Format: Online Meeting
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 14.5
This course is an online option while we stay safe during the COVID19 outbreak. It will be held via Zoom meeting, which is free to download, and will combine prerecorded lecture with live, interactive course time that takes place via online meeting. Participants will receive prerecorded lectures in order to maximize the interactive, in-person time spent on Zoom.
This two-day experiential continuing education course, developed by Dustienne Miller CYT, PT, MS, WCS offers participants an evidence-based perspective on the value of yoga for patients with chronic pelvic pain. This course will focus on two of the eight limbs of Patanjali’s eight-fold path: pranayama (breathing) and asana (postures) and how they can be applied for patients who have hip, back and pelvic pain. A brief history of yoga and yoga principles will be introduced, and research relating to the neuroscience of yoga and mindfulness will be presented.
A variety of pelvic conditions will be discussed including interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome, vulvar pain, coccydynia, hip pain, and pudendal neuralgia. The course will describe the role of yoga within the medical model, discuss contraindicated postures, and in how to incorporate yoga home programs as therapeutic exercise and neuromuscular re-education both between visits and after discharge. Learning will be gained through lecture, demonstration, and in small group practice. Participants will be able to demonstrate newly acquired knowledge on the second day of the course by creating home programs, allowing the clinician to integrate yoga home programs immediately upon returning to work. In addition to learning how to create yoga interventions for patients who have pelvic pain, the therapist will learn how to evaluate community resources for yoga and make appropriate referrals for ongoing yoga classes.
While no prior experience with teaching yoga is required, all participants must possess a working knowledge of pelvic pain conditions and foundational rehabilitation principles. Current evidence from fields of pain research, neurophysiology, and complementary and alternative medicine will be applied throughout this course. Patient education and home program handouts are supplied within the course manual and these documents will prepare the participant to incorporate specific yoga techniques into current pelvic rehabilitation practice.
Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat, strap and yoga blocks if they are able to.
This course is intended for the pelvic rehab practitioner who wants to learn yoga techniques and tools to integrate into their practice, and is best suited to the practitioner who is currently evaluating and treating pelvic health. Foundational knowledge of the pelvic floor and pelvic girdle is recommended prior to attending this course. If you think this course would be a good fit for you and would like to inquire further, please Contact Us.
Pre- Recordings: Watch Before the Course
1. Yoga as an Ancient Rehab Tool (20 mins)
Day One (Remote, Interactive Course, all times PST):
Day Two (Remote, Interactive Course, all times PST):
Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the evidence supporting the use of yoga for rehabilitation of hip, back, and pelvic pain conditions.
2. Teach 8 types of pranayama, which can be used as an adjunct tool in the treatment of pelvic pain.
3. Teach 8 warm ups to increase pelvic girdle awareness and decrease lumbopelvic and thoracic stiffness.
4. Teach 8 yoga postures with appropriate modifications for pelvic pain and associated movement dysfunctions.
5. List contraindications to specific postures as they relate to pelvic pain diagnoses.
6. Create a therapeutic yoga home program for clients with pelvic pain.
7. Describe the neuroscience of yoga and mindfulness as they apply to patient education and therapeutic programs.
8. Evaluate community resources and be able to refer patients to appropriate yoga instructors who can meet the needs of your client who has pelvic pain.
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
Dustienne Miller, MSPT, WCS, CYT
Dustienne Miller is the creator of the two-day course Yoga for Pelvic Pain and an instructor for PF1. Born out of an interest in creating yoga home programs for her patients, she developed a pelvic health yoga videos series called Your Pace Yoga in 201. She is a contributing author in two books about the integration of pelvic health and yoga, Yoga Mama: The Practitioner’s Guide to Prenatal Yoga (Shambhala Publications, 2016) and Healing in Urology (World Scientific). Prior conference and workshop engagements include APTA's CSM, International Pelvic Pain Society, Woman on Fire, Wound Ostomy and Continence Society, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Assembly.
She started her clinical practice, Flourish Physical Therapy, in Santa Rosa CA, and moved to downtown Boston. She is a board-certified women's health clinical specialist recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dustienne weaves yoga postures and breathing into her clinical practice, having received her yoga teacher certification through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.
Dustienne's love of movement is apparent not only in her physical therapy and yoga practice but also in her career as a professional dancer. She danced professionally in New York City for several years, most notably with the national tour of Fosse. She bridged her dance and physical therapy backgrounds working for Physioarts, who contracted her to work backstage at various Broadway shows and for Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She is currently an assistant professor of jazz dance for the musical theatre department at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Dustienne passionately believes in the integration of physical therapy and yoga in a holistic model of care, helping individuals navigate through pelvic pain and incontinence to live a healthy and pain-free life. Find her on SM @yourpaceyoga and on her website, www.yourpaceyoga.com, where you will find her blog, guided meditations, videos, and additional resources.