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Gastrointestinal Disorders & The Pelvic Floor – Live-Online Course: July 2020

July 10, 2020 - July 11, 2020
Registration Information
  • Register before
    May 29th, 2020
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after May 29th, 2020

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 & the PF and Improving PF Function Online July 2020

Course Description:

A comprehensive approach to gastrointestinal disorders including bowel and digestion dysfunction in the adult population. This approach allows for the consideration of management of multiple factors including nutritional, psychosocial, medical-surgical decisions, and physical therapy advanced examination/interventions. 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.

This course will be layered with complex case presentations and discussions – participants are encouraged to bring their complex case questions to the course as well. The course will also include a one hour question/answer session with a Radiologist.

This course will be divided into three sections:

  • Pre-course readings and videos
  • Didactic information, case discussions and complete demonstrations of examination and interventions.
  • Group labs – Participants will join the course instructor in small groups for a two hour online session to practice the labs for advanced exam and intervention techniques. Internal examination and treatment of the anorectal region is part of this course by video demonstration only. You will need to have someone to practise labs on during the additional small group virtual labs with the instructor (practise on other registrants is okay as long as government mandate allows). These will be scheduled within the two weeks following the online delivery of the course material.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • 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 complete physiotherapy assessment for differential diagnosis of individuals with complex gastrointestinal disorders
  • Identify medical “red flags” that warrant referral to the appropriate physician
  • Recognize the behavioural 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, and dyssenergia.


This course is open to physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors, nurses, midwives and medical doctors.

Physiotherapists other Health care providers that have completed this course are able to perform 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 also have a foundational knowledge of the GI system including digestive disorders, basic nutritional contributions, abdominal and pelvic floor dysfunction, and psychosocial/behavioural contributions.

Prerequisites: Level 1 or equivalent to be approved. Level 2/3 highly recommended. Internal palpation is required.

Course Hours: 

  • 6 hours pre-course readings
  • Two day live online course delivery: Day 1: 10:00am-6:30pm Eastern Time (Toronto) / Day 2: 10:00am-4:30pm Eastern Time (Toronto)
  • Two hour small group lab sessions to be scheduled with the course instructor within 2 weeks of the course.

PLEASE note:

This course is both lecture and discussion format and includes practical labs with anorectal palpation and the use of the rectal balloon catheter. This course will be delivered completely online and each participant is encouraged to have their camera on for the course and be fully participatory in the discussion sessions.


If registering for Improving PF Function$225 + HST ($254.25 incl. HST)

If registering for GI & The Pelvic Floor – $545 + HST ($615.85 incl. HST)

If registering for both courses –  $625 + HST ($706.25 incl. HST)

Gastrointestinal Disorders & the Pelvic Floor taught by Susan Clinton was a jam-packed course which taught me a good mixture of internal and external manual therapy skills, anal internal & abdominal assessment skills, and new concepts that I hadn’t learned of before such as the gut microbiome, allergy vs. insensitivity, and comprehensive understanding of IBS. I felt proficient with the anorectal balloon and felt like I had so many more tools in my toolkit to educate others in managing their gastrointestinal health concerns. I also really loved the slides that included tree diagrams/algorithm diagrams on how to triage and treat clients with constipation.

– Jane B

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

The GI course is essential! It allowed me to deepen my knowledge and develop a broader understanding of pelvic floor dysfunctions related to the GI system. Given that I also get to collaborate with dieticians as part of my daily practice, the course allowed me to have all the practical tools to use a more holistic approach for all my patients. I would highly recommend this course 🙂

– Marie-Eve B

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