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Male Pelvic Floor - Satellite Lab Course - Self Hosted - December 5-6, 2020

Pacific Time: 7:30am-3.30pm

Self Hosted

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Price: $695 (Early Registrant Price $675)
Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Contact Hours: 22

This is a self-hosted satellite lab course offering of our popular Men’s Pelvic Health & Rehabilitation course. As this course covers the role and function of male anatomical structures, self-hosted registrants would be best served by partnering with someone with male anatomy. This is not a requirement, but please understanding that doing so is advised in order to get the best learning experience. Solo participants may register for this course if they have a lab partner with a scrotum and penis to attend the course with. The course introduces valuable concepts in pelvic health including urinary and prostate function, chronic pelvic pain, and sexual health. For therapists who have taken Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction, and Treatment Level 2A, the Men’s Pelvic Health Course expands on the men’s pelvic health topics introduced in Pelvic Floor Level 2A. This continuing education course is also created at an introductory level, covering topics such as internal rectal pelvic muscle examination, so that a therapist who has not taken prior pelvic floor muscle function coursework can attend.

Urinary dysfunction such as post-prostatectomy incontinence, benign prostatic hypertrophy, urinary rentention, and post-micturition dribble are discussed in this class. Because urinary incontinence is a potential consequence following prostate surgery, risk factors, pre-surgical rehabilitation, and post-surgical intervention strategies following prostatectomy are instructed. The medical aspects of prostate cancer testing are also clearly described, including prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing, Gleason scores, and any recent updates in recommended medical screening.

Although most men diagnosed with prostatitis do not have a true infection, prostatitis remains a common diagnosis within chronic pelvic pain. The Men’s Pelvic Health course explains typical presentations of prostatitis-like pain, evaluation techniques and evidence-informed intervention techniques. Other pelvic diagnoses are covered, such as Peyronie's Disease, testicular and scrotal pain, penile pain, and pelvic floor muscle-related conditions. Men who experience pelvic muscle dysfunction including pain or weakness are at risk for sexual dysfunction. Participants will be able to describe the relationships between pelvic muscle function and men’s sexual health, including the evidence that demonstrates pelvic muscle rehabilitation's positive impact on erectile function. This continuing education course includes lecture and labs, including external and internal muscle mapping and neuro-myofascial treatment techniques.

Special Considerations:

As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient unless medically contraindicated (if unsure please check with your physician prior to attending the course). Internal rectal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. As this is a male course, please be aware that the instructors encourage male attendees.


This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.


This course is for therapists with experience in treating pelvic floor dysfunction. This course is also appropriate for the practitioner who has not had any training in pelvic floor dysfunction and who is interested in treating male patients.

Recommended Readings

1. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.
2. Pelvic Dysfunction in Men: Diagnosis and Treatment of Male Incontinence and Erectile Dysfunction by Grace Dorey, 2006.
3. Headache in the Pelvis, 4th Edition by David Wise and Rodney Anderson.
4. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Pages on: Prostate Problems and Erectile Dysfunction

Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

1. Identify anatomy and physiology of the male urogenital systems with reference to male pelvic floor dysfunction.
2. List key medical diagnostic procedures for male urologic, sexual and pelvic pain conditions.
3. Perform external and internal (rectal) examinations of the pelvis to identify specific pelvic floor muscles, ligaments, nerves, and key bony landmarks.
4. Perform pelvic floor muscle assessment procedures to identify strength, tone, length and coordination.
5. Demonstrate psoas muscle examination and treatment, and describe its potential role in referral of symptoms into the pelvis.
6. Instruct male patients in an in home program and behavioral education for urologic, sexual, and pelvic pain conditions.
7. Design treatment plans for male chronic pelvic syndromes, erectile dysfunction and post-prostatectomy dysfunctions.
8. Perform external and internal male pelvic floor myofascial treatment techniques.

Recorded video lectures to be viewed in-full prior to the course (Total video lecture time: 9 hours 25 mintues)

  • .75 Pelvic Health Intro
    1 Introduction to Anatomy
    1 Urinary Dysfunction
    1 Prostate Conditions
    3 Sexual Function and Dysfunction
  • 1 Special Topics: Circumcision, Hernias, Testicular Pain
  • 1.5 Pathways in Healing

Schedule reflects Pacific Standard Time. Day 1 and Day 2 (meet at satellite location, or in self-hosted pairs / small groups).

Day One:

7:30 Introductions, Review of Course Goals/Objectives
8:00 Examination & Evaluation
9:30 Break
9:45 Examination & Evaluation
10:30 Lab 1: Pelvic Assessment in Sidelying
11:30 Lunch
12:30 Rehabilitation of Urinary Dysfunctions
2:30 Break
2:45 Lab 2: Supine Pelvic Floor and Perineal Assessment Supine
4:15 Questions, Wrap-up
4:30 Adjourn

Day Two:

7:30 Questions from Day 1
7:45 Anatomy of Pelvic Pain
8:45 Pelvic Pain
9:45 Break
10:00 Rehabilitation of Pelvic Pain
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Lab 3: Pelvic Pain Treatment
2:45 Questions, Wrap-up
3:30 Adjourn


Notice this schedule starts each day at 0:00. The course does not start at mid-night! This schedule is meant to show the duration of each component of the course, not the actual start-time of each lecture. The actual start time will appear in the title of the satellite course page on our website, showing the local time zone. 

This is a "self-hosted" option for attending a satellite lab course. Registrants who would like to pursue this option must:

  1. Locate another therapist or small group of therapists who would like to register together as a unit
  2. Find a suitable location from which the pair/group can all view the zoom lectures together
  3. Practice hands-on lab techniques on the other therapists in their pair/group without a lab assistant or instructor physically present at their self-hosted location. The instructor will provide remote direction via zoom.

Those who wish to take this course, but cannot meet the above requirements should register for a satellite location or in-person version of this course

What to have on hand for self-hosted labs

Your partner! You will need at least one person to work with during labs. This person must be a licensed professional who is also registered for the course.
The printable portion of your manual from Teachable if you choose to print. * You are not required to print your full manual, please check for any sections specifically asking you to print prior to the event.
Your Mask- Please wear a mask while participating in this course to keep your colleagues safe.
A computer with a Wifi connection that your group will be using to view the course.
The following supplies:
Non Latex, Non-Powder Vinyl Gloves MEDIUM (box of 100)
Hand Sanitizer (8 fl. Oz.)
Lube for labs


Holly Tanner

Holly Tanner, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, WCS, PRPC, LMP, BCB-PMB, CCI was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota. At Herman & Wallace, Holly is a faculty member and the Director of Education. She owns a private practice that focuses on pelvic rehabilitation and on chronic myofascial pain. She graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in 1995 with a Masters of Arts degree in Physical Therapy and in 2013 she completed a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She is also a licensed massage practitioner, licensed in Washington since 2003. Prior experience includes working for Apple Physical Therapy where she developed and directed the Women's and Men's Health programs for the company’s many clinics. She is Board-certified in Orthopedics, Women's Health, and is also certified in Pelvic Rehabilitation and in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. Holly served as adjunct faculty at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA and at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, for whom she continues to teach in the transitional DPT program. Along with H&W faculty member Stacey Futterman she co-authored the "Male Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction, and Treatment" course. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Massage Therapy Association. Her physical therapy and massage practice, Flow Rehab, is located in the Fremont neighborbood of Seattle.