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Mobilization of Visceral Fascia: Urinary System: Live-Remote – April 2021

April 16, 2021 - April 18, 2021
Registration Information
  • Register before
    March 5th, 2021
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after March 5th, 2021

Course Instructor:

Ramona C. Horton MPT completed her graduate training in the US Army–Baylor University Program in Physical Therapy in San Antonio, TX. She then applied her experience with the military orthopedic population in the civilian sector as she developed a growing interest in the field of pelvic dysfunction. Ramona serves as the lead therapist for her clinics pelvic dysfunction program in Medford, OR. Her practice focuses on the treatment of men, women and children with urological, gynecological and colorectal issues. Ramona has completed advanced studies in manual therapy with an emphasis on spinal manipulation, and visceral and fascial mobilization.

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

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Mobilization of Visceral Fascia: Urinary System April 2021

We have put in considerable time and effort over the past several months learning how to adapt to the reality of our world. We are pleased to report that the instructor, Ramona Horton, has been very successful with the following model:

Introductory videos: Prerequisite reading and three hours of introductory videos on theory of visceral and fascial mobilization along with a PDF of the course manual will be made available the week before the course. These are the exact same lectures as the in-person courses. By sending the lectures ahead of time, we are provided greater flexibility in our schedule for demonstrations and lab practice.

Zoom Lectures: The remainder of the course will be a live-remote format identical to prior courses but viewed through a computer screen. The instructor will be available for live discussions, to answer questions and will follow each lecture with a detailed demonstration. Attendees report that they find the demonstrations via the web cam superior to a classroom as they are offered a closer view of the techniques. For all attendees, COVID precautions will be in full effect through the duration of the course to include 100% use of masks at all times while in the class area, liberal use of hand sanitizer, social distancing during lectures, no shared refreshments and attendance limitations mandated by local governments.

Learning format:

Satellite Location: We are fortunate to have several highly experienced teaching assistants through PHS that have assisted in the courses over the years. They are willing to organize a designated clinical location and function as remote teaching assistants for this course. Satellite attendees will be in a group with the lecture projected for the entire group to watch together. During the lab practice sessions, the teaching assistants will able to provide  hands-on guidance for learning the specific techniques. Attending a Satellite means, you will encounter individuals outside of your immediate circle. Satellite attendees will not require a  zoom account.

Satellite locations available: Vaughan, ON (FULL) / Ottawa, ON / Calgary, AB – please mark on your registration form your location preference.

Course Description:

The fascial system consists of four concentric layers, with the visceral layer beginning at the naso-pharynx and ending at the anal aperture. This course will focus on theory and manual therapy technique for mobilizing fascial structures of the visceral system.

The abdomino-pelvic canister is a functional and anatomical construct comprised of the somatic structures of the abdominal cavity and pelvic basin, which work synergistically to support the midline of the body. The walls of this canister are occupied by and intimately connected to the visceral structures found within. In order to function optimally the viscera must be able to move, not only in relationship to one another, but with respect to their surrounding container.

Material will be presented that includes the science of and evidence behind the use of fascial based manual therapy with presentation of relevant visceral and fascial anatomy. Emphasis will be placed on clinical reasoning with the goal of immediate implementation of the techniques learned following this introductory course. Students will be instructed in an extensive number of treatment techniques, both external abdominal as well as internal vaginal approaches. Course participants will be able to immediately incorporate evaluation and treatment of visceral fascia for patients with a variety of urinary dysfunction diagnoses.

Mobilization of the visceral fascia requires advanced palpation skills along with extensive knowledge of visceral anatomy. This continuing education course is a two-and-a-half day seminar designed to provide comprehensive knowledge concerning the relationship between the connective tissue surrounding the visceral structures of the urologic system as it relates to physical therapy treatment. This course is geared toward the experienced pelvic health therapist who wishes to integrate advanced manual therapy skills into their treatment regime.

Please note:

This course includes extensive lab work; all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Abdominal and vaginal pelvic approaches to access visceral structures will be taught in labs.

Pregnant attendees may participate in a limited capacity, bringing a model for internal labs will facilitate the best learning experience, as vaginal examination and manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not recommended under standard medical practice.

Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the theory and application of manual therapy for the mobilization of visceral fascial
  2. Understand the biological plausibility of how alteration of the normal mobility of visceral fascial structures can contribute to pelvic dysfunction
  3. Understand the contribution of neurologic mechanisms in altering the tone and tension of fascia with respect to manual therapy
  4. Cite potential causes for development of restrictions in the visceral fascia of the urologic system, pelvis, abdomen and thorax
  5. Understand the influence of somatic and autonomic function, to include respiration, on the normal mobility of the visceral structures within the urinary system
  6. Differentiate between direct and indirect manual therapy techniques and understand the proper application of each
  7. Identify visceral structures with relation to the urinary system via external and internal vaginal landmarks
  8. Recognize abnormal tissue mobility of visceral fascial structures.
  9. Apply the technique of three-dimensional fascial mobilization to visceral fascia utilizing external body and internal vaginal approaches
  10. Recognize and treat fascial restrictions throughout the pelvis, abdomen and thorax as they may relate to diagnoses of dysfunction within the urinary system
  11. Develop treatment sequencing with respect to global, local and focal fascial restrictions
  12. Implement visceral fascia mobilization techniques into a comprehensive treatment program for the patient with urologic dysfunctions to include incontinence, urgency/frequency, retention, and bladder pain as they relate to physical therapy

Prerequisites: Level 1 (or equivalent to be approved)

Hours: Friday: 4:00pm-8:30pm ET (Toronto time) / Saturday: 11:00am-8:45pm ET (Toronto time) / Sunday: 11:00am-6:00pm ET (Toronto time)

Satellite locations available: Vaughan, ON (FULL) / Ottawa, ON / Calgary, AB – please mark on your registration form your location preference.