Continuing Education Courses > Yoga for Pelvic Pain
This course is now offered as a remote course. More information is available here.
|Price: $495 (Early Registrant Price $475)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 14.5
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.
While we will supply the essentials, 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.
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.
We always want to hear from those interested in hosting our courses. We work with healthcare organizations of all types, sizes, and locations. Please, Contact us about Hosting Yoga for Pelvic Pain or any other course!
I found this course to help me find my own body awareness, which I feel will allow me to better assist my patients. This is one of the first courses I have taken that has given me the opportunity to spend more time “Practice” than didactics.
- Kelly Lockwood, MSPT - Avon, NY
I have never participated in a yoga program before. I now feel more confident using certain aspects of yoga with patient care.
- Erika Marie Kozlowski, MS, PT - Rochester, NY
Phenomenal people who care and love what they do! It shows! Thank you for the energy you both shared!
- Nathan Lambert D.O.M.P - Fonthill, ON
Dustienne is one of the reasons I attended this course. Her teaching style matches my learning style perfectly.
Sheryl Cheney PT - Concord, NH
Dustienne was an excellent instructor – sarah too. Both were so positive.
-Erika Villemure, PT, MPT - Manchester, NH
Loved Dustienne’s energy and openers, fostering collaboration and open discussion; it was also clear how knowledgeable she is in PT, pelvic PT, yoga, etc. and how much she loves what she does.
-Katerina Fishman, PT, DPT, OCS - New York, NY
Loved this course! Can’t wait to head back to work on Monday with my new tools (who says that, right?!)
-Kristie Wilson, MPT
I work in a women’s health/pelvic rehab facility, and while I understand basics of pelvic floor dysfunction, I felt empowered by the course to pursue further education and exploration to provide a better clinical result and experience as well as improved QOL for patients. Yoga is so versatile for many diagnoses and I will be using techniques I learned for both pelvic floor and ortho patients.
-Rebecca Glus, PTA
This was a great course. The labs provided a great chance to practice the poses, correct and adjust our postures as needed in a comfortable supportive atmosphere. I will be able to take this info back apply it with my patients more easily because of this.
-Janet Giesing, DPT - Prairie Village, KS
I have loved this course. I have a ton of information that is practical and applicable that I can take to the clinic start implementing immediately. My skill set has definitely been widened this weekend.
-Larissa Johnson, DPT - Overland Park, KS
Great interpretation of yoga and patient care. Also nice for personal body work a Therapist.
-Tracy Johnson - Overland Park, KS
As one coming from a limited knowledge of yoga, this course helped me overcome certain inhibitions + fears of beginning a yoga program for myself + integrating it into my physical therapy practice. Dustienne and Cassie did an amazing job of meeting each of us at our level of understanding.
I had an excellent experience with Dustienne at Yoga for Pelvic Pain! She is a fantastic speaker and I found the course material to be very interesting and applicable to the patients I see. I believe that healthcare is moving towards a more holistic model, and having the knowledge to incorporate yoga into my treatment plans will also help me move in that direction. I have enjoyed every course I have taken with Herman & Wallace and will definitely be back for more!
-Linea B.B. Rochford, DPT, CMTPT
I was so looking forward to this course and it went above and beyond my expectations. It was a breath of fresh air in a sometimes overly "medical" realm of pelvic pain. I will be able to offer my patients the gift of safe movement.
-Laura K Robbins, DPT - Newton, MA
Dustienne's positive outlook on yoga, pelvic treatment, and overall wellness is so refreshingly awesome!
-Lauren Bilodeau, PT - Milton, MA
Inspired to do more yoga for pelvic pain patients!
-Elise Pelligra - North Canton, OH
Really loved this course. [Dustienne] was so generous with her knowledge and experience. [She was] also really well-organized and facilitative.
-Maggie Abrams, DPT - Columbus, OH
[Dustienne] was great! I loved that she was "one of us" saying on day 1, "I feel like I just took a course with all the things I learned from you all today."
-Jessica Jenkins, PT, DPT, CLT - Cleveland Heights, OH
Fantastic class! Was truly a pleasure to take. Wonderful/educational weekend that all of my patients will benefit from!
-Natalie Miller, PTA San Diego, CA
I feel I have many new strategies to start immediately at work tomorrow, and using labs to problem solve real patients was great.
-Nancy Jungling, MSPT Ramona, CA
Prenatal Yoga Therapy is a wonderful course - it has been well researched and well written by Ginger. The depth of her knowledge in prenatal yoga is fantastic.
-Certified Nurse Midwife, RN, yoga teacher, Greensboro, NC