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Pelvic Floor Level 1 - Chicago, IL - November 14-15, 2020 (Postponed)

Due to ongoing concerns about COVID19, this course has been rescheudled as a satellite lab course. Registraiton for the satellite lab course is available here.

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Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 24.0

We have had to postpone many of our in-person Pelvic Floor Level 1 courses due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. In response, we are now sponsoring Pelvic Floor Level 1 as a Satellite Lab Course (our new format). Check it out!


This continuing education course is comprised of 9 hours of prerecorded lectures followed by two-days of in-person learning, and was designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.


Please note, the Pelvic Floor series of courses typically fill up about 2-3 months before the scheduled course date. It is highly recommended that participants register well in advance to reserve their seats. If you need your employer to send a check for your registration payment, please click the Request Invoice button on the course event page to reserve your seat.


Special Considerations:
As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Labs will be conducted under the supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants. Past participants have found that wearing comfortable clothing that is easy for changing (such as skirts or athletic shorts) is very useful for labs. Due to temperature variations from clinic to clinic we would recommend wearing comfortable layers.


The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs.


Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Partiicipants who are pregnant who wish to participate fully in the entire course including in lab must bring a clearance letter from their physician allowing them to participate in the labs is required. Participants who are pregnant also have the option of bringing their own lab model for examination, or they have the option of working in a group of three during lab times.


This course instructs in the use of biofeedback equipment. 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.


10-14 days before the course, participants will receive an invite to join Teachable, an online learning platform. Teachable is where you will find pre-recorded videos and other pre-requisite learning, manual files, your liability waiver you must sign in order to participate, and any links to Zoom (if the course is a remote option). After the course is over, Teachable is where you will find your post-test and evaluation form to tell us what you thought, as well as your certificate. It is required in Teachable that you complete all components in order. Pre-recorded videos that are required must be watched before going onto the next session.


PLEASE NOTE: This course includes internal assessment and exam techniques, which will be practiced in partnered pairs in lab time. H&W strives to foster an environment that is safe and supportive. Survivors of past trauma should be aware that performing or experiencing internal exam may be triggering, and that many, regardless of their histories, feel strong emotions when practicing these techniques. In order to foster an environment that is non-triggering and safe for all participants, we recommend all participants consider the emotional impact they may experience during the course, and consider consulting a trauma counselor or therapist prior to attending. Read more about What to Expect During Courses with Internal Lab Work.



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.



In order to derive the most benefit from this course, we ask our participants to internalize the required reading materials and complete a diary assignment prior to attending. Please complete this assignment prior to the first day of the seminar. We ask that participants keep a personal bladder diary measuring and recording fluid intake and urine output for two days - one work day and one non-work day. Specific measurements (use a large measuring cup or urine collection “hat”) of urine output are needed for at least one day, and on the following day one can estimate by counting seconds while voiding.

1. Bladder Diary (Print two copies)
2. Bladder Diary Assignment Instructions
3. Patient History Form
4. Biofeedback Video - Please download and listen to the presentation


Required Readings

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. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (a download from Tim Watson's site: electrotherapy.org.)
5. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
6. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
7. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.


Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.


Recorded video lectures to be viewed in-full prior to the Day One of the course (Total video lecture time 9 hours)

  1. Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Function (45 minutes)
  2. Pelvic Floor Evaluation and Examination (1 hour 30 min)
  3. Managing Movement (1 hour)
  4. Awareness of Trauma in Pelvic Rehab (1 hour)
  5. Urinary Incontinence (1 hour 30 min)
  6. Introduction to Pelvic Pain (1 hour)
  7. General Treatment of Pelvic Pain (1 hour)
  8. Electrical Muscle Stimulation (1 hour 15 min)

Day One:

7:30 Registration
8:00 Introduction, goals, objectives, questions
8:30 Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Evaluation
9:15 Lab 1: PF Exam Techniques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring
10:15 Break
10:30 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
11:00 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Urinary Incontinence Examination & Interventions Part II
1:45 Lab 3: Bladder Diary Activity
2:30 Break
2:45 Lab 4: Screening of Breathing & Load Transfer Strategies, Abdominal Wall Dysfunction
3:30 Electrical Stimulation (ES), sEMG Biofeedback Lecture
4:00 Lab 5: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Applications
5:00 Questions
5:15 Adjourn

Day Two:

7:30 Questions, Post-test Day 2
7:45 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
8:45 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation
9:45 Break
10:00 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
11:15 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Managing Movement Part II: Pressures & Load Transfer
1:45 Final Lab Preparation
2:00 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment
3:15 Break
3:30 Case Studies
4:00 Questions (Resources, Billing, Marketing, Etc.), Wrap-up
4:15 Adjourn


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

1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

  Name Street Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

Athletico Physical Therapy Oak Brook

2122 York Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Recommended Lodging

Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center

2100 Spring Rd
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Nearest Airport

Chicago Midway International Airport
Airport Code:MDW

5700 S Cicero Ave
Chicago, IL 60638


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Instructor - Koch

Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT

Kristina received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Springfield College in Massachusetts. In 2001, while living in the Los Angeles area, Kristina started specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction including bowel/bladder issues and pelvic pain. During her time in Los Angeles, she was fortunate to work with and, be mentored by fellow Herman and Wallace faculty member, Jenni Gabelsburg, DPT, WCS, MSc, MTC. In 2013 Kristina became board certified in women’s health (WCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She then received her lymphatic therapist certification (CLT) in 2015.

Kristina has successfully helped establish women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy programs in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, CO where she currently works in private practice. Kristina treats men, women, children, trans and gender non-binary individuals in her practice. In addition, Kristina serves as a guest lecturer for graduate physical therapy students at Regis University in Denver, CO and, provides educational lectures to medical providers and local community groups. Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, skiing, running and hiking.

Christine Stewart, PT, CMPT

Christine Stewart

Christine graduated from Kansas State University in 1992 and went on to pursue her master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center graduating in 1994. She began her career specializing in orthopedics and manual therapy. She became interested in women’s health after the birth of her second child developing a women’s health practice in Ottawa Kansas with a focus on urinary incontinence and prolapse. She left the practice in 2010 to work at Olathe Medical Center to further focus on women’s health and obtain her CMPT from the North American Institute of Manual Therapy. She will begin pursuing a certification with Diane Lee in the fall.
Christine’s passion is empowering her patients to join in their treatment through education and self-awareness.
She has been a lab instructor with the institute since early 2017 and was asked to join the faculty in July. She is an avid runner who loves to hike through National parks with her husband and two children.

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 Student2021. (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).