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Pelvic Floor Function

Pelvic floor issues are not just a mom problem. They are more common than you realize – the taboo nature of the topic makes it difficult for patients to bring up.

On top of that, many therapists don’t feel comfortable addressing issues around pelvic floor dysfunction.

You’ll learn strategies to confidently identify and treat pelvic floor issues that are bringing down the quality of life of your patients. Being able to move is a necessity for health – and it should not be embarrassing or painful.

Walk away with practical and useful techniques that can be implemented immediately within your practice.

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Develop an understanding of why pelvic floor function and dysfunction is important in our role as health care practitioners.
  2. Inspect the anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor and supporting structures.
  3. Determine the most common conditions associated with pelvic floor dysfunction.
  4. Evaluate how to properly assess for pelvic floor dysfunction from an external perspective.
  5. Investigate treatment techniques and exercises to normalize function of the pelvic floor and improve body awareness.
  6. Determine when it is appropriate to refer to another provider.
  7. Construct a working list of the most common providers to have in your network.

Outline

Pelvic Floor Function

Anatomy of the Pelvic Floor Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Evaluating Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Pelvic Floor Rehab Creating a Team

Copyright : 09/29/2020

A Movement Pro’s Guide to Menopause: Training Strategies for Optimal Aging

At the doctor’s office, everyone gets the standard pamphlet on all the other health related issues that will arise during a woman’s life: puberty, safer sex, pregnancy, pap smears...but they never seem to have one for menopause. Yet most women will tell you, entering menopause equates to serious changes for their overall state of well-being.

This session was curated in a flash – a hot flash.

It is time that we take things into our own hands and understand that there are things we can do to age well and on our own terms.

Jessica Hill, PT, DPT, MSPT, CSCS, SFMA, FMS, will explore the physiological changes that occur and how these changes can impact both our physical performance and overall health. You will learn powerful strategies to combat the fear surrounding menopause and keep your patients striving to be their best.

You'll explore the targeted interventions that directly address the key musculoskeletal changes that typically accompany menopause: increased visceral fat and decreased bone mineral density, muscle mass and strength. You will uncover actionable exercise strategies to secure a physiological edge in aging optimally.

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Objectives

  1. Investigate what menopause is and its physiological ramifications on a woman’s body.
  2. Determine actionable, evidence-based exercise strategies to promote physical health, performance, and aging well in peri- and post-menopausal women.
  3. Utilize safety and scaling considerations pertaining to menopausal physiological changes for exercise program design.

Outline

Stages of Change: Peri, Menopause + Post 

What to Expect: Systemic Effects of Estrogen Deficiency  Making Muscle After Menopause   Program Design - Additional Recommendations and Considerations 

Copyright : 05/21/2021

Pelvic Changes Associated with Pregnancy & Menopause: Practical Management Techniques

With all of the systemic changes, it’s no wonder that pregnancy and menopause are challenging times for many women.  As a healthcare professional, you need to be aware of the hormonal changes and their impact on the musculoskeletal system.

With over a decade of experience in pelvic floor therapy, Liz Frey, FCAMPT, will unpack the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and menopause and shine a focused light on their impacts on the pelvis.   You’ll explore:  

Filled with evidence-informed techniques you can use to optimize function, this is a “must attend” presentation for all healthcare professionals who work with women! 

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Evaluate the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy and menopause as they relate to the female pelvis.
  2. Differentiate pelvic conditions that affect women with and determine strategies to connect the diaphragm and pelvic floor.
  3. Determine strategies to connect the diaphragm and pelvic floor for maximal mobility and stability.

Outline

Implications of Hormonal Changes During Pregnancy and Menopause 

Most Common Pelvic Conditions   External Strategies to Manage and Recover from Pelvic Conditions  

Copyright : 05/20/2021

Peri/Menopause: Empow(her)ing the Busy Woman

“Alexa, turn this hot flash off!”

“Alexa, help me get rid of this bloated belly!”

Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy. And when it comes to the curriculum from school – peri/menopause was almost completely skipped over. Now that you’re in practice, you see how common these issues really are!

You need simple yet practical solutions for these busy women who are in their 30s-50s and trying to balance their career, family and personal health.

Aimee Bailey, DPT, RYT-200, will help you to empower your patients who are struggling with peri/menopause symptoms. This session will pinpoint differences between perimenopause and menopause, what symptoms to look for, how to treat this client population and how to promote health and healthy habits.

You can help them to better understand their cycles and life phases so that they can remain healthy and active through their lifespan. You’ll learn powerful tactics that address bone health, heart health, strength, libido and more! Help your patients reduce peri/menopause symptoms with these targeted strategies in your very next session.

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Evaluate perimenopause and menopause as well as the most common symptoms.
  2. Integrate education, simple lifestyle changes and exercise to enhance women’s health during this phase of life.
  3. Assess the basic role of hormones in women’s monthly cycles and how they change through the lifespan.

Outline

Perimenopause and Menopause – What's the Difference? 

Treatment Strategies for Managing the Symptoms  How Mindset Plays a Pivotal Role 

Copyright : 05/20/2021

Master Thyroid Function with Nutrition and Lifestyle Optimization

When the answer to ‘how are you doing?’ always seems to be “I’m tired,” it's apparent that there are issues at hand. Fatigue, weight gain, constipation and depression – these are all symptoms of a thyroid that is not functioning optimally.

Women are up to 8x more likely to have thyroid dysfunction, yet most still go undiagnosed! The good news is that many of these symptoms can be addressed with simple lifestyle modifications that are proven to get big results!

Join Cindi Lockhart, RDN, LD, IFNCP as she uncovers:  

During this session, you’ll discover targeted ways to identify and address thyroid disrupters.  And best of all, you’ll learn effective lifestyle strategies to naturally and holistically rebalance the thyroid.    

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Evaluate thyroid’s function in the body, how to best assess via lab testing, as well as the 3 primary types of thyroid dysfunction.
  2. Investigate the common symptoms and environmental causes of thyroid dysfunction.
  3. Determine a customized approach to optimizing thyroid function (and therefore energy and weight) via diet, gut health, exercise, stress reduction, and environmental exposures.

Outline

The Thyroid Hormone Pathway 

Thyroid Dysfunction: Symptoms and Causes  Optimizing Thyroid Function, Holistically 

Copyright : 05/21/2021

Estrogen Dominance: Symptoms, Causes, & Holistic Resolutions to the Ever-Common State of Estrogen Overload

The phrase “estrogen dominance” is not typically used in research, but the reality is that it’s prevalent and can occur at any stage in a woman’s life.  In this session, we’re going to walk through the good, the bad and the ugly as they pertain to our bodies’ ability to metabolize and eliminate estrogen.  

But what is it that causes estrogen to build up in the first place? 

Integrative and functional nutritionist Cindi Lockhart, RDN, LD, IFNCP brings over 30 years of experience and expertise in women’s health issues to help you discover the underlying root causes of hormone disruption, debilitating symptoms and chronic health conditions — as well as the environmental factors that disrupt this delicate balance. Transform your outcomes and optimize patient functioning — you’ll learn: 

Cindi will show you step-by-step how to create the most highly effective lifestyle protocols for your clients. You’ll teach them how to simplify, heal, thrive and get the results they’ve been waiting for! 

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Evaluate the function and metabolism of estrogen in the body, as well as the physiology of estrogen dominance.
  2. Assess the common symptoms and causes of estrogen dominance.
  3. Determine a customized approach to optimizing estrogen balance via diet, exercise, stress reduction, and environmental exposures.

Outline

The Sex Hormone Cycle: Estrogen and Progesterone 

Causes of Estrogen Imbalance  Holistic Resolutions to Estrogen Overload 

Copyright : 05/20/2021

Heart Disease in Women: Lifesaving Insights from a Cardiac Clinician

The differences between men and women go well beyond just the reproductive organs.   

The way that women display symptomology for heart conditions is different.  Heart Disease is the #1 killer of women and yet studies show that women do not receive the same cardiac care as men.   Their pain is often dismissed or downplayed by doctors and they are often just sent to a psychiatrist for anxiety instead.  

Your female patients depend on you.  You’ll learn:  

You will walk away with many pearls of wisdom from this cardiac expert to implement into your daily practice and personal life.   Become the person who has the confidence and skills to deliver the very best care for your female patients! 

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Distinguish the impact of heart disease in women
  2. Evaluate the risk factors, clinical presentation, and treatment outcomes of heart disease in women.
  3. Appraise the strategies to have a healthy woman’s heart.

Outline

Heart Disease in Women 

Copyright : 05/20/2021

Comprehensive Management of Breast Cancer

1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and the survival rate is increasing.  A substantial amount of research and growing number of specialists help these patients through a very challenging time of uncertainty.  We can help this population thrive! 

Cancer rehabilitation services are greatly underutilized, and you can make a positive impact on the lives of these women.  You’ll learn: 

As a pivotal player in the healthcare team, you can improve function, quality of life and optimize breast cancer recovery.   

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Utilize a breast cancer case to understand breast cancer treatments and cancer treatment-related side effects, which may lead to physical, emotional, and cognitive limitations.
  2. Apply interventions to manage breast cancer treatment-related side effects.
  3. Evaluate the appropriateness for treatment or need for referral to the interdisciplinary care team (oncology team or other health care providers).

Outline

Breast Cancer Journey  

Effective Interventions for Treatment Side Effects  The Comprehensive Breast Cancer Care Team 

Copyright : 05/20/2021

Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias in Women: The Latest in Prevention, Intervention and Compassionate Care

Dementia is one of the fastest growing women’s issues in the world. In the U.S. over 13 million women are living with Alzheimer’s or caring for someone with it. Worldwide, women with dementia outnumber men two to one.

It’s a complicated puzzle and the latest research is showing us that sex impacts risk, diagnosis, and manifestation.

Dr. Sherrie All is a licensed clinical neuro-rehabilitation psychologist and brain health expert whose trainings on dementia care have helped professionals across the country to understand the disease and provide the best care possible.

In this critical session, Dr. All will bring you up to date on the latest research surrounding dementia in women PLUS give you tools and interventions you can use to prevent and reduce difficult behaviors and improve your ability to communicate with cognitively impaired patients. 

As someone in rehab who works with patients with dementia, this is one training you can’t afford to miss!

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Assess how the manifestations of each type of dementia impacts identification and prognosis.
  2. Investigate how non-verbal communication skills can help professionals identify meanings behind gestures when working with patients who have dementia.
  3. Determine how patient safety can be enhanced with strategies to redirect wandering and manage paranoia.

Outline

Manifestations and Prognosis for Each Type of Dementia  

Communication Strategies to Improve Care  Causes of and Solutions to Challenging Behaviors 

Copyright : 05/20/2021

POST-Covid Brain: Using Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine to Increase Brain Neuroplasticity for Treatment and Prevention for Adults and Pediatric Patients

COVID Brain… the unfortunate follow-up for many COVID-19 survivors.

Unfortunately, many who have contracted and recovered from COVID-19 are displaying lingering neurological complications, including confusion, headaches, changes in behavior, and even stroke.

Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to high levels of psychological distress in the general public. Presenting as anxiety, depression, even aggression, this level of stress has caused alterations in the immune system and the brain.

Betsy Shandalov is an Occupational Therapist, certified yoga therapist, Reiki practitioner, and Ayurvedic wellness coach who brings decades of experience using integrative medicine to heal trauma for staff and patients to the forefront to provide tools you can use immediately with your patients.

In this session, Ms. Shandalov will explain how integrative medicine treatments like Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, and breathwork can not only encourage brain neuroplasticity for the general population, but also for clients who have recovered from COVID-19 infection. Ms. Shandalov will explain the latest research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its effect on the brain, and how to integrate these age-old traditions into your patients’ treatments.

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Demonstrate how to help a client change their daily lifestyle and routine using Integrative Medicine with symptoms affecting their brain during and after the pandemic.
  2. Create a customized treatment plan for a client with cognitive dysfunction using Integrative Medicine techniques.
  3. Assess the role of trauma on brain neuroplasticity and formulate 2 examples of how what happens in the body can affect the brain.

Outline

Ayurveda as a Treatment Modality for Neuroplasticity  

Societal Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Our Brains and Mental Health   The Role of Trauma and Neuroplasticity   Case Study: Client with Anxiety and Depression During the Pandemic  
Case Study: Client with Cognitive Dysfunction After COVID-19  

Copyright : 05/21/2021