ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 8, 2012 – Women are using social networks to share everything from relationship woes to what they had for lunch. But, there are a few things women prefer not to share, especially when it comes to their health. During Women’s Health Week, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is partnering with its Section on Women’s Health to build awareness of women’s health issues that can be prevented and treated by a physical therapist with its #overshare initiative. APTA will host a one-hour program on Move Forward Radio and a Twitter party on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. ET.
Physical therapists who specialize in women’s health can help women navigate health issues some may find difficult to discuss. Women across the country can listen online and call in to the show to ask questions or submit them in advance via Twitter by tweeting @MoveForwardPT and using the hashtag #overshare. APTA members Pamela Downey, PT, DPT, WCS, of Miami, Fla., and Rebecca Stephenson, PT, DPT, WCS, of Medfield, Mass., and Los Angeles gynecologist Judith Reichman, MD, author of Slow Your Clock Down: The Complete Guide to a Younger, Healthier You, will discuss women’s health issues, covering everything from incontinence and pregnancy to fitness and bone health.
“Breast cancer is a very important health issue and is the most frequently discussed,” said Downey. “However, it’s not the only one women should be conversing about. Women have unique health issues, and physical therapists want them to get in the habit of ‘oversharing’ about their health with their physical therapist. Women need to understand they don’t have to live with issues like incontinence or pelvic pain, it’s ok to talk about those issues, and there are solutions.”
One of the topics Stephenson will address is pregnancy-related back pain. “Pregnancy does not mean women have to expect back pain. Physical therapists are the experts who with a thorough examination and evaluation, can design treatment and exercise programs that can eliminate back pain in pregnancy. Often education and analyzing how the pregnant woman moves can decrease her discomfort and conserve her energy."
APTA’s Move Forward campaign has also published Women’s Health Across the Lifespan, a comprehensive, downloadable e-book. Participants can also find a physical therapist who specializes in women’s health by visiting www.moveforwardpt.com. In 47 states and the District of Columbia, you can make an appointment with a physical therapist directly, without a physician referral.
“We’re celebrating National Women’s Health Week by opening the dialogue about women’s health and letting women know that physical therapists are their partners in health throughout their entire lives,” said Stephenson.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 80,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com. Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@moveforwardpt) and Facebook/MoveForwardPT.
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