Understanding Perimenopause: How Women’s Health Physiotherapy Can Help

May 7, 2024

At W5Physio, we’re proud to offer specialised women’s health physiotherapy services, designed to support women through various stages of their lives. One of these stages, perimenopause, marks a significant phase in women’s health, characterised by a range of symptoms and impacts. Understanding and addressing these symptoms is crucial, and physiotherapy plays a pivotal role in providing the necessary support.

What is Perimenopause?

Perimenopause precedes menopause, marking the transition period that varies in length for each woman. It typically starts in a woman’s 40s but can begin as early as the mid-30s. This phase is characterised by hormonal changes, primarily fluctuations in oestrogen levels, leading to various symptoms. 

Unlike menopause, which is defined by the cessation of menstrual periods for twelve months, perimenopause is the bridge between reproductive years and menopause, often indicated by irregular periods and other hormonal signs.

Symptoms of Perimenopause

The symptoms of perimenopause are broad and vary significantly from one individual to another. They can include:

  • Hormonal Fluctuations: Leading to irregular periods, sometimes lighter or heavier than usual.
  • Physical Symptoms: Such as hot flushes, sleep disturbances, night sweats, and weight gain.
  • Emotional and Cognitive Impacts: Including mood swings, anxiety, depression, and memory problems.
  • Long-term Health Considerations: Decreases in bone density and increased cardiovascular risks are also concerns during this time.

The Role of Physiotherapy in Managing Perimenopause Symptoms

Physiotherapy offers various strategies to manage perimenopause symptoms effectively:

  • Exercise Guidance: Tailored exercises can help manage weight, improve mood, and maintain bone density, critical during the perimenopausal phase.
  • Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy: Essential in improving pelvic floor health, addressing urinary incontinence, and enhancing sexual health.
  • Manual Therapy: Techniques such as massage and joint mobilisation can relieve joint pain and muscle tension.
  • Lifestyle and Dietary Advice: Simple adjustments in daily habits, guided by a physiotherapist, can significantly mitigate perimenopausal symptoms.

Getting Started with Women’s Health Physiotherapy

Our practice has witnessed numerous success stories where clients have greatly benefited from women’s health physiotherapy during perimenopause. Physiotherapy can enhance quality of life during this life stage – from improved symptom management to increased overall well-being.

Beginning your journey with women’s health physiotherapy at W5Physio is straightforward. Booking a consultation with our specialist, Vicky, is the first step towards developing a personalised treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. Our initial assessments are designed to understand your specific symptoms and goals, ensuring a targeted approach to managing perimenopause.

Recognising and addressing the symptoms of perimenopause is key to navigating this transitional phase with confidence and comfort. With the support of women’s health physiotherapy, managing these symptoms becomes an achievable goal. 

Contact W5Physio to learn more about how our services can assist during perimenopause and beyond.

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