Program Overview

This highly practical course for the physical therapist who wants to develop expertise in the assessment & treatment of the male pelvic floor and related conditions with an emphasis on male pelvic pain. In the UK, this course has attracted a spectrum of clinicians including experienced and new women’s health physical therapists, musculoskeletal & sports physical therapists (male and female) who were keen to develop their scope of practice.

The course will take PT through the anatomy of the male pelvic floor to becoming competent and confident in performing internal and external assessments. It will also combine traditional pelvic health skills with musculoskeletal skills to provide a more complete management of typical men’s health conditions.

What you will learn on this course:

  • Detailed anatomy of male pelvic floor
  • Improved understanding of male anatomy and physiology including urinary & sexual function
  • External assessment skills of the male pelvis including hip
  • Internal assessment skills of the male pelvic floor (as long as there are men attending the course)
  • Musculoskeletal assessment and management as related to common clinical conditions
  • Male Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
  • Introduction to the management of common conditions to include urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, erectile dysfunction, pudendal neuralgia
  • How to teach your patient to do their own self release.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course the participant will gain further understanding in:

  • Being confident in the assessment of the male pelvic floor including differentiation of superficial and deep pelvic floor muscles
  • Recognizing potential disorders of pelvic floor muscle over/under-activity, and applying this to treat chronic pelvic pain in men and applying it to treat bladder and bowel dysfunction, and sexual dysfunction.
  • Improved understanding of male anatomy & physiology including urinary & sexual function
  • Assessment and manual therapy techniques for the pelvic floor muscles, and neural tissue, including the pudendal nerve
  • Relevant assessment and clinical reasoning skills
  • Advanced manual therapy, movement integration and pain treatment techniques
  • Updated clinical literature review
  • Understanding of current medical management

Schedule

DAY ONE
8.30 Registration
9.00 Course outline, Functional anatomy of the Male Pelvic floor, Pelvic Pain, Urinary & Sexual Dysfunction- Theory
10.45 Break
11.00 Internal rectal exam & mapping out of structures – Practical
11.45 Internal rectal exam continued with functional evaluation of PFM including cylinder-Practical
Lunch 12.45
1.30 Case study & pain, “trigger points” & neural differentiation – Theory
Break 3.00
3.30 Reliable pain provocation/load transfer tests (with internal rectal examination continued)- Practical
4.45 – 5.00 Questions & finish

DAY TWO
9.00 Questions
9.15 Identifying dysfunction, palpation for under/over activity and neural differentiation- Practical
10.45 Break
11.00 Treatment for Sexual Dysfunction, including erectile dysfunction- Practical and Theory
Lunch 12.45
1.30 Movement System Balance- Theory
3.00 Break
3.15 Assessment movement system  -Practical
4.30 Questions
4.45 / 5.00 Close

DAY THREE
9.00 Assessment movement system  -Practical
Break 10.45
11.00 Making the changes- Treatment doses including case study putting together treatment techniques exam in clinical settings, indications/application Theory & Practical
Lunch 12.45
1.30 Free Practical
3.30 Break
3.45 Free Practical/ Questions
4.45 – 5.00 Questions & finish


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