Faculty: Jennifer Stone
8:00 a.m. -8:05 a.m.
Faculty: Melissa McElroy
More than hot flashes and mood swings, this session will explore the power that is contained within the proper understanding of menopause and how that understanding can make all the difference in attaining optimal function and performance.
At the end of this session, you will:
8:05 a.m.- 9:05 a.m.
Faculty: Adriaan Louw
Sensitization of the peripheral and central nervous system is present in all human pain experiences, including pelvic pain. A sensitive nervous system poses significant clinical challenges for clinicians, especially physical treatment. This session will update clinicians on some of the latest concepts related to a sensitized nervous system in pelvic pain from a neurodynamics perspective.
At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Faculty: Lance Frank
As pelvic therapists, dyspareunia is a very common diagnosis seen on the script pad for people with vaginas; but what about those with penises who also have painful receptive penetration? Gay men aren’t the only people who receive anal penetration; however it’s a subject in pelvic health that’s often glossed over because of its history of being taboo and “scandalous”. This lecture will go over the “ins and outs” of how gay men have sex (all types of sex… anal, fisting, double penetration, etc) and how we as pelvic health physical therapists can be better guides for our patients to do it safely.
10:25 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.
Faculty: Susan Clinton
HRV is a well-researched indicator of the balance between the Sympathetic and the Parasympathetic nervous systems. The balance has a large impact on the performance of the GI system and can influence pain, motility and inflammation. Working with HRV can not only predict dysfunction but is an excellent metric to guide interventions in different domains.
At the end of this session, each participant will be able to:
11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Faculty: Julian L. Magee
The participants will explore what it means to have a culture that is inclusive and supports everyone to create a sense of belonging. Participants will discuss ways to build and support inclusive practices, identify threats to creating and maintaining inclusive practices, and articulate the importance of having inclusive spaces.
Dr. Magee will be donating his honorarium to the National Association of Black Physical Therapists (NABPT). If you would like to donate to them, click here
1:35 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.
Julian L. Magee
Faculty: Julie Wiebe
Whether your patient’s max effort is lifting a baby or a barbell, chasing a toddler or crossing a finish line, the strategies to help them accomplish it symptom-free are similar. Break down the task, then build it back up. Learn how to create graded exposure strategies to prepare a path for your patient to return to functional and fitness challenges.
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Faculty: Alex Papale
Sexuality counseling is provided by those who have medical licenses (per the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) who have the proper training to address sexual health concerns. Pelvic physical therapists (and really PTs in many different settings) are often discussing ways to accommodate sexual dysfunction (including orthopedic limitations), however, in a society where comprehensive sex education is not practiced (and in cases demonized), it can be hard for our clients who really need a bigger picture of “What Sex Is” that extends beyond an erect penis going into a supple vagina. Widening our understanding of sexuality to shift from a model of penetration to a model of pleasure is wildly empowering for people to have a more resilient sex life if that is what they desire.
3:20 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
Faculty: A.J. Steele
People often believe that they have limited control over their health conditions and that the responsibility for “curing” them lies with their health providers. Have you experienced this? Do you want to help break this pattern? Motivational Interviewing allows you to have a productive conversation with patients about behavior change. MI works by activating motivation for change and adherence to treatment within the patient. This lecture will introduce you to the essential elements, the over-arching principles, and the four processes central to Motivational Interviewing.
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Course description for the GMI course (me/Jessie): Patients with pelvic pain and especially sexual pain often experience significant tissue sensitivity, which can lead to extremely distressing symptoms that can be extremely functionally limiting and frustrating. Many resources talk about sensory desensitization, which for some can be helpful, but in an ideal scenario, physical therapists should be able to help patients with sensory reintegration (restoring accurate sensory information and interpretation, not just decreasing sensation) and return to functional activities-graded motor imagery has been shown in the literature to be helpful toward this end. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT/PTA.
Jennifer Stone, Jessie Podolak
Faculty: Whitney Rogers
Virtual care can help deliver physical therapy services to those who may otherwise not have access due to transportation, distance of clinic locations, childcare issues, or work schedule. Not only can virtual care help reach those patients, but it can also help increase compliance with home exercise, and improve self management. This lecture will review ways virtual care can be utilized in the area of pelvic health.
At the close of this lecture, participants will be able to: