Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15.5
This online continuing education course is designed for the pelvic rehab therapist and provides a thorough introduction to the physiology of the lactating breast, dysfunction and treatment interventions, and the physical therapist’s role in breastfeeding and pumping support.
Participants will learn to assess and treat breast inflammation and pain such as mastitis, blocked ducts, milk blebs, and cracked nipples. This course will also cover when to refer to other health professionals so that the participant will be able to clearly communicate the role of physical therapy during lactation.
Evidence-based assessment and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Lecture topics will include the anatomy and physiology of lactation, blocked ducts and mastitis, and breast pain through a biopsychosocial lens. During labs, participants will have the opportunity to systematically assess the breast and practice therapeutic breast massage and manual milk expression.
Lectures will be delivered with a combination of asynchronous and live formats. Participants will receive 5 hours of recordings prior to the course start date and will be expected to complete the asynchronous lectures independently.
PLEASE NOTE: This course includes breast assessment and exam techniques, and the discussion of topics that may be linked to a participant’s personal experiences. Topics include systemic discrimination, medical trauma, breast cancer, and others. H&W strives to foster an environment that is safe and supportive. Survivors of past trauma should be aware that performing or experiencing a breast exam or discussing certain topics may be triggering, and that many, regardless of their histories, feel strong emotions in relation to some course content. In order to foster an environment that is non-triggering and safe for all participants, we recommend all participants consider the emotional impact they may experience during the course and consider consulting a trauma counselor or therapist prior to attending.
This continuing education course is targeted to the pelvic health physical therapist. Non-pelvic physical therapists are welcome to register bearing in mind that some concepts may require additional reading and preparation.
Upon completion of this continuing education course, participants will be able to:
This course includes 5 hours of pre-recorded lectures which will be made available to registrants ~1 week before the event starts.
8:00 Introductions & recap recorded content
8:00 Quesrions from Day 1