Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 11
This continuing education seminar is a one-day course that introduces the participant to the use of biofeedback when treating bladder, bowel, and pelvic floor disorders. Participants will become acquainted with an amazing tool to enhance their practice. In this course, we will discuss the history, background/basics, and benefits of biofeedback when used to treat bladder, bowel, overactive pelvic floor, and other pelvic floor disorders. We will also review case studies with EMG signal analysis with the help of audience participation. The focus of this course will be introducing biofeedback equipment and software, administering a biofeedback assessment, conducting a treatment session, and patient instruction/education utilizing live demonstrations with audience participation. In the live lab, participants will experience using a self-inserted vaginal or rectal sensor and will practice sEMG assessments and treatments. Resources for additional training and board certification in this area of practice will be provided. Lab instructors are board-certified through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction. This course is also approved for BCIA’s recertification hours for board certification. There are 3 hours of pre-recorded lectures that are required prior to the live 8-hour lab.
***Equipment required to participate in course: A 2-channel sEMG biofeedback hand-held unit with software on a laptop or computer. The participants who are self-hosting will need a vaginal and rectal sensor and abdominal leads. If you are attending at a satellite location, this equipment will be provided.
Self-Hosted participants do not need partners if they have the following items, all of which can be purchased on www.cmtmedical.com.
- Prometheus MR-20 Dual Channel sEMG Biofeedback Unit WITH Telesis Software
- Black Pathway Adaptor for internal sensors to connect to channel A (item PG-3660)
- Pathway Internal Vaginal or Internal Rectal Sensor (item PG 6330 or PG 6340)
- Pathway Surface EMG Electrodes for Abdominal Placement (PG 6750)
Audience: 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.
Special Considerations: This coures instructs in the use of biofeedback equipement. Equipment at the course will be supplied by our biofeedback vendor, Current Medical Technologies. If you would like to contact them prior to the course to inquire about equipment purchases, you can do so using this link. A representative will be able to assist you if you tell them which Herman & Wallace course you will be taking.
1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
3. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website- an incredible resource!
4. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
5. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum