Women’s Health Physiotherapy
Women’s health physiotherapy refers to the non-surgical treatment specific to various health problems affecting women. During therapy, specially designed exercises and equipment are implemented to help patients restore their normal physical activities.
Generally, physiotherapy for women includes:
- Diagnosis and treatment of various underlying causes affecting the joints, muscles and nerves at different phases in a woman’s life.
- Awareness and education in self-help measures
- Improve posture and movement
- Structured exercise programs based on the individual needs
The following pregnancy related conditions are treated:
- Pain in the lower back, pelvic region, rib and thoracic region, headache, neck pain and stiffness
- Muscle weakness of the pelvic floor
- Urinary stress incontinence (urine leakage due to weakness in the pelvic floor muscles)
- Leg cramps
- Weakened abdominal muscles and bladder
- Pain or numbness in the wrist and hand
The physiotherapy treatment includes:
- Management of posture
- Advise on delivery position
- Pelvic support belts for women with pelvic girdle instability and pain
Injury to the muscles, tendons, joints, ligaments and nerve tissues may result in muscle weakness, inflammation of the joints and pressure on nerves. These conditions may cause various symptoms such as pain, muscle weakness, swelling and numbness. Massage, exercises, and Pilates (exercise using special apparatus) are the various hands on treatment techniques provided.
People with fibromyalgia may also have other associated symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), headache, memory and concentration disorder, numbness and tingling sensation in the hands and feet, irregular heartbeat, and decreased ability to exercise.
Physiotherapy for Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a “silent” disease characterized by weakening of bones making them more susceptible to fractures, typically in the hip and spine. Elderly people and especially post-menopausal women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis.
Physiotherapy can help prevent further bone loss and reduce your risk of bone fractures. Strengthening exercises for your bones is of high importance in maintaining the health of osteoporotic bones.
Physiotherapy for Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence, also referred to as overactive bladder, is the inability to control the flow of urine. Leakage of urine occurs due to weakness of the pelvic floor muscles as a result of injury, pregnancy, surgery or lack of exercise.
Physiotherapy session includes:
- Diet modifications to avoid bladder irritation
- Pelvic floor exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor
- Methods to reduce the urinary urgency and frequency