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 organ 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 Section on Women’s Health. You will also learn how the internal techniques can enhance your intervention outcomes for bladder, uteral, rectal, and pelvic floor dysfunctions.
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
Course Eligibility & Prerequisites
This course is open to Licensed Physical Therapists. No exceptions will be made.
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. A printed lab manual will be provided on-site.
“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”
Lab Participation & Consent
Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours hours and ineligibility to participate in the CAPP process (for those attending CAPP courses) will occur for participants who leave the course early. Participants will be working in groups of 2 during labs. This course includes extensive labs with intra-vaginal & intra-rectal assessment & examination. 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):
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.
Already registered for a course? Head on over to the Learning Center to access your pre-readings, course manual, discussion forums and your post-course final exam.
English Language Proficiency
If you are a foreign-educated physical therapist, you will need to pass the TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) and meet the score requirements. There are some exemptions to the TOEFL requirement for individuals who are exempt under the USCIS regulations. TOEFL scores must be reported directly to APHPT for the purposes of determining eligibility for course attendance. The minimum TOEFL scores we require are the following: Reading: 21; Listening: 18; Writing: 24; Speaking: 26.