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Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Health Course: Online – October 2024

Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Health Course: Online – October 2024

Sheela Zelmer and Michelle Vanderpol
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Participants who register for this course have the option to attend the course live and/or watch the recorded sessions later. The recording will be available to all registrants for a 2-week period after the course/each session. This allows participants who may not be able to attend the live sessions to still benefit from the course content.

To facilitate attendance tracking, please indicate on your registration form if you won't be attending live.

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 an important fact affecting your outcomes for chronic LBP?

Course Description

Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) can include increased tone and decreased tone 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 to your patient’s recovery; we will make it fun and non-threatening!

Resources/handouts are included in this course.

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

  • Understand the relevance of Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) when treating orthopaedic conditions- specifically LBP, SIJ dysfunction, PGP, and hip pain
  • Learn basic anatomy of the pelvic floor musculature and physiology of the lower urinary tract system (LUTS)
  • Understand pelvic floor conditions as they relate to a weak pelvic floor and an overactive pelvic floor
  • Learn how to ask patients important questions about sexual function
  • Learn non-internal management strategies for pelvic floor retraining
  • Create an individualized exercise program and progression for clients with increased or decreased pelvic floor tone
  • Use behavioural techniques to help retrain a variety of dysfunctions of the urinary and bowel system
  • Practice externally driven techniques for assessing and treating pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Understand when to refer to a specially trained physiotherapist for incontinence, prolapse, and pelvic pain

Audience: This course is open to all healthcare and wellness professionals.

Prerequisite: None

Registration Form

Non-Internal October 2024


Date/Time: October 18, 2024, from 10:30am-6:30 pm ET (Toronto). Please convert to your local time zone.

Delivery Format

Live attendance is not mandatory for this online course. Enjoy a 2-week window to access and review the course recording, which is sent out on the next business day. We understand that life can be busy, which is why we offer you the freedom to access the course recording(s) during the time-limited viewing period.


What people are saying

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