A lecture and practical course for registered physical therapists. This course examines, in an evidence-based approach, the presentation, pathophysiology, and physical therapy evaluation and interventions for female and male bladder and bowel dysfunction, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Theory, research, demonstration, and practical sessions including subjective/objective assessment and treatment of these conditions will be included. Examination of the pelvic floor via perineal observation, internal vaginal and/or rectal exam and treatment, and the use of EMG biofeedback in small groups is be covered. Class size is limited to ensure optimum learning, practice, and translation of skill. Instruction on how to screen for low estrogen, vulvar skin and vaginal pain conditions for proper referral and/or treatment will be included. A common sense, evidence-informed, and critical thinking approach will be implemented throughout the course. Participants will be challenged to problem-solve. This course is open to Registered Physical Therapists and physical therapy students. The physiotherapist will leave the course with new conditions to treat and skills to use immediately on return to their office the next day!
Course participants will have the opportunity to use course clinical skills with clients who are naïve (who have never had) to physiotherapy treatment. EMG biofeedback units will be available for each group of 2-3 physical therapists throughout the course for all lab sessions. Course participants will also participate in the lab/practical session which may involve perineal, vaginal and/or rectal examination. Demonstration of the use of Real-Time Ultrasound Imaging for pelvic floor rehabilitation will be included.
Course participants also receive 1/2 day clinical shadow opportunity OR a 1-hour scheduled phone/FaceTime or Skype consult with course instructor within 3 months of course completion.
Pelvic Rehab Courses
909-750 W Broadway
Vancouver BC V5Z 1H8