Gynecologic Visceral Manipulation
This unique 4-day course is designed to educate participants on the anatomy, mobility, and motility of the pelvic viscera. Specific focus will include the bladder, rectum, uterus, ovaries, and an introduction to the kidneys. Video and patient demonstration will focus on examination and intervention strategies. Internal pelvic techniques will be presented from Jean Pierre Barral’s advanced pelvic class that, to date, has only been taught in France. Wetzler has obtained special permission from Barral to teach this material for the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. You will also learn how the internal techniques can enhance your intervention outcomes for bladder, uteral, rectal, and pelvic floor dysfunctions.
Upon completion of the course, you will be able:
1) To evaluate Anatomy/Physiology of the pelvic cavity organs through mobility and motility assessments.
2) To explain and implement V.M. techniques for chronic pelvic pain, urogenital dysfunction, incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunctions, infertility, pre-menstrual and post-menopausal symptoms, dysparunia, dysmenorrhea and articular mobility dysfunction.
3) Understand pelvic visceral relationship to the lumbar spine, pelvis, and lower extremities.
4) To recognize the relationship of visceral restrictions to load transfer.
5) Apply techniques of V.M. on Diastasis Recti and abdominal wall rehabilitation.
6) To design a home program relating organs to breathing/relaxation techniques, exercise programs, M/S re-education and conditioning.
Day 1 Thursday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm *Registration begins at 7:30 am. Course starts at 8:00 AM.
Day 2 Friday: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Day 3 Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Day 4 Sunday: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Total Contact Hours: 30.0
Morning and afternoon beverages and snacks will be provided during each day during designated break times.*
What is included:
- 30 contact hours of live instruction
- An electronic course manual, pre-reading assignments and additional handouts (12-month access)
- 50-question multiple-choice exam and survey (30 days to complete after the course)
- Certificate of Completion (issued upon 80% or higher score on exam)
“Gail is a gifted clinician and I am so grateful she is sharing her knowledge. I appreciate her effort to offer this material in the US without the prerequisite requirements. It was a monumental task to create this course and be able to differentiate the many levels of visceral exposure among the participants attending this course.”
“Absolutely phenomenal instructor”
“Gail’s knowledge and skills were outstanding and very inspiring.”
“Gail was amazing! She took time with each and every one of us to go over techniques and make sure we had a solid understanding of the material.”
“This course has inspired me to attend further classes to broaden my knowledge of treatments for incontinence, pelvic pain and other women’s health related topics”
- Eligibility: This course is only open to licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants.
- Prerequisites: None. However, we recommend students have some orthopedic/musculoskeletal coursework in their curriculum prior to attending the course.
- Pre-Readings: Pre-readings will be provided electronically to course participants for completion prior to the course. An electronic lecture manual will be provided in the online Learning Center along with the post-course final exam, survey and a Course Completion.
- Lab Participation & Consent: The majority of this course is lab-focused to provide more hands-on learning. Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. The Consent & Release Form must be filled out and turned in to the instructor on Day 1 of the course (this form is provided on-site). If the course participant does not turn in the completed form on Day 1, he/she will not be permitted to take the course. All participants must participate in labs as both “therapist” & “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. If you are not sure whether you need a medical model or if you are unfamiliar with the process of obtaining a medical model, please read: Medical Models for Internal Pelvic Assessment.pdf. Participants that MUST provide their own lab partners include (but are not limited to):
- ALL Male participants
- Pregnant women (except with written physician permission for FULL participation)
- 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
Gail Wetzler, PT, DPT, EDO, BI-D
Gail Wetzler currently owns an integrative physical therapy practice in Denver, Colorado, where they treat orthopedic, fascial/muscular/soft tissue, neurologic, pain,respiratory, digestive, mTBI and women’s and men’s health issues. After receiving her initial degree in physical therapy, she pursued her first experience in acute orthopedic care at Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach California. Within 1 year, she became the outpatient clinical supervisor and thus began her journey and desire for continuing education in the science and art of human movement and function. She studied with Travell and Simons, Mennell, Kaltenborn, Maitland, McKenzie, Mitchell, Jones and Greenman in the earlier years of manual therapy education. Inspired by these methods of treatment, she became an assistant teacher to Dr. Janet Travell and later an instructor with the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) developed by Gregg Johnson and Vicky Saliba Johnson… continue
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