Format Online Meeting
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15
In this online version of the Pregnancy Rehabilitation course, methods for performing assessment and treatment by both telehealth/online consultation and in-person visits for our pregnant clients will be considered. 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.
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 (45 mins)
Hormonal and System Changes During Pregnancy (45 mins)
Lumbopelvic Examination: Review of Anatomy and Terminology (30 mins)
Core Concepts, DRA, and PFM Overview (30 mins)
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:
- 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
Dr. Jenni Gabelsberg, DPT, MSc, MTC is a women's health physical therapist specializing in urinary incontinence and pelvic pain since 1994. She strives to empower patients through education and self-awareness to encourage them to take responsibility for their own health. She believes that a physical therapist's education forms the cornerstone of her care. She attended the University of Vermont and earned a Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, in 1994. She went on to earn a Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) awarded by the Institute of Physical Therapy in 1995. Dr. Gabelsberg next earned an Advanced Masters in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in 1999, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2003.