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Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Health Course

Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Health Course

Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Health Course

This course includes
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Certificate of completion

Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Health Course



Course Description

Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) can include overactive and weak pelvic floor muscles. 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 for your patient’s recovery; we will make it fun and non-threatening!

This online physiotherapy course is open to all health care professionals. No prerequisites required.

Course Objectives

  • 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 over active pelvic floor
  • Learn how to ask patients important questions about sexual function
  • Learn non-internal management strategies for pelvic floor retraining
  • Create a prescription and progression of pelvic floor exercises for an over active and under active pelvic floor
  • 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

Who is this Online Course for?

This course is open to all health care professionals – licensed physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, registered kinesiologists, medical doctors, nurses and midwives.

Massage therapists – Please note that this course falls into Category A of the CEU requirements and guidelines set out by the CMTO. The CMTO does not pre-approve courses for CEU’s but you are welcome and responsible evaluating the criteria and determining how many CEU’s can be obtained by completing this course.


The instructors
Nelly Faghani
B.Sc. P.T., M.C.P.A.

Nelly graduated from the University of Toronto in 1996. Nelly started to treat pelvic health in 1998 and continues to be actively involved in clinical practice, mentoring and teaching. She has helped develop Continence Programs that have been implemented in various long-term care facilities through Ontario. Nelly has been a spokesperson for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, has co-authored a neuro-urology textbook chapter on incontinence and has hosted a round table at the International Pelvic Pain Society Conference.

Nelly is a member of the ICS Children and Young Adult’s Committee and the ICS Physiotherapy Committee. She regularly attends international conferences and prides herself on staying on top of the current pelvic health literature.

Pelvic Health Solutions

Pelvic Health Solutions is an evidence-based teaching company that was founded in 2010 by Nelly Faghani and Carolyn Vandyken, out of the need to develop pelvic health resources in Ontario, an under serviced health concern in this province. Since the inception of our teaching company, pelvic health physiotherapy has blossomed from a handful of physiotherapists to well over 300 therapists now rostered with the Ontario College of Physiotherapists. Pelvic Health Solutions provides continuing education courses for a variety of practitioners, including mentoring and clinical resources for therapists to utilize with their patients. Our mission is to provide evidence-based, biopsychosocial resources to patients and health care practitioners for the assessment and treatment of pelvic health problems in our province and abroad.
Course Material included in this course
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • The Second Layer of the Pelvic Floor
  • The Third Layer of the Pelvic Floor
  • Anatomy of the Back Triangle
  • Pelvic Floor Anatomy Tutorial Video
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Physiology
  • Feedback
  • Weakness vs. Tension
  • The McMaster Study
  • Screening for PFD
  • Weakness Vs. Tension
  • Muscle Tension & Visceral Sensitivity
  • Feedback
  • Central Sensitization & Obturator Internus
  • Central Sensitization
  • Obturator Internus
  • Feedback
  • Assessment
  • Assessment: First Strategy
  • Assessment: Second Strategy
  • Assessment: Third Strategy, Bladder Diary
  • Assessment: Third Strategy, Fibre Diary
  • Scope
  • Feedback
  • Tension, Hypersensitivity & Strength Assessment
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Assessing Myofascial Tension
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Strength Assessment: Pad Test
  • Feedback
  • Bladder & Prolapse
  • Treatment: Bladder
  • UTI for Prevention
  • AIRBAG Meditation
  • Education
  • Toileting Position: Squatty Potty
  • Prolapse
  • Feedback
  • Labs
  • Lab 1: Testing for Pelvic Tenderness and Treatment Options
  • Lab 3: Variations of Obturator Internus Lengthening
  • Lab 4: Face the Day
  • Lab 5: Dynamic Exercises for the Pelvic Floor
  • Lab 6: Strengthening for the Weak Pelvic Floor
  • Lab 7: 8-Minute Core Challenge
  • Lab 8: Cat/Cow
  • Feedback
  • Case Studies
  • Part 1 - Bernie
  • Part 2 - Diane
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • Strengthening of the Weak Pelvic Floor
  • 8-Minute Core Challenge
  • How to Use a Stick Roller
  • Acuball - Hip Flexor
  • Acuball - Abdominal Wall
  • Acuball - Gluteal
  • Pigeon Stretch
  • Cat/Dog Stretch
  • Piriformis Stretch
  • Obturator Internus Lengthening
  • Face the Day - Dynamic ROM Exercises