About the Course
Vaginal dilators, also referred to as trainers are used in pelvic rehabilitation as a tool to help patients with vaginal pain overcome challenges with penetration. This could include inability to tolerate a tampon, medical exam, or sexual penetration. Common diagnosis that warrant the use of dilators include: Levator ani syndrome, vaginismus, Meyer-Rokitansky Kuster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH), Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), post vaginal birth scarring of the perineum, genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), vestibulodynia, and post cancer treatment including chemotherapy and radiation. This course will present evidence on the use of dilators for the above diagnosis.
- The learner will understand the purpose of vaginal trainers as part of a multi-modal rehabilitation program:
- The learner will list 4 patient populations that may benefit from vaginal trainers
- The learner will comprehend the variation in reported protocols for trainers
Eligibility: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapy Students
Technology: Computer/PC with a stable internet connection
Amanda Olson, DPT, PRPC
Dr. Olson earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Pacific University in 2005, and a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2008, graduating as a member of the Jesuit National Honor Society. She is holds a Certification of Achievement in pelvic floor physical therapy (CAPP-PF) through the APTA, and the Pelvic Floor Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Institute. She is also a certified Stott Pilates instructor and RRCA certified running coach, which she finds useful in curating treatment approaches.
Dr. Olson teaches internationally on various pelvic health topics including pelvic floor dysfunction in runners. She has written several physical therapy continuing education courses, newspaper and magazine articles on pelvic floor dysfunction, and running.
She is the president and chief clinical officer of Intimate Rose where she develops pelvic health products and education, and authored the book Restoring the Pelvic Floor For Women. She is passionate about empowering women and men with pelvic health issues including pelvic pain, incontinence, and pre and post-partum issues.