Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Floor Course2019-01-30T09:48:01-04:00

Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Floor Course

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Course TypeCourse/ Seminar
Date03/29/2019 - 03/30/2019
Instructor NameCarolyn Vandyken
CostBefore February 15 is $329.00, after February 15 it is $369.00
AddressTrent University - 1600 West Bank Drive
Peterborough, Ontario K9L 0G2
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Brief Description

Presented by the Kawartha District of the OPA

Course Description:

Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) can include hypertonic and hypotonic muscle problems.  It is not all about kegels! How can you tell if your patient is over-recruiting their pelvic floor if you cannot do an internal exam?  Not all clinicians want to perform this type of exam, or it may not be in your scope of practice.  Learn what the evidence says about linking pelvic floor dysfunction to chronic low back pain, pelvic girdle pain and hip pain, and learn what you can do about it in your practice. Help your patients to regain control of these important muscles!  Sexual function and bladder/bowel function are arguably some of the most important activities of daily living that your patients need to recover.  Don’t let your discomfort be the barrier for your patient’s recovery; we will make it fun and non-threatening!

This course is open to all health care professionals. No prerequisites required.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the relevance of Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) when treating orthopaedic conditions- specifically LBP, SIJ dysfunction, PGP and hip pain
  • Learn basic anatomy of the pelvic floor musculature and physiology of the lower urinary tract system (LUTS)
  • Understand pelvic floor conditions as they relate to a weak pelvic floor and an over active pelvic floor
  • Learn how to ask patients important questions about sexual function
  • Learn non-internal management strategies for pelvic floor retraining
  • Create a prescription and progression of pelvic floor exercises for an over active and under active pelvic floor
  • Use behavioural techniques to help retrain a variety of dysfunctions of the urinary and bowel system
  • Practice externally driven techniques for assessing and treating pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Understand when to refer to a specially trained physiotherapist for incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain


This course is open to all health care professionals – licensed physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, registered kinesiologists, medical doctors, nurses and midwives.

Massage therapists – Please note that this course falls into Category A of the CEU requirements and guidelines set out by the CMTO. The CMTO does not pre-approve courses for CEU’s but you are welcome and responsible evaluating the criteria and determining how many CEU’s can be obtained by completing this course.

Hours: To be determined. Registration begins on the first day 15 minutes prior to the start time.

Please note: This course includes lecture and lab-format. This course does NOT include internal palpation.
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