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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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Intimate Rose Sponsors the Academy's $10,000 Research Grant Award
Intimate Rose Sponsors the Academy's $10,000 Research Grant Award

The Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy is delighted to announce the return of the $10,000 research grant. Research remains to be a high priority for our field, professionals and our Academy. The 2020 $10,000 Research Grant has been generously sponsored by Intimate Rose, a strong supporter of Continue Reading

Date posted04/29/2020


JWPHPT Volume 44, Issue 2 Highlights
JWPHPT Volume 44, Issue 2 Highlights

In this issue, Dr Mannen and associates examined the biomechanics of holding infants under different conditions. Dr Bonis and colleagues performed a quantitative longitudinal study evaluating the effects of exercise and behavioral modifications on women with pelvic floor dysfunction and lumbopelvic Continue Reading

Postedby Cynthia Michelle Chiarello
Date posted04/24/2020


Blood Flow Restriction, Potential Use in Women With POP & Stress Incontinence: A Case Study
Blood Flow Restriction, Potential Use in Women With POP & Stress Incontinence: A Case Study

Blood Flow Restriction and Its Potential Use in Women With Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Incontinence: A Case Study. Read the Case Report to find out more about how Blood Flow Restriction can improve patient outcomes and augment traditional pelvic floor therapy treatments. Continue Reading

Date posted04/12/2020


Diastasis Recti in Older Males: Diagnosis, Clinical Implications, Treatment
Diastasis Recti in Older Males: Diagnosis, Clinical Implications, Treatment

In this literature review, the authors investigate the following key questions pertaining to older male patients presenting to physical therapy with diastasis recti (DR). Continue Reading

Date posted04/9/2020


Effects of Yoga on Quality of Life and Pain in Women With Chronic Pelvic Pain
Effects of Yoga on Quality of Life and Pain in Women With Chronic Pelvic Pain

The authors found moderate evidence to support the use of yoga to improve pain and psychological and emotional QOL domains in women with chronic pelvic pain. Continue Reading

Date posted04/8/2020


Getting Back to Running After Childbirth, What Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists Need to Know
Getting Back to Running After Childbirth, What Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists Need to Know

Most of us have heard the question “when can I safely get back to running after delivery?” Until last year, we had very little guidance on what to tell our patients. Read on to learn more. Continue Reading

Postedby Lauren Beth Trosch
Date posted03/30/2020


Perceptions of Physical Activity While Breastfeeding Using the Self-Determination Theory
Perceptions of Physical Activity While Breastfeeding Using the Self-Determination Theory

Engaging in physical activity and breastfeeding are 2 of the healthiest behaviors a new mother can participate in, yet a majority of mothers are not achieving physical activity or breastfeeding recommendations.  Continue Reading

Date posted03/27/2020


Interventions for Overactive Bladder: Review of PF Muscle Training & Urgency Control Strategies
Interventions for Overactive Bladder: Review of PF Muscle Training & Urgency Control Strategies

Interventions for Overactive Bladder: Review of Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and Urgency Control Strategies. It is common practice to focus on education and behavioral retraining when treating patients to overcome urgency. Continue Reading

Date posted03/27/2020


A Survey Study: Confidence and Perceived Role of Physical Therapists
A Survey Study: Confidence and Perceived Role of Physical Therapists

A Survey Study: Confidence and Perceived Role of Physical Therapists in Treating Patients Who Are Pre- and Postpartum in the Outpatient Setting. In the survey we have listed multiple diagnoses and circumstances during which a woman may present to physical therapy. Continue Reading

Date posted03/20/2020


Outcomes Following Multidisciplinary Management of Women With Residual Pelvic Pain and Dyspareunia
Outcomes Following Multidisciplinary Management of Women With Residual Pelvic Pain and Dyspareunia

Outcomes Following Multidisciplinary Management of Women With Residual Pelvic Pain and Dyspareunia Following Synthetic Vaginal Mesh and/or Mesh Sling Removal. The authors of this study found that there was some improvement in patient condition in 50% of patients who were compliant with... Continue Reading

Date posted03/12/2020


Riding a Tiger: Maximizing Effects of Manual Therapies for Pelvic Pain
Riding a Tiger: Maximizing Effects of Manual Therapies for Pelvic Pain

Pain relief is complicated. Pelvic pain relief is even more complicated. This clinical commentary sheds light upon the multiple mechanisms through which manual therapy can be effective in maximizing pelvic pain relief outcomes. Continue Reading

Postedby Mark Donald Bishop
Date posted03/10/2020


PT CPG Linked to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health
PT CPG Linked to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health

In a collaborative effort by the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical therapy of the APTA, the clinical practice guideline for physical therapy management for pelvic girdle pain in the antepartum population was published in 2017. Continue Reading

Date posted03/5/2020