What makes men and women so different? The analogies and metaphors used by Gray to highlight the main differences between the sexes have made the book a modern classic.Although this work focuses on relationships between spouses, it is important to understand that there are several unique physical and physiological characteristics of women and that physiotherapy plays an important role in their health.
Three functions in particular are unique to women: menstruation, pregnancy and lactation. These functions are closely related to complex hormonal patterns in women, which also influence behavior.
Among the basic physical differences between men and women are these facts:
- Men have more muscle mass than women.
- Women tend to have a higher proportion of body fat than men. This fat is usually present in the breasts, hips and buttocks.
- Men tend to have more hair (especially in the face).
- Physiotherapists understand the physical differences (and unique needs) of the female population and are particularly qualified to help women live healthy lives without pain.
Healthy aging for older women
Specific actions must be taken to ensure that older women age in good health. Physio treatment can help identify (and eliminate) risk factors for falls and fractures. Regular strengthening and loading exercises can slow the decline in bone density that occurs in women as they get older. It may be advisable to consult your doctor to learn more about the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy. Screening for calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12 deficiency is also recommended. Physical therapy can also treat pelvic floor dysfunctions and incontinence problems.
Here are some of the conditions (some of which tend to be more common in women) where physiotherapy can play an important role:
- breast cancer and other cancers
- Rehabilitation following breast surgery
- postmenopausal heart disease
- chronic myofascial pain
- Patellofemoral syndrome
- hypermobility syndrome
- multiple sclerosis
- dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint
- the evils specific to female athletes
Physical therapy helps reduce discomfort and promotes recovery before, during and after pregnancy. Pregnancy-related health problems include heel pain (plantar fasciitis) and associated pain.
Exercises and techniques to treat women’s health issues include:
Muscle Rehabilitation – this creates awareness of the body (the way you enter and exit your car, the way you lean to take something, you’re sitting posture and in general, etc.) and improves your traveling habits. They exercise to strengthen the weak muscles of the pelvic floor, in addition to Pilates, can be very beneficial.
Exercise Rehabilitation – this helps improve mobility, strength and endurance. It also strengthens bones and joints.
The modalities: application of heat and / or ice, electrical stimulation therapy and massage therapy can reduce pain, stiffness and swelling.
Manual therapy – this helps to improve the flexibility of soft and joint tissues, as well as mobility through repetitive and specific movements done with the hands.
Each physiotherapy program is different and personalized according to the needs of the patient. Women have unique physical and physiological attributes that physiotherapists consider.
Physiotherapy can make a difference for all members of your family at some point in your life. Do not hesitate to ask us what we can do for you.