Foundations in Pelvic Health- Level I Pelvic Health Course for Physical Therapists (Las Vegas, Nevada)
3-Day in person pelvic floor course for Physical Therapists 23hr CEU Course
Learn the basics of evaluation of the pelvic floor, pelvis and SI as it relates to diagnoses like incontinence, pelvic pain and more. Learn surface biofeedback evaluation in lab with live hands on lab.
This 3 day comprehensive course was created to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor anatomy,function, dysfunction and treatment interventions.This course is for the licensed therapist who desires to acquire a baseline knowledge of pelvic health through the evaluation and treatment intervention of the pelvic floor through internal assessment and surface electromyography. All instructional material is immediately applicable to evidenced based clinical practice. Ample lab time will allow for supervised instruction of both internal vaginal and rectal evaluation.The clinician will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of urinary,bowel and sexual dysfunction that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disability.The implications of the pelvic floor muscles specific to bladder and bowel dysfunction will be instructed so that the participant can increase diagnostic accuracy and and create effective plans of care.Participants will learn how to evaluate the patient who presents with urinary urgency, frequency,incontinence, retention,pelvic pain, IBS, interstitial cystitis and dyspareunia.Knowledge of pelvic anatomy will allow the clinician to effectively evaluate the pelvis, specifically, sacroiliac joint and its relationship to pelvic and low back pain. Mobilization of sacroiliac joint and coccyx will be taught with respect to pelvic pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction.Special topics will include management of prolapse and pelvic organ descent so that the pelvic rehabilitation provider will be able to develop clinical and home program strategies for the patient who presents with conditions such as rectocele,cystocele, or uterine prolapse. The clinician will also get an introduction to pregnancy and understanding typical hormonal and systemic changes as it affects urinary, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and reproductive systems. Examination considerations and modifications with respect to pregnancy will be provided as well as safe positions and biomechanical implications with respect to pain complaints.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1.Describe and perform a pelvic floor muscle evaluation utilizing observation,vaginal palpation,MMT,and SEMG biofeedback.
2. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment,
3.Apply and utilize surface EMG with external sensors for pelvic floor muscles for all patient populations.
4. Describe the implication and application of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
5. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions
6. Describe and demonstrate coccyx evaluation and treatment using internal and external coccyx mobilizations.
7. Describe sacroiliac dysfunctions and implement mobilization strategy for pain management and exercise prescription.
8.Describe anatomy of the urinary and reproductive systems.
9. Explain to patients the rationale for using biofeedback for the treatment of bladder, bowel, and pelvic pain disorders and how patient can benefit from treatment.
10. State all contraindications for evaluation and treatment of the pregnant patient.
11. Describe the pregnancy-related physiologic changes in the cardiorespiratory,gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive, immune and musculoskeletal systems during pregnancy.
12.List common patient complaints that occur in pregnancy for the spine and pelvis,abdomen, pelvic floor,and extremities.
13.Be able to educate the pregnant patient in exercise methods to prepare physically for birth.
14.Market a program of physical therapy care for the pelvic health population.
Dr. Bunner has over 22 years of experience treating women and men with spine and hip dysfunctions, pelvic floor insufficiencies as it relates to urogynecological and colorectal issues, osteoporosis and complaints associated with simple and high risk pregnancies and the postpartum period. Dr. Bunner graduated from Old Dominion University in 2000 with a Master of Physical Therapy degree and in 2012 she completed a Doctor of Physical Therapy at AT Stills University. Dr. Bunner is ABPTS Board- certified in Orthopedics, Women’s Health, and is also Board certified in the use of Surface Electromyography in the evaluation of Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America. She has a diverse background in manual therapy interventions has found noted success in treating the orthopedic patient when considering women’s health co-morbidities. Dr. Bunner has presented at state and local conferences and is a mentor and instructor in Bodycentral Physical Therapy Sports and Women’s Health Residency Programs.
Tonya teaches the Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip and Pelvic Floor dry needling courses for Structure and Function Education. She co-founded Bodycentral Physical Therapy in 2001 in Tucson, Arizona and has substantial knowledge in business operations, billing, and marketing. Tonya has written several pelvic health courses for pelvichealthcourses.com and has authored others for other platforms. Her energetic teaching style keeps attendees engaged with the topic and she breaks the information down into understandable components. She has been described as “one of the best instructors” participants have ever had. She lives to teach and to help her patients live better lives through her help and interventions. Be sure to sign up for one of her pelvic health courses soon! Tonya also provides biofeedback shadowing and mentorship as well as one:one clinician coaching services. Tonya learned pelvic floor evaluation and treatment strategies in the early 2000s. Some of her mentors and instructors include Holly Herman (one of the original instructors and founder of Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, and Beth Shelly who is another pioneer in APTA pelvic health courses, instructing and creating content for the APTA pelvic health academy. These early career influencers were instrumental in her specialization in pelvic health. Tonya continues to learn and expand her knowledge today through continuing education & self learning. We look forward to additional pelvic floor courses being added to the platform. Sign up to find out when pelvic health courses are coming to a city near you!
No, biofeedback units will be available to learn the technology and use in the lab environment. This is a hands-on course so you will actually use a biofeedback unit and practice in the lab.
No need to bring your own unit.
Yes! You are welcome to attend this course.
Physical Therapist Assistants are vital in the delivery of pelvic health care to our communities. You will be responsible to follow your practice act when you practice, so evaluation and some other skills taught in class will not be used in your clinical practice.
Yes. You are welcome to attend this course.
We welcome DPT students in their last year of school to attend our level I course. If you have any questions, feel free to send a message on the instructor’s website.
Hands-on course– LAB & Lecture
Hands-on Surface EMG/Biofeedback Training
Internal Pelvic Examination
External Orthopedic Evaluation
Bringing it all together to establish a plan of care for common diagnoses.