PT Perspective on Women’s Health: Wendy Featherstone

Today may be the last day of Women’s Health Week 2015, but that don’t mean a thing for physical therapists like Wendy Featherstone, a long-time champion for women’s health. Wendy is owner of Specialty Physical Therapy in Rochester, NY and has spent over 30 years positively affecting change in women’s lives.

We asked Wendy what she wished the public knew and understood regarding female pelvic and maternal health. Here’s what she had to say:

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“I find it staggering how many women are unaware that there is help for pelvic health problems. I can’t tell you how often someone comes in for treatment, and tells me that they wished they had known about my services years before. Too many women are suffering in silence, or accepting of pelvic health problems as “normal” for one’s age or the number of children they have had.

The impact of pelvic pain on relationships with sexual partners, and by extension, family units, is huge. Inactivity due to embarrassment over urinary leakage has long-term health ramifications. The cost of ignoring pelvic health problems is very high. Because the topic is often considered “taboo” there is not as much word-of-mouth recommendation for treatment of pelvic health concerns. I am hopeful that the Share Mayflowers campaign will open the lines of communication and spread awareness of treatment options for women who suffer in silence.”

So will you join us? Get your flowers here so you can wear and share throughout the rest of May to spread the word about these important issues affecting millions of women!

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Our sincere appreciation goes out to Wendy for her tireless contribution to female pelvic health and for supporting the Share MayFlowers movement!

More About Wendy’s background in Women’s Health:

Wendy been an active member of the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1988, and has served the Section on Women’s Health as State Representative, Volunteer Coordinator, and Vice President. She is a member of the National Association for Continence, the International Pelvic Pain Society, the American Urogynecologic Society, and the National Vulvodynia Association.

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