Menopause is a natural phase in a woman's life, but it can feel very disorienting and isolating. It often comes with mixed physical and emotional challenges, and for some reason, it feels hard to find good answers to our questions. As a physical therapist specializing in women's health (and as a woman myself!) I’m here to help as a guide and ally in this season.
Did you know you can use physical therapy for menopause symptoms? That’s right! Let’s explore together how physical therapy can be a cornerstone in navigating the menopause journey.
Pain Management in Menopause
Menopause can bring about discomforts like joint pain and muscle aches. Physical therapy offers strategies that include personalized exercises and manual therapy techniques to manage pain and help you continue with daily activities.
Bone Health and Menopause
Menopause can pose a risk to bone density, making women more susceptible to osteoporosis. By integrating weight-bearing exercises and strength training into your routine, physical therapy can be crucial in promoting bone health and minimizing the risk of fractures.
Fostering Pelvic Health
Pelvic health may be affected during menopause, causing pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, and more. Specialized pelvic health physical therapies can help improve pelvic floor muscle (and core) functionality, relieving symptoms by addressing the root cause. Struggling with incontinence during menopause? Try out this video to connect with your pelvic floor:
Focus on Exercise and Fitness
Engaging in a well-suited exercise routine is essential during menopause. Physical therapy can aid in establishing a tailored exercise program, promoting an active lifestyle whether you’re a beginner or looking to maintain your fitness level.
Enhancing Joint Mobility
Menopause can impact joint mobility and flexibility. Through various exercises and stretches, physical therapy assists in maintaining and improving joint range of motion, enhancing the overall quality of movement.
Embracing Stress Relief Strategies
Menopause can sometimes heighten stress and anxiety levels. Physical therapy introduces physical activities and relaxation techniques, helping manage stress and enhance mental well-being. An individualized exercise plan to target areas of need can also help a woman reconnect with her body and center herself.
Breathwork for Holistic Balance
Breathwork practices are pivotal for connecting with our core stability system and also offer a meditative space that contributes to hormone and overall body balance. I’ve written a thorough blog post covering the why and how of breathwork – check that out here! Intentional breathwork and connection also promotes a sense of grounding in our bodies, by helping us move into a more parasympathetic state.
Promoting Cardiovascular Health
Maintaining heart health becomes particularly essential during menopause. Your physical therapist can help incorporate cardiovascular exercises into your lifestyle, supporting overall cardiovascular wellness.
Empowerment Through Education
Knowledge is a powerful tool during menopause. A physical therapist who specializes in women’s health can provide essential education, empowering you with the information needed to make well-informed decisions.
Choosing a physical therapist experienced in women’s health and menopause is vital. Together, we can develop a comprehensive plan that addresses your unique needs, helping you embrace your journey through menopause with confidence, support, and wisdom. I’d love to work with you – reach out today for a free phone consultation!