State Rep. Chelsa Wagner


Wagner highlights women’s physical therapy


HARRISBURG, May 12 – Each year, the week following Mother's Day is designated as National Women's Health Week. As part of this year's acknowledgement of important issues in women's health, state Rep. Chelsa Wagner, D-Brookline, chose to highlight the benefits of physical therapy to many women by introducing a resolution (H.R. 277) unanimously approved by the House of Representatives yesterday.


"After my own pregnancy, I was fortunate to have been able to take part in a physical therapy regimen which allowed me to recover from childbirth and return to my normal activities more quickly. In my discussions with other women, I have found that the benefits of physical therapy after childbirth are not widely known," Wagner said.


Many physical therapists have specialized training which will benefit women with a variety of health conditions. Examples of women’s health conditions commonly treated by physical therapists include pelvic pain, prenatal and postpartum dysfunction, post-oncological conditions such as lymphedema, osteoporosis, and urinary and bowel dysfunction, including incontinence.


"Through this resolution, I hope to call increased attention to the benefits of physical therapy for women. My own experience has shown me that such treatment may be of benefit to many other women," Wagner said.