This course offering will be recorded and all registrants will receive a link to access the course recording for a 2-week period following the course. Please mark on your registration form if you will watching the recording (and not attending live) for attendance taking purposes.
Live Online + additional pre-recorded resources
Menopause is having a moment! There’s never been a better time to become familiar with the whole body and brain changes associated with menopause and to get clear about our role in helping women live well during menopause and beyond.
Female hormones change dramatically throughout our lives, and affect every function and structure in our bodies, from pelvic health to psychological health.
Do you understand what's happening hormonally during the menstrual cycle? During pregnancy and postnatal recovery? What if you're postnatal AND perimenopausal?
And what's the difference between perimenopause and post menopause?
How can we help women live well during all of these transitions?
In this revised, updated and expanded course we will explore:
- The definitions, key terms and diagnostic criteria to understand around this transition
- The influence of menstrual and maternal health on good outcomes at and after menopause
- The musculoskeletal implications of low oestrogen: how muscles, tendons & joints are affected by menopause
- Breast health, back pain and prolapse – creating good support systems
- Resistance training: what do we need to consider, from bone health to pelvic health?
- Brain changes, sleep hygiene and evidence based lifestyle medicine for managing symptoms
- Why women at menopause/after hysterectomy are more likely to be diagnosed with IBS and what does the evidence tell us about our role in midlife bowel health
- Why urinary frequency and urgency, as well as incontinence are menopausal issues
- Sexual health at menopause: it’s not just about atrophy! Body image, msk considerations & relationship with self, along with lubricants, moisturisers and topical hormonal treatment
- Metabolic changes, weight gain and exercise prescription
- Exercise prescription at menopause: picking the right tool for the target
In this two day online course, supplemented by access to pre-recorded lectures & videos, the therapist’s repertoire of clinical reasoning, manual therapies and exercise prescription will be developed, along with an exploration of evidence based integrative approaches, including yoga, breathwork, stress management, sleep hygiene & lifestyle pertaining to the management of menopausal symptoms. Participants will gain an understanding of the changing hormonal profiles of the menopausal woman, but will also appreciate the long term implications of these changes, especially pelvic & sexual health and function, musculoskeletal/bone health issues, and overall health and wellness.
2 days live online 10am-4pm (ET) and 5+ hours of pre-recorded material available 7 days before the live online portion and for 14 days afterwards
Prerequisites: Level 1 (or equivalent to be approved)
Audience: This course is open to physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors, nurses, midwives and medical doctors.
Two-day online course October 14-15, 2023, from 10:00am-4:00pm ET (Toronto). Please convert to your local time zone. 5+ hours of pre-recorded material available 7 days before the live online portion and for 14 days afterwards
Michelle Lyons has been a physiotherapist for over 23 years, with a focus on integrative women’s health. With additional training in mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention, nutrition therapy, herbal medicine, pilates and yoga as well as her clinical experience in pelvic health, orthopaedics and oncology rehab, Michelle is a firm believer in a whole body approach to health and wellness. She is licensed in both Ireland and the U.S., and teaches nationally, internationally and online. She is on the faculty of Herman & Wallace, The Pelvic Rehab Institute, The Integrative Women’s Health Institute, Medbridge Education and is clinical consultant for Burrell Education, as well as a former tutor for the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy Association in the UK. She has presented at IPPS (2016), ICS (2017), the Klose Lymphedema Conference (2017) and the British Pelvic Floor Society conference (2017), as well as at national conferences for POGP, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Turkish Pelvic Health Academy and the UK Women’s Health Summit.
Online with recording access
What people are saying
Michelle Lyon’s ‘Menopause: An Integrative Approach For Physiotherapists’ course is a must for every physiotherapist who works with women! The course content was comprehensive, up-to-date and research based, and the labs presented new assessment and treatment skills I was able to implement the next day in clinic. Thank you PHS for bringing top notch pelvic health education to Toronto!
– Karin S