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
Attending a remote course is easy and safe, and you can do it entirely from the security and comfort of your own home or clinic without having to find a lab partner.
Important thing to note:
- Our policy for applying for continuing education credit for remote courses differs from that of our in-person and satellite lab courses. Read the specific language of the policy here. Depending on the state in which you practice, you may need to submit your own application to your state board or approving body should you wish that it be approved for continuing education credit in your state.
- To attend a remote Herman & Wallace course, registrants will need Zoom video conferencing software. This is a requirement. One can create an account and download the software to their computer at https://zoom.us/
- We use the Pacific Time Zone for all of our remote course start and end times (this is not the case for in-person and satellite lab locations). Please make a note of this and set your calendar accordingly.
- A Zoom account is free to create. Before the meeting, we recommend having a practice Zoom session with a friend or colleague so you can test your microphone, video, and internet connection. You can participate in any remote course from the comfort of your home, but will need a stable internet connection in order to participate. We recommend downloading the software and practicing a call with a friend or colleague prior to your course with us. Zoom also offers video tutorials on their website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials.
- Still have questions about Remote Courses? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions on Remote Courses
Mercedes Eustergerling, BKin, MPT, MHM, IBCLC
Mercedes is a women’s health physical therapist and the founder of Vida Health & Wellness in Calgary, Canada. She received a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, a post-graduate certificate in pain management from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Health Management from McMaster University.
Mercedes has unique experience in physical therapy for breastfeeding support and is an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). She helps families to meet their feeding goals through the lens of a physical therapist, using principles from the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological, and chronic pain.
Evidence-based healthcare is important to Mercedes and in addition to her clinical role, she conducts research to better inform her practice. Her current work examines the precursors to lactation mastitis and the role of the nervous system in breast pain.
Mercedes started sharing her passion for breastfeeding support in physical therapy at the annual Pelvic Health Solutions symposium. She has taught webinars, in-person courses, and physical therapy students on the topic.
Outside of the clinic, Mercedes enjoys spending time with her family. She is an avid knitter, weightlifter, dancer, and swimmer.
Attention: We are unable to offer "retro-active" discounts (i.e. applying a discount to a transaction after the transaction takes place), so if you are interested in exploring discount options and you are unsure if your transactions is eligible for a discount, please contact us to inquire.
This 10% discount is available for a single registrant who wishes to enroll in 3 or more courses, and pay in one transaction. Registrants wishing to enroll in 5 or more courses should contact us for a customized quote. We can also apply this discount if 2 therapists from a single clinic/hospital enroll in 3 or more courses (ie Registrant A enrolls in Course X and Course Y, Registrant B enrolls in Course X, and Registrants A and B both work at Clinic Z). This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. Registration and payment must be received at the same time in one credit card payment, one check or one envelop with multiple checks. This type of registration cannot be completed online, if you are wishing to receive the Multi-Course discount please call or email us directly for assistance.
This discount is available for a group of three or more registrants, who all work at the same clinic/hospital, enroll in a single course, and pay in a single transaction or mail in multiple checks in a single envelope. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.
Groups of 3-5 receive a 10% discount off the combined price of their group's registrations.
Groups of 6 or more should call or Contact Us so that we can properly create an invoice for your registration.
This 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.
To get this discount when checking out online, use the code Student2021. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. The H&W admin team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).
First-Time Registrant Discount
This $50.00 discount is available to any therapist who has never before taken a Herman & Wallace course (no previous registrations) and can be used towards the registrant's first Herman & Wallace course (not applicable to Pelvic Floor Level 1/2A/2B or Capstone).
To apply this discount, please use the code FirstTimer2020 during check out. (H&W will check records to verify past attendance.)
Any therapist who has already taken a Herman & Wallace course will earn a $50.00 "referral credit" if:
1. A therapist who has never taken a Herman & Wallace course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Herman & Wallace.
A therapist who has earned a $50.00 "referral credit" may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a "referral discount".
Guest Blogger Credit/Discount
Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Herman & Wallace blog will earn a $50.00 "guest blogger credit". This credit may be applied toward any course eligible for a "guest blogger discount".