If you were born in the 70s, that means you’re currently between the ages of 39 and 49.
As we all know, age is just a number – someone who is 50, may be healthier than someone who is 30. Regardless, as we age, we begin to think more and more about our health.
More often than not, we do not address our health until something seems like it’s wrong. Minor issues begin to develop, which create red flags. These red flags come in the form of physical symptoms, such as pain or swelling.
Unfortunately, this is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t quite right. You need to tune in and listen, making more proactive decisions, so that you require less reactive treatment.
You’re never too young to begin thinking about your health — and physiotherapy is a great place to start. If you have been considering physiotherapy to address any women’s health-related issues, here’s what you should know.
7 Reasons You Need to Add Physio to Your Health Regimen
When we think of our health, we automatically associate positive well-being with exercise, diet, sleep, and even stress management. As a woman, you have specific health needs, based on certain risk factors. Being more prone to pelvic pain, breast cancer, and more – you need to properly assess your health.
Most people associate physiotherapists with recovery, and although this is most certainly true, physio is not only intended for post-injury situations. When addressing chronic health, a physiotherapist can help you stay on-track, so that you continually reach your goals. Physiotherapists also help people build their best bodies – ones that move good, feel good, and look good.
Here are just some of the areas that physio will address, helping you maintain positive health:
- Breast cancer
Most of us know someone who’s been affected by breast cancer. Luckily, the survival rate is fairly high when treated early, and for those who have endured surgery, physio offers substantial support. Since surgery and radiation can affect your arms and shoulders, guided exercises enhance the healing process, lessen the side effects of invasive cancer treatments, and improve overall well-being.
Beginning around the age of 20, women slowing lose bone mass. By the time a woman is 80, she’s lost approximately one-third of her hip bone density. Although men are also affected by osteoporosis, there is certainly a gender gap. In women over the age of 45, osteoporosis accounts for more hospitalised days than many other conditions, including cancer and diabetes.
What many do not realise, is that bone is a living tissue and with proper exercise, can be strengthened. When you actively take part in physiotherapy, you strengthen both your bones and muscles. In turn, this can prevent the thinning of bones – which will then lead to increased fall prevention.
Rheumatoid arthritis can be very painful, often developing in middle-age. Although this is one of the most common types, there are actually over 200 forms of arthritis. When seeking physiotherapy, you can benefit both your joints and muscles, helping you maintain movement while reducing pain severity.
Whether you are suffering from the early stages of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid, past research has documented the benefits associated with physio. Within one study, osteoarthritis patients participated in an 8-week exercise program – which lead to improvements in self-reported function and hip range of motion.
- Ailments unique to female athletes
As mentioned in one key study, published in Psychophysiotherapy, there’s a triad of disorders that relate to female athletes. These include – disordered eating, amenorrhea (or the absence of menstruation), and as discussed above, osteoporosis. A physiotherapist can assist by:
- Promoting positive health and fitness, including coordination, strength, stamina, and healthy practices to support performance.
- Helping athletes better understand their bodies, including proper breathing techniques.
- Offering tips to reduce stress and increase relaxation.
- Providing a supportive, comfortable environment to discuss related issues.
- Assessing physical condition, including biomechanical analysis.
- Offering exercise prescriptions.
- Pelvic pain
Although pelvic pain can occur based on a number of reasons, within women, pregnancy generally plays a key role. As stated in one key study, postnatal low back pain and pelvic pain, affect up to 82 percent of women, some point in the year after giving birth. Can you relate?
Research has shown that when taking part in training programs led by professional physiotherapists, pregnant women can reduce symptoms of pelvic pain, lower back pain, and urinary incontinence. Through education and exercise, you too can improve painful symptoms — while improving core stability and biomechanics.
Approximately 63 percent of Australians are considered to be overweight or obese. Women, in particular, can have a hard time shedding those excess kilo’s. In order to be successful, reducing your risk of weight-related health issues, you will need to exert more energy than you consume – and ensure a nutrient dense food intake.
Although a nutrient-rich diet will be key, you also need to move more and exercise. A physiotherapist can not only lead effective exercise programs, but also help you better understand your current capacity. To prevent injury, you can train your body’s stabilising muscles and reduce any current limitations.
- Improve Mental Health
When you regularly meet with a physiotherapist, they will teach you that you and your health are a priority. When prescribing individualised exercise programs, women often experience improvements in mood. As one’s self confidence improves and pain levels diminish, improvements in both mental health and overall well-being result.
You can start to take action, significantly improving your health with the help of a physiotherapist. On that note, I want to leave you with this quote — “Do something today, that your future self will thank you for.”
Call 9272 7359 to start your health journey with Best Body today.