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Nutrition Perspectives for the Pelvic Rehab Therapist - Maywood, IL - March 3-4, 2018


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Price: $475 (Early Registrant Price $450)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15

Nutrition Perspectives for the Pelvic Rehab Therapist provides the rehab professional with a unique and timely opportunity to explore the connections between pelvic rehabilitation and nutritional sciences. Developed by a pelvic rehabilitation specialist with a degree in nutrition, this course is designed for the pelvic rehab therapist who wishes to deepen understanding and awareness of the impact of nutrition on conditions commonly encountered in the clinical setting.

The course will first answer the important question: is nutrition within our scope of practice?

In early June 2015, the APTA passed a landmark motion - RC 12-15: The Role of the Physical Therapist in Diet and Nutrition. As our profession advances towards a more integrative model, this motion symbolizes an acknowledgement of the rehab professional’s broader role as a health care provider. We, as physical therapists are uniquely positioned to offer patients more comprehensive lifestyle-related education including topics in nutrition. Both the World Health Organization (WHO, 2008) and the Physical Therapy Summit on Global Health (Dean, et.al, 2014) have called upon all health care providers to stand in unity to help with epidemics of lifestyle-related diseases including those conditions encountered in pelvic rehabilitation; the APTA has given it’s nod of approval as well.

The motion states: “as diet and nutrition are key components of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of many conditions managed by physical therapists, it is the role of the physical therapist to evaluate for and provide information on diet and nutritional issues to patient, clients, and the community within the scope of physical therapist practice…” Further, “this motion clearly incorporates the intent of the new Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy Profession by transforming society and improving the human experience.” (APTA, 2015)

This empowering development provides us with both challenge and opportunity. The challenges: How can we as pelvic rehab professionals, be armed with the most cutting edge nutritional information available? What nutrition information lies within our scope of practice? How can we apply this information to our pelvic rehab patient population? An opportunity is "Nutrition Perspectives for the Pelvic Rehab Therapist"; this inspiring 2-day course is intended to expand the practitioner’s knowledge base of the metabolic underpinnings for local to systemically complex disorders. Participants will learn the essential nutritional elements for optimal human function and effective strategies for integrating this information into rehabilitation practice.

ATPA (2015) http://www.apta.org/uploadedFiles/2015PacketI.pdf
Dean, E., de Andrade, A. D., O'Donoghue, G., Skinner, M., Umereh, G., Beenen, P., . . . Wong, W. P. (2014). The Second Physical Therapy Summit on Global Health: developing an action plan to promote health in daily practice and reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases. Physiother Theory Pract, 30(4), 261-275. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24252072)
World Health Organization. (2008). 2008-2013 Action plan for the global strategy for the prevention and control of non communicable diseases. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO. (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2015/noncommunicable-diseases/en/)



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.




Day One:
7:30 Registration
8:00 Objectives and Introductions 
8:15 Overview: Nutrition Perspectives in Pelvic Rehabilitation
9:15 Digestion Essentials
10:15 Break
10:30 Interconnected Effects of Body Systems
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Lab 1: Concepts in Food Science
1:45 Nutrition Basics: Linking Science to Nourishment
3:30 Break
3:45 Lab 2: Physical Markers of Nutritional Status
4:15 Energy Balance & Nutritional Homeostasis
5:15 Questions/Discussion
5:30 Adjourn

Day Two:
7:30 Review Day 1 / Questions
7:45 Nutrition and Healing: Correlates in Orthopedic Manual Therapy and Pelvic Rehab
8:30 Topics in Lifespan Nutrition and Hormonals
9:45 Break
10:00 Nutritional Correlates for Pelvic Rehab Conditions: Bowel, Bladder, and Beyond
11:30 Lunch
12:30 Lab 3: Cultured Foods
1:15 Pelvic Rehab Clinical Applications: Foods that Hinder, Foods that Heal
2:15 Break
2:30 Lab 4: Patient Education Presentation - Nourishing the Gut & Shedding New Light on Pelvic Rehab Conditions
3:15 Nutrition and Rehab: Vision for the Future
3:45 Questions/ Discussion/ Resources
4:00 Adjourn

Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe digestive tract anatomy, physiology, and neurology. Define the basics of general nutrition and its effects on musculoskeletal health..
2. Discuss the processes of systemic inflammation, adrenal fatigue, gluten sensitivity, central sensitization and gut dysbiosis and their role in physical and physiological health.
3. Describe nutritional concerns for specific conditions including depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and chronic pain syndrome
4. List specific evidenced-based nutritional recommendations for patients with pelvic pain; constipation, dyspareunia, IBS, incontinence, interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia
5. Describe the nutritional demands during pregnancy and lactation. List nutritional links to infertility, pre-term birth and postpartum depression.
6. List specific nutrients required for hormonal homeostasis through the male and female lifespan.
7. Identify key metabolic processes affected by the continuum of obesity to the athlete triads and explain the underpinnings to the broader epidemic of nutritional dysfunction.
8. Explain the energy balance / work capacity ratio and discuss the impact on clinical decision-making and prediction of therapeutic outcomes.
9. Discuss collagen synthesis and implications for bone, muscle and tendon healing. Hypothesize on future rehabilitation and nutritional strategies based on emerging information.
10. Compare and contrast foods that hinder versus those that support healing.
11. Define the role of the rehabilitation clinician in the field of wellness and nutrition and identify strategies for safe and effective instruction about nutrition and supplements.
12. Explain in detail the interrelationship between orthopedic manual therapy, pelvic rehabilitation, and nutrition.

Megan Pribyl, PT, CMPT

Megan Pribyl

Megan Pribyl, PT, CMPT is a practicing physical therapist at the Olathe Medical Center in Olathe, KS treating a diverse outpatient population in orthopedics including pelvic rehabilitation. She began her PT career in 2000 after graduating from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with her Masters of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. Prior, she earned her Dual-Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (B.S. Foods & Nutrition, B.S. Kinesiology) in 1998 from Kansas State University.

Megan’s longstanding passion for both nutritional sciences and manual therapy has culminated in the creation of this course designed to propel understanding of human physiology as it relates to pelvic conditions, pain, healing and therapeutic response. She harnesses her passion to continually update this course with cutting-edge discoveries creating a unique experience sure to elevate your level of appreciation for the complex and fascinating nature of clinical presentations in orthopedic manual therapy and pelvic rehabilitation. Clinicians will come away with both simple and practical integrative tools which can be immediately utilized to help clients along their path of healing.

 NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

2160 S 1st Ave
Maywood, IL 60625
Recommended Lodging

Residence Inn Chicago Oak Brook

790 Jorie Blvd
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Nearest Airport

O'Hare International Airport
Airport Code: ORD

10000 W O'Hare Ave
Chicago, IL 60666


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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 check or one envelop with multiple checks.

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 Student2018. (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 that has never taken a Herman & Wallace course. This discount may be used towards a registrant's first Herman & Wallace course (not applicable to Pelvic Floor Level 1/2A/2B or Capstone).

Referral Credit/Discount

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".

JTA Survey Credit/Discount

Any therapist who completed our PRPC JTA survey in the spring of 2012 earned a $50.00 credit to use towards any future course. A therapist who earned this credit may only use it once. If you completed the JTA survey, you should have received an email of having done so. If you are not sure if you earned a JTA survey discount, contact us and we'll check for you.