Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 8.75
This remote continuing education course provides live instruction in foundational content for the Pelvic Floor Level One course. Previously a three-day course, this course has been adapted to provide 1 day of online, lecture-based content, which will be paired with a 2-day lab intensive in-person class to fulfill the requirements in completing the Pelvic Floor Level One Course. Included in the remote course is a thorough overview of pelvic anatomy, concepts and techniques in trunk and pelvic evaluation and examination including the observation and retraining of movement patterns. Lectures will cover specific conditions including urinary incontinence and pelvic pain. Concepts related to trauma-informed care will also be included in this comprehensive introduction.
NOTE: If you are registered for a future in-person Pelvic Floor Level 1 course, and you would like to enroll in a remote Pelvic Floor Level 1 Part 1 prior to your in-person course, please contact us and we will get you registered for the Pelvic Floor Level 1 Part 1 course. Do not register for the Pelvic Floor Level 1 Part 1 via our website, as it will charge you $250.
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.
1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
3. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
4. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
5. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.
Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.
This course will be offered as a live, interactive remote course on Zoom, taught by an instructor who will teach introductory didactic lectures and answer questions. Participants in the two-day in-person course must complete this portion prior to attending.
The times listed are for the afternoon offerings of PF1.1 All times are Pacific Time.
12:00 Log on, Zoom basics, introductions, goals, objectives
12:00 Questions from Day 1
Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
3. Describe pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
4. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
5. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
6. Begin to develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for pelvic floor dysfunctions
7. Recognize key components of trauma-based care
Remote courses require Zoom video conferencing software. You can create an account and download the software to your computer at https://zoom.us/
We use the Pacific Time Zone for all of our start and end times. 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
Dr. Heather Rader the owner of Rader Pelvic Physical Therapy, a practice devoted to the treatment of pregnancy related pain and dysfunction, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and complex pelvic pain in men and women. A physical therapist since 1994, she graduated from the University of Miami with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and she completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2011. She has been board certified in the use of Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Disorders since 2006. She was awarded the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification in 2014 and served as a subject matter expert and question writer for the PRPC examination. She is on faculty with the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, teaching Pelvic Rehabilitation around the country several times a year, teaching courses in the Pelvic Floor Series and Pregnancy Series and is the author of the Geriatric Pelvic Floor course.
Her mission as an educator is to assist in the national expansion of qualified pelvic floor therapists and promote awareness of pelvic floor dysfunction to medical professionals and the community at large. She runs a social media site on Facebook called “Team Pelvic Floor”, which posts articles and facts about pelvic floor rehab while promoting a team approach to treating pelvic dysfunction. She is a practice consultant and mentors therapists wishing to incorporate pelvic rehabilitation into their practice.
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