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Finessing Your Pelvic Examinations and Treatments – May 2019

May 4, 2019 - May 5, 2019
Registration Information
  • Register before
    March 23rd, 2019
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after March 23rd, 2019

Instructor: Dr. Holly Herman

Dr. Hollis Herman (Holly) has been a physical therapist for 43 years. Her passion is Women and Men’s Health including LGBTQAI community. Holly is board certified as an Orthopedic, Women’s Health, Biofeedback Specialist and Pelvic Rehabilitation. Holly is an AASECT certified Sexuality Counselor and an ISSWSH Sexuality Fellow. She has pioneered physical therapy evaluation and treatment of problems that involve orthopedic, urologic, colorectal, obstetric, gynecologic, reproductive and sexual medicine. She maintains a vibrant private practice, HealthyWomen HealthyMen HealthyPeople, in Cambridge, MA, seeing patients in addition to training thousands of health professionals in these areas worldwide.

Holly has authored numerous books, book chapters and peer reviewed articles. She has received many grants and awards for her dedication and clinical excellence in physical therapy. Holly co-founded the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute in 2005, though, no longer affiliated. Her present courses through HWHMeducation can be viewed on hollyherman.com and facebook.com/HWHMeducation/

Holly believes all patients deserve the right to be validated, educated and empowered so that they can live healthy, functional, active lives.



Course Schedule: 

Day 1:

08:30-09:00 Registration
 Introductions, Objectives of the day

09:00-10:15 Musculoskeletal Considerations
, Musculoskeletal Lab
: Bony alignment, Pelvi shift, OLS, Hungerford, Knee Screw home, Foot

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:00 Hormonal considerations

11:15-12:30 Dermatologic considerations
, Lab: Derm, Bacterial, Infectious conditions

12:30-1:30 LUNCH

1:30-2:30 External Pelvic Assessment, Lab: Structures, Muscle, Sensation, Perineal body, Clitoral phimosis, Bartholin glands

2:30-3:45 Internal Pelvic Assessment, Lab: Layer palpation, Grading, Positional release, Squirter, Vaginal, Anorectal

3:45-4:15 Validated Intake forms

4:15-4:30  Questions & Answers


Day 2:

08:30-09:00 Asking questions/Office forms/terminology

09:00-10:00 Neural Assessment, Lab: Vagal and Phrenic Nerve Influences

10:00-10:45 Vulvodynia/Coccydynia/Clitorodynia

10:45-11:00 BREAK

11:00-12:00 Visceral Components, Lab: Manual therapies, Uterus, Bladder, Sigmoid, Iliocecal, Rectum

12:00-1:00 LUNCH

1:00-2:00 Sexual Considerations, Lab: Gender, Sex, LGBTQAI+

2:00-3:00 Complementary Alternative Therapies, Lab: Yoga, Low Pressure, Breathing

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-3:45 EMDR, CBT, DBT, Non-Pathologizing Approaches

3:45-4:15 Exercise home programs, Lab: Nutritious movement, Getting to 5 K

4:15-4:30 Questions & Answers, Lab: Case Study



Please note:

To register for this course, please download the following registration forms in pdf format and email it to info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca or fax it to 888-653-4533

download the PDF
Finessing Your Pelvic Examinations and Treatments May 2019

Course Description:

Treating pelvic pain patients is very complicated and confusing to most clinicians. There are so many aspects of pelvic pain it is difficult to prioritize. There are dermatologic, bacterial, infectious, musculoskeletal, neural, visceral, CNS, hormonal, emotional issues to name just a few. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have a systematic and comprehensive checklist of the different systems and most common findings organized in such a way to make evaluation and treatment of these patients manageable?

This 2-day course will help you consolidate your skills while working with this population. You will learn about 10 body, mind systems enabling you to feel comfortable with the information your patient tells you, understand how to prioritize the findings, figure out what other information you need and how to streamline your treatment plans.


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course the participant will understand the most common findings:

  • Dermatologic conditions of autoimmune syndromes, lichens sclerosis, lichens planus, lichens simplex chronicus
  • Bacterial and infectious agents that contribute to pelvic pain
  • Neural involvement of the ilioinguinal, iliohypogastric, genitofemoral, lateral femoral 
cutaneous, obturator, and pudendal
  • Musculoskeletal involvement of the cranium, cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine, pelvic, hip, knee, 
foot on the pelvis
  • Hormonal conditions and dysfunctions that can contribute to and help pelvic pain
  • Visceral contributions to pelvic pain
  • Sexual considerations
  • Complementary alternative therapies that can help pelvic pain
  • Interventions of EMDR, CBT, DBT that help pelvic pain patients
  • Exercise and life style prescriptions to improve whole body wellness



To be determined



Two-day course from 8:30-4:30.

Registration begins on the first day 15 minutes prior to the start time.