Pregnancy and pelvic floor function go hand-in-hand. This advanced level course has been designed to enhance relevant care providers knowledge of how to optimize pelvic health through the perinatal care period and to better understand the factors that are actually driving pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain. We will review best practices related to preventing pelvic floor dysfunction through pregnancy and birth and restoring the pelvic floor post-partum. An overview of best practices related to exercise prescription pre and post-partum will be provided. This course will also review and demonstrate advanced assessment and treatment skills of ano-rectal dysfunction as it relates to coccydynia in pregnancy and post-partum.
Pelvic Girdle Pain can be a frightening and overwhelming problem in pregnancy and beyond. This course will help you to better understand this common clinic issue, which as litter to do with the hormone relaxin. Participants will understand the drivers that are actually relevant an as such learn to help their clients understand how to de-threaten the systems that are relevant to this clinical presentation. A systems biology perspective will be considered with a review of the importance of understanding over-recruiting and under-recruiting the pelvic floor associated musculature.
This course will be an online format and will cover the same material covered in the in-person two-day course with all labs demonstrated via video. The course will be condensed since breaks will be shorted and no practice time is needed. All the same information in less time and no travel required:)
Upon completion, participants will:
- Understand the effect of pregnancy from pre through to post-partum stages on the pelvic floor and associated pelvic structures.
- Review pelvic floor anatomy, particularly in regards to its influence on pelvic girdle pain
- Understand the role of physiotherapists within perinatal care including assessment and management principles of key conditions presenting pre and postpartum stages and exploring the emerging intrapartum role.
- Understand the assessment and treatment considerations of pelvic floor dysfunction in pregnancy and coccydynia
- Understand how and why pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain is likely to manifest as well as common associated impairments, functional limitations and disabilities.
- Critically look at the literature related to pelvic girdle pain, from both assessment and intervention perspectives and highlight the evolution of the current state of science (biomechanics to psychoneuroimmunology).
- Understand some foundational evidence-informed strategy to address and ameliorate pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain.
Level 1 (or equivalent to be approved).
Level 3 is highly recommended due to the necessity of understanding central pain mechanisms.
This course is open to all practitioners who work with women in the perinatal care period: physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors, nurses, midwives and medical doctors.
Two-day course from 10:30am-4:30pm Eastern Time (Toronto)