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Professional Education

Coming in 2020: What’s on the Horizon?

Ben Cormack.  Sept 26-27, 2020. Ben Cormack owns and runs Cor-Kinetic. He is a musculoskeletal therapist with a clinical background in sports therapy, rehabilitation, pain science & exercise stretching back 15 years. He specializes in a movement & exercise based approach with a strong education component and patient centered focus.Click here for more information

Practical Yoga Application in Clinical Settings. March 7-8, 2020. Rebecca Meehan, Yoga may be used in the clinical setting for strength, balance, mobility, and to address all of your patient.

Links and more information for all courses coming soon. Questions? info@embody-pt.com

Improving Pelvic Floor Function Through Spinal Manual Therapy with Susan Clinton, Detroit Michigan

Feb 2020

Join Susan Clinton in Detroit Michigan: Look beyond the traditional regional approach of pelvic floor PT to understand how addressing dysfunctions of the transitional regions of the spine – from the lumbosacral region to the upper cervical spine can positively affect lumbo/pelvic dysfunction. This 1-day course is designed to expand your current practice through evidence based and biologically plausible methods of examination and intervention of both upper quarter dysfunctions and the lower quarter region.Click here for more information

Pelvic Floor Support Systems in Postpartum Recovery, Pelvic Pain and Prolapse with Kathe Wallace, PT August 29, 2020

This Boost Camp is designed as a one-day intensive continuing education seminar for experienced physical therapists treating pelvic floor dysfunctions. Patient/client management teaching will include identifying pelvic floor muscle diagnoses, as well as advanced examination techniques of female fascia, organ and pelvic floor anatomy applicable to postpartum women, pelvic pain and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). A plan of care will be implemented using the examination findings. Patient education and individualized functional treatment progressions will be emphasized.

The morning labs will include internal vaginal and rectal examination techniques to identify normal and abnormal anterior, posterior and apical pelvic support, including assessment for perineocele, levator ani (LA) avulsion and measurement of external perineal landmarks (gh, pb) used for pelvic organ prolapse quantification (POP-Q). You will learn appropriate examination instruction and the difference of summarizing your findings for the patient and for your medical records.

Afternoon lab time will focus on musculoskeletal and functional evaluation and treatment. You will learn management of intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) with attention to postures and the glottis, breathing and pelvic diaphragms. We will review the current research on the evidence-based benefits of lifestyle intervention verses pelvic floor exercise that will help you formulate a comprehensive rehab approach that empowers a woman to be active.

The seminar registration fee includes a pre-course home study module and an extensive literature review of scientific articles supporting the concepts taught in the seminar. Review of this information (6-8+ hours) will allow the seminar time to focus on guided examination and treatment techniques practicums

Prerequisites

Prior training in internal pelvic floor examination. Prerequisite assignments (home study module) issued upon registration.  Independent review and study are required to prepare for the boost camp seminar. You will  be asked to bring a few personal supplies to the training.

Pelvic Floor CEU Teaching Level

Designed for intermediate to advanced physical therapists and PTA’s. Pregnant women should have a release letter from their primary obstetrics provider for internal evaluation participation. Participants will practice exam and treatment techniques on one another. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner’s license or regulation. The course will have a student to faculty ratio of 10:1. 

Objectives: 

This has two components a home study module and in-person live seminar.

Home study module includes powerpoint presentations, scientific articles, guideline reviews, literature reviews, and online videos.

An additional amount of credit hours may be available in your state from the prerequisite and self-study module provided on registration. See example of Colorado state requirements for Continuing Professional Competency.

Upon competition of the home study module the participant will be able to:

  1. List two key patient history/intake questions and two outcome questionnaires that will identify risk factors and symptoms of pelvic organ support.
  2. Identify four pelvic floor muscle diagnoses associated with pelvic floor dysfunctions (PFD).
  3. Name five key visceral pelvic fascia regions and key pelvic anatomy support structures.
  4. List the three methods of levator ani avulsion examination.
  5. Define the seven vaginal and two external points of the POP-Q examination.
  6. Describe two common POP-Q measurements and digital examination findings in patients with levator ani avulsion and POP, including those that would negatively impacting the likelihood of successful pessary fitting.
  7. Review current evidence-based literature summaries on IAP, Breathing and PFD.

Live Seminar: August 29, 2020    at Embody Physiotherapy & Wellness, Sewickley PA

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe symptom presentations in six types of pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) as they relate to fascial support anatomy.
  2. List the three modifiable conditions that could affect results of fascial and prolapse examination.
  3. Palpate and identify with internal vaginal examination levator ani avulsion, the ATLA, ATFP, ATRV, uterosacral ligament and cervix position.
  4. Demonstrate examinations both internal vaginal and external POP-Q measurements using appropriate instructions and supplies.
  5. List five  self-care/lifestyle intervention strategies for PFD.
  6. Assess and demonstrate breathing techniques and IAP management strategies in conjunction with therapeutic exercise and functional activity programs for PFD.

Live Seminar Schedule: Embody Physiotherapy

  8 CEU PA Pending. requesting DA (note, PA State Board determines the hours and how many are DA vs General)

7:45Registration
8:00Objectives – Introduction
Review of Patient Presentations/ Case Studies
9:00Pelvic Floor (PF) muscles, Endopelvic and Parietal Pelvic Fascia Anatomy, Levels of Vaginal Support. A key point discussion of study module assignments. Lab 1 Practicum: Vaginal mapping of POP-Q points, cervix and uterosacral-ligament, LA Avulsion Assessment
BREAK 
11:15Detailed POP Visualization and Identification techniques, Case Studies
 Lab 2 Practicum: Specific Measurements (gh, pb) and vaginal exam techniques with 1/2 speculum. Positional differences in PFD examinations, documentation.
12:30LUNCH – On your own (45 minutes)
1:15The Evidence on Lifestyle Interventions and Exercise for PFD .  Pessary overview
2:15Lecture and Lab 3 Practicum:  Musculoskeletal Considerations, Abdominal Wall and Breathing Assessments, Valsalva vs Strain, posture and graded movement strategies
BREAK 
3:45Demonstration:  Treatment Progressions, Transitional movements
Teaching IAP management and return to active lifestyles.  Case studies continued.
4:45Post Test, Discussion with Questions/Answers.  Course Evaluation
5:30Adjourn

Cancellation Policy:  Refunds, minus a $95 home study module and administrative fee are returned if the cancellation is received 14 days before the course start date. No cancellation fee is available once the course has begun.

Pricing:

Early-bird: $295.00

Early Registration ends March 31, 2020. Study module accompanies registration ticket. Start learning today!

Standard Pricing, after March 31, 2020:  $330.00

2 resident discounts will be offered. Please contact rebecca@embody-pt.com for information and registration.

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