The Benefits of Physical therapy for Women’s Reproductive Health Issues

The Benefits of Physical therapy for Women’s Reproductive Health Issues

February 16, 2023

Physical therapy takes a holistic approach to reproductive health, especially in women. General sexual health of women, maternity, and menopause, can benefit from physical therapy by taking care of both mental and physical well-being. It helps you feel comfortable and at your best in every stage of your life as a woman.

One of the most known health conditions that women experience is pelvic floor dysfunction. The pelvic floor is responsible for many functions in a woman’s body. It supports the pelvic group, which includes the vagina, uterus, bladder, and bowels. It also prevents incontinence and provides stability as part of the core. With its function, it can be strained and injured. Despite this, you do not have to worry because women’s health can be treated in a non-surgical way. Physical therapy can treat a wide array of women’s needs including conditions concerning the pelvic floor.

Subscribing to pelvic floor physical therapy can benefit you in countless ways. You have to know your experience may differ from other women’s and that this kind of physical therapy is highly individualized. This therapy can treat various concerns so it is important for the physical therapist to know your specific needs for treatment. The first visit involves a lot of conversation. This is the time to be comfortable communicating about your reproductive health concerns, the more information you give the more comprehensive the treatment plan will be.

Physical therapy for the pelvic floor can help you with infertility. Infertility takes a toll not only on women’s physical being but also on romantic relationships. We know that problems with infertility are heavily connected to problems with ovulation, but we also have the so-called mechanical infertility. Mechanical infertility may be caused by a physical obstruction due to scar tissue that forms in the abdomen or reproductive organs after surgeries or being inflected by diseases. It could also be an inflammation and lymphatic blockage that prevents the flow of blood to and from the reproductive organs.

If you feel pain during intercourse, it is also considered a form of mechanical infertility. How does physical therapy take part in this? Pelvic floor physical therapy can significantly reduce mechanical infertility through hands-on sessions. These hands-on therapies can improve the mobility of scar tissues promoting better blood flow in the pelvis area. This means that the lymphatic drainage has been freed. Unclogging the reproductive organs will allow them and the hormones to function effectively. On the other hand, diaphragmatic breathing exercises are also included in the therapy to help improve your tolerance to intercourse.

There are some reproductive health issues that physical therapy cannot treat such as  endometriosis and PCOS, yet physical therapy can help prevent their chronic symptoms. Generally, physical therapy for women can help you get moving with comfort and ease with the help of experts. Other common health issues that physical therapy for women can treat include pregnancy-related pain (all stages), constipation, overactive bladders, urinary and fecal incontinence, bone density related to menopause, and mastitis or blockers of milk ducts.

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