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Vol. 23. Issue 2.
Pages 77-186 (01 March 2019)
The Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy (BJPT) Special Issue on Women's Health Physical Therapy
Cristine Homsi Jorge Ferreira, Patrícia Driusso, Kari Bø
Braz J Phys Ther. 2019;23:77-8
Systematic review
The impact of gynaecological cancer treatment on physical activity levels: a systematic review of observational studies
Kuan-Yin Lin, Lara Edbrooke, Catherine L. Granger, Linda Denehy, Helena C. Frawley
Braz J Phys Ther. 2019;23:79-92

  • Physical activity does not return to pre-diagnosis level 3 years after diagnosis.

  • Impact of different cancer treatments on physical activity levels remains unclear.

  • Personalised physical activity guidelines are needed in gynaecological cancer.

Pelvic floor muscle training versus no treatment, or inactive control treatments, for urinary incontinence in women: a cochrane systematic review abridged republication
Licia P. Cacciari, Chantale Dumoulin, E. Jean Hay-Smith
Braz J Phys Ther. 2019;23:93-107

  • Women with stress UI were eight times more likely to report cure after PFMT.

  • Women with combined UI types were five times more likely to report cure after PFMT.

  • PFMT improves symptoms and QoL in women with stress, urge and combined UI types.

  • Results support the recommendation of PFMT as first-line treatment for UI in women.

Original research
Is there any association between abdominal strength training before and during pregnancy and delivery outcome? The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study
Eirin Rise, Kari Bø, Wenche Nystad
Braz J Phys Ther. 2019;23:108-15

  • Pregnant women are encouraged to train the abdominal muscles to enhance normal birth.

  • The results showed a decline in abdominal training during pregnancy.

  • No associations were found between abdominal training and birth outcomes.

  • The results question that abdominal training during pregnancy affect delivery.

Effectiveness of pelvic floor muscle training and bladder training for women with urinary incontinence in primary care: a pragmatic controlled trial
Camila Teixeira Vaz, Rosana Ferreira Sampaio, Fernanda Saltiel, Elyonara Mello Figueiredo
Braz J Phys Ther. 2019;23:116-24

  • The majority of women do not have access to physical therapy for urinary incontinence in primary health centers.

  • Physical therapy intervention can be succssesfully implemented in primary health care centers.

  • The PFMT and bladder training was effective, with positive results as early as 6 weeks.

  • The protocols tested should be used in primary health centers.

Development and analysis of measurement properties of the “maternal perception of childbirth fatigue questionnaire” (MCFQ)
Alexandre Delgado, Polyana da Nóbrega Farias de Oliveira, Paulo Sávio Angeiras de Góes, Andrea Lemos
Braz J Phys Ther. 2019;23:125-31

  • The MCFQ is an innovative and promising instrument for the evaluation of maternal perception of fatigue during labor.

  • First questionnaire developed and validated for labor.

  • The questionnaire has adequate content, internal consistency and face validity.

  • The MCFQ helps the decision making of obstetrics physical therapists.

Cross-cultural adaptation of the Pelvic Girdle Questionnaire (PGQ) into Brazilian Portuguese and clinimetric testing of the PGQ and Roland Morris questionnaire in pregnancy pelvic pain
Francine Mendonça de Luna Fagundes, Cristina Maria Nunes Cabral
Braz J Phys Ther. 2019;23:132-9

  • PGQ-Br has adequate measurement properties, including a moderate responsiveness.

  • The use of PGQ-Br is preferable to evaluate pelvic pain during pregnancy.

  • The overall impairment of pregnant women is evaluated by the total score of PGQ-Br.

Does the speed of aquatic therapy exercise alter arm volume in women with breast cancer related lymphoedema? A cross-over randomized controlled trial
Rosalind Deacon, Marcos de Noronha, Leah Shanley, Kaye Young
Braz J Phys Ther. 2019;23:140-7

  • Ai Chi can be used to treat arm volume for breast cancer related lymphoedema.

  • For the circumstances seen here, the main effect of Ai Chi is in the short term.

  • After 1h, the effect of Ai Chi was similar to conventional aquatic therapy.

  • Participants were satisfied with both, Ai Chi and conventional aquatic therapy.

Exercise during pregnancy has a preventative effect on excessive maternal weight gain and gestational diabetes. A randomized controlled trial
Ruben Barakat, Ignacio Refoyo, Javier Coteron, Evelia Franco
Braz J Phys Ther. 2019;23:148-55

  • Exercise in pregnancy is associated with better control of maternal weight gain.

  • Moderate regular exercise throughout pregnancy prevents gestational diabetes.

  • Healthy pregnant women should be encourage to exercise regularly.

Does low and heavy load resistance training affect musculoskeletal pain in overweight and obese women? Secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial
Anne Mette Rustaden, Lene Annette Hagen Haakstad, Gøran Paulsen, Kari Bø
Braz J Phys Ther. 2019;23:156-63

  • Twelve weeks of BodyPump (low load resistance training) and heavy load resistance training with and without a personal trainer did not show any between group effects on self-reported musculoskeletal pain in overweight women.

  • High (≥75%) versus low (≤75%) exercise adherence do not affect the prevalence of bodily pain after 12 weeks of resistance training.

  • We need more studies evaluating changes in musculoskeletal pain during popular exercise concepts.

Impact of exercise during pregnancy on gestational weight gain and birth weight: an overview
Marina Vargas-Terrones, Taniya S. Nagpal, Ruben Barakat
Braz J Phys Ther. 2019;23:164-9

  • Exercise prevents factors that contribute to inadequate birth weight.

  • Maternal exercise prevents EGWG, GDM and obesity related complications.

  • Adequate birth weight reduces risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.

  • Exercise interventions do not increase the risk of SGA infant.

  • Healthy pregnant women should exercise within the recommended guidelines.

Exercise for the prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women: an evidence-based guide to the optimal prescription
Robin M. Daly, Jack Dalla Via, Rachel L. Duckham, Steve F. Fraser, Eva Wulff Helge
Braz J Phys Ther. 2019;23:170-80
Evidence of stabilizing exercises for low back- and pelvic girdle pain – a critical review
Britt Stuge
Braz J Phys Ther. 2019;23:181-6

  • The evidence of core stabilization exercises is controversial.

  • Exercises need to be understood in the bio-psycho-social context.

  • Individually tailor the exercises to the patient's needs and capability.

  • Adherence might increase when the patients understand the aim of the exercises.

  • Exercises need to guided and supervised to secure performance and quality.

Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy

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