Physical Therapy for Menopausal Women

Your body undergoes a lot of changes during menopause. Menopause is defined as not having your period for up to 12 months. You may be pre-menopausal if you are having more irregular periods due to alterations in progesterone and estrogen levels.  Hormonal fluctuations and changes can cause weakening of the vaginal tissues and vaginal dryness that may lead to some but not limited to the following conditions:

Urinary Incontinence

Umbrella term to describe issues with regulating urination. These include stress incontinence, urge incontinence, and functional incontinence

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Pelvic Pain

Discomfort that occurs in the lowest part of the torso, the area below the abdomen and between the hip bones

Urge incontinence

Having an abnormal increased urge to urinate that can cause increased urinary frequency. Sometimes leakage of urine will occur before you make it to the bathroom

Vulvodynia

Chronic vulvar pain without an identifiable cause

Stress Incontinence

Leaking of urine during activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising

Pelvic organ prolapse

General umbrella term that describes when a pelvic organ-such as your bladder drops (prolapses) from its normal place in your lower belly and pushes against the walls of your vagina

Dyspareunia

Painful and difficult intercourse

Pelvic Floor Screens: Due to the changes that menopause can cause it is always best to prevent an issue before it becomes one. Coming in for a pelvic floor screen to test your pelvic floor muscle strength and coordination and teach you an appropriate training program can help prevent a lot of issues down the road such as pelvic organ prolapse and urinary or fecal incontinence.

Exercise Consultations: During menopause, your body has an increased risk for various diseases such as osteoporosis and coronary artery disease. As a woman ages, she also will lose muscle mass at a faster rate with inactivity. In fact, you can lose 3-5% of your muscle mass with each decade after thirty if you do not exercise. If you are beginning to have pelvic floor dysfunction or develop a prolapse, choices of exercise may be tough to navigate. The team at Spring Forward Physical Therapy can help direct you towards the best exercise for you and your current health state.