This advanced management course uses research and case based didactic learning to explore topics related to pelvic health management, including differential diagnosis, male pelvic floor assessment and intervention, pediatric pelvic floor assessment and intervention, nutritional and hormonal applications for the pelvic floor, pelvic floor care in patients with a history of cancer, common comorbidities impacting patients with pelvic floor dysfunction, and care for patients who have undergone a surgical procedure to or impacting the pelvic floor. The associated weekend intensive goes through advanced techniques for visceral mobilization, male specific techniques, myofascial and rectal techniques, and a brief introduction to dry needling applications for the pelvic floor.
This course is delivered in a blended learning fashion, combining online and on-site learning experiences to facilitate participant learning. Students will complete 8 weeks of online coursework and participate in a 2-day on-site weekend intensive lab that provides participants with hands-on demonstration and practice of selected advanced examination, manual therapy techniques, and neuromotor retraining techniques for the pelvic floor. We will emphasize the development of good research and analysis skills during the online portion of the course.
The online content focuses on developing advanced reasoning and management skill sets for specialized populations including men, children, and cancer survivors as well as advanced knowledge in the areas of nutrition, hormones, post-surgical techniques, and more. Students should expect to spend an average of 10-12 hours per week on the online material. During the weekend intensive component, a heavy focus is placed on the skill development and proficient use of visceral mobilization, advanced rectal techniques, advanced abdominal mobilization techniques, and pelvic floor dry needling for those with the necessary prerequisites.
The course will have a student to faculty ratio of no greater than 12:1. An online post-test and on-site skill assessments are used to reinforce course objectives and assess learning. Successful completion of this course requires 80% or higher on post-test, skills assessment and attendance at each onsite day.
Instructors: Dr. Jennifer Stone, PT, DPT, OCS, PHC and Dr. Blair Green PT, DPT, OCS, PHC, CSCS
Target Audience: Intermediate level Licensed Physical Therapist and/or Occupational Therapist.
Credits: 24 contact hours (8 online and 16 on-site) from EIM Institute of Health Professions
EIM Program Applicability: Upon completion of this course students can apply credit towards the Advanced Certification in Pelvic Health program.
Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. shorts and t-shirts and sports bras for women) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes).
- Participants will demonstrate an advanced knowledge of pelvic floor assessment and differential diagnosis and be able to generate plans of care that take into consideration all accompanying comorbidities and lifestyle related challenges.
- Participants will demonstrate ability to perform selected visceral mobilization techniques as well as understanding of when and how to select patients for use of these techniques.
- Participants will demonstrate clear understanding of nutrition and hormonal impacts on the pelvic floor as well as ability to help patients adjust their choices in these areas to optimize outcomes.
- Participants will demonstrate ability to review the literature to come up with the answer to a pre-selected question and make an informed choice due to available current evidence.
- Participants will demonstrate clear understanding of surgical procedures that impact the pelvic floor and demonstrate the ability to come up with suggested post-surgical protocols for these procedures.
References Required and supplementary articles are listed in each weekly module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System.