Piston Science: Part Two

Nov 11 2017 to Nov 12 2017

Clinical Decision Making in the Real World

with Julie Wiebe

Piston Science Part Two: It Depends! Clinical Decision Making in the Real World         Julie Wiebe November 11-12 2017 

Julie's Course is FILLED!! We are happy about this, but sad if you were unable to register. Please email rebecca@embody-pt.com to be added to the wait list.

Time to dig deeper. The Diaphragm/Pelvic Floor Piston for Adult Populations: Part One (aka The Piston Science series online) provided a foundational framework to help patients learn to create an inside-out strategy of dynamic stability, balancing muscular relationships and pressure systems with brainwork and motor control. The goal: to address pelvic health, musculoskeletal and performance issues simultaneously.

Now let’s take the next step and explore how to apply the knowledge and techniques more specifically in varied patient populations. Piston Science: Part Two will explore clinical decision making in real time with 4 live patients over 2-days.  We will collectively participate in patient interviewing, assessment and generation of treatment ideas, treatment planning and progressions, and developing cueing options. Grow your clinical “theology” by critically thinking through guiding clinical questions: What’s your goal? What’s their goal? What’s your theory? How do you treat the why and who, not the what? What are the limits of your theology? When do you refer out? The cases will be selected by the hosts, so it will be a bit like a box of chocolates, “you never know what you’re gonna get” (if you are local you can also suggest a patient). However, the goal will be that the selected patients will have a variety of pelvic health (incontinence, prolapse), post-pregnancy (diastasis, pain), back or hip issues and fitness and ADL goals (recreational as well as higher level, and non-athletes who want to function in their day in a different and better way). Come and be ready to think and participate.

Who should take this course? If you are treating individuals with back, shoulder girdle, pelvic girdle or neck pain, this course will assist you in developing comprehensive treatment strategies and progressions. The pelvic piston theory and techniques allow all therapists  to access and treat the pelvic floor/girdle in women and in men from the outside in. Athletes and non-athletes will benefit from these skill and techniques.

This is a clinical rehabilitation course and is intended for PTs, PTA’s, OTs and OTAs only. Intended for ALL therapists; being a “Pelvic Floor Therapist” is NOT a requirement.

Objectives: Following completion of this course, participants will be able to:


1.     Develop clinical decision making skills to form a “theology” for care based in critical thinking that guides patient interview, assessment and treatment progressions.

2.     Apply Piston Science concepts into multiple patient populations.

3.     Learn to live in the grey area of “it depends”! 

Schedule: The full course outline will follow, but please plan to work within the timeframe below when making your travel plans.

      Saturday Nov 11

·         8:00 AM      Registration

·         8:30-12:30   Course work and Lab

·         12:30-1:30   Lunch (on your own; Sewickley has multiple “eateries” in a 3 block radius of Embody PT

·         1:30-5:30 Coursework and Lab

Sunday Nov 12

·         8:00-12:00 Coursework and Lab

·         12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided by Embody PT)

·         1:00-4:30 Coursework, Lab, and final questions

PA PT CEU Pending: 14 hours general (DA Hours will be determined by State Board)


Cost: $450.00 prior to September 21, 2017

          $500.00 after September 21, 2017

          2 student discount spots available at $325.00 each (students must register by emailing rebecca@embody-pt.com rather than online)

Registration costs include morning and afternoon break refreshments and lunch on Sunday.

Registration is limited to 20

Online registration : https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=250248



You must have completed either the live or online version of Part One (Diaphragm / Pelvic Floor Piston for Adult Populations) at least 3 months prior to participating with effort towards implementing the concepts.

Need to take Part One to join the fun? Find the online version here. (Piston Science Bundle A is the prereq for this course)


Embody Physiotherapy will provide snacks at breaks each day, and lunch on Sunday. Enjoy exploring the Borough of Sewickley and eating at one of the many small eateries on Saturday. 

Information about local hotels in link below. Registration online or mail or fax a paper version to us, found below.