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Parkinson Disease and Pelvic Rehabilitation - Remote Course - January 14-15, 2022

Pacific Standard Time 8:00am - 12:30pm

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Price: $300
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 10

This virtual course will reintroduce basic neuroanatomy followed by a detailed overview of pelvic neurophysiology to prepare us for an extensive in-depth look at pelvic health treatment options for a person with Parkinson's disease. The pelvic floor external and internal neuromusculoskeletal assessment considerations will be instructed with the understanding that the participants have some prior experience in pelvic health specific coursework or pelvic health patient treatment experience.

Preparatory lectures about Parkinson's disease will help develop a clear understanding of the neurophysiology of the disease which will establish an equal knowledge base for the participating clinicians that have worked extensively with or have never worked with people that have Parkinson's disease. We will look in-depth at all of the characteristic pelvic health conditions people with Parkinson's disease may face and you will be provided with a multitude of options for your assessment and treatment planning. Additional topic of discussion will include applications for TENS in the neurologic population.

You may choose to have a TENS unit for use during the TENS lecture for application on yourself, but this is not required. It is highly recommended that you have a variety of colored pencils available to you for a few of the lectures to help in your understanding of the complex neurophysiological pathways you will learn about.

Upon completion of this virtual course, participants will be able to:

1. List key parts and functions of the central and peripheral nervous systems

2. Identify brain regions and regulatory pathways of neurologic pelvic function

3. Understand neurologic based pelvic musculoskeletal external and internal examination considerations

4. Describe options for the use of TENS for neurogenic bladder and bowel

5. Explain the neuroanatomical reasons for bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction in people with Parkinson disease

6. Develop advanced bladder, bowel and sexual health assessment techniques and treatment plans for people with Parkinson disease

Day One:
8:00 Course Intro
8:15 Basic Neuroanatomy Overview
9:00 Pelvic Neurophysiology
10:00 Lecture/Lab: Pelvic Floor External and Internal Neuromusculoskeletal Assessment Considerations
10:30 Break
11:00 Parkinson disease (PD): Basal Ganglia, Dopamine & Autonomic Dysfunction
12:00 PD: Pharmacology and Disease Management & Relationships to Pelvic Health
1:00 Questions & Answers


Day Two:
8:00 Follow-up Questions/Review
8:15 Lecture/Lab: TENS for neurogenic bladder and bowel
9:00 PD: Sensorimotor and Cognitive Impairment & Pelvic Floor Training Considerations
10:00 Break
10:30 PD: Characteristic Pelvic Health Conditions & Interventions
1:00 Questions & Answers

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

Erica Vitek, MOT, OTR, BCB-PMD, PRPC

Erica Vitek

Erica graduated with her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2002, and works for Aurora Health Care at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Erica specializes in female, male, and pediatric evaluation and treatment of the pelvic floor and related bladder, bowel, and sexual health issues. She is Board Certified in Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction (BCB-PMD) and is a Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner (PRPC) through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

Erica has attended extensive post graduate rehabilitation education in the area of Parkinson disease and exercise. She is certified in LSVT (Lee Silverman) BIG and is a trained PWR! (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery) provider, both focusing on intensive, amplitude and neuroplasticity based exercise programs for people with Parkinson disease. Erica is an LSVT Global faculty member. She instructs both the LSVT BIG training and certification course throughout the nation and online webinars. Erica partners with the Wisconsin Parkinson Association (WPA) as a support group and event presenter as well as author in their publication, The Network. Erica has taken a special interest in the unique pelvic floor, bladder, bowel and sexual health issues experienced by individuals diagnosed with Parkinson disease.

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 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.)

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".