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Pregnancy Rehabilitation - Remote Course - February 12-13, 2022

Pacific Time - 08:45 AM to 02:30PM

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Price: $425
Format Online Meeting
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15

This two-day, remote continuing education course covers methods for performing assessment and treatment by both telehealth/online consultation and in-person visits for our pregnant clients. Knowing how to safely examine and treat the patient who is pregnant is the goal of this beginner-to-intermediate course.

Prior to the live, online portion of the course, participants will be able to view pre-recorded lectures at their own pace. In these videos, these pregnancy-related topics will be covered: terminology, fertilization, trimesters, medical testing/interventions, imaging, and medications. Differentiating between false labor, progressive labor, and other musculoskeletal pain will be covered. Understanding typical hormonal and systemic changes during pregnancy will be provided, included pregnancy effects on the endocrine, metabolic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, immune, neurologic/sensory, integumentary, gastrointestinal, urinary/renal, reproductive, and musculoskeletal systems. Additionally, during this self-paced viewing, examination, evaluation, and treatment of common pregnancy-related lumbopelvic conditions will be provided. An introduction to diastasis rectus abdominis, pelvic floor dysfunction, breathing, and deep core assessment/treatment will be provided.

Resource documents will also be provided for preview that will cover history taking with pregnant clients; obstetric red flags and medical screening; and positioning considerations with the pregnant client.

During online live interactive portions of this course, we will open with general examination considerations and modifications specific to pregnancy, including discussion of modalities and manual therapy techniques considered safe or precautioned during pregnancy. Further discussion of pelvic girdle examination, diagnosis, and treatment strategies will be provided, followed by “lab” time with assessment and treatment techniques for the lumbopelvic region. Review of key concepts related to core muscle and diastasis rectus abdominis will lead to “lab” time with assessment and treatment techniques. Progression of stabilization exercises during pregnancy will be practiced. Break out cases will allow time for both small and large group discussion for diagnosis and treatment progression for pregnant clients with lumbopelvic dysfunction or with diastasis rectus abdominis. Finally, to prepare the pregnant client for labor and birth, instruction in perineal stretching, hip and trunk flexibility activities, and TENS for labor will be discussed. “Lab” practice will include labor and birthing positions, with a focus on consideration for positional strategies for women with pre-existing musculoskeletal problems.



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.


Prerequisites: None


Are you interested in expanding your practice to treat prenatal patients? Herman & Wallace has put together a Pregnancy and Your Pelvic Floor marketing presentation to help you underscore the importance of prenatal physical therapy.


Boissonnault, J. S., & Blaschak, M. J. (1988). Incidence of diastasis recti abdominis during the childbearing year. Physical Therapy, 68(7), 1082-1086.
Clapp, J. F. I. (2002). Exercising through your pregnancy. Omaha, Nebraska: Addicus Books, Inc.
Krum, L., & Smith, S. (2005) Educating physical therapists in women's health: recommendations for professional (entry-level) and post-professional curricula. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 19(2), 31-41.
Spitznagle, T., Leong, F., & Van Dillen, L. (2007). Prevalence of diastasis recti abdominis in a urogynecological patient population. International Urogynecology Journal & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, 18(3), 321-328.

Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Course

Overview of the Pregnant Client (60 mins)
Hormonal and System Changes During Pregnancy (75 mins)
Lumbopelvic Examination: Review of Anatomy and Terminology (45 mins)
Core Concepts, DRA, and PFM Overview (60 mins)

Day One:
8:45 Log in to Zoom meeting; audio-visual check and trouble-shooting
9:00 Introductions and Q&A/Review of Pre-Recorded Lectures
9:15 General Examination & Treatment Considerations and Modifications for the Pregnant Client
10:00 Pelvic Girdle Examination and Diagnosis
10:30 Lab: Self-Assessment of Lumbopelvic Region (participants will need a belt, yoga strap, or gait belt)
11:30 Break out case studies
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Review of Key Concepts related to the Core, DRA, and PFM
1:00 Lab: Deep Core and DRA
2:00 Recap of Key Concepts and Q&A; Day 1 Post-Test
2:30 Adjourn

Day Two:
8:45 Log in to Zoom meeting; audio-visual check and trouble-shooting
9:00 Q&A, Review of previous day
9:15 Treatment Strategies and Techniques for Spine and Pelvic Girdle During Pregnancy
9:45 Lab: Treatment Techniques for Lumbar Spine and Pelvic Girdle (ask participants to have certain props available, such as tennis balls, pillow, etc.)
10:45 Lab: Progression of Lumbopelvic Stabilization During Pregnancy
11:15 Break out cases
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Preparing for Labor & Birth
1:00 Lab: Labor & Birth Preparation
2:00 Recap of Key Concepts and Q&A; Day 2 Post-Test
2:30 Adjourn

Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. 1. Describe basic terminology related to pregnancy, including fertilization, trimesters, and medical testing/interventions.
2. Perform medical screening for obstetric red flags that may require further referral.
3. Differentiate between progressive labor onset and Braxton-Hicks contractions.
4. Describe pregnancy-related hormonal effects throughout the body systems.
5. Differentiate pelvic girdle pain and pregnancy-related low back pain.
6. Safely perform lumbopelvic examination, diagnosis, and treatment with the pregnant client.
7. Differentiate the terms diastasis rectus abdominis and inter-recti distance.
8. Safely perform diastasis rectus abdominis examination, diagnosis, and treatment with the pregnant client.
9. Instruct a pregnant client through a progression of core muscle training.
10. Instruct a pregnant client in labor & birth preparation techniques, including perineal massage, use of TENS, and positioning to minimize impact on pre-existing musculoskeletal conditions.

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

Rachel Kilgore, DPT, OCS, COMT, PRPC, PPCES

Rachel Kilgore, DPT, OCS, COMT, PRPCC

Rachel Kilgore, DPT, OCS, COMT, PRPC, PPCES graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in exercise science and a minor in nutrition in 2004 where she also captained the collegiate soccer team. Rachel completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at University of Washington in 2007. She has worked in out patient orthopedics and pelvic health since 2007. She furthered her physical therapy training earning Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT), Physical Therapy Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS), and Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC). She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Section of Orthopedics and Section of Women’s Health, and the Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA).

Currently, Rachel practices in Seattle at Flow Rehab in the Freemont Neighborhood with Holly Tanner and Jake Bartholomy. Her patient care focuses on orthopedics, female athletes, and women’s health conditions for bladder & bowel dysfunctions, pelvic, pain, pregnancy and post-partum issues. Since giving birth to her daughter in 2016, Rachel has held a special place in her heart to treat and encourage new mothers, helping them to achieve their health and fitness goals. She enjoys working with many of the local mother’s fitness groups and neighborhood peripartum practitioners.

In her free time Rachel enjoys cheering on her local Seattle sports teams the Seahawks, the Sounders, and the Husky Football team with her friends and family. She loves living in the Northwest and enjoying all it has to offer outdoors with hiking, running, cycling, and playing soccer.

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 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).

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.