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Uncover the latest advancements, evidence-based research, and clinical practice guidelines in women's and pelvic health physical therapy published in the Journal of Women's and Pelvic Health Physical Therapy and explore current research studies and other research opportunities and resources.

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Immediate Effects of Exercise & Behavioral Interventions for PFD & Lumbopelvic Pain
Immediate Effects of Exercise & Behavioral Interventions for PFD & Lumbopelvic Pain

Immediate Effects of Exercise and Behavioral Interventions for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Lumbopelvic Pain. Are non-invasive assessment and treatment procedures effective for those with symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic organ prolapse? Continue Reading

Date posted07/20/2020


Meet Rita Gillan, DPT, JWHPT Digital Media Coordinator
Meet Rita Gillan, DPT, JWHPT Digital Media Coordinator

My goal is to improve the quality of women’s healthcare globally by bridging the gap between evidence and practice. Promoting research and supporting efforts like the JWHPT Journal club help to do just that. Getting involved with the Academy and the Journal has been a wonderful way to collaborate wi Continue Reading

Date posted07/9/2020


Meet Rebecca Reisch, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, JWPHPT Associate Editor
Meet Rebecca Reisch, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, JWPHPT Associate Editor

Introducing the people behind #JWHPT. Meet Rebecca Reisch, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, one of our esteemed associate editors for the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy (Based in Portland, OR).  Continue Reading

Postedby Rebecca A. Reisch
Date posted07/8/2020


Meet Patricia Nelson, PT, ScD, FNAP, OCS, Associate Editor
Meet Patricia Nelson, PT, ScD, FNAP, OCS, Associate Editor

Moving abruptly to online teaching in a profession where performing physical exam skills is routine was certainly a challenge. One from which I, and my students, have learned a great deal. Zoom fatigue is a real thing- as I’m sure others have found. Continue Reading

Postedby Patricia R. Nelson
Date posted07/8/2020


Meet Cynthia M. Chiarello, PT, PhD, Editor-in-Chief
Meet Cynthia M. Chiarello, PT, PhD, Editor-in-Chief

I began my academic career by first teaching labs and moving on to full time teaching research, therapeutic exercise and orthopedics at Long Island University as well as coordinating the student research program. I have been Columbia University for over 30 years primarily teaching kinesiology... Continue Reading

Postedby Cynthia Michelle Chiarello
Date posted07/8/2020


Meet Lindsay Durand, SPT, JWHPT Digital Committee Member
Meet Lindsay Durand, SPT, JWHPT Digital Committee Member

As a student, I wanted to get involved in the Academy (Section of Women’s Health at the time), but I also wanted to learn more about the current research in Women’s Health. Since a lot of programs have limited information on women’s health and how to treat patients with pelvic floor dysfunction, I s Continue Reading

Postedby Lindsay Durand Massumi
Date posted07/7/2020


Meet Ellen Meisner, PT, Social Media Committee Member
Meet Ellen Meisner, PT, Social Media Committee Member

Introducing the people behind #JWHPT. Meet Ellen Meisner, one of our social media committee contributors (Based in New Richmond, WI). Continue Reading

Date posted07/7/2020


Meet Theresa M. Spitznagle, PT, DPT, WCS, Associate Editor
Meet Theresa M. Spitznagle, PT, DPT, WCS, Associate Editor

I believe the science of Women’s Health Physical Therapy needs to continue to grow and be recognized at a higher level in the medical community. I believe physical therapists should be the ones designing and doing research on physical therapy, not medical teams who do not have a full understanding o Continue Reading

Postedby Theresa Monaco Spitznagle
Date posted07/7/2020


Meet Karen Abraham, PhD, PT, Associate Editor
Meet Karen Abraham, PhD, PT, Associate Editor

I have been a physical therapist for 30 years. I began my career as an orthopedic clinical specialist but have spent the past 20 years focusing on the care of women and men with pelvic floor dysfunction and also pre- and post-partum care. Continue Reading

Postedby Karen Elizabeth Abraham
Date posted07/6/2020


Baby-Carrying Method Impacts Caregiver Postural Sway and Pain During Prolonged Standing
Baby-Carrying Method Impacts Caregiver Postural Sway and Pain During Prolonged Standing

Baby carrying has been shown to have emotional, physical, and psychological benefits for both the baby and the parent, not to mention offering the practical and sometimes necessary option for hands-free moments. But what are the postural and pain impacts of baby carrying methods? Continue Reading

Date posted07/5/2020


“I Just Beared Through It:” Southern U.S. Christian Women’s Experiences of Chronic Dyspareunia
“I Just Beared Through It:” Southern U.S. Christian Women’s Experiences of Chronic Dyspareunia

There are few studies that explore the effects of religious upbringing in relation to women’s experiences of chronic dyspareunia.  This study explored the impact of cultural influences and the exposure to messages of shame and fear in regard to sexual intercourse and pelvic health. Continue Reading

Date posted05/26/2020


2020 Summer Book Reviewers are In!
2020 Summer Book Reviewers are In!

We have selected four titles to help make your reading selection easier. Thank you to our book reviewers, Amanda Olson, PT, DPT, PRPC and Rebecca Stephenson, PT, DPT, MS, WCS! Continue Reading

Postedby Rebecca G. Stephenson
Date posted05/26/2020