This course, with Michelle Lyons, is designed to acknowledge and describe the prevalence and impact of endometriosis, and the implications for pelvic rehabilitation specialists. The course begins by review the treatment options (and their implications) available to endometriosis patients, and goes on to describe the ‘Evil Triplet Syndrome’ of Endometriosis, Interstitial Cystitis and Pudendal Neuralgia. Participants will develop an understanding of the role of the pelvic rehab specialist in managing pelvic pain and genito-urinary dysfunction.
Michelle Lyons PT, MISCP, is a graduate of University College Dublin, Ireland, with over eighteen years experience working in women's health. She is currently living and working in Connecticut as Women's Health coordinator for Access Rehab Centers, one of the largest therapy providers in New England. At Access Rehab Centers, Michelle designed and implemented their women's health programs, including pre and post partum care, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction and colorectal health, menopausal wellness, spinal dysfunction, TMJ/headache pain and a breast cancer rehab program, which incorporates manual therapy, lymphedema management and specific exercise prescription. A firm believer in integrative healthcare, she incorporates therapeutic Pilates, yoga and lifestyle advice into her treatment protocols. Michelle has appeared in local newspapers, radio and television programs speaking on women's health issues. She has presented programs in Ireland, Canada and the U.S. including The Wise Woman weekend, The International Herbal Symposium and The New England Women's Herbal Conference and for the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
The first chapter of this course provides a review of the anatomy of the female reproductive system and the effects of endometriosis. Participants will understand the epidemiology and etiology of endometriosis, and be able to recognize the signs, symptoms and manifestations of endometriosis within the context of diagnostic procedures.
The second chapter of this course will familiarize the participant with the role of the pelvic rehabilitation specialist in the varied treatment options for endometriosis, including surgical excisions, hormone therapies, and other more conservative treatment options.
This chapter broadens the discussion to the co-morbidities of endometriosis, including the "Evil Triplet Syndrome" (endometriosis, interstitial cystitis and pudendal neuralgia), sexual dysfunction and dyspareunia, and the complex biopsychosocial impacts of the disease.
The final chapter of this course provides a brief demonstration of exercises relevant to management of endometriosis.