Women’s Health in physiotherapy is not widely known especially in Asian countries, many of us believe to be niche or out of our specialised field. First come to mind will always be traditional medication and acupuncture. At western countries, Physiotherapy for Women’s Health has become one of their essential treatments and professions to seek when they are having women’s health related issues. It is much likely we don’t understand what Women’s Health means or what it encompasses. 


Women are different from Men in all sorts of ways including mental and physical. We as a physiotherapy play an important role in both categories. Three main distinctions for women that make them unique are Menstruation, Pregnancy and Lactation. These 3 function intricately causing drastic hormonal changes in women that helps them to continue the chain of life. 


We as a Women’s Health Physiotherapy works closely with women of all ages, from young ladies to elderly. Example: 

  • Young women athletes with menstruation problems like delaying of period, irregular period and painful menstruation. 
  • We work with pregnant women in helping them go through a pain free or minimal pain journey of pregnancy. 
  • We treat elderly or women who undergo menopause in approaching healthy aging.

Let me brief you roughly what we do as a Women’s Health Physiotherapist !!!


1. Pregnancy related Issues

  • Musculoskeletal problems including back, knee and ankle pain <this is more prominent during pregnancy because of laxity at joints in pregnant mummies> 
  • Pelvic girdle pain or in common terms as hip pain.
  • Bladder and bowel issues 
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome 
  • De Quervain as known as “mummies thumb” 
  • Diastasis Recti 
  • Labour training ( breathing technique, relaxation position and pain relief technique) 
  • Antenatal Exercise Class 
  • Postnatal and Fitness/ Weight loss programme 


2. Sexual Dysfunction and Pelvic pain 


3. Menopause related issues 

  • Muscle weakness 
  • Reduce or preventive programme for osteoporosis < reduce in bone density>
  • Incontinence issues (stress incontinence, urge incontinence…) 
  • Pelvic organ prolapse issues 
  • Weight gain or weight loss programme. 
  • Fall prevention programme and training 


4. Young Adults Women Health 

  • Amenorrhea (absence or delay of menstruation)
  • Dysmenorrhea ( painful menstruation)  
  • Scoliosis training 
  • Irregular menstruation


Above conditions mentioned are just the tip of the iceberg, we still do a lot more like slipped discs, frozen shoulder, neck pain, neurological conditions ( stroke and parkinson). 

We are gladly to help you with all this conditions!


Article Prepared by Physiotherapist

Lai Yu Feng

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