Reprinted with permission from ACPWH. Fall 2004, Vol. 95
Short code: JACPWH
Title: Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health
Word version: 7.0a
Cover year: 2004
Article no.: 608
Folios: 9; Figures: 0; Tables: 0; Boxes: 0; References: 26; Words: 4003
First page header: Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health, Autumn 2004, 95, 00–00
Authors running head: J. S. Boissonnault
Subject running head: Organized women's health physical therapy
Footnote: Correspondence: Jill Boissonnault, 3225 Conservancy Lane, Middleton, WI 53562, USA (e-mail:[email protected]).
Running footer: © 2004 Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health
The present paper gives a historical review of organized women's health physical therapy (PT) in the context of the larger socio-political women's health movements of the twentieth century. Much of the information on the history of national subgroups in women's health PT came from Internet interviews conducted in 2001 with members of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women's Health, an official subgroup of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. The data show a similar move away from a focus on reproductive issues to a broader view of women's health; for example, cardiovascular disease, sports injuries prevalent in women and osteoporosis, as well as conditions unique to women such as vulvar pain syndromes. This transition away from a purely obstetric focus mirrors the women's health and social movements of the twentieth century, including the complex political and social changes of the 1960s and 1970s.