Menstrual Cycle Affects Women’s Success Rate with Physios
A new study on Women’s Menstrual Cycles has found that a patient’s success rate with Physiotherapy can be impacted by her time of the month.
Umea University in Sweden carried out the research, which led to findings that showed building muscle is easier for women in the first two weeks of their cycle. This lead to the conclusion that Physiotherapists should base sessions with their female clients around their natural cycle.
59 women took part in a 4 month trial as part of the study – those that took part in high-frequency leg resistance training during the two week phase built up more leg muscle and were able to jump higher, than those who rested during this time.
Dr Lisbeth Wikstrom-Frisen who conducted the study, explained that the “anabolic effect of oestrogen” is what can cause women to build muscle more during this time. Therefore Physios should be advising their patients to base their sporting activities according to their cycle, as it can have a big impact on their performance.
Dr Wikstrom-Frisen also went on to say that “Better knowledge of the menstrual cycle could lead to more effective training.”