What you will learn
A two-day Continuing Education Course 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 Intermediate level course is for Physical Therapists and Pilates Instructors. You will need a sound knowledge base in therapeutic exercise, Pilates and basic anatomy. More advanced discussions will be introduced based on the level of the class.
- Use a uniform vocabulary that describes the events and changes that a woman experiences during the childbearing year.
- Better integrate the anatomy of the pelvic floor musculature, trunk and diaphragm in therapeutic exercise.
- Identify postural and musculoskeletal changes in the pregnant client and their impact on health and wellness.
- Synthesize exercise modifications and precautions for women in the physical therapy and Pilates environment.
- 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.
- Become more comfortable in screening clients or patients with a history of pelvic pain, incontinence, diastasis recti and/or abdominal surgery.
- Understand the impact of pelvic floor dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain diagnoses in the women’s quality of life.
- Complete case studies and exercise selection utilizing a diagnosis of pelvic floor dysfunction and a client who is pregnant.