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Meet the PPSIG Board! (Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy Special Interest Group)

The Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy Group (PPSIG) is a SoWH community of professionals having a common interest in the evaluation, treatment, and wellness of pregnant and postpartum women. The PPSIG will provide a space where this community may meet, confer, and promote these interests through education, clinical practice, and research. 

Section on Women's Health Announces Appointment of Interim Executive Director

Washington, District of Columbia, July 1, 2019 – The Section on Women’s Health (SoWH), an affiliated and independent arm of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), has announced the appointment of Aika Barzhaxynova, the SoWH’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, as Interim Executive Director following the departure of Tamela Blalock from SoWH’s management company, Interel. Tamela has served the association for the past two years and contributed to the development of the SoWH’s new strategic plan.

JWHPT Seeks Digital Media Coordinator

Are you a wiz at social media?

Congratulations to the Newly Board-Certified Specialists in Women's Health Physical Therapy!

Please join the Section on Women's Health in congratulating the newly Board-Certified Clinical Specialists in Women's Health Physical Therapy, Class of 2019!

Meet Grace Waters, SPT

Meet Grace Waters, SPT Women's health physical therapy has been an interest of mine since I started physical therapy school two years ago at Tennessee State University. The research I have assisted with during PT school explores an episiotomy's effect on postnatal urinary incontinence. While conducting the literature review for this topic, I was astonished to discover the scarcity of quality and current research regarding postnatal urinary incontinence. Articles on the subject have been published, but few have high quality methods and results. We recently covered the women's health portion of our curriculum. A pelvic floor specialist talked to our class about the types of patients she sees, common pathologies involved, and various treatment techniques available to treat patients experiencing pathologies related to the pelvic floor.

Relaxation of the Pelvic Floor Muscles

The pelvic floor consists of muscle fibers and connective tissue located in the base of the pelvis. It is important in supporting the pelvic organs, maintaining continence, and sexual function.  These muscles can become overactive, tight, or have spasm in them which can lead to dysfunction and/or pain. Overactive muscles restrict normal blood flow, resulting in a buildup of waste products. This can lead to further irritation, pain, and increased muscle tension. When someone develops pelvic floor pain, this can cause more involuntary tightening or guarding of these muscles, leading to more pain and dysfunction. Relaxation of these muscles can interrupt the pain cycle and promote healing.

SoWH Slate of 2019 Board Directors and Leaders Announced

McLean, VA - The Section on Women’s Health of the APTA (SoWH) held spring elections between May 1, 2018 and May 30, 2018, and the SoWH members has elected a new slate of leaders to serve in the roles of Vice President, Director of Communications, Director of Practice and on the Nominations Committee.

SoWH Announces the 2018 APTA Federal Advocacy Forum Scholarship Recipients

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who submitted an entry to help SoWH find two fantastic representatives to attend the April 29-May 1 2018 APTA Federal Advocacy Forum in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

Part V: The Next 5 Years, Creating Driftwood with Tamra Wroblesky, PT, DPT

Posted on: December 18th, 2017 by SOWHeditor No Comments

Part IV: Launching My Own Practice, Creating Driftwood with Tamra Wroblesky, PT, DPT

Posted on: December 11th, 2017 by SOWHeditor 1 Comment

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