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Gastrointestinal Disorders & The Pelvic Floor – November 2020

November 13, 2020 - November 14, 2020
Registration Information
  • Register before
    October 2nd, 2020
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after October 2nd, 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 AB May 2020


Learn a comprehensive approach to gastrointestinal disorders including bowel and digestion dysfunction through didactic lectures, hands on labs and case study presentations. This approach allows for the consideration of management of multiple factors including nutritional, behavioural, medical-surgical decisions, and advanced physical therapy examination and treatment. A comprehensive approach will lead to improved management of this complex patient, as a varied intervention approach is required to be successful.

Through completion of this course, participants will:

  • 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 physiotherapy assessment for differential diagnosis of individuals with 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


This course is open to physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners 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.


Hours to be determined.

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

Additional 6 hours pre/post online course.

Prerequisites:  Level 1 (or equivalent to be approved).

Please Note:  This course is both lecture format and practical labs with vaginal and rectal palpation.


Early bird before 10/02/2020 Standard rate 10/02/2020
If registering for Improving PF Function $265 + HST ($299.45 incl. HST) $290 + HST ($327.70 incl. HST)
If registering for GI & The Pelvic Floor $745 + HST ($841.85incl. HST) $815 + HST ($920.95 incl. HST)
If registering for both courses $860 + HST ($971.80 incl. HST) $930 + HST ($1050.90 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