women's health physiotherapy
Women's Health Physiotherapy was founded from the clinical area of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is the care of women in relation to childbirth, both antenatally and postnatally, including the teaching of antenatal classes, in the treatment of incontinence, and in the care of women undergoing gynaecological surgery. The scope of practice has now increased to include all health concerns of women.
PRE & POST NATAL EXERCISES
Benefits of Pregnancy Exercise
• Helps prevent morning sickness.
• Reduces various pregnancy-related problems, such as exhaustion, leg cramps, edema of the extremities, etc.
• Reduces sleeplessness, anxiety, and stress.
• Prevents excessive weight gain during pregnancy.
Types of Exercises
• Water exercises like swimming.
• Riding an indoor bike. …
• Pilates and yoga classes. …
• Classes in low-impact aerobics You always have one foot on the ground or the apparatus when engaging in low-impact aerobics. …
• Weight lifting.
Post Natal Exercises
Abdominal exercises (Kegels)
Breathing with the diaphragm
Among the first yoga poses, the Cat-Cow stretch supports the back muscles.
TENS, stretching, strengthening, using spills, and massage techniques are all forms of physiotherapy.
Exercises during and after pregnancy
Prenatal workouts are intended to enhance the physical and psychological readiness of a pregnant woman for labour as well as the
physical and psychological prevention of pregnancy-related diseases. It often consists of stretching and low-impact aerobic exercises.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON PROBLEMS RELATED TO WOMEN'S HEALTH?
The health concerns of women are incontinence, pelvic/ vaginal pain, prenatal and postpartum musculoskeletal pain, osteoporosis, rehabilitation following breast surgery, lymphedema, education prevention, wellness and exercise. All females across the life span, from the young athlete, the childbearing woman, the menopausal and elderly woman receive benefit from physical therapy.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PHYSIOTHERAPY IN WOMEN'S HEALTH ?
ex. Pre Natal
A pre natal exercise program is very effective to maintain fitness and activity levels throughout labour. It will also greatly minimise the potential for any complications after childbirth such as low back pain, pelvic pain and reduced mobility. The specialist women’s health physiotherapists at Physiocares.com are experienced in providing tailored physiotherapy program to facilitate the active preparation of childbirth.
Different pre natal exercises may include:
Pelvic floor strengthening exercises
Transverse abdominis strengthening exercises
Gentle cardiovascular activity such as cycling
Positions of ease for labour
Back mobility exercises
Preparatory advice for childbirth
There are countless benefits of pre natal exercise that can be achieved with a personalised physiotherapy programme designed by learntohealphysios.com. These include:
Tighter stomach muscles
Less risk of back pain
Reduced chance of incontinence problems
Increased strength of pelvic floor muscles
Maintenance of a healthy body weight
Faster return to normal activities of daily living/ sport
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF NEUROPHYSIOTHERAPY ?
The aim of neurophysiotherapy is to help rehabilitate physical impairments caused by neurological conditions as already mentioned. It is tailored to the specific needs of each individual with a personalized goal-oriented target. For example, does the patient need big improvements such as learning to walk again, or is it small fine movements that need correction? This will be determined by trained neurological physiotherapists on an initial visit.
The brain is able to both lose and form new connections, a phenomenon called neuroplasticity. Neurophysiotherapy is different from traditional physiotherapy in that it takes advantage of this phenomenon, helping the brain to form new synaptic connections. In effect, it rewires the brain to learn or re-learn tasks and abilities.
Neurophysiotherapy can either be conducted on a one-on-one manner, as when the posture is to be improved or a patient needs to re-learn how to walk, stand or sit if the damage is severe. Other tasks such as walking and moderate exercises may also be performed in groups to create a friendlier environment and make rehabilitation more enjoyable.
Neurophysiotherapy does not stop at simple passive exercises or tailored exercises to build strength and coordination. Depending on the extent of motor dysfunction, limb positioning or splints may be prescribed to aid joint recovery. In certain cases, mobility aids may be needed such as a walking frame or specialised wheelchair, including training to use them.
In all cases of neurophysiotherapy, exercises taught by trained neurological physiotherapists are to be repeated both in the clinic and at home on a daily basis to ensure muscle tone and motor function does not deteriorate. These may include simple 'at-home’ exercises, or frequent visits to the clinic to engage in tailored or group activities.
Rehabilitation will depend on the extent of the brain damage/injury, as well as how early neurophysiotherapy begins. Furthermore, the attitude or willingness of the affected individual is also crucial to success. Caregivers and family members need to be equally engaged in the process, not only to ensure that neurophysiotherapy is being performed both at home as well as in the clinic, but also to improve the patient’s morale and attitude.