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What are the best treatment options for menopause?

Menopause is a natural biological process. It is a transitional period in a woman’s life where menstrual periods and the production of ovaries cease. The transition period is different for each woman. 
As hormonal levels change there is often a decrease in estrogen, which leads to loss of bone and muscle mass. Disruptions in a woman’s hormonal system may result in hot flashes, disrupt sleep, lower energy levels or affect emotional health.
Talk to your doctor about making adjustments to your diet and exercise. After menopause, women must pay closer attention to how much they eat and the way they work out. You don’t need as many calories as before. Choose leaner sources of protein like fish, chicken, and turkey, and leave room for plenty of healthy produce.
In the months or years leading up to menopause (peri-menopause), symptoms can include:
  • Irregular periods
  • Fatigue and/or muscle weakness
  • Vaginal dryness and bleeding
  • Urinary or fecal leakage
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Hot flashes
  • Chills
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep problems
  • Mood changes
  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism
  • Thinning hair and dry skin
  • Loss of breast fullness
  • Painful intercourse
If you experience any of these symptoms, pelvic physical therapy may help you find relief. Building muscle mass may ease many of the symptoms associated with menopause. 
Exercises such as walking or weight lifting help keep your frame strong. A brisk walk can lower your risk of a hip fractures or other injuries.  Exercise is one of the best ways to help you stay healthy and active longer.
Before attempting any exercise plan, make sure to warm up before you exercise. This helps to reduce injuries and post workout pain. Older bodies take you longer to warm up and require additional effort to keep fit.
Get out there and start walking, do knee lifts and arm swings.  Get the blood flowing. Work with a physical therapist for strength training exercises.  Great exercises are arm circles, hip rotations, and gentle running in place. Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.
There are many effective treatments available, from lifestyle adjustments to hormone therapy. Physical therapy along with a proper diet can help strengthen weakened bones and muscles and avoid weight gain.
To learn more about physical therapy treatment programs for menopause, set up a free exploratory examination with one of our doctors today. 
Moriarty Physical Therapy is the premier physical therapist provider here in the Hudson Valley with centers located near you. To find out more about physical therapy or to book your first appointment with a physical therapist, visit our website at or contact Moriarty Physical Therapy at (845) 454-4137.

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