Throughout their lives, women go through specific phases and moments, determined by hormonal, physical, psychological and social changes.
Such as the beginning and completion of the menstrual cycle and fertility, the discovery and development of sexuality and the body itself, pregnancy and motherhood, maturation and aging.
Therefore, the functioning of the female and male bodies differ physiologically and biologically between them and, for this reason, some care demands in the health area also differ.
Other singularities are pregnancy and childbirth, requirements that nature has made exclusive to women. From these facts emerged the urogynaecology medicine and today, in a broader approach, the Women’s Health Sciences. As physiotherapy is one of the most important therapeutic arms in conservative treatment, the need for an approach in this sense for this new science has given rise to Physiotherapy in Women’s Health.
Although still little known by the majority of the population, and even by a part of health professionals, the intervention of physiotherapy in women’s health has a profound impact on the prevention and rehabilitation of various illnesses that affect them.
The physiotherapist can act in the most diverse phases of their lives. Even improving your quality of life.
- The care provided in this area of physiotherapy can be an asset during pregnancy and postpartum, in situations of urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunctions and post-breast cancer recovery.
- During pregnancy, it helps to reduce musculoskeletal pain resulting from the transformations that occur in the woman’s body; the use of Manual Lymphatic Drainage obtains relief from “swollen” legs.
- In the postpartum period, it relieves musculoskeletal pain resulting from postures maintained during the care provided to the newborn, prevents and treats urinary incontinence and strengthens the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.
- In post-breast cancer recovery, it improves mobility and the appearance of the scar, improves the functionality of the upper limb on the affected side and reduces the “swelling” of the upper limb when lymph nodes are removed.
- If you have urinary incontinence or other difficulties in the pelvic floor, the proposed exercises can reduce or eliminate these difficulties, providing a better quality of life.
More than a simple conservative treatment, the resources of Physiotherapy in Women’s Health serve as a female ally not only in combating incontinence or sexual dysfunctions, but in preventing a multitude of intimate problems, in preparing for pregnancy and humanized childbirth, ensuring healthy aging, in addition to enabling the increase of sexual performance, which, even in times of suppression, was already considered synonymous with personal satisfaction and gratification.