Fall Symposium

Virtual Conference

Saturday, September 12, 2020

9:00am-6:15pm CST (US/Canada)

Engage. Discover. Empower.

The purpose of this 1-day virtual symposium is to connect Physical Therapists/Physiotherapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and physical therapy students across the globe and highlight special topics and treatment techniques within the field of pelvic health physical therapy. This virtual symposium is worth 7.5 contact hours. All times listed below are in Central Standard Time (US/Canada).

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9:00am – 9:15am CST

Opening remarks by Carina Siracusa, PT, DPT | APTA Pelvic Health Director of Programming, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy

Early Screening to Optimize Women’s Cardiac Health
9:15am -10:15am CST

Speakers: Karen Litos, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist and Karen Snowden, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist.
Heart disease is a silent killer in women affecting one in five over age 50, and responsible for more deaths than all forms of cancer combined. More often than not, women succumb to heart attacks or strokes without any previous knowledge or diagnosis of pre-existing cardiac disease. Physical therapists are in a position to save lives and quality of life by recognizing that all women have significant increased risk for developing cardiac disease after menopause. Early screening for risk factors and education on lifestyle modifications may reduce a woman’s future risk for developing cardiac disease as much as 80%. The purpose of this webinar is to provide an understanding of the prevalence of heart disease in women along with simple screening tools to guide the therapist in developing a quality program that includes appropriate intervention for promoting women’s cardiac health and wellness.

At the end of this session, the participant will be able to:
1. Understand the importance of incorporating heart health intervention for women
2. Identify appropriate screening tools for women’s cardiac health
3. Utilization of screening results to develop appropriate intervention for the female client
4. Identify when to refer to other healthcare specialists for cardiac disease-prevention and wellness

Moderated Q&A Session
10:15am -10:30am CST

Myofascial Decompression
10:30am – 11:30am CST

Speaker: Ramona Horton, PT, DPT, MPT

Myofascial Decompression (MFD) is a manual therapy technique that is an adaptation from the traditional Asian medicine technique known as Cupping. The goal of this course is to apply an evidence-based approach to treating the superficial fascia and its associated structures such as cutaneous nerves and proprioceptors while incorporating known scientific principles of neuromobilization, movement science, and pain science. The majority of manual therapy techniques rely on the concept of “releasing” stuck tissue. The goal of this course is to understand how a manual therapy approach can interact with the nervous system via the skin with the goal of decreasing pain and improving movement.

Moderated Q&A Session
11:30am -11:45am CST

Lunch Break
11:45am – 12:30pm CST

Attendees can use this time to take a break or grab lunch.

Can Pleasure Lessen Vulvar Pain?
12:30pm -2:30pm CST

Speakers: Dee Hartman, PT, DPT and Elizabeth Wood, Sex Educator
Three out of four women report having had pain with sex at some point in their lives. Research reports as many as 16% of women experience chronic vulvar pain; a pain impacts their lives, their sexual relationships, and their self-esteem. As women’s health PT’s, we readily assess and treat women impacted by chronic vulvar pain. Statistically, however, these women never reach the sexual frequency of their age matched peers even after successful PT treatment. How can we change that? How can we help our patients have satisfying and pleasurable sex lives similar to that of their friends? This talk is will introduce you to pleasure prescriptions suitable for your pain patients. Think of it this way—We want you to monitor women’s sexual health and wellness just as you would monitor women’s cardiac health and wellness. For us, it all begins with pleasure.

A. Identify 5 exercises that can be used to ease vulvar pain prior to vaginal penetration.
B. Define and distinguish the differences between pleasure, arousal, and turn-on.
C. Describe how neuroendocrine variability can impact pain and pleasure.
D. Consider how knowledge of their Erotic Blueprint™ can redirect a patient’s pain and unlock her pleasure.

Moderated Q&A Session
2:30pm – 2:45pm CST

How to Easily Grow Your Private Practice
2:45pm – 3:45pm CST

In this session, Dr. Julie Granger and Dr. Jessica Drummond will walk the participants through the 5 steps of marketing for practice growth. This session will provide actionable strategies and use case examples to inspire you to clarify your brand, messaging, and marketing processes for more consistent new client enrollment and retention.
We will cover: 
  1. How to clarify your ideal client and brand message
  2. How to create a lead magnet and follow up
  3. How to use social media for lead generation
  4. How to use other methods of lead generation
  5. How to use a consistent sales process for enrolling new clients in your practice.

Moderated Q&A Session
3:45pm – 4:00pm CST

Can Telemedicine Vitalize Electrical Stimulation in Managing Pelvic Health Conditions? Urgency and Slow Colonic Transit
4:00pm – 5:00pm CST

Speaker: Sandra Gallagher, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist

The evidence for electrical stimulation interventions is as strong as the evidence for many other PT interventions. Their efficacy in treating many pelvic health conditions is supported in research. Some of the conditions that benefit include: pain from dysmenorrhea, urinary and fecal urgency, constipation, urinary retention, and wound healing.  In the era of increased telemedicine, home electrical stimulation treatments can be used to enhance the outcomes and compliment the behavioral and exercise treatments that take place with telemedicine.  As in many treatment interventions the choice of parameters and patient therapist expectation will influence the success. In addition to an overview of electrical therapy intervention, this presentation will focus on: 1) the application of TENS for nocturia, urinary and fecal urgency, and giggle incontinence; 2) the use of interferential current for slow transit constipation.

Moderated Q&A Session
5:00pm – 5:15pm CST

Cocktails and Cases
5:15pm – 6:00pm CST

This interactive session will allow for participants to bring their difficult cases or questions to our panel of instructors to weigh in on and talk through with you as group.  This is your chance to have a panel of seasoned therapists weigh in on your cases or answer your complicated questions!  If you have a question or a case that you would like to talk through please email: programming@aptapelvichealth.org The moderator will call on you during the session to ask the question live, or if you would like to have the moderator ask it instead you can indicate that in the email.

Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks
6:00pm-6:15pm CST

Carina Siracusa, PT, DPT | APTA Pelvic Health Director of Programming
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy