Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 10
This virtual course will introduce basic neuroanatomy with a detailed overview of pelvic neurophysiology in preparation for an extensive in-depth look at pelvic health treatment options for Parkinson disease. Pelvic floor external and internal neuro-musculoskeletal assessment considerations will be instructed with the understanding that participants have prior experience in pelvic health coursework or pelvic health patient treatment experience.
Preparatory lectures about Parkinson disease will help develop a clear understanding of the neurophysiology of the disease to establish an equal foundation between experienced practitioners and those who have never worked with this patient demographic. Live course lectures deep-dive into characteristic pelvic health conditions that people with Parkinson's disease may face, discuss multiple assessment and treatment planning options, and will also discuss applications for TENS in the neurologic population.
You may choose to have a TENS unit available for use during the TENS lecture for application on yourself, but this is not required. It is highly recommended that you have a variety of colored pencils available to you for a few of the lectures to help in your understanding of the complex neurophysiological pathways you will learn about.
Upon completion of this virtual course, participants will be able to:
1. List key parts and functions of the central and peripheral nervous systems
2. Identify brain regions and regulatory pathways of neurologic pelvic function
3. Understand neurologic based pelvic musculoskeletal external and internal examination considerations
4. Describe options for the use of TENS for neurogenic bladder and bowel
5. Explain the neuroanatomical reasons for bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction in people with Parkinson disease
6. Develop advanced bladder, bowel and sexual health assessment techniques and treatment plans for people with Parkinson disease
Erica graduated with her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2002, and works for Aurora Health Care at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Erica specializes in female, male, and pediatric evaluation and treatment of the pelvic floor and related bladder, bowel, and sexual health issues. She is Board Certified in Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction (BCB-PMD) and is a Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner (PRPC) through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.
Erica has attended extensive post graduate rehabilitation education in the area of Parkinson disease and exercise. She is certified in LSVT (Lee Silverman) BIG and is a trained PWR! (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery) provider, both focusing on intensive, amplitude and neuroplasticity based exercise programs for people with Parkinson disease. Erica is an LSVT Global faculty member. She instructs both the LSVT BIG training and certification course throughout the nation and online webinars. Erica partners with the Wisconsin Parkinson Association (WPA) as a support group and event presenter as well as author in their publication, The Network. Erica has taken a special interest in the unique pelvic floor, bladder, bowel and sexual health issues experienced by individuals diagnosed with Parkinson disease.