Gastrointestinal Disorders and The Pelvic Floor

About The Course
Learn a comprehensive approach to gastrointestinal disorders including bowel and digestion dysfunction through didactic lectures, hands on labs and case study presentations. This approach allows for the consideration of management of multiple factors including nutritional, behavioral, medical-surgical decisions, and advanced physical therapy examination and treatment. A comprehensive approach will lead to improved management of this complex patient, as a varied intervention approach is required to be successful.

Course Objectives:

Through completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand and define functional bowel disorders and bowel disease
  • Recognize the latest evidence on the CNS and endocrine relationship to the GI system in adults
  • Understand medical testing/imaging and interpretation of the result
  • Implement a physiotherapy assessment for differential diagnosis of individuals with gastrointestinal disorders
  • Identify medical “red flags” that warrant referral to the appropriate physician
  • Recognize the behavioral components and the role of physical therapy interventions
  • Apply assessment and treatment techniques to the patients with complex bowel disorders including dyssenergia
  • Implement the balloon catheter to treat increased and decreased colorectal sensitivity


This course is open to physical therapists, nurses, nurse practioners, occupational therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, medical doctors and any other licensed health care provider. 

Completion of  this course will improve the practioners performance of an evaluation of the musculoskeletal aspect of the GI system (including a focus on the lower GI region), establish and create a treatment plan and it’s progression for GI dysfunction and movement impairments of the abdomen and pelvic region.  The interventions will include manual therapy, movement/exercise, respiration and balloon catheter techniques to reduce dysfunction. They will also gain a foundational knowledge of the GI system including digestive disorders, basic nutritional contributions, abdominal and pelvic floor dysfunction, and psychosocial/behavioral contributions.

About The Instructor:


She completed her Doctor of Science degree at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and graduated with her NAIOMT fellowship in orthopedic manual therapy in 2013. She was accepted as a Fellow by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists in 2014.

As a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Manual Therapy, Orthopedics and Women’s Health, she has been actively treating patients with pelvic floor, urinary, bowel, reproductive, oncology, persistent pain, sports injuries and post-surgical diagnoses. 

Susan is active with the American Physical Therapy Association, serving in governance as a local delegate and alternate delegate, and as the Chair of the Clinical Practice Guidelines steering committee for the Section on Women’s Health and the Women’s Health Global Initiative. She is the past secretary on the Section on Women’s Health Board of Directors and the former President of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the Orthopedic Section of the APTA.

Instructor Name Susan Clinton
Cost CA$249.00
Run Time 5:49:57
Access Duration Indefinite access after purchase