For Immediate Release: May 5, 2015
Eric Cardin, SCPT Executive Director, 508-389-9912
WESTBOROUGH _ Mother’s Day marks the beginning of National Women’s Health Week. This initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will celebrate its 16th annual campaign in May 2015 to raise awareness regarding issues affecting women’s health. Locally, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) is doing its part to recognize women’s health issues year round.
“As women age, concerns over common health issues increase,” said SCPT CEO and Founder Cathy Hoover-Smith. “At SCPT, we make it a priority to continually assess our services to meet the growing needs of our community. National Women’s Health Week is a terrific tool to drive awareness of women’s health issues. Our team is committed to this same goal every day through our specialty programs to treat pelvic floor issues, osteoporosis, and more.”
According to the National Institutes of Health, twenty-four percent of women in America are affected with one or more pelvic floor disorders. The percentage nearly doubles for women over the age of 60 and can cause a range of side effects that can diminish quality of life, including incontinence and decreased sexual function. SCPT specializes in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders by addressing specific muscle groups to improve function in a respectful and compassionate environment.
Stacey Berger, SCPT Director of Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation stated, “We have seen a steady growth in pelvic floor rehabilitation needs for women across the spectrum. Educating, supporting and advocating for women’s health needs continue to be our focus. The evolution of women’s health services has addressed pelvic floor dysfunction and we, as physical therapists, recognize that these functional limitations are within the scope of our care. Twenty to twenty-five years ago, women had no medical resources to help them with pelvic floor dysfunction. The growth of the women’s health program through physical therapy is meeting that need.”
SCPT also adapted a prevention program to combat the effects of osteoporosis and osteopenia, using a thorough understanding of bone structure and composition, DXA analysis, and risk factors that lead to diagnoses. The deterioration of bone tissue advances with increased age and the onset of menopause, leaving bones weak and brittle.
“Maintaining an active lifestyle can help keep bones strong,” explained Hoover-Smith. “Keeping muscles engaged will also improve balance and help reduce the risk of falls. To preserve vitality through the challenges of aging, it’s important to schedule routine health checks and keep up with the activities we love or find new ones,” continued Hoover-Smith. “Enjoying things that make us happy, like family and friends, keeps us young at heart.”
As part of National Women’s Health Week, women are encouraged to schedule their annual wellness visit on May 11th, which can be a key component in the early detection of serious conditions.
For 30 years, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. As a privately owned company, the organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in the communities it serves, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness. The company offers six locations in Central Massachusetts that include: Auburn, Charlton, Millbury, Westborough (East Main Street and Oak Street), and Worcester. For more information, visit www.southcountypt.com.
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