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
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 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.