Experience Level: Intermediate
Contact Hours: 21 hours
This is a self-hosted satellite offering of our PF2A course. A satellite course means that the instructor is presently live on Zoom and that participants are gathering in various locations in order to participate and practice labs with one another. Self-hosted means that participants must register in pairs or small groups and practice on each other during lab time.
This continuing education course is comprised of 7 hours and 45 minutes of prerecorded lectures followed by 14 hours of live, interactive remote learning and is an intermediate-level seminar designed as a next step in completing the clinicians’ ability to more comprehensively evaluate and treat the female and male pelvic floor. The participant will have the opportunity to learn about two common bowel dysfunctions, fecal incontinence and constipation, and how the pelvic rehabilitation provider can play a crucial role in overcoming these issues that affect the quality of life so dramatically. In the US, the estimate of adult fecal incontinence is over 8% and greater than 15% in people over age 70. (Whitehead, 2010) According to the National Institutes of Health, constipation affects up to 15% of people, and is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints that affects 42 million people. (Constipation, 2013) Pelvic rehabilitation providers are able to teach patients how to significantly improve quality of life through simple behavioral techniques and approaches that optimize abdominopelvic health.
Participants will learn how to evaluate the patient who presents with bowel dysfunction including fecal incontinence and constipation, and also with defecation disorders such as paroxysmal puborectalis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and fecal urgency. Knowledge of pelvic anatomy expands into the gastrointestinal system with detailed instruction about the rectum and anal canal, anal sphincters, and with instruction in important physiologic principles such as the gastrocolic reflex, sampling response, and intrinsic defecation reflex. There are other conditions that can cause pain or bleeding such as hemorrhoids, fistulas, fissures, and proctalgia fugax; the clinician will learn how to apply skills of external and internal pelvic muscle assessment (via the anorectal canal) for these conditions.
Many pelvic rehabilitation providers attend this course to learn clinical skills for coccyx pain and for pudendal neuralgia, two conditions that are included in this continuing education course. As either condition can contribute to chronic pelvic pain, this course provides significant lab time so that participants will have the opportunity to practice any new skills. The course also introduces the participant to pelvic rehabilitation of the male patient with an emphasis on topics of male pelvic anatomy, urinary incontinence, prostatectomy, and male pelvic pain. The content in this course prepares the therapist to work with male pelvic conditions by reinforcing what is common to the care of both men and women, as well as teaching that which is unique for the male patient.Current medical evaluation (with tests such as defecography, manometry), medical management (for anorectal pain and for colorectal conditions), and evidence-informed clinical interventions will be instructed.
Please note, the Pelvic Floor series of courses typically fill up about 2-3 months before the scheduled course date. It is highly recommended that participants register well in advance to reserve their seats. If you need your employer to send a check for your registration payment, please click the Request Invoice button on the course event page to reserve your seat.
Please note, this is a full lab course that is done remotely. These guidelines represent how we feel you can best experience a remote course. If you feel you are unable to fulfill them then it is recommended that you not participate as a remote learner at this time.
Please treat this like any other live continuing education course. Test your ability to see and hear Zoom (audio and video) prior to the event. Come prepared, having completed the pre-course learning and with all props and supplies already gathered.
As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Rectal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Past participants have found that wearing comfortable clothing that is easy for changing (such as skirts or athletic shorts) is very useful for labs. Due to temperature variations from clinic to clinic we would recommend wearing comfortable layers.
PLEASE NOTE: This course includes internal assessment and exam techniques, which will be practiced in partnered pairs in lab time. H&W strives to foster an environment that is safe and supportive. Survivors of past trauma should be aware that performing or experiencing internal exam may be triggering, and that many, regardless of their histories, feel strong emotions when practicing these techniques. In order to foster an environment that is non-triggering and safe for all participants, we recommend all participants consider the emotional impact they may experience during the course, and consider consulting a trauma counselor or therapist prior to attending. Read more about What to Expect During Courses with Internal Lab Work.
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.
Pelvic Floor Level 1, through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is required. Exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis, to inquire about such exceptions please contact us.
1. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse Handout on Fecal Incontinence
2. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Article on Constipation
3. The International Pelvic Pain Society Article on Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE)
4. The European Urology Association'sGuidelines on Chronic Pelvic Pain
5. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website electrotherapy.org
6. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 25% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants with promo code 70484. Registrants who already own a copy of this or a corresponding textbook are not required to purchase an additional one.
Additional Helpful Resources:
Constipation. (2013) National Institutes of Health. Retrieved January 22, 2014 from http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation
Whitehead, W. E., Borrud, L., Gode, P. S., Meikle, S., Mueller, E. R., Tuteja, A.,...Ye, W. (2009). Fecal incontinence in US adults: epidemiology and risk factors. Gastroenterology, (137)2, 512-517
Recorded Lecture: Watch Before the Live Component of the Course
1. Colorectal Anatomy & Physiology (75 Min)
2. Medical Testing & Rehab Examination (45 Min.)
3. Fecal Incontinence (60 Min.)
4. Constipation (60 Min.)
5. Anatomy: Pelvic Floor, Penis, Scrotum & Contents (60 Min.)
6. Pudendal Nerve Dysfunction (45 Min.)
7. Topics in Inclusive Care (60 Min.)
8. Colorectal Conditions (45 Min.)
15 min. prior to start-time: Log in to Zoom Meeting, Zoom basic and etiquette, roll call
0:00 Questions from Day 1, Post-test Day 1
Notice this schedule starts each day at 0:00. The course does not start at mid-night! This schedule is meant to show the duration of each component of the course, not the actual start-time of each lecture. The actual start time of this a given day's Zoom meeting of this course will appear in the title of the remote course page on our website, as well as in the Teachable sections of the course in which you are registered.
Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe anatomy of the colorectal region.
2. Explain physiology of the gastrointestinal system including pathophysiology pertaining to bowel dysfunction.
3. Perform examination and evaluation of pelvic floor function related to anorectal structures.
4. Recognize types of fecal incontinence and develop plans of care for intervention including behavioral training and education.
5. Recognize and treat constipation, name the signs, symptoms, and interventions for hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, and other common colorectal conditions.
6. Identify specific pelvic floor muscles and key bony landmarks within the anorectal canal.
7. Perform external and internal rectal myofascial treatment techniques such as Thiele’s massage and trigger point release.
8. Perform patient education and behavioral training for constipation, fecal incontinence and pelvic pain syndromes.
9. Describe and teach three SEMG downtraining (relaxation) strategies for the overactive pelvic floor.
10. Describe and demonstrate coccyx evaluation and treatment using internal and external coccyx mobilizations.
11. Describe male urogenital and pelvic floor anatomy, identify signs and symptoms of prostatodynia
12. List key medical diagnostic procedures for colorectal conditions.
This is a "self-hosted" option for attending a satellite lab course. Registrants who would like to pursue this option must:
Those who wish to take this course, but cannot meet the above requirements should register for a satellite location or in-person version of this course
What to have on hand for self-hosted labs
Your partner! You will need at least one person to work with during labs. This person must be a licensed professional who is also registered for the course.
The printable portion of your manual from Teachable if you choose to print. * You are not required to print your full manual, please check for any sections specifically asking you to print prior to the event.
Your Mask- Please wear a mask while participating in this course to keep your colleagues safe.
A computer with a Wifi connection that your group will be using to view the course.
The following supplies:
Non Latex, Non-Powder Vinyl Gloves MEDIUM (box of 100)
Hand Sanitizer (8 ﬂ. Oz.)
Lube for labs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Student2022. (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).