“He aprendido mucho!”- Reaching the women at CrossOver Healthcare Ministry

Women’s Health Physical Therapy of Richmond spent the morning at CrossOver Healthcare Ministry screening pregnancy and postpartum patients for common ailments seen during and after pregnancy. CrossOver Healthcare Ministry provides quality and compassionate health care to the uninsured in the greater Richmond Metropolitan area. These screenings spanned from posture analysis and child care body mechanics to pelvic alignment and abdominal muscle separation. The PTs provided the women with tips and tools to decrease pain and risk of further complications.

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While some women came into the screening room excited and somewhat familiar with the PT profession, other women were hesitant and unsure about participating in the screening. One woman in particular expressed that she only wanted to observe the other women having their screenings. However, after only a few minutes, that same woman informed the translator that she was ready to be screened, too.

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Throughout her one-on-one screening, she received education on ways to protect herself, as well as her baby. By the end of her screen. this woman excitedly explained how she had learned so many new things and felt that she understood her body a little bit better than before. Every women left the screening room that day with a little more knowledge, a little less back pain, and a lot more confidence.

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Each of the therapists from WHPT have participated in international health outreach and education projects. They believe that every individual, regardless of language or location should have the tools available to them to protect themselves and provide the best possible care for their infants.

Published by Dr. Cora T Huitt

Cora T. Huitt, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD ~Thirty seven years of clinical practice, specializing in women's health for fifteen years. ~BS Degree in Allied Health Professions, Ohio State University, '72. ~Master of Arts in College Teaching (MACT) focus in Physical Therapy & Therapeutic Exercise, University of North Carolina, '76. ~ Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Alabama State University, 2010 ~Attended multiple courses offered in Women's Health Physical Therapy, including Pelvic 1, 2, 3 Course in Women's Health Section APTA. ~Member of VPTA and APTA, Women's Health Section. ~BCIA-PMDB Biofeedback- Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. ~Certified Pilates instructor, ProHealth. ~Affiliate member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. ~Member of International Continence Society. ~Member of National Vulvodynia Association. ~Adjunct Clinical Faculty for student affiliation at multiple universities. ~Director of APTA Women's Health Residency since 2007, credentialed in 2008. (only other residency at Duke Unviersity)

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