Treating Male Pelvic Pain: A Biopsychosocial Approach is a comprehensive course designed to take you towards becoming the expert in helping men recover from pelvic pain. This course integrates the multifaceted complexities of male pelvic pain, combining neuroscience with a hands-on approach. It gives you practical knowledge and training to help your patients get on the road to recovery. You’ll learn advanced assessment and treatment skills that will increase your confidence and comfort treating men with pelvic pain. (Bottom line: dangly bits don’t have to be scary.) This course includes live male models.
In this course, you’ll:
- Gain confidence and comfort around treating dangly bits so that you can ensure comprehensive care for guys with pelvic pain
- Know how to address the potential of an awkward situation ‘popping up’ (ahem, physiological reaction)
- Use practical strategies to address the complexities of pelvic pain caused by biological, psychological and social factors intersecting
- Understand the psychological factors that a patient undergoes, which can help you behave in a way that is helpful not harmful
- Not be bogged down in research, but instead focus on how to actually treat your patients in pain using strategies that blend together neuroscience with manual therapy, exercise and movement
- Demonstrate use of appropriate language when treating men with chronic pelvic pain in order to shift neurobiological response and reconceptualize their pain
- Practice all your skills on live male models!
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Define and recognize pain as both a sensory and emotional experience
- Define the categories in the classification system used to categorize male pelvic pain
- Differentiate between prostatitis and non-inflammatory chronic pelvic pain syndrome
- List key medical diagnostic procedures for male urologic and pelvic pain conditions
- Understand the importance of using a biopsychosocial approach (multimodal treatment approach) in the treatment of male pelvic pain
- Utilize motivational interviewing and targeting questioning in order to establish a comprehensive treatment plan
- Recognize and list sexual dysfunction conditions related to male pelvic pain
- Understand the psychological impacts of male chronic pelvic pain
- Demonstrate use of appropriate linguistics when treating men with chronic pelvic pain in order to shift neurobiological response and reconceptualization of pain
- Identify anatomy of male urogenital, nervous, musculoskeletal and fascial systems as related to male pelvic pain
- Choose appropriate validated outcome measures in a meaningful way that accurately reflects patient’s concerns to help guide treatment plan
- Accurately screen for sleep disorders and make sleep hygiene recommendations as deemed appropriate
- Understand how gut health may impact pelvic pain
- Provide general nutrition guidance for pelvic pain if diet is suspected as a trigger
- Perform a thorough male pelvic floor assessment which includes obtaining consent and identifying one’s own comfort level treating male genitalia
- Perform an external and internal pelvic floor assessment on a live male model
- Perform external and internal treatment male abdominal and pelvic floor treatment techniques on a live male model
- Perform nerve assessment and treatment of pudendal n, lumbar plexus, posterior femoral cutaneous n, and sciatic n
- Perform myofascial assessment and release techniques on the prostate
- Design a treatment plan based on a “top-down, inside out” or “bottom-up, outside in” biopsychosocial approach
- Apply graded exposure and activity dosing principles in relation to pelvic pain
- Understand the importance of pain biology knowledge as therapy
- Implement strategies to calm an overly sensitive nervous system
- Understand the physiological and neurological mechanisms by which manual therapy works
- Utilize multimedia materials and resources to facilitate patient’s learning and assist in their ability to apply pain knowledge and coping strategies during future painful episodes
This course is open to physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors, registered nurses and medical doctors. Labs include internal palpation.
Level I (or equivalent to be approved).
Registration begins on the first day 15 minutes prior to the start time.