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Upcoming Mobilization of the Urinary System September 17-19, 2021 Satellite Locations

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Mobilization of Visceral Fascia: The Urinary System - Satellite Lab Course - September 17-19, 2021

Sept 17th: 1:00pm-5:00pm / Sept 18th: 8:00am-5:45pm / Sept 19th: 8:00am-3:00pm
*Times are listed in Pacific Time

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Price: $600 (Early Registrant Price $575)
Format: Remote Course
Experience Level: Intermediate
Contact Hours: 17.75

This is a satellite offering of our course, Mobilization of Visceral Fascia Level 1: The Urinary System. A satellite means that participants will be gathering in a given location and watching the instructor present remotely on the same screen. During labs, participants will pair up and be guided by the local lab assistants at the satellite course location. It is expected that participants will only register for satellites in which they are within driving distance, and adhere to all state and local COVID guidelines, including wearing a mask at all times during the course.

This course is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge concerning the relationship between the connective tissue surrounding the visceral structures of the urologic system as it relates to the musculoskeletal system.

This course is geared toward the experienced pelvic health therapist who wishes to integrate advanced manual therapy skills into their treatment regime.

  • The fascial system consists of four concentric layers, with the visceral layer, which is the most complex, beginning at the nasopharynx and ending at the anal aperture  (1)
  • The abdominopelvic canister is “A functional and anatomical construct based on the components of the abdominal and pelvic cavities that work together synergistically” (2)
  • The walls of the canister, although part of the musculoskeletal system, are intimately connected to the visceral structures found within via fascial and ligamentous connections (3).
  • In order to function optimally the viscera must be able to move, not only in relationship to one another but with respect to their surrounding container (4).
  • Most importantly, the viscera are subject to the same laws of physics as the remainder of the locomotor system with solid structures such as the kidney are particularly affected by blunt force trauma (5, 6).

Material will be presented that includes the science of and evidence behind the use of fascial-based manual therapy with the presentation of relevant visceral and fascial anatomy and their embryologic origins. Emphasis will be placed on clinical reasoning with the goal of immediate implementation of the techniques learned following this introductory course. Students will be instructed in an extensive number of treatment techniques, both external abdominal as well as internal vaginal approaches. Course participants will be able to immediately incorporate evaluation and treatment of visceral fascia for patients with a variety of urinary dysfunction diagnoses.


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 1 through Herman & Wallace or prior seminar instruction in internal pelvic floor vaginal muscle examinations


Required Readings:
1. Horton (2015) Clinical Review: Visceral mobilization for pelvic dysfunction
2. Review of Anatomy Terms
3. Participants should bring an anatomy textbook for reference of the visceral anatomy. If you need to purchase an anatomy textbook Gray's Anatomy for Students is available at a 25% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants with promo code 70484.



1. Willard, F. H. (2012) Visceral fascia. In: Schleip R, Findley TW, Chaitow L, Huijing P (Eds.) Fascia-The Tensional Network of The Human Body. (pp. 53-56). Elsevier, Edinburgh.

2. Lee, D., Lee, L., McLaughlin, L. (2008). Stability, continence, and breathing: The role of fascia following pregnancy and delivery. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 12(4), 333-348.

3. Bordoni, B. & Zanier, E. (2013). Anatomic connections of the diaphragm: influence of respiration on the body system. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 6, 281–291.

4. Uberoi, R., D'Costa, H., Brown, C., & Dubbins, P. (1995). Visceral slide for intraperitoneal adhesions? A prospective study in 48 patients with surgical correlation. Journal of clinical ultrasound, 23(6), 363-366.

5. Cheynel, N., Serre, T., Arnoux, P-J, Ortega-Deballon P., Benoit L. ,Brunet, C. (2009). Comparison of the biomechanical behavior of the liver during frontal and lateral deceleration.

6. Cox, E. (1984). Blunt abdominal trauma. A 5-year analysis of 870 patients requiring celiotomy. Annals of Surgery. 199(4), 467-474The Journal of Trauma, 67(1), 40-44 Physical Therapy, 68(7), 1082-1086.

Recorded video lectures to be viewed in-full prior to the course: 

    Three hours of pre-recorded lectures and additional anatomy study will be sent to participants prior to the course and should be completed prior to the course.


 "Relative" Hourly schedule of live Zoom meetings:

Day One:

00:00 Registration, welcome and Zoom review
00:30 Review and questions of recorded lectures
- Concepts of Visceral Mobilization
- Concepts of Visceral and Fascial Mobilization

1:15 Lab I – Three-dimensional Fascial mobilization, Horizontal diaphragms 
-Direct and indirect treatment
2:15 Review of Evaluation Concepts 
- Layer palpation exercises, Kinesthetic awareness exercises
2:45 Lab II - Palpation stations 
Visceral Palpation and Structure Evaluation
3:45 Bladder Lecture: External approach 
- Normal mobility of bladder
-Anatomic relationships 
-Clinical considerations
4:30 Adjourn

Day Two:

00:00 External Bladder Techniques: Demo and labs Lab III - Lateral mobility testing & treatment -Median and medial umbilical ligament (urachus) Abdominal scar mobilization
1:15 External Bladder Techniques: Demo and labs
Lab IV - Pubovesical ligament, seated & quadruped - Obturator foramen, Bladder motility
2:30 Break
2:45 Small & Large Intestine Lecture
 -Normal mobility of small intestine 
-Anatomical relationships 
-Clinical considerations
4:00 Lunch
5:00 Small Intestine: Demo and lab Lab V - Mesenteric root -Small intestine corpus mobilization Posterior peritoneal wall
6:15 Large Intestine: Demo and lab Lab VI – Cecum, Ileocecal valve, Sigmoid
7:30 Kidney/Ureters Lecture 
-Normal kidney mobility 
-Anatomic relationship -Clinical considerations
8:30 Kidney/Ureter Techniques: Demo and lab Lab VII - Anterior & Posterior Renal Fascia Ureter Mobilization 
9:45 Adjourn 



Day Three:

00:00 Review of Day 2 & Questions
00:30 Urethra & Trigone Lecture: Internal Approach
-Normal urethra mobility
-Anatomic relationships
-Clinical considerations
1:30 Internal Bladder Techniques: Demo and labs
Lab VIII - Urethra: Longitudinal, Transverse,
- Bi-Manual scar mobilization, indirect/direct
2:30 Lab IX - Perineal membrane, Pubovesical ligament
- Trigone & Bladder: Indirect/Direct bladder motility
3:30 Break
4:00 Lunch & Lecture
Thoracic Relationships
-Normal Thoracic Mobility
-Anatomic Relationships
-Clinical Considerations
4:45 Visceral anatomy, fetal pig dissection
5:30 Thoracic Mobilization: Demo and Lab
Lab X - Thoracic Mobility at Diaphragm, Ribs and Sternum
6:30 Evaluation, Documentation & Case Study Presentation
7:00 Adjourn



Notice this schedule starts each day at 0:00. The course does not start at mid-night! This schedule is meant to show the duration of each component of the course, not the actual start-time of each lecture. The actual start time of this a given day's Zoom meeting of this course will appear in the title of the remote course page on our website, as well as in the Teachable sections of the course in which you are registered.

Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:


1. Describe the theory and application of mobilization of visceral fascial structures relating to optimal function of the urinary system and pelvic floor.

2. Understand the biological plausibility of how alteration of the normal mobility of visceral fascial structures can contribute to pelvic dysfunction

3. Describe the role of neurologic mechanisms in altering the tone and tension of fascia with respect to manual therapy

4. Cite potential causes for development of restrictions in the visceral fascia of the urologic system, pelvis, abdomen and thorax

5. Describe the influence of somatic and autonomic function, to include respiration, on the normal mobility of the visceral structures within the urinary system

6. Differentiate between direct and indirect manual therapy techniques and understand the proper application of each

7. Identify visceral structures with relation to the urinary system via external and internal vaginal landmarks

8. Recognize abnormal tissue mobility of visceral fascial structures.

9. Apply the technique of three-dimensional fascial mobilization to visceral fascia utilizing external body and internal vaginal approaches

10. Recognize and treat fascial restrictions throughout the pelvis, abdomen and thorax as they may relate to diagnoses of dysfunction within the urinary system

11. Develop treatment sequencing with respect to global, local and focal fascial restrictions

12. . Implement visceral fascia mobilization techniques into a comprehensive treatment program for the patient with urologic dysfunctions to include incontinence, urgency/frequency, retention, and bladder pain as they relate to physical therapy

Ramona Horton, MPT, DPT

Ramona Horton

Ramona C. Horton MPT, DPT completed her graduate training in the US Army–Baylor University Program in Physical Therapy in San Antonio, TX. She exited the army at the rank of Captain and applied her experience with the military orthopedic population in the civilian sector as she developed a growing interest in the field of pelvic dysfunction. A desire to expand her knowledge of evidence-based practice and research was the impetus to further her academic pursuits, receiving a post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ. In 2020, Ramona received the prestigious Academy of Pelvic Health Elizabeth Noble Award for her contributions to the field of pelvic health.

Ramona serves as the lead therapist for her clinics pelvic dysfunction program in Medford, OR. Her practice focuses on the treatment of men, women, and children with urological, gynecological, and colorectal issues. Ramona has completed advanced studies in manual therapy with an emphasis on spinal manipulation, and visceral and fascial mobilization. She developed and instructs the visceral and fascial mobilization courses for the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, presenting frequently at local, national, and international venues on topics relating to women’s health, pelvic floor dysfunction, and manual therapy.