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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

  • Role of the pelvic floor
  • Prevalence of pelvic floor dysfunction
  • 5 functions of the pelvic floor
Anatomy of the Pelvic Floor
  • Bony Anatomy
  • Muscles of the pelvic floor
  • Nerves
  • Ligaments
  • Organs
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Normal vs. Abnormal
  • Common Causes of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Common conditions
  • Pain
  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Diastasis Recti
Evaluating Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • History
  • Postural Assessment
  • Diaphragm and Rib Cage Assessment
  • Lifestyle/Stress Assessment
  • Mobility/Range of Motion
  • Strength
  • Diastasis Recti Testing
  • Standardized Tests
Pelvic Floor Rehab
  • Manual Therapy
  • Exercise
  • Modalities
  • Education
Creating a Team
  • When to Refer to Other Providers
  • Special Populations
  • Clinical Referral Sources

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians Assistants
  • OB/GYNs
  • Obstetric Nurses
  • Doulas
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Personal Trainers
  • Licensed Massage Therapist

Copyright : 09/29/2020

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:  

  • Why the inner core is often the missing piece of the puzzle   
  • How to connect with the diaphragm and pelvic floor to target incontinence, prolapse and dyspareunia  
  • Exercise interventions to maximize strength and mobility 

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 

  • Overarching impact on MSK system 
  • Impact on the pelvis 
  • Importance of connecting with the core  
Most Common Pelvic Conditions  
  • Incontinence 
  • Prolapse 
  • Dyspareunia 
External Strategies to Manage and Recover from Pelvic Conditions  
  • Exercise specific do’s and don’ts 
  • Strategies to connect the diaphragm and the pelvic floor 
  • How to maximize strength and mobility 

Target Audience

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Personal Trainers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants 
  • Physicians 
  • Physician Assistants
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Copyright : 05/20/2021

The Ultimate Prenatal Exercise Workshop

The question just about every pregnant woman asks you: “Is it safe for me to exercise?”

Many expectant mothers become less physically active during pregnancy, usually due to pain, but in many situations, exercise is the solution to their pregnancy-related aches and pains.

Join Jennifer Dieter, MPT, mother of three, 7-time CrossFit Games athlete, world record holder in weightlifting, as she lays the essential groundwork for precisely programming exercise that is both safe and effective for expectant mothers.  You’ll uncover the top exercise recommendations and how to:  

  • Bust the 3 most common prenatal exercise myths 
  • Appropriately modify programming as the pregnancy progresses 
  • Target interventions to greatly reduce low back pain 

Long gone are the days of bed rest for all expecting mothers, you’ll uncover specific stabilizing and pelvic floor exercises that lead to significant improvements in overall outcomes: lower incidences of gestational diabetes, preterm birth and cesarean delivery, just to name a few. This session is jam-packed with evidence-based prenatal exercise recommendations that you can use in your practice immediately. 

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Investigate the physical and functional changes that happen during pregnancy and their impact on exercise selection.
  2. Determine appropriate exercise techniques to utilize throughout the span of a pregnancy.
  3. Utilize treatment options such as kinesiology taping to help mitigate pain during pregnancy.

Outline

Pregnancy: Physiological Changes Across the Trimesters 

  • Posture changes 
  • Weight distribution 
  • Pelvic anterior tilt 
  • Gait velocity + cadence 
  • Changes in balance 
  • Peezing [noun] - sneezing and peeing at the same time 
Every Day is Another Chance to Get Stronger 
  • Pain relief 
  • Reduced risk of 
    • Gestational diabetes 
    • Gestational hypertension 
    • Preterm birth 
    • Cesarean delivery 
    • Low birth weight 
  • Increase mood + energy 
Strong as an Expecting Mother: Strategies for an Active Pregnancy 
  • Pelvic floor and stability exercises for LBP 
  • Simple yet effective kinesiology taping strategies 
  • Exercises that make labor EASIER! 
  • Considerations for vigorous exercise 
  • When low intensity is needed, we have a flow for that.  
  • How to stay on track with goals while being “tired as a mother”  
  • Contraindications and warning signs 

Target Audience

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Personal Trainers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants 
  • Physicians 
  • Physician Assistants
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Copyright : 05/21/2021

Running After Pregnancy: The 4th Trimester and Beyond: Evaluate and Address Postpartum Symptoms

The body doesn’t just simply “bounce back” after a pregnancy.  The physiological impacts can last for months or even years.

Many of your female patients have the goal to return to running and Julia Mitchell, PT is here to share her go-to, practical postpartum and external pelvic health strategies that help you address these issues with confidence!  You’ll learn an evidence-based approach to:

  • Determine when to return to running
  • Exercise progressions that increase strength, stability and mobility
  • Techniques that aid in quickly mitigating poor running mechanics

This seminar is a unique blend of both external pelvic health and orthopedic perspectives that will give you strategies you can use immediately in clinic.  And here’s the kicker - these strategies can be used by women at ANY stage postpartum, whether they had a baby 6 weeks ago, 6 months ago, 6 years ago.

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Investigate common postpartum changes, and their effect on a running preparation program.
  2. Evaluate common postpartum issues and create strategies to address them and prepare for running.
  3. Determine relative and absolute contraindications to running postpartum.

Outline

The 4th Trimester: Postpartum Period 

  • Musculoskeletal postpartum changes 
  • Early vs late postpartum 
  • Subsequent pregnancies 
Adding Impact: Progression Strategies 
  • When is it safe to return to running? 
  • MSK and time based considerations 
  • Relative and absolute contraindications 
  • How to increase running capacity 
  • Best strategies for incorporating the stroller 
  • Running mechanics and cadence 
Practical Guide to Identify and Address the Most Common Issues 
  • Breathing pattern dysfunction 
  • Posture 
  • Diastais recti 
  • C-section scars 
  • Pelvic girdle pain 
  • Lumbopelvic stability 
  • Hip mobility 
  • Trunk rotation mobility and stability 
  • When to refer to a pelvic floor specialist 

Target Audience

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Personal Trainers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants 
  • Physicians 
  • Physician Assistants
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Copyright : 05/21/2021

Bridging the Gap between Yoga and Pelvic Health

You’ve utilized yoga in your personal life and have undoubtedly experienced the benefits...but when it comes to how you incorporate it into your clinical practice, you’ve hit a roadblock.  

The benefits of yoga for the female population are unparalleled.  Aimee M. Bailey, DPT, RYT-200, PCES is will provide the step-by-step guide to incorporating yoga into your clinical practice.  You’ll learn her proven methods and strategies that will help you to: 

  • Confidently address incontinence 
  • Reduce pelvic pain 
  • Strengthen the core 
  • Decrease stress 
  • Increase HEP compliance 

On top of all that, these techniques are also a great fit for those patients who say they hate traditional exercise.  This session will be experiential – leading you through each pose so that you can perfect the proper alignment and safely transition from one pose to another. This will help deepen your understanding of how each yoga technique engages the body and when to use them. 

You'll walk away with the practical tools you need to help guide your clients into a lifestyle that is more active, less stressful and pain free. 

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Differentiate and implement simple yoga poses to improve strength and promote relaxation to improve function in the core and pelvic floor.
  2. Evaluate basic anatomy and function of the pelvic floor in relation to yoga poses and breathwork in order to utilize appropriately in treatment sessions.
  3. Utilize common precautions in yoga poses in order to avoid increasing pain in your patient.

Outline

The Impact of Yoga in Women’s Health 

  • Anatomy of the diaphragm, core, and pelvic floor 
  • Common diagnosis in which yoga is helpful 
    • Pelvic pain 
    • Incontinence 
    • Core weakness 
Top 3 Pelvic Health Myths, Busted 
  • It’s all about kegels 
  • Leaking is normal after childbirth and with aging 
  • There’s not much that can be done for pelvic pain  
Pranayama – 3 Most Effective Breathing Techniques 
  • Ujjayi breathing 
  • Alternate nostril breathing 
  • Box breathing 
Asana – Body Posture to Release, Mobilize, and Strengthen 
  • Poses to engage the pelvic floor muscles 
  • Poses to relax the pelvic floor muscles 
  • How to keep the core engaged 
  • Precautions 
Integration: Yoga and Clinical Practice  
  • Implement yoga safely into your treatment sessions 
  • Furthering your knowledge base of yoga 

Target Audience

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Personal Trainers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants 
  • Physicians 
  • Physician Assistants
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Copyright : 05/20/2021

Strengthening the Immune System and Alleviating Pain with Ayurveda and Yoga: Self Care for the Practitioner and Patient

The global pandemic has brought about many changes to society that affect our body, mind, and spirit.

Many have become less physically active, living more sedentary lifestyles. At the same time, high levels of stress and anxiety are affecting mental wellbeing. An unhealthy combination with a multitude of negative physical, mental, and emotional consequences.

Integrative medicine — a lifestyle medicine for prevention and wellness — focuses on healing the whole person and includes all aspects of our lifestyle.

Betsy Shandalov is an Occupational Therapist, certified yoga therapist, Reiki practitioner, and Ayurvedic wellness coach. She will share her tried and true techniques using integrative medicine to heal trauma.

In this experiential session, you’ll learn the science of Ayurveda, including diet, lifestyle, breathing techniques, meditation, and yoga, and how these hands-on treatment modalities help patients manage physical pain and bring balance back to mind and spirit. With a focus on the latest research on the integrative medicine techniques for pain management and building the immune system, you will learn practical techniques to assist you and your patients with ways to maximize health, decrease pain, and increase longevity.

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Describe how Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine can influence pain responses and build our immune system.
  2. Create a daily lifestyle plan to benefit mind, body and spirit for self-care to prevent burnout and to balance the body during the pandemic.
  3. Perform yoga and movement practice and determine 2 ways that it can assist your client with pain and strengthening the immune system.

Outline

Ayurveda as a Treatment Modality  

  • Doshas/body constitutions  
  • Approach to diet, herbs, lifestyle and philosophy  
  • Incorporate yoga, breathwork and meditation  
  • Integrative medicine and wellness/prevention  
How the COVID-19 Virus Has Changed Our Body, Mind and Spirit  
  • The impacts of pain on the body, mind and spirit  
  • Resiliency and body mind techniques  
  • Integrative medicine techniques to transform daily routine  
  • Identify signs of burnout for therapists  
Experiential Lab: Practice a Daily Routine to Reduce Pain and Build Immunity  
  • Centering techniques for focus  
  • Forms of meditation  
  • Seated and restorative yoga poses  
  • Standing poses for focus and concentration 

Target Audience

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Personal Trainers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants 
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Copyright : 05/21/2021

More YOU: The Power of Passion

As a busy healthcare professional, it’s easy to forget the magic that you bring to the table every day: giving your all, always listening, invariably putting the patient need’s first.

And through all of that, you may find yourself in a situation where you’re starting to feel burnt out.

I know because I’ve been there...but then found my jump-off point where I determined what I wanted – and I went for it. Through this experiential session, you’ll explore how to:  

  • Create the window of opportunity to emphasize your skillset  
  • Develop opportunities that align with your passion  
  • Shine through with authenticity in everything you do  
  • Make more space for what YOU want to do 

My goal is not for you to think what I think or do what I do.  My goal is for you to think, and do, what YOU have decided is right for YOU. Because after all, if you create something that can help someone, it becomes your responsibility to share it.

Live in fearless pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.  

What we often forget is that we hold the key to our future. We do have choices and we will never get the things we don’t ask for.

Whether it's improving patient buy-in, treating pain, or getting a new job, more you is the mojo. So before you join me for this session, ask yourself – what are you waiting for? 

Program Information

Target Audience

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Personal Trainers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants 
  • Physicians 
  • Physician Assistants
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Copyright : 05/20/2021