The Pressure System: Assessing and Managing the Connections Above the Diaphragm to the Pelvic Floor

Jul 15 2017 to Jul 16 2017
Course Overview:
Look beyond the traditional regional approach of pelvic floor PT and understand how addressing dysfunctions of the thoracic/cervical spine and TMJ region can positively affect lumbo/pelvic dysfunction. This 2-day course is designed to expand your current practice through evidence based and biological plausible methods of examination and intervention of upper quarter dysfunctions to the lower quarter region. Learn how the effects of intra-abdominal pressure with trunk / cervical / TMJ dysfunction results in decreased performance and fatigue of the pelvic floor musculature.

The concepts of how upper quarter regional dysfunction influence musculoskeletal dysfunction will include the effects on diastasis rectus abdominus, episiotomy, prolapse, incontinence, GI dysfunction, and lumbo / abdomino / pelvic pain. A complete review of the anatomy and physiology of the system from the glottis to the pelvic floor will be provided with links of clinical reasoning for expanding intervention of manual therapy, movement and exercise. The course will include an interactive format for discussion of the current concepts and the application of interventions. There will be a strong emphasis on lab with movement experiences and

clinical reasoning.

Course Objectives:

1. Define normal abdominal and thoracic pressures and how these pressures are increased with normal postures, positions and activities.

2. Review the anatomy and physiology of the glottis to the pelvic floor – including the anatomical changes with prolonged postures.

3. Explain the physiology behind the literature on the effects of the prolonged seated posture.

4. Discuss the relevance of the literature on fatiguability of the pelvic floor muscles and training.

5. Outline various changes in intervention techniques to reduce the effects of increased abdominal pressures and epiglottis considerations with pelvic floor, transverses abdominus, multifidus and diaphragm training from low level to high level activity.

This course will be composed of lecture and hands on lab and practice.

Class schedule: Saturday 8 AM - 5 PM  (lunch on your own)

                         Sunday 8:30 AM-4 PM  (Embody PT will provide lunch) 

PA PT CEU 14 hr pending (anticipate 4 hr DAPT)

Cost:  $450.00 prior to June 15

          $500.00 after June 15

Students: 2 spaces available for students at cost of $350.00; please contact to register for this course