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  • Ask Your Representative to Support Pelvic Health Physical Therapy
    Pelvic health physical therapy is a vital part of recovery in the postpartum period. However, many new mothers lack access to and awareness of the benefits of pelvic health physical therapy. Even some health care providers may not understand the importance of pelvic health physical therapy in the postpartum period. The Optimizing Postpartum Outcomes Act...
  • Key Highlights from the APTA State Payment Advocacy Forum
    written by Kari Smith, PT, DPT, Payment Chair, APTA Pelvic Health Kari Smith (Payment Chair) and Kim Parker-Guerrero (Director of Practice) represented the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy at the APTA State Payment Advocacy Forum on August 16, 2022, at the APTA Centennial Center in Alexandria, VA.  The attendees shared experiences and perspectives in...
  • Intimate Partner Violence Awareness: An SPT’s Passion for Pelvic Health
    I am passionate about the field of pelvic health physical therapy because I want to empower women affected by intimate partner violence (IPV), which includes physical assault, sexual assault, and emotional abuse. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women will experience IPV at some point in her life. These numbers...
  • Participate in a Research Survey: Board Certification in Pain Management Specialization
    Survey Title: Board Certification in Pain Management Specialization Open to: APTA Pelvic Health Members who are licensed PTs, PTs who have a PhD, and PTs who have earned the WCS.  Survey Deadline: October 31, 2022. Have you developed clinical expertise in pain management? Are most of your patients coming to you because they have pain...
  • PT and Doula Care: Why We Can Bring A Unique Set of Skills and Knowledge to Aid in the Perinatal Period
    Going into my first childbirth, I naively thought that because I was a physical therapist and had some pelvic health knowledge that I would innately know how to navigate through labor and postpartum recovery. My labor was relatively uncomplicated but ended with getting an epidural and being coached to push with a closed glottis (“purple...
  • Barre & Babies: how an SPT discovered pelvic health physical therapy
    My first job in high school was working the desk at a local, barre-style fitness studio (shout out to you, Pure Barre Youngstown). Little did I know that a “couple hours a week” job would become such a big part of my life and fuel many of my passions today. As I pursued my bachelors...
  • 2022 Student SIG Run-Off Election Results
    Student Special Interest Group Election results are in! Elections closed on July 30, 2022. This past week, the Nominating Committee individually reached out to each elected candidate to confirm their official position and also reached out to non-elected candidates. Please join us in congratulating the following Academy members, Kayla Koren and Telisha Quezada, on being...
  • Help pass the Lymphedema Treatment Act in Congress
    On Wednesday, July 13th, the House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up several bills, including H.R. 3630, Lymphedema Treatment Act. This legislation would provide for Medicare coverage of lymphedema compression treatment items, primarily gradient compression garments. Currently standing at 356 bipartisan cosponsors, and having received a markup, the House is likely to vote on the...
  • New Podcast Episode Released: Hello Obturator – Meet the EPSIG Directors
    Hello Obturator, a podcast sponsored by the Academy of Pelvic Health and hosted by the Early Professional Special Interest Group (EPSIG) released a new episode! In this episode, meet the 2021-22 EPSIG Directors and learn more about how they started volunteering with the Academy. If you are an early professional in your first 5 years...
  • Peezing, PH1 Webinar, and Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year
    Prior to the fall semester of my first year in the DPT program at UW-Madison, pelvic floor physical therapy (PT) didn’t exist to me. The most I knew about women’s issues post-partum was from the Facebook posts of my childhood neighbor who often shared content centered around motherhood. These postings featured pictures with captions such...
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