Connecting the Pelvic Girdle and Pelvic Floor - External Exam and Treatment Techniques for Orthopedic and Urogynecologic Conditions
This course is designed to teach physical therapists and physical therapist assistant treating an orthopedic / sports medicine/women’s and men’s health patient population learn to address, evaluate and treat the pelvic floor muscles with external examination and treatment. You will learn to integrate external pelvic floor assessment as part of your pelvic girdle screening tools or scan examinations.
The layers of pelvic floor muscles, fascia and ligaments will be described as they relate to the pelvic girdle . This anatomy background will help you develop your skills in teaching and prescribing pelvic floor exercises. History taking and risk factor screening will be used to identify urologic (painful bladder syndrome, prostatitis) gynecologic (incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain), colorectal (constipation and bowel incontinence) and sexual dysfunctions (postpartum recovery and painful vaginal penetration) in your orthopedic or sports patient population. Current publications linking pelvic floor dysfunction and orthopedic conditions will be reviewed. Musculoskeletal exam and treatment of posture, breathing, and abdominal wall function affecting the pelvic floor will be instructed.
Lab practice and demonstrations include clothed pelvic floor external scan examinations and treatments that can be used for your current patient population.
Two day course has sign-in beginning at 7:30 am. Content teaching is from 8am -5pm each day. Specifics of course information for your clinical sharing or continuing education records are provided on this link: Brochure Pelvic_Girdle_and_Pelvic_Floor_Connections_
Continuing Education Objectives
Upon completion of the course the participant will be able to:
- Develop a protocol for taking a patient history to screen for pelvic floor dysfunction.
- Describe four functions and three layers of the pelvic floor muscles.
- List three risk factors for pelvic floor dysfunction.
- Perform external clothed examination of the pelvic floor for muscle identification, contraction, release and lengthening assessment.
- Palpate and externally treat pelvic floor and pelvic girdle muscles and myofascial connections with three different techniques.
- Perform verbal instruction of pelvic floor recruit and release exercises with three different cues for various patient populations.
- Perform a breathing diaphragm, abdominal wall muscle (including Diastasis Rectus Abdominis- DRA), and load transfer assessment (ASLR-active straight leg raise) for pelvic girdle dysfunction.
- Describe the effects of posture and breathing on pelvic floor muscle recruitment and relaxation.