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Male Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction and Treatment - Satellite Lab Course - Shelby, NC - January 22-23, 2022 (POSTPONED)

Eastern Time - Day 1: 10:30am - 7:50pm / Day 2: 10:30am - 5:45pm

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

This is a satellite lab course offering of our popular Men’s Pelvic Health & Rehabilitation course. 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. It is expected that participants will only register for satellites in which they are within driving distance, and adhere to all state and local COVID guidelines, including wearing a mask at all times during the course.

Urinary dysfunction such as post-prostatectomy incontinence, benign prostatic hypertrophy, urinary retention, 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 lectures 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 25% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants with promo code 70484. Registrants who already own a copy of this or a corresponding textbook are not required to purchase an additional one.
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

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

"Relative" Hourly schedule of live Zoom meetings. Day 1 and Day 2 (meet at satellite location, or in self-hosted pairs / small groups).

Day One:

00:00 Introductions, Review of Course Goals/Objectives
00:30 Examination & Evaluation
2:00 Break
2:15 Examination & Evaluation
3:00 Lab 1: Pelvic Assessment in Sidelying
4:00 Lunch
5:00 Rehabilitation of Urinary Dysfunctions
7:00 Break
7:15 Lab 2: Supine Pelvic Floor and Perineal Assessment Supine
8:45 Questions, Wrap-up
9:00 Adjourn

Day Two:

00:00 Questions from Day 1
00:15 Anatomy of Pelvic Pain
1:15 Pelvic Pain
2:15 Break
2:30 Rehabilitation of Pelvic Pain
4:30 Lunch
5:15 Lab 3: Pelvic Pain Treatment
7:15 Questions, Wrap-up
8:00 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. 

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

1. Identify anatomy and physiology of the urogenital, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, fascial and nervous systems with reference to men’s pelvic health and dysfunction.
2. List key medical diagnostic procedures for 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 abdominal wall examination and treatment, and describe abdominal wall as potential role in referral of symptoms to the pelvis.
6. Instruct patients in a home program and behavioral education for urologic, sexual, and pelvic pain conditions.
7. Design treatment plans for chronic pelvic pain syndromes, erectile dysfunction and post-prostatectomy dysfunctions.
8. Perform external and internal pelvic floor myofascial treatment techniques.
9. Identify alternate ways of approaching healing with respect to patient’s experiences and within respective scopes of practice.
10. List resources for patients in regards to appropriate referral to other providers.

  Name Street Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy (Shelby, NC)

1129 East Marion Street
Shelby, NC 28150
Recommended Lodging

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Shelby
(704) 487-8688

1715 East Dixon Boulevard
Shelby, NC 28152
Nearest Airport

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport
Airport Code: CLT

5501 Josh Birmingham Pkwy
Charlotte, NC 28208


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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 neighborhood of Seattle.

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.

Multi-Course Discount

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.

Group Discount

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.

Student Discount

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 Student2022. (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).