Workshops

Exercise Treatment in the Womenís Health Environment

HEAL, DON'T HURT MOMMA!
EXERCISE TREATMENT IN THE WOMEN'S HEALTH ENVIRONMENT

A two-day continuing education course has been developed by Pamela A. Downey, MSPT, DPT, to demystify working with the pregnant client and to give clear, evidence-based treatment approaches for women with different types of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. This course is appropriate for Physical Therapists and Pilates Instructors and is intermediate in nature. A sound knowledge base is required in therapeutic exercise, Pilates and basic anatomy. More advanced discussions will be introduced based on the level of the class.

Objectives:
At the completion of this course, the participants will be able to:
1. Use a uniform vocabulary that describes the events and changes that a woman experiences during the childbearing year.
2. Better integrate the anatomy of the pelvic floor musculature, trunk and diaphragm in therapeutic exercise.
3. Identify postural and musculoskeletal changes in the pregnant client and their impact on health and wellness.
4. Synthesize exercise modifications and precautions for women in the physical therapy and Pilates environment.
5. Develop a framework to create Pilates exercise classes for patients/clients that are pregnant or with history of pelvic pain and/or pelvic floor dysfunction.
6. Become more comfortable in screening clients or patients with a history of pelvic pain, incontinence, diastasis recti and/or abdominal surgery.
7. Understand the impact of pelvic floor dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain diagnoses in the womenís quality of life.
8. Complete case studies and exercise selection utilizing a diagnosis of pelvic floor dysfunction and a client who is pregnant.
Upon registration, a short list of recommended reading will be provided to aid in learning and understanding of the course material.

Dr. Downey has a physical therapy practice dedicated to the needs of women and men with pelvic pain, incontinence, gynecological complaints and pregnancy-excerbated spine and musculoskeletal pain. She is adjunct clinical faculty at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy, and Nova Southeastern University. She is the author of multiple published research articles and a book chapter on pelvic pain, as well as a nationally recognized lecturer on topics in Womenís Health.



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