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Physical Therapy & Women's Health

May is Women’s Health Month, a time to raise awareness about the unique health issues that women face and the importance of addressing them.

One aspect of women’s health that often goes overlooked is the role of physical therapy in promoting and maintaining optimal health. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the ways physical therapy can benefit women’s health.

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
One area where physical therapy can be especially beneficial for women is in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. This can include issues like urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and prolapse. Pelvic floor physical therapy involves targeted exercises and manual therapy techniques to improve strength, coordination, and flexibility of the pelvic floor muscles and the surrounding structures. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help reduce or eliminate symptoms and improve overall quality of life!

Prenatal and Postpartum Care
Physical therapy can be a valuable resource for women during pregnancy and after giving birth. Prenatal PT can help address issues like back pain, sciatica, and pelvic girdle pain, as well as prepare women for childbirth. Postpartum physical therapy can help women recover from the physical demands of childbirth, including diastasis recti and pelvic floor dysfunction, and can help women safely return to exercise and other activities after giving birth.

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
Breast cancer is a common health concern for many women, and physical therapy can play an important role in rehabilitation after treatment. Breast cancer treatment can result in side effects like lymphedema, shoulder pain, and generalized weakness. A good rehab program with a licensed PT can help manage these symptoms and improve overall range of motion, mobility, and strength.

Osteoporosis Prevention and Management
Osteoporosis, a condition characterized by decreased bone density, is more common in women than men. A well-structured rehab program can help manage osteoporosis by improving bone density and strength through weight-bearing exercises and other interventions. Physical therapy can also help improve balance and reduce the risk of falls, which is important for preventing fractures.

All in all, physical therapy can be a powerful tool for promoting women’s health at every stage of life. From pelvic floor dysfunction to breast cancer rehabilitation to osteoporosis prevention, physical therapy can help women address a wide range of health issues and improve their quality of life. If you’re experiencing any health concerns or would like to learn more about how physical therapy can benefit you, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of our qualified team.

Blog courtesy of:

Jessie Hernandez

Launch Physical Therapy & Sports Performance Center