What we’ll cover
  1. What is Menopause?  
  2. Common Symptoms of Menopause  
  3. How to manage menopause:   

Menopause is a natural and inevitable phase in a woman’s life. Having a better understanding and embracing this transition greatly assists in correcting any myths or misconceptions around menopause. Our physiotherapist, Elizabeth Brennan sheds light on menopause and provides practical advice to assist with keeping you healthier, happier and stronger.   

What is Menopause?  

Menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years. It is defined by the cessation of menstrual periods for 12 consecutive months. Typically, it occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. However, this age range can vary with it occurring earlier or later.   

The transition to menopause can be divided into three stages:  

  1. Perimenopause: The years leading up to menopause, where hormone levels fluctuate and menstrual cycles become irregular.  
  1. Menopause: The point in time when a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 months.  
  1. Post-menopause: The years following menopause, where symptoms may ease but health risk factors will increase.   

Common Symptoms of Menopause  

The symptoms of menopause vary widely among women; it is an individual experience, with some women experiencing little or no symptoms while other women experience many symptoms.  Common symptoms include:  

  • Hot Flushes and Night Sweats: Sudden feelings of heat and sweating, often disrupting sleep.  
  • Mood Changes: Increased irritability, increased anger. Anxiety/stress or low mood/depression can also be due to hormonal shifts.  
  • Sleep Disturbances: Poor sleep, insomnia and/or increased fatigue.  
  • Physical Changes: Weight gain, thinning hair, dry skin and/or vaginal dryness 
  • Cognitive Effects: Brain fog and decreased concentration.  
  • Bladder Changes: Urinary incontinence and/or discomfort with urination    

How to manage menopause:   

  1. Stay Active: Regular physical activity can help manage symptoms and improve overall health. Engaging in exercise can not only assist with combatting the musculoskeletal and physical symptoms, but can also greatly assist with mood and sleep changes. Your physiotherapist can tailor an individualised exercise program specific to meeting your needs, helping you stay fit and strong. 
  1. Healthy Eating: A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean proteins can help manage weight and improve energy levels. With changes to bone density and bone health, incorporating calcium and vitamin D is crucial during and after menopause.   
  1. Mindfulness and Stress Management: Techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, and mindfulness can help manage mood swings and anxiety.   
  1. Consult your Healthcare Professionals: Regular check-ups with your General Practitioner are essential. Discuss any symptoms you are experiencing. For some women there may be a need to consider pharmaceutical options including hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or vaginal oestrogen cream 

All women regardless of their menopause experience can benefit from physiotherapy during their transition; ME Physio can assist you in navigating this journey. We offer a wide range of services to address menopausal symptoms by building and maintaining your strength to improve your quality of life. While there is a strong technical basis to our program design, it is a collaborative process centred on you and your evolving needs and preferences. 

Book an appointment today and discover how physiotherapy can help you stay happier, healthier and stronger!   

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Back to school 🔙📚

Last week we were fortunate enough to head back to uni and refresh our anatomy knowledge at @latrobeuni in the anatomy labs. 

Thank you to the Latrobe School of Physiotherapy for inviting us! Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone.

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