July 11-13 (Fri-Sun)
Location: Des Moines, IA
Instructor(s): Lori Mize, Barb Settles-Huge
This 3-day course provides physical therapists with practical
knowledge and skill in the treatment of female urinary incontinence, with an
introduction to the treatment of pelvic pain. Instruction in pelvic floor
muscle anatomy, function, physiology, and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction will
provide the clinician with skills for immediate clinical application and build
the base for future courses. This course is the first prerequisite in the
series of three pelvic floor courses designed to give the practicing clinician
a comprehensive knowledge base in pelvic physical therapy. Course content is
evidence-based, promoting the use of reliable tests and validated outcome
measures. Instruction and lab practice intravaginal examination of the pelvic
floor is a key component of this course. Participants will perform and
experience intra-vaginal EMG biofeedback and electrical stimulation.
Skills integration testing is performed at the end of the third day.
Day 1: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Day 2: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Day 3: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Required pre-reading is to be completed prior to
the course. All pre-reading is available at this link.
Open To: Licensed Physical Therapists, and Student Physical
Therapists in their final year of school.
Of note, PTA's are no longer eligible to participate in any SOWH
Pelvic Floor continuing education programs.
Lab Participation Requirements: Participants will be
working in groups of 3 during labs. This course includes extensive labs with
intravaginal assessment and examination. All participants must
participate in labs as both “clinician” and “patient.” Participants
who cannot participate as lab subjects are required to provide their own lab
partners. Failure to participate as a lab subject, or to provide
required lab partner if needed, will result in forfeiture of course completion
and registration costs. Complete information on course participation
requirements is located here.
Participants who MUST provide their own lab partners include (but
are not limited to, contact firstname.lastname@example.org if further
ALL Male participants
Pregnant women (except with written physician permission for FULL
Active vaginal infections
Active STD or herpes lesions
Active bladder or rectal infections
Severe pelvic/vaginal/rectal pain that inhibits examination
Lack of prior vaginal exam by a physician
Active OB/GYN cancer
Attendance Requirements: Participants are expected to stay
through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly.
Deduction of CEU certificate hours and ineligibility to participate in the CAPP
process will occur for participants who leave the course early. Complete
information on the attendance policy is included here.
Click Here For Required and Recommended Readings