The Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute Functional Applications in Pelvic Rehabilitation Course begins with a thorough explanation of the anatomy of the pelvis and the layers of the pelvic floor muscles. Key points of medical history and chief complaints that would identify risk factors for pelvic floor impairment syndromes will be reviewed and evidence-based references will support the evaluation and treatment methods. The seminar will be didactic for teaching the anatomy, physiology and kinesiology of daily functions we take for granted but do not quite understand. It also provides laboratory practicums for learning external evaluation and treatment techniques for the pelvic region. Participants will find it informative and clinically helpful to learn patient symptoms have an anatomic/physiologic connection to the pelvic floor and that there are simple techniques to help patients.
Kathe Wallace owns a clinic specializing in the evaluation and treatment of the pelvis, pelvic floor and ob/gyn musculoskeletal conditions. She is also a founder of Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Kathe Wallace, co-founder of Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, is an internationally recognized author, lecturer and consultant in women's health and pelvic floor dysfunction evaluation and treatment. Since 1988, her clinical practice has specialized in the evaluation and treatment of the pelvis, pelvic floor and ob/gyn musculoskeletal conditions. Kathe graduated from UCLA with a BS in Kinesiology and received her PT certificate from Children's Hospital School of Physical Therapy. She has an eclectic background of acute care, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, outpatient pain management and movement based orthopedic treatment. Kathe's credentials include Level II Certification from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT), Exercise Specialist Certification from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and Biofeedback Certification in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback (BCB-PMD).
The online learner will be able to list the bony, ligamentous, muscular, and nerve elements comprising the pelvis, name the components of the 3 muscular layers of the pelvic floor, and describe the muscle fiber types and functions of the pelvic floor.
The online learner will be able to describe the components of a pelvic floor contraction, give 2 verbal cues for tightening and bulging the pelvic floor muscles, teach a patient self-assessment technique for pelvic floor muscle activation, and identify 2 common unhelpful substitution patterns for a pelvic floor contraction.
The online learner will be able to identify risk factors for pelvic floor dysfunction, list two dysfunctions that may be created by a tight pelvic floor as well as a weak pelvic floor, and be able to describe the prevalence of pelvic floor dysfunction.
The online learner will be able to describe pelvic floor assessment techniques including surface electromyographic (sEMG) evaluation, real-time ultrasound (RTUS), and be able to perform a scan examination of the pelvic floor muscles (levator ani specifically), obturator internus, coccygeus, and the coccyx.