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Gastrointestinal Disorders and The Pelvic Floor – September 2018

September 7, 2018 - September 8, 2018
Registration Information
  • Register before
    July 27th, 2018
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after July 27th, 2018

Course Instructor:

Susan Clinton


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
GI and the PF 2018

Course Description:

A comprehensive approach to gastrointestinal disorders including bowel and digestion dysfunction. This approach allows for the consideration of management of multiple factors s including nutritional, psychosocial, medical-surgical decisions, and physical therapy examination/intervention advanced intervention. A multifactorial approach can often lead to improved management of this complex patient as a varied intervention approach may be required to be successful. A comprehensive understanding of the physiology and symptom manifestation can improve the ability to develop a comprehensive intervention strategy tailored to each patient’s needs throughout the episode of care.

Through completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand and define functional bowel disorders and bowel disease
  • Recognize the latest evidence on the HPA axis and the relationship of the GI system to multisystem physiology in the human
  • Define the multidisciplinary role in assessment of the patient with gastrointestinal disorders including the latest evidence on specialized testing
  • Understand and implement a physical therapy examination algorithm for differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal impairments and functional movement dysfunctions of individual with gastrointestinal disorders including the lower GI tract
  • Identify potential medical “red flags” that warrant referral to the appropriate physician
  • Recognize the psychosocial and behavioral component as well as the expanded role of physical therapy intervention
  • Demonstrate appropriate physical therapy examination and intervention techniques for patients with gastrointestinal disorders
  • Develop and discuss examination and intervention of clients with complex gastrointestinal disorders in a case study format


This course is open to physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors, nurses, midwives and medical doctors. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner’s license or regulation. Clinical continuing education should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated; except as they are involved in a specific plan of care. Successful completion of level I, II and III (or equivalent to be approved) are required.


6 hours pre/post online course


To be determined

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


Level I, II and III (or equivalent to be approved)

Please Note:

This course is both lecture format and practical labs with vaginal and rectal palpation

In a world that revolves around bowel and bladder, I cannot rave enough about the impact that Gastrointestinal Disorders and The Pelvic Floor course, had on me and my practice. I was able to hone in on skills that perpetuated significant improvement in my patients that are suffering with GI issues. This course introduced a number of different ways of analyzing function of the GI system, diet and the role that our environment plays in dysfunction. I had several “a-ha” moments when Susan presented research and factual information that I could immediately put into practice and as a result, I have had great success and advancement in treating bowel issues. I have utilized balloon catheter training in a number of patients including my pediatric population and have witnessed the resurgence of fecal urge sensation and reduced the incidence of fecal incontinence in patients ranging from 5 years old to 95 years old. I have worked with patients with IBS, Crohn’s and chronic constipation and attribute great success to adding the skills that I obtained in this course to my tool box. Susan in an incredible instructor whom I enjoyed every minute with! Her enthusiasm, her humor and her incredible knowledge base made this course beyond enjoyable! I left this course feeling inspired and empowered and have since developed the ability to take on this population with confidence and success! I would absolutely recommend the Gastrointestinal Disorders and The Pelvic Floor course to every practicing pelvic physiotherapist!

– Keri M

I found this course invaluable. It solidified my assessment/palpation skills and eliminated my mental hesitation of ‘uh oh’ before an examination. With specific gastrointestinal disorders I feel confident that I am providing competent care that results in positive client outcomes. I share information daily with all of my clients. Clarifying ano-rectal anatomy and function nearly always provides an AHA!! moment, which leads to previously unspoken concerns or issues and a better understanding of bladder function and pelvic pain.

– Nancy D

The Gastrointestinal Disorders And The Pelvic Floor course is an essential next step for the pelvic health therapist treating dysfunctions of the pelvic floor. It gives the therapist confidence and the ability to address a variety of symptoms and complaints in patients with complex issues including constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and endometriosis. It is the next step in understanding how to provide the pelvic patient with a comprehensive and effective treatment approach.

– Beth K