Post written by APTA
Physical therapists who specialize in women’s health can help women navigate a host of health and fitness issues that can be difficult to discuss, such as incontinence or pelvic pain.
In reaching out to women of all ages, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has used social media in major ways to help get the message out. In August we featured a segment on pregnancy and running on our Internet-based radio program, “Move Forward Radio.” The show featured physical therapists discussing research on the effects of pregnancy on a woman’s running form. A July episode featured physical therapists discussing stress-induced urinary incontinence, a condition that might affect as many as 1 in 3 women but is preventable with pelvic floor exercises.
Last year, APTA partnered with its Section on Women’s Health in the #overshare initiative to build awareness of women’s health issues that can be prevented and treated by a physical therapist. The initiative featured a 1-hour program, “Women’s Health Across the Lifespan,” on Move Forward Radio and a Twitter party. An e-book by the same name was also developed to show many health conditions common to women that physical therapists treat. These include pelvic pain and overactive pelvic floor muscle dysfunction; bowel dysfunction and constipation; interstitial cystitis; incontinence and low libido, and pregnancy and postpartum, including how to stay fit during pregnancy.
YouTube videos on various aspects of women’s health and fitness have also been part of our outreach. Here are a few examples:
- Preventing Low Back Pain During Pregnancy
- Bone Health
- Fitness As You Age
- Proper Lifting Tips for New Moms