Menopause Muscle Pain: Solutions for Staying Active in Your 40s & 50s

Do you find that aches and stiffness don’t fade away as quickly as they once did? This could be linked to menopause.

Menopause marks the natural decline in reproductive hormones and typically occurs in women during their 40s or 50s. This transition brings a range of symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, decreased libido, depression, fatigue, weight gain, and insomnia. In addition to these, many women also experience muscle and joint pain. Research indicates that more than half of women encounter musculoskeletal pain during menopause, particularly between the ages of 45 and 55.

Understanding Menopause and Musculoskeletal Health

Oestrogen, a key female sex hormone, significantly influences musculoskeletal health. It enhances muscle mass and strength and boosts the collagen content in connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments. During perimenopause and menopause, oestrogen levels drop sharply, resulting in slower recovery for muscles and tendons. Consequently, women are more prone to musculoskeletal issues and experience slower healing from injuries during this time.

As menopause progresses, the reduction in oestrogen can lead to increased joint inflammation and decreased bone density, making conditions like osteoporosis more likely. These changes can exacerbate joint pain and stiffness, making it even more important to address these issues proactively.

Adapting Your Lifestyle and Exercise Routine

To cope with these changes, it’s essential to adjust your lifestyle and exercise routine. Incorporate more rest periods after intense activities, ensure you’re doing the right amount of strength training, and focus on injury prevention and effective pain management. Weight-bearing exercises and a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D can also help maintain bone health during menopause.

How Physiotherapy and Fascial Counterstrain Can Assist

Physiotherapy can play a crucial role in managing the musculoskeletal challenges associated with menopause. One particularly effective method is Fascial Counterstrain, a gentle, hands-on therapy that targets the fascial system, which supports and surrounds muscles and organs. By easing tension and restoring normal function to the fascia, this technique can greatly alleviate pain and enhance mobility.

The Advantages of Regular Physiotherapy

Consistent physiotherapy sessions can help relieve muscle tension and improve overall movement. Regular treatments, whether bi-weekly or monthly, can prevent the buildup of muscle tension and promote faster recovery.

Supporting You Through Menopause

Menopause is a significant life transition that affects every woman differently. Understanding and addressing the physical changes can lead to a more comfortable and active lifestyle. Schedule an appointment with us today to create a personalised treatment plan that supports you through menopause with greater comfort and ease.

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