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Advanced Orthopedic Assessment for the Pelvic Health Therapist - Derby, CT - November 2-3, 2019

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Price: $495 (Early Registrant Price $475)
Experience Level: Intermediate
Contact Hours: 15

Understanding the biomechanics of the pelvis is necessary for all women’s health practitioners. However, looking at the patient from the cranium to the feet for other causes of chronic pain or pelvic pain is a necessary skill-set for the complicated patient that is driven to seek care from a pelvic health practitioner. This two-day course focuses on the integration of biomechanical alignment, changing and normalizing bony joint alignment, observing and correction of dysfunctional fulcrums of motions.

This course also includes basic review and implementation of Maitland, Mackenzie, Cyriax methods are osteopathic points of view of manual therapy. Looking at the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine, pelvis, lower extremities and feet are necessary for treating the complicated patient as a whole. Implementation of muscle energy techniques of the pelvis, the Hesch Method, and the Integrated System Model are discussed and introduced. Diastesis assessment, core and lumbar stabilization strengthening and progressions are instructed with taking into account the chronic pain, pelvic pain and pelvic organ prolapse type-patients. What to do with an uneven bony alignment in the pelvis? How do you correct a sacrum that returns to a dysfunctional position after each treatment? Does a leg length discrepancy matter? Does cranial sidebending or a foot in overpronation change the entire system which became the catalyst leading to chronic pelvic pain? How does a diastasis change the forces within the abdomen relating to low back pain and pelvic pain? This course is designed for the pelvic rehab therapist seeking to add these evaluation and treatment techniques to their clinical toolkit. 



This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.



Pelvic Floor Level One or prior experience treating pelvic patients. 



Day One:
8:00 Registration
8:30 Introductions/Objectives, background of highlighted physical therapy interventions
9:00 Leg Length Discrepancy: old and new ways of assessment
10:00LAB: Assessment of LLD and use of heel lifts; LLD & assymetrical pelvic floor overactivity, discussion of orthotic use
10:45 Break
11:00Torsions within the system, fulcrums of movement, increased thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis, pronated feet: where to start?

11:30 LAB: Observe for torsions: look for junction where rotations are opposite and rationalize through treatment techniques
1:00 Lunch
2:00 LAB: Head to Toe Orthopedic Scan Sit to Stand Movement Assessment: what changes with sitting and standing?
3:00 What is fascia? Discussion of fascial shortening, scar tissues, wounds, healing and fascial dysfunction. Understanding the use of the myofascial clock. Joint arthrokinematics and mobilizations of the hip, knee, foot
3:30 Break
3:45 Joint mobilization review of pertinent hip, knee, foot mobilizations
5:00 Adjourn

Day Two:

7:30 Review of day 1, Q&A
8:00 Introduction to the Hesch Method. Ilial and sacral springing.
10:00 Break
10:15 Cranial corrections: upgrade of the occipital release, position of C1 & C7, review of cranial vertebral mechanics and joint mobilizations
11:30 LAB: Assessment of cranial position and its relationship to the sacrum, sacral position and changes of the sacral position during sitting.
12:30 Lunch
1:15 Diastesis & core training: where do we start and where do we end?
2:00 Top 8 core training exercises with progressions
3:00 Putting it together: Lab review
3:30 Adjourn

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

1. Assess torsions within the system and correlate them to the patient’s complaints

2. Determine which area of the body is driving dysfunction through rationalization of the system

3. Determine where to start and which treatments to use

4. Review joint mobilizations, particularly the theory of Maitland

5. Review the use of the Mackenzie method, muscle energy techniques of the pelvis, soft tissue work and myofascial release and how they relate to patient’s symptoms

5. Begin and progress the patient through core training

6. Review the current literature relating to lumbar stabilization/core stabilization training programs, diastasis correction and progression

7. Discuss leg length discrepancy and how that correlates up/down the chain along with the use of heel lifts


 NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

Griffin Hospital
Rehabilitation Department

130 Division St
Derby, CT 06418
Recommended Lodging

Hilton Garden Inn Shelton
(203) 447-1000

25 Old Stratford Rd
Shelton, CT 06484
Nearest Airport

Westchester County Airport
Airport Code: HPN

240 Airport Rd
White Plains, NY 10604


Directions from Recommended Lodging to Course Location: (click here if no map appears below)

Lila Abbate, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, PRPC

Lila Abbate, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, PRPCLila Abbate graduated from Touro College in Dix Hills, NY with a Bachelors of Science (BS) in Health Sciences and a Masters of Arts (MA) in Physical Therapy in 1997. Lila completed her Advanced Masters in Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy (MS) at Touro College, Bayshore, NY in 2003 and continued to obtain her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2005. Currently, Dr. Abbate is pursuing her PhD at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and plans to conduct research in Women’s and Men’s Pelvic Health. Dr. Abbate is also a Physical Therapy Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS) deemed by the American Physical Therapy Association in 2004.

Dr. Abbate has been faculty at Touro College (2003 – 2006), Manhattan Campus, teaching the biomechanical approach to orthopedic dysfunction, therapeutic exercise as well as massage/soft tissues work that highlighted trigger point work, scar management and myofascial release.

Currently, Dr. Abbate currently owns a private practice in Manhasset, NY specializing in complex orthopedic conditions and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Attention: We are unable to offer "retro-active" discounts (i.e. applying a discount to a transaction after the transaction takes place), so if you are interested in exploring discount options and you are unsure if your transactions is eligible for a discount, please contact us to inquire.

Multi-Course Discount

This 10% discount is available for a single registrant who wishes to enroll in 3 or more courses, and pay in one transaction. Registrants wishing to enroll in 5 or more courses should contact us for a customized quote. We can also apply this discount if 2 therapists from a single clinic/hospital enroll in 3 or more courses (ie Registrant A enrolls in Course X and Course Y, Registrant B enrolls in Course X, and Registrants A and B both work at Clinic Z). This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. Registration and payment must be received at the same time in one credit card payment, one check or one envelop with multiple checks. This type of registration cannot be completed online, if you are wishing to receive the Multi-Course discount please call or email us directly for assistance.

Group Discount

This discount is available for a group of three or more registrants, who all work at the same clinic/hospital, enroll in a single course, and pay in a single transaction or mail in multiple checks in a single envelope. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.

Groups of 3-5 receive a 10% discount off the combined price of their group's registrations.
Groups of 6 or more should call or Contact Us so that we can properly create an invoice for your registration.

Student Discount

This 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.


To get this discount when checking out online, use the code Student2019. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. The H&W admin team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).

First-Time Registrant Discount

This $50.00 discount is available to any therapist who has never before taken a Herman & Wallace course (no previous registrations) and can be used towards the registrant's first Herman & Wallace course (not applicable to Pelvic Floor Level 1/2A/2B or Capstone).

To apply this discount, please use the code FirstTimer2019 during check out. (H&W will check records to verify past attendance.)

Referral Credit/Discount

Any therapist who has already taken a Herman & Wallace course will earn a $50.00 "referral credit" if:

1. A therapist who has never taken a Herman & Wallace course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Herman & Wallace.

A therapist who has earned a $50.00 "referral credit" may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a "referral discount".

Guest Blogger Credit/Discount

Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Herman & Wallace blog will earn a $50.00 "guest blogger credit". This credit may be applied toward any course eligible for a "guest blogger discount".