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Introduction to Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

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Introduction to Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

Introduction to Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

This course includes
1:01:22 of Course Material (View)
Patient Exercises (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in November 2020

About the Course:

The pelvic floor - an underappreciated region of the human body that rightly has its own place in physiotherapy care. Everyone has a pelvic floor, and pelvic floor dysfunctions are not solely experienced by pregnant or older patients. Pelvic floor dysfunctions can be experienced by anyone. Yes, this includes high-level athletes, healthy men and younger populations too!

Pelvic floor dysfunction can have a huge impact on quality of life, and can be difficult to talk about for patients. 

Opening up to health care professionals about topics like urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pain with intercourse is hard for patients, and can even be a barrier to accessing physiotherapy. That leaves a lot of room for physiotherapists to expand their knowledge on the topic of pelvic health.

No matter how familiar you are with pelvic health, this comprehensive course concisely introduces pelvic health in physiotherapy for clinicians at any skill level. During this 60-minute online course (free for Embodia members), Nelly Faghani, pelvic health physiotherapist and owner of Pelvic Health Solutions, discusses the various types of pelvic floor dysfunctions and the evidence behind the role of physiotherapy in pelvic care. 

Take this opportunity to expand your understanding of pelvic floor dysfunction and start asking the right questions. 


Course Objectives:

  1. Get a general overview to pelvic floor anatomy and function
  2. Learn about various types of pelvic floor dysfunctions
  3. Dive into the evidence behind the role of physiotherapy in pelvic health 
  4. Learn about the subjective evaluation and outcomes measures of pelvic health 
  5. Discuss treatment methods to strengthen the pelvic floor 
  6. Discuss symptoms that may help you determine pelvic floor over-activity or under-activity
  7. Learn about pelvic health using tele-rehabilitation and virtual care

The course ends with an informative Q&A session, which addresses some of the following questions:

  • Which outcome measures can be used to triage and individualize pelvic physiotherapy treatments?
  • How do you differentiate urinary incontinence from neurogenic bladder or nerve involvement from the back?
  • What might a virtual pelvic physiotherapy session look like?
  • How do you cue proper diaphragmatic breathing with coordinated pelvic floor relaxation and contraction?
  • Are there certain medications that correlate with pelvic floor dysfunction?
  • What are the differences between cauda equina syndrome and pelvic dysfunction in regards to urinary incontinence?
  • For patients who experience pelvic floor prolapse, can pelvic floor therapy help? 


Who Is This Course For? 

This online course is for anyone interested in expanding their clinical skillset, bettering their  understanding of the pelvic floor and its role in musculoskeletal pain, and learning about pelvic floor telerehabilitation.

The instructors
Nelly Faghani
B.Sc. P.T., M.C.P.A.

Nelly 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.

Pelvic Health Solutions

Pelvic Health Solutions (PHS) is an evidence-based teaching company that aims to educate and empower physiotherapists, healthcare professionals, and everyday people about pelvic health.

PHS was founded in 2010 out of the need to develop pelvic health resources in Ontario at a time when it was an under-serviced health concern. PHS provides continuing education courses, mentoring, and clinical resources for a variety of practitioners with the goal of equipping them to deliver evidence-based, biopsychosocial assessment and treatment of pelvic health problems in our province and abroad.

Our company also exists as a way to connect people experiencing pelvic health concerns to pelvic health physiotherapists in their area. PHS has ultimately blossomed into a community of curious people who are committed to providing hope and healing to those who suffer from pelvic health issues.

Course Material included in this course
  • Introduction to Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
  • Welcome and Slides
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Pelvic Floor Strengthening
  • The Psychology of the Pelvic Floor
  • Wrapping Up
  • Questions Part 1
  • Questions Part 2
  • Quiz
  • Resources and What's Next
  • Feedback
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • Squats for Pelvic Floor Release
  • Cat/Dog Stretch
  • Calves On A Stool
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