Physiotherapy for women's health
Module: Physiotherapy
Contact hours – lectures: 40
Contact hours – seminar:  
Contact hours – clinical exercises:  
Contact hours – clinical practice: 50
Holder of subject:  
Year of study: First
Physiotherapy for women's health              

Contact hours – lectures: 40
Contact hours – seminar:  
Contact hours – clinical exercises:  
Contact hours – clinical practice: 50
Holder of subject:  
Education providers:  
Level of study: First Bologna cycle professional education study program
Semester: Winter
Language: Slovene/English
Subject-specific competences:
1. Adolescency
  • Adolescent Gynecology;
  • Physiology of the menstrual cycle;
  • Gynecological examination;
  • Diagnostic methods in gynecology;
  • Incorrect position of women genital;
  • Sexually transmitted diseases;
  • Musculoskeletal system (orthopaedical and anatomical factors);
  • Nutrition and physical activity;
  • Eating disorders;
  • Menstrual and premenstrual problems;
  • Pelvic floor, micturition disorder;
  • Sexuality.
2.Reproductive period
  • Family planning;
  • Reproductive health;
  • Infertility;
  • Anatomical and physiological changes during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium;
  • Bleeding in early pregnancy and abortion;
  • Musculoskeletal problems in prenatal period;
  • Prenatal preparation;
  • Physical activity;
  • Forms of births;
  • Methods for labour pain relief;
  • Postnatal management;
  • Women in the workplace: Ergonomics;
  • Women with special needs;
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction;
  • Electrotherapy in pre-postnatal period.
  • Systemic changes in menopause and its management;
  • Helath promotion and gynaecological problems;
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction management;
  • Sexuality;
  • Osteoporosis;
  • Rehabilitation after breast cancer;
  • Gynaecological surgery, physiotherapy management;
  • Physiotherapy management of lymphedema;
  • Old age.
Upon successful completion of this module the student:
  • know and understand the specific physiotherapy treatment of women, resulting from its biological function, differences in anatomy, physiology, and psychosocial differences;
  • based on evidence-based physiotherapy practice is able to formulate effective preventive physiotherapy program selected diseases in women in the field of gynecology and obstetrics at different life stages (adolescence, reproductive period, menopause and old age);
  • build on and improve the reliability and accuracy of assessing the state of the locomotor system at various conditions and diseases;
  • know and understand the key diagnostic procedures, procedures, and effects of operational and pharmacological treatment of various conditions and diseases in the field of gynecology and obstetrics;
  • is able to critically evaluate the professional and scientific literature
  • is able to incorporate lessons learned from the professional and scientific literature into the appropriate physiotherapy treatment and prevention program of disease;
  • is able to assess, document and critically evaluate the outcome of physiotherapy treatment program different conditions and diseases in women in the field of gynecology and obstetrics.
Knowledge and understanding:
  • Adolescent gynaecology, physiology of menstrual cycle, anatomical, physiological and psychological changes in pregnancy, during labour and postpartum, physiological and endocrine changes in menopause.
  • Aetiology and pathophysiology certain disease and conditions in obstetrics and gynaecology at different life stages.
  • Key diagnostic procedures for diseases and conditions in obstetrics and gynaecology.
  • Processes and effects of operational and pharmacological treatment of various diseases and indications for the use of pharmacology in gynecology.
  • The importance of teamwork in physiotherapy.
  • Pair with international standards of evidence-based physiotherapy in women's health.
  • Can obtain and critically evaluate relevant professional and scientific literature on prevention, treatment of specific conditions and diseases, and approaches to women's health.
Mandatory references:
  • Sapsford, R., Bullock-Saxton, J. & Markwell, S, eds., 1998. Women’s Health. London: Saunders.
  • Women's Health and Fitness Guide, 2006. Champaign [etc.]: Human Kinetics.
  • Mantle, J., Haslam, J. & Barton, S,, eds., 2004. Physiotherapy in obstetrics and gynaecology. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Butterworth Heinemann.
  • Bø, K., Berghmans, B., Mørkved, S. & Van Kampen, M., eds., 2015. Evidence-based physical therapy for the pelvic floor: Bridging science and clinical practice. Edinburgh (etc.): Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
Recommended references:  
Study obligations: 50% obligatory attendance at lectures
100% obligatory attendance at seminars
submitted and presented seminar work
Assessment methods:
grade of group discussed clinical cases (20%)
grade of written exam (80%)