You already know how important physiotherapy is to women’s health. It offers treatment and therapy for a wide variety gender-centric issues, namely pelvic floor dysfunction, pre and post natal concerns, and osteoporosis. If you’re unfamiliar of these common applications you can read more about them here. What today’s article is about however, is the lesser known ways that physiotherapy can be leveraged to address women’s health concerns that are are having a big impact on society. Let’s review.
Three Other Important Ways Women Can Benefit from Physiotherapy that You Didn’t Know About
Helps Avoid Opioid Use, and Addiction
The Addiction Center states that women are more likely than men to misuse prescription opioids such as oxycodone (etc.) along with synthetic opioids to relieve pain and even anxiety. In addition, the Center reports that women develop a dependence on opioids faster than male counterparts due to a heightened dopamine response in the brain. Therefore, when a better and natural solution to chronic pain is employed, the need to seek out prescription drugs for pain management in the first place is removed from the equation. Given the fact that the Government of Canada has announced that we’re currently facing an opioid crisis it’s more important that ever to consider the safe and far superior alternative to fighting chronic pain. View more on this critical topic here.
Helps Manage Mental and Emotional Disorders Felt More Strongly by Women
Research shows that when all else is equal, women are more likely than men to suffer from some mental and emotional disorders. For example, the Anxiety and Depression Association reports that from puberty to age 50 women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop an anxiety disorder. With physiotherapy being introduced to help reduce stress and anxiety we once again find another key reason for women to consult with a physiotherapist to assist with their overall health and wellness plan. But it doesn’t end there, as data also finds that women are more aversely affected by seasonal depression than men. Yet again we see how physiotherapy can be applied. View more on how it is being used to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Helps Close the Gender Gap in Canadian Sports
The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) reports that only 8% of female children meet Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines (CPAG) with only 2% of adolescent (aged 12-17) females getting enough physical activity. When these trends persist, data shows that only 10% will be physically active by the age of 25. By making physiotherapy a part of your life, you will be able to correct and prevent any injuries that keep you from becoming more physically active. In turn, you can do your part to fill in the gender gap and inspire the younger generation to do to the same so that in five or ten years from now those statistics are balanced with the boys. View more on how physiotherapy can help close this concerning gender gap in Canada.
Absolute PhyisoCare is well known as one of Greater Vancouver’s premiere women’s health clinics, so whether you’re suffering from and/or concerned about any of the above we encourage you to schedule a consultation today. Call us at your earliest convenient at 604.558.2273 or complete the form found here.