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Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Health Course: Live-Online – February 2021

February 28, 2021
COURSE FULL! Please email info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca to be added to the wait list.
Registration Information
COURSE FULL! Please email info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca to be added to the wait list.

Course Instructors:

Sheela Zelmer & Michelle Vanderpol

COURSE FULL! Please email info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca to be added to the wait list.

To Kegel or Not: That is the Question!!

Pelvic floor problems are prevalent in more than 2/3 of women with LBP/PGP, and 1/3 of men with LBP

Is this important fact affecting your outcomes for chronic LBP?

Course Description:

Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) can include hypertonic and hypotonic muscle problems. It is not all about kegels! How can you tell if your patient is over-recruiting their pelvic floor if you cannot do an internal exam? Not all clinicians want to perform this type of exam, or it may not be in your scope of practice. Learn what the evidence says about linking pelvic floor dysfunction to chronic low back pain, pelvic girdle pain and hip pain, and learn what you can do about it in your practice. Help your patients to regain control of these important muscles! Sexual function and bladder/bowel function are arguably some of the most important activities of daily living that your patients need to recover. Don’t let your discomfort be the barrier for your patient’s recovery; we will make it fun and non-threatening!

This course is open to all health care professionals. No prerequisites required. 

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

  • Importance of PFD when treating Orthopaedic conditions- LBP and Hip pain
  • Basic anatomy of the pelvic floor musculature and physiology of the lower urinary tract system (LUTS)
  • Pelvic floor conditions as they relate to a underactive and overactive pelvic floor
  • Conservative management of pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Proper instruction on how to perform a pelvic floor contraction and progression of exercises
  • Prescription and progression of pelvic floor exercises for an over active pelvic floor
  • Practical treatment options for the non-internal clinician
  • When it is appropriate to refer to a specially trained practitioner for incontinence and pelvic pain


This course is open to all health care professionals – licensed physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, registered kinesiologists, fitness professionals, yoga instructors, personal trainers, medical doctors, nurses and midwives.

Massage therapists – Please note that this course falls into Category A of the CEU requirements and guidelines set out by the CMTO. The CMTO does not pre-approve courses for CEU’s but you are welcome and responsible evaluating the criteria and determining how many CEU’s can be obtained by completing this course.


10:30am-6:30pm ET (Toronto) – please convert to your local time zone.

Resource Materials

The resources listed below are included in the cost of the course, and will be provided to each participant in electronic, PDF format upon successful completion of the course.


  • Bladder diary
  • Breathing techniques
  • Chronic prostatitis syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Dynamic pelvic floor and core exercises for the tight weak pelvic floor
  • Dynamic pelvic floor and core exercises
  • Dynamic ROM program for pelvic pain and generalized tension
  • Fibre diary
  • Flexibility for your core
  • ILU massage
  • Incontinence identifiers
  • Instructions for the management of urge incontinence
  • Prolapse education
  • Rectus diastasis correction
  • Screening questionnaire
  • Strengthening exercises for the pelvic floor
  • Urinary incontinence assessment in older adults
  • UTI prevention

The Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Floor Course is a key, clinically applicable course for all orthopaedic physiotherapists.  This course has changed how I address low back and pelvic girdle issues in typical orthopaedic clients, as well as high level athletes. This is knowledge we should all be graduating with.

– Nicole H

I am impressed with the supportive evidence provided during the course for the Physiotherapy management of pelvic floor issues and incontinence. Although I personally do not wish to do internal work, I am now more confident in referring my patients to a pelvic floor PT who does internal work. Thank you.

– Bahram J

I am a physical therapist and took your one-day Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Health course. I wanted to say thank you as I have truly been inspired by this course and what I have been able to achieve for several people…friends/family and patients with the resources you shared and taught. The effect on QOL with just a few changes has been truly remarkable. And I am asking the right questions now!

– Maria B

I took the Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Health course, and the content was fantastic with current research, videos, handouts and demonstrations. Internal Pelvic floor is out of the scope of practice for Massage Therapists, but having tools to help a client with their pelvic floor concerns and to know when to refer them to a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist so clients do not have to suffer in silence and embarrassment is invaluable.

– Catrina T