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.
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.
Please Note: Those who were registered for a Pelvic Floor 1 course which was postponed due to Covid-19, and whose course has not been rescheduled yet, are invited to attend this remote Pelvic Floor 1 Part 1 course at no additional fee. Please contact us to verify eligibility and register if you would like to take advantage of this offer.
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 morning offerings of PF1.1 All times are Pacific Time.
9:00 Log on, Zoom basics, introductions, goals, objectives
9:00 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
Pamela A. Downey, PT, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMB, is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy and Board Certified in Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction. Owner of Partnership in Therapy, a private practice in Coral Gables, Florida, she treats women and men with pelvic floor dysfunction, related urogynecological and colorectal issues, spine dysfunction, osteoporosis and complaints associated with pregnancy and the postpartum period. Her mission is to educate and integrate healthy lifestyles for patients on the road to wellness.
Dr. Downey has been honored to teach with the Herman and Wallace Institute since 2006. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University Of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Coral Gables, Florida, and Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A certified Polestar Pilates Educator, she utilizes Pilates and therapeutic exercise interventions specifically designed for patients with pre/post-natal, pelvic floor muscle and other lumbo-pelvic pain-related dysfunctions.
Dr. Downey received her Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and her Master of Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami School Of Medicine. She is actively involved in professional activities of the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association, presently sitting as Coordinator of Research Submissions for annual meetings and as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Women’s Health. Dr. Downey has lectured nationally and internationally at professional conferences and is the author of multiple published research articles and a book chapter on chronic pelvic pain in the medical text, Women’s Health in Physical Therapy.