July 2014 archive

Select Pregnancy Dresses For Style And Comfort

Today, pregnant women live in a society where they don’t feel shy in showing off their bulging stomachs. After all, why should pregnant women cringe at the thought of what other people will think and say about their protruding tummies?

In fact, being pregnant is one of the best and most memorable times in a woman’s life. Therefore, you must dress yourself with style.

Person-People-Woman-262330-lHowever, it is appropriate for a pregnant woman to wear a pregnancy dress for comfort as well as for fashion. Many women don’t have any idea of the type of pregnancy dress that they should wear.

Women should see to it that the pregnancy dress is loose and comfortable and, at the same time, a little stretchable so as to accommodate the growing bulges.

The old fashions and dresses worn by pregnant women have today given way to smart dresses. You might have seen many high profile celebrities sporting smart pregnant dresses and the trend has picked up considerably.

You should wear pregnant dresses that match your personality. Also choose a dress with clean lines which takes attention away from your tummy. A stretchable jumper will be just about fine.

Also you can spend money buying comfortable and roomy maternity jeans. A good brand will add to your personality and comfort. Bias cut, wrap-around tops as well as dresses are the in-thing today as they are very suitable for day and evening wear.

They can fit well and are good enough to last you for the entire nine month pregnancy cycle. You can also wear stylish ballet pumps with your pregnancy dresses.

Still Think High Heels Are Worth It?

It’s not what fashion-conscious women want to hear-another warning about high heels. But, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, pump-style shoes often cause significant pain by irritating a common bony deformity on the back of the heel, called “pump bump.” In many cases, it can lead to bursitis or Achilles tendonitis, if left untreated.

shoe-447866_640“Pump bump is common in young women who wear high heels almost every day,” said Marybeth Crane, DPM, FACFAS, a Dallas-area foot and ankle surgeon whose practice near DFW International Airport is well populated with flight attendants. She said the employee dress code on most airlines requires flight attendants to work in high heels, and their feet take a beating as a result.

“The rigid back of a pump-style shoe can create pressure that aggravates the heel bone when walking,” said Crane.

According to the ACFAS consumer Web site, FootPhysicians.com, the bony enlargement can cause Achilles tendonitis or bursitis due to constant irritation in pump-style shoes. Those with high arches or tight Achilles tendons are especially vulnerable to developing pump bump, if they work in high heels.

The medical term for the disorder is Haglund’s deformity. In addition to the noticeable bump, symptoms include pain where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel, swelling in the back of the heel and redness in the area.

In the large majority of cases, pump bump is treated nonsurgically by reducing inflammation, but this does not get rid of the bony enlargement. “Pain relief is the primary treatment goal, so anti-inflammatory medications usually are prescribed,” said Crane. She added that icing the back of the heel reduces swelling, and stretching exercises can relieve tension in the Achilles. Long term, however, it’s best to avoid wearing high heels, if possible.

“When the office or airline dress code requires high heels, I advise women to try heel lifts to decrease pressure on the heel or wear appropriate dress shoes that have soft backs or are backless,” said Crane.

Why Physiotherapy Can Help Women’s Health

The subject of women’s health encompasses a range of issues that can be treated by physiotherapy. From pregnancy back pain to incontinence problems faced by older women, physiotherapy is there to help.

health-massage-4386629-lBladder incontinence is a problem for 13 million Americans on any given day. Although some men have this problem, it is present in much greater numbers in the area of women’s health.

There are several different kinds of incontinence. Stress incontinence happens when the person coughs or sneezes and urge incontinence means the person has sudden urges to use the restroom, for example. Organ prolapse, such as a tilted uterus, can lead to incontinence, as well as sexual dysfunction. This is another area of women’s health physiotherapy can help.

Physiotherapists who work in the field of women’s health can correct nearly 70% of incontinence problems. The major exercise used is the Kegel. It is a very specialized exercise, and at least half the people who try to do it on their own fail miserably. It takes biofeedback for many to get it right.

Many of the problems of women’s health can be traced to the pelvic floor. The Kegel is the exercise that addresses this part of the anatomy. However, other therapies are used as well. Electrical stimulation is only one of the methods used. Soft tissue manipulation is another treatment that has been tried.

Pelvic pain affects many women’s health. It may come from a variety of sources. It can be due to vulvodynia or abdominal surgeries, for example. One can have pelvic pain after falling, especially if one lands on the tailbone. These conditions often curtail sexual activities and lead to an overall deterioration in women’s psychological health. Physiotherapy offers many treatments to help these problems.

No discussion of how physiotherapy helps with women’s health would be complete without a word about pregnancy. Women who are pregnant know that their bodies go through various changes that can be painful. Low back pain is only one of them.

Physiotherapists can help with this. Gentle exercises can be taught to relieve tension in the back. One is to lie on the floor with the knees up and press the small of the back to the floor. This gives a great feeling of relief. Other exercises strengthen the woman’s back, but few people besides physiotherapists know how far to go with exercising when pregnant. Women’s health is important at this time, and so is the baby’s.

Physiotherapists can also give instructions on what amount of exercise is best for pregnant women. After delivery, physiotherapy is a boon to women’s health. It can help get women back into shape and instruct them in taking care of their new child while preventing back problems. Another area of postpartum women’s health is the treatment of women who have had cesarean sections.

Physiotherapy can help women’s health because there are so many conditions that women suffer. Many of these conditions will respond to physiotherapy. It is only natural that women would turn to a tried and true method for relief.