Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 16
This two-day course is designed for the clinician that wants to understand the multitude of changes that are experienced in the menopause transition and how they affect the aging process. According to the North American Menopausal Society, by the year 2025, 1.5 billion people will be in menopause worldwide. Despite the large population in this transition, health care providers are often unsure of how to treat patients experiencing menopause (Kling 2019).
As clinicians, this is an excellent opportunity to understand the physiological consequences to the body as hormones decline, in order to assist our patients in lifestyle habits for successful aging. Topics will include cardiovascular changes, metabolic syndrome, bone loss and sarcopenia, neurological changes (headache, brain fog, sleeplessness), Alzheimer’s risk, and urogenital changes. Symptoms and treatment options will also be discussed, including hormone replacement, non-hormonal options, dietary choices and exercise considerations. Upon completion of this course, participants will have a basic understanding of the hormonal changes during menopause, the impact on various health systems and interventions that can assist with improving this transition. .
There will be pre-recorded lectures that must be completed prior to course start. A yoga mat, foam roller and your participation are encouraged throughout the weekend.
A basic knowledge of pelvic floor anatomy and examination is desired but not required. This course was written as an overview of the menopausal transition. Internal techniques will be discussed but not practiced in lab.
Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe basic endocrine function and how this relates to the menstrual cycle
2. Discuss changes that can occur with aging hormonal fluctuations in the thyroid and the immune response
3. Describe the various hormonal fluctuations of the menstrual cycle in pre-menopause, peri-menopause and menopause and how these fluctuations can affect mood and sleep
4. List the sex hormones in the body and some of the rolls they play in physiology
5. Define and describe absolute versus relative risk and when interpreting research on menopausal treatments and breast cancer
6. Describe metabolic syndrome and how estrogen effects heart disease during the menopause transition
7. Discuss basic bone physiology changes during peri-menopause and factors that lead to bone loss during the aging process
8. Discuss the role of decreasing estrogen, stress and sleep on brain function as well as Alzheimer’s risk in peri/menopause.
9. Describe the different options of hormone replacement and alternative treatments in managing menopausal symptoms
10. List the different aspects of genitourinary syndrome of menopause and how this effects both sexual and urinary function. Detail behavioral and topical options for treatment.
11. Discuss the importance of exercise, balance and strength training in all aspects of health. List common examples of exercise prescription addressing these three criteria.
12. Describe the importance making good dietary choices during the menopause transition and how this can impact long term health
Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Course
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