscle retraining, muscle rehabilitation exercises and behaviour modification can go a long way towards helping women to cope more effectively with the challenges that their aging body present.
Working With Each Woman As An Individual
Although many women suffer from similar problems, no two women’s bodies are the same. Here at RPI Therapy Services we know the importance of treating every woman as an individual. We work closely with each patient to determine the source of her problem and the best course of action to take to resolve her problems so that she can eventually enjoy a better quality of life without pain or discomfort.