Mission & Vision

The Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (formerly Section on Women’s Health) is a 501 (c) (6) non-profit professional association of more than 3,800 physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and student physical therapists (SPTs). Members provide the latest evidence-based physical therapy services to everyone from childbearing women to peri-menopausal mothers, young athletes to men with incontinence or other pelvic health complications. We host nationwide education courses, certifications, and Clinical Practice Guidelines for our members and patients. Additionally, we offer resources like a PT Locator directory, lab training in pelvic and abdominal health physical therapy, career tools, networking opportunities, and access to the Journal on Women’s Health Physical Therapy with membership.

Our Mission: To advance global excellence in abdominal and pelvic health through evidence-based practice, innovative education, research, and social responsibility.

Our Vision: As a global authority in abdominal and pelvic health, we transform society by empowering professionals and people everywhere.

Our History

Tap below on each year to learn more about the Academy’s foundation and history.

Elizabeth Noble founded the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (formerly called Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association) in 1977 under the original name of the Section on Obstetrics and Gynecology. The professional association served as a resource for continuing education and knowledge needed by physical therapists interested in healthcare of women before, during and after pregnancy. Click on the timeline below to explore our journey from the past to the present.