EIM’s Pelvic Health I course is designed to teach the orthopaedic physical and occupational therapists how to effectively integrate the pelvic floor into physical therapy treatment for clients with low back pain, hip pain, pelvic pain, and pelvic floor dysfunction. Students will learn how to screen for pelvic floor dysfunction and effectively integrate the pelvic floor into their treatment plans for improved patient outcomes. This course additionally has a 2-day weekend intensive component in which students will learn techniques such as manipulations, mobilizations, muscle energy techniques, soft tissue work, and retraining techniques specific to the orthopedic patient with low back pain, hip pain, pelvic pain, and pelvic floor dysfunction. The student will also learn modifications needed to examine and treat the pregnant patient.


This course is delivered in a blended learning fashion, combining online and on-site learning experiences to facilitate participant learning. An interactive and media-rich online precourse is provided to participants 30 days in advance of an intensive 2-day on-site laboratory weekend.  The online precourse provides an evidence-based overview of the management of cervical and thoracic spine disorders using a series of web-based video presentations, key evidence summaries and primary research articles. The on-site lab intensive weekend provides participants with hands-on demonstration and practice of selected examination and manipulative techniques for the upper thorax and neck regions. A heavy focus is placed on the skill development and proficient use of hold-relax, mobilization, and manipulation interventions for these regions. The course will have a student to faculty ratio of no greater than 18:1. 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.

Target Audience: Intermediate level course open to licensed physical and occupational therapists.

Credits: 24 contact hours (8 online and 16 on-site) from EIM Institute of Health Professions

EIM Program Applicability:  None.  This course must be taken in conjunction with an 8-week online management course to earn constructive credit towards EIM’s Pelvic Health Certificate program.

Prerequisites: None

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).


Upon completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the current epidemiology of pelvic floor dysfunction in those with low back pain, hip pain, pelvic pain, and pelvic floor dysfunction.
  2. Describe and understand the anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor and pelvis.
  3. Screen for pelvic floor as a primary pathology or secondary component in clients with hip and low back pathologies.
  4. Appropriately incorporate the pelvic floor into history and physical exam during evaluations.
  5. Identify red flags that warrant a referral back to the physician. Demonstrate effective pelvic floor retraining techniques.
  6. Understand how the pelvis and pelvic floor integrate for movement.
  7. Demonstrate safe techniques for evaluating and treating the pregnant and postpartum populations.
  8. Understand the pathology and treatment of coccydynia using external techniques.

Most importantly – be able to apply this stuff to your clinical practice next week! References Required and supplementary articles are listed in each weekly module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System.


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