Integrative Techniques for Pelvic Floor & Core Function: Part C - Coordination and Function

presented by Bill Gallagher & Richard Sabel

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In this third course, of a 3 part series, the online participant will continue to learn how to integrate low-tech, non-invasive techniques drawn from Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, and Feldenkrais with conventional rehab therapies. Part C concludes the series with integrating the pelvic floor muscles into everyday functional movements such as standing, lifting from a squat, bridging, and going up steps, as a means to maintain the suppleness (strength and flexibility) of the pelvic floor. You will be able to demonstrate and explain the benefits of Ujai breath practice, minimizing locked joints, and the benefits of tennis ball practice, as well as understand how the spinal twist in supine can be used to promote pelvic mobility and address sacroiliac pain.

Meet Your Instructors

  • Bill Gallagher, PT, CMT, CYT

    Bill Gallagher has developed a uniquely integrative approach to maximize comfort and function. By integrating the Physical Therapy traditions of the East (Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga) with somatic therapies of the West (Conventional Therapeutic Exercise, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Pilates, Osteopathy), Mr. Gallagher helps his clients maximize function and minimize pain. Through meditation instruction, guided imagery, biofeedback and other disciplines that work with the Mind & Body, clients are further empowered to optimize function and comfort while reducing suffering. Bill sees a broad spectrum of clients in his practice including people with severe disabilities and elite performers. In addition to traditional 1:1 sessions, Bill teaches specialized group programs for people with pulmonary issues, spinal cord injury, brain injury, chronic pain, breast cancer survivors, and elders at risk of falling. His work has been published in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy Practice, Advance for Physical Therapists, Advance for Occupational Therapists and Tai Chi magazine. He has also written a chapter for a physical therapy text, Complementary Therapies for Physical Therapy: A Clinical Decision-making Approach on integrating Tai Chi & Qigong with conventional physical therapy for psychological, cardiac and arthritic conditions. Bill is recognized as an authority on Integrative/Mind-Body/Complementary rehabilitation and teaches his visionary synthesis to practicing rehab clinicians (Mount Sinai Medical Center, Beth Israel NYC, Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia Presbyterian, Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Oregon State Health & Science University) and at several Physical Therapy doctoral programs.

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  • Richard Sabel, OTR, MA, MPH, GCFP

    Richard Sabel is the Education Director of East West Rehab and a Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate’s Occupational Therapy Program. For many years he successfully integrated occupational therapy and somatic practices of the East and West into a distinctive approach to help clients reengage in meaningful occupations. This integrated practice evolved from his personal experience. After 20 years of back pain, Richard discovered the benefits of Yoga, Tai Chi, mindfulness, breath work and the Feldenkrais Method. These practices, along with his therapist training, were instrumental in his ability to resume activities abandoned years before. Richard included these ideas in his occupational therapy practice and the response was overwhelmingly positive – clients reported less pain and started to make impressive functional gains. Richard’s personal experience and the response of his clients have fostered the continued exploration and growth of an integrated therapeutic practice. Richard teaches this approach at several occupational and physical therapy programs and divides his clinical time between private and community practice. Richard received a 3-year grant from the Balm foundation to offer his Easy Does It fall prevention/wellness program at two senior centers in New York City. Easy Does It has also been adapted for people with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Dystonia. Richard was a guest on local cable television and Doctor Radio to discuss his unique integrative approach. He regularly presents at professional conferences and community centers and has published a variety of articles on this topic in the physical and occupational therapy literature.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Introduction and Pelvic Breath Lab IV

    1. Introduction and Pelvic Breath Lab IV

    Choose neuromuscular reeducation based on client history, demonstrate and explain the benefits of Ujai breath practice in the fourth pelvic breath lab.

  2. Coordination and Standing Stake III

    2. Coordination and Standing Stake III

    Describe and explain coordination of pelvic floor with the hip adductors & obturator internus. Further your understanding and learn more progressions of the Standing Stake exercise through the pelvis-ribcage connection.

  3. Spinal Twist and Tennis Ball

    3. Spinal Twist and Tennis Ball

    Demonstrate and explain the benefits of tennis ball practice, as well as how the spinal twist in supine can be used to promote pelvic mobility and address sacroiliac pain.

  4. Ferris Wheel and Biomechanics

    4. Ferris Wheel and Biomechanics

    Learn how to mobilize the bony structures and soft tissues of the pelvis through the Ferris Wheel exercise.

  5. Integration and Conclusion

    5. Integration and Conclusion

    Demonstrate and explain how the pelvic floor muscles can support and enhance everyday functional movements.