COMMON WOMEN’S HEALTH PROBLEMS
The term “Women’s Health” covers health concerns for women from adolescence to menopause. While some concerns such as incontinence, breast cancer and post-natal depression may require a specialist or Women’s Health Physiotherapist, this is not always the case. The majority of physiotherapists can still assist you with common Women’s Health problems such as: incontinence and pelvic floor, and if you have particular issue which requires further assistance, they will refer you on.
Did you know that 1-2 Australian women have a chronic disease? While only 1 in 4 women over 65 years of age, and just under 1 in 2 woman aged 18-64 are getting the recommend amount of exercise.
Exercise has been well documented to help with mental health, protecting you against chronic conditions and supporting you as you age by keeping your bones strong. It is currently recommended that women do at least 150 min of moderate activity or 75 min of vigorous activity per week. It is also recommended to do 2 sessions of strength training per week. Strength training does not have to mean hitting the gym. You can do simple body weight exercises at home or at the park such as planks, squats and bridges.
Physiotherapists can help with pain and reduced range of motion or strength for many Women’s Health issues. You do not need a referral to see a physiotherapist. It is important to address any injuries or issues before starting any exercise program. Ensure that you give your physiotherapist a good detailed description of your problem, include your functional difficulties and your goals of what you want to be able to do.
If you feel that you really just need to get a bit fitter, then find a good Physiotherapist to help get your exercise regime back on track. There is something for every age group and fitness level. We tailor the program to suit your level.
TIPS FOR STAYING ACTIVE
Exercise with a friend: exercising with your partner, friends or family increases the likelihood that you’ll stick to your new exercise routine. Grab a buddy and get moving! Being held accountable for exercising with someone, and supporting each other’s goals, is proven to increase the amount of exercise you do.
Make time: the most common reasons for not exercising, is lack of time. It’s all about planning and prioritising. Your health is what’s most important. Even if it’s a 10-20 minute walk in your lunch break each day – something is better than nothing.
Have fun: exercise isn’t supposed to be a chore. Hate the gym? Don’t go! Find an exercise that you enjoy and you are more likely to stick with it. If you find yourself getting bored, change up your exercise routine, take it to the park or do something different.
Every bit counts: don’t forget to make the most of incidental exercise. Take the stairs. Park your car further away from work or the shops. Opt for standing instead of sitting. It all adds up and every little bit counts.
The take away for exercise is that it’s never to late to start and little bit of exercise is better than none.