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Specialized Topics in GI Dysfunction – “The Missing Pieces”: Live-Online – December 2021

December 4, 2021 - December 5, 2021
Registration Information
  • Register before
    October 23rd, 2021
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after October 23rd, 2021

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

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Specialized Topics in GI Dysfunction December 2021


GI system is an integral part of every human experience. Not only does it process food and drink for fuel to power human physiology, but it also governs and interacts with the nervous and cardiovascular systems and influences how these system operate within the movement, endocrine and immune systems. This course will be focused on newer models of the GI system in persistent pain, trauma and specialized populations with autoimmunities, and other complex functional GI disorders. This approach allows for the consideration of management of multiple factors  including nutritional, psychosocial, medical-surgical decisions, and physical therapy examination/intervention advanced intervention for the complex patient. Physiological systems contributions to the GI system require a varied intervention approach to optimize function. 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. Case study format and  group discussion will be utilized throughout the course.


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

  1. Understand and define functional bowel disorders relationship to the endocrine, immune and cardiopulmonary systems.
  2. Describe the latest evidence on the HPA axis and the Gut-Brain axis system to multisystem physiology in the human
  3. Application of the multidisciplinary role in assessment of the patient with gastrointestinal disorders including the latest evidence on specialized testing, diet/nutrition, CV/HRV and the autonomic nervous system.
  4. Integrate a physical therapy examination algorithm for differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal impairments and functional movement dysfunctions of individuals with gastrointestinal disorders including the entire GI tract, nocioplastic pain and multiple system influence.
  5. Apply the appropriate psychomotor questionnaires for the assessment of psychosocial and behavioural components as well as the expanded role in intervention.
  6. Develop an updated model of intervention techniques for patients with gastrointestinal disorders based on the evidence of the autonomic nervous system, heart rate variability, nutritional optimization, and exercise balance.
  7. Apply the updated models of examination and intervention of clients with complex gastrointestinal disorders in a case study format.

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

Practitioners that have completed this course are able to perform evaluation of the musculoskeletal aspect of the complex client with GI system disorders (including a focus on the entire GI region’s interaction with the CV, MSK, Respiratory, Endocrine and Immune system). They will be able to establish an individualized treatment plan and its progression for GI functional change with regards to multiple system parameters. The interventions will include manual therapy, movement/exercise, respiration, endocrine, cardiovascular – heart rate variability and clinical reasoning to reduce dysfunction. They also have a systematic approach for optimization of the GI system including digestive disorders, basic nutritional contributions, abdominal and pelvic floor dysfunction, and psychosocial/behavioural contributions.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Gastrointestinal Disorders & The Pelvic Floor Course (or equivalent experience) is required.

Hours: Live-online, two-day course from 10:30am – 5:00pm ET (Toronto)