March is Women’s History Month: Physical Therapy and Women’s Health
March 2, 2021 – The month of March is Women’s History Month. Let’s talk about women’s (health) history in Physical Therapy!
- 1977 – The Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (formerly called Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association) was founded by Elizabeth Noble under the original name of Section on Obstetrics and Gynecology. The association served as a resource for continuing education for physical therapists who were interested in healthcare of women before, during, and after pregnancy.
- 1995 – members voted to change the name to Section on Women’s Health to mark specialized education to address women’s physical therapy needs
- 2001 – the organization updated its mission to recognize members to also treat males affected by incontinence, pelvic pain, fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis.
- Present – the professional association is now referred to as the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy to represent the goals of the group to address the abdominal and pelvic health needs of both males and females.
Pelvic health physical therapy has evolved and grown over the years to treat women in obstetrics and gynecology, to all women’s health needs, and eventually to include treatment of male’s abdominal and pelvic health needs as well. Pelvic physical therapy is helpful through all stages of life. Abdominal and pelvic floor pain and dysfunction can affect men and women at all ages and for many reasons.
Witte Physical Therapy is happy to share we have licensed professionals who have experience in the areas of pelvic health and would be happy to help you overcome challenges in the areas of women’s and pelvic health! Stay tuned to learn more about pelvic health and if it could be right for you! To consult with one of our women’s health specialists please contact us in Louisville at 402-234-3333, in Plattsmouth at 402-298-4747.
For more information visit APTA Pelvic Health | Professional Association for PTs, PTAs and SPTs