Resource Package: The Physical Therapy Approach to Female and Male Urinary Incontinence (Level 1)

This is the online component of the Pelvic Health Solutions Level 1 course. In this resource package, you will have access to video exercises, written education and protocols which you can share with patients.

Video Exercises Include:

  • Easy strengthening: Core and Pelvic Floor
  • Rectus Diastasis Correction
  • Obturator Internus Stretch
  • Dynamic Pelvic Floor Exercises
  • And many more!

Patient Education Include:

  • UTI Prevention
  • Skin Care
  • Urge Delay
  • The Male Pelvic Floor
  • And many more!

Protocols Include:

  • Exercise Program for Overactive Bladder
  • Basic Pelvic Floor & Hip Stretches
  • Breathing Exercises
  • I Love You Massage
  • And more!

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    Carolyn Vandyken, BHSc (PT)

Carolyn is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist who graduated from McMaster University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy. She has spoken at over 50 conferences and grand round presentations throughout Canada and the United States. Carolyn co-authored the first book on patient-centred pain biology education for pelvic pain, Why Pelvic Pain Hurts, and also co-authored three peer-reviewed framework articles with Sandra Hilton on the assessment and treatment of persistent pelvic pain.

She co-owns a Canadian-based teaching company, Pelvic Health Solutions, and teaches internationally on the physiotherapy for pelvic floor problems. She also manages her own practice in Huntsville, Ontario.

   Nelly Faghani B.Sc. P.T., M.C.P.A.

She graduated from the University of Toronto in 1996. Nelly started to treat pelvic health in 1998 and continues to be actively involved in clinical practice, mentoring and teaching. She has helped develop Continence Programs that have been implemented in various long-term care facilities through Ontario. Nelly has been a spokesperson for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, has co-authored a neuro-urology textbook chapter on incontinence and has hosted a round table at the International Pelvic Pain Society Conference.

Nelly is a member of the ICS Children and Young Adult’s Committee and the ICS Physiotherapy Committee. She regularly attends international conferences and prides herself on staying on top of the current pelvic health literature. 


The instructors
Pelvic Health Solutions

Pelvic Health Solutions is an evidence-based teaching company that was founded in 2010 by Nelly Faghani and Carolyn Vandyken, out of the need to develop pelvic health resources in Ontario, an under serviced health concern in this province. Since the inception of our teaching company, pelvic health physiotherapy has blossomed from a handful of physiotherapists to well over 300 therapists now rostered with the Ontario College of Physiotherapists. Pelvic Health Solutions provides continuing education courses for a variety of practitioners, including mentoring and clinical resources for therapists to utilize with their patients. Our mission is to provide evidence-based, biopsychosocial resources to patients and health care practitioners for the assessment and treatment of pelvic health problems in our province and abroad.


Bladder Diary

A Guide to the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS 21)

Fibre Diary

Introductory letter pelvic health

Level 1 Case Study Answers

Pelvic Floor Objective Assessment

Pelvic Muscle Electrical Stimulation

How To Avoid And/Or Respond To Adverse Reactions Secondary To Pelvic Floor Assessment And/Or Treatment

Sample Assessment Report

Symptom Monitor Combined

Incontinence Identifiers - Who Am I?

Stress Incontinence: Who am I?

Urge Incontinence: Who am I?

Overflow Symptoms: Who am I?

Urinary Incontinence Assessment In Older Adults

Easy Strengthening: Core and Pelvic Floor

Piriformis Stretch

Audio: Imagery for Urgency

Hip Flexor Stretch

Child's Pose

Coaching Routine for Visualization

Pelvic Floor Push Ups on a Ball

Pelvic Floor Push Ups

Painting the Seat

Strengthening Exercises for the Pelvic Floor (Written)

Functional Core Progressions Using Your Pelvic Floor Muscles (Written)

Developing Awareness of Your Deep Core Muscles (Written)

Core Progressions (Written)

Constructive Rest (Written)

Considerations for Rectus Diastasis (Written)

Exercises For Releasing Tension in The Pelvic Floor (Written)

Audio: Imagery for Urgency (Female)

Strengthening Exercises for the Pelvic Floor

Novel Movements of the Spine

Face the Day - Dynamic ROM exercises (Written)

Dynamic Pelvic Floor Exercises

Dynamic Pelvic Floor and Core Exercises

Breathing Exercises (Written)

8-Minute Core Challenge (Written)

Quadratus Lumborum & Paraspinal Stretch

Lumbar Rotation

8 Minute Challenge

Cat/Dog Stretch

Obturator Internus Stretch

Face the Day: Dynamic ROM Exercises (Video)

Gluteus Medius Strengthening


Calves On A Stool

Open Mouth Breathing

S Sound Breathing

Rectus Diastasis Correction

ILU Massage

Vulvar Care

Screening For Patient with Low Back Pain and Hip Pain

Post Prostatectomy Instructions


Bladder Re-Training

Instructions for Urge Management

Constructive Rest Position

UTI Prevention

Urge Delay

Skin Care

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Post-Void Dribble

The Male Pelvic Floor

Quick Solutions to Adding fibre to Your Day-Soluble

Quick Solutions To Adding Fibre to Your Day-Insoluble

Fibre Solutions: Alphabetical

The Female Pelvic Floor

Double Voiding

Cognitive Behavioural Training for Triggers and Nocturia

Bladder Irritants: Urge

Mind the Gap: Considerations for Rectus Diastasis

Connecting with your Breath to Relieve Pain and Stress

ILU Massage

Evacuating the Bowels

Prevention and Treatment of Constipation

Patient Instruction for Complete Evacuation


Exercise Program for Overactive Bladder

Basic Pelvic Floor & Hip Stretches

Breathing Exercises: Level 1

ILU Massage