|Price: $475 (Early Registrant Price $450)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 14
The pelvic floor muscles contribute functionally to pelvic girdle stability, bladder and bowel function, sexual appreciation, and breathing. Altered pelvic muscle length, strength, endurance, awareness and coordination can cause or perpetuate pelvic dysfunctions if unrecognized. Orhtopedic therapists can benefit from increased knowledge of the pelvic muscles as impairments can also contribute to low back, hip, sacroiliac, and lower extremity dysfunctions.
The focus of this 2-day continuing education seminar is to introduce basic, external pelvic floor muscle evaluation and treatment techniques that are applicable to a wide variety of patient populations. The information within the class will expand the clinician's appreciation of the relationship of the pelvic floor muscles to the hip, pelvic girdle, sacroiliac, symphysis pubis, lumbosacral joints as well as the thoracic and lumbar spine. Physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and other rehabilitation professionals identifying themselves as having primarily a manual therapy approach and/or orthopedic/sports, women’s health or geriatric patient population will find this course to be highly relevant.
This continuing education course begins with a thorough explanation of the anatomy of the pelvis and the layers of the pelvic floor muscles. Key points of medical history and chief complaints that would identify risk factors for pelvic floor impairment syndromes will be instructed and evidence–based references will support the evaluation and treatment methods. The seminar will be didactic for teaching the anatomy, physiology and kinesiology of daily functions we may take for granted. Laboratory practicums are offered throughout the course for external evaluation and treatment techniques for the pelvic region. This course will introduce participants to the anatomic and physiologic pelvic floor connections and furthermore, offer strategies that patients can quickly integrate into their self-care.
Participants will learn to complete a scanning examination of the pelvic floor muscles, palpation of the coccyx (externally), sacroiliac joint, and obturator internus muscle. Evaluation of the abdominal wall, tests of load transfer such as the active straight leg raise, and surface EMG biofeedback will be covered in this introductory course.
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.
1. Review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum.
2. Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Load Transfer by Diane Lee and Linda-Joy Lee
Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. List the muscles and functions of the pelvic floor.
2. Describe the relationship of ligament and pelvic floor muscle support in the pelvis.
3. Describe risk factors and common diagnoses that involve the pelvic floor muscles.
4. Demonstrate history taking techniques including identification of risk factors for pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions.
5. Perform 3 external assessments and 3 external treatment techniques for the pelvic floor muscles.
6. Demonstrate external evaluation and external treatment of coccyx pain.
7. Perform verbal instruction of pelvic floor exercises with at least three different techniques.
8. Identify the treatment options for SEMG biofeedback for pelvic floor conditions.
9. Palpate and treat key muscles of the pelvis (obturator internus, adductors, pelvic diaphragm).
10. Describe evidence-based exercise training and progression for pelvic floor stabilization.
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I am even more interested in expanding my knowledge base for women’s health. Very well presented and labs were wonderful.
-Jennifer M. Heine, DPT – Valparaiso, IN
The instructor and assistants had an extremely strong knowledge base and worked well together and with the students to ensure we got out of the course everything we could. They used lab time to reinforce lecture material and make it “come alive.”
-Caroline Bailey, PT, DPT – Glen Ellyn, IL
The class gives a solid anatomical foundation and good knowledge base for treatment of general bladder and bowel dysfunction.
The instructor and lab assistants were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Women’s Health Physical Therapy. Great course!!
-Kristen Everette, PTA – Shawboro, NC
This is a "must" course for any PT doing outpatient orthopedics. This information should be presented in the DPT programs. In my 18th year of practice it is very challenging to find a course that is informative and stimulating, and this course was exceptional! Thanks Pam!
-Karen Davis Warren, MPT - Atlanta, GA