External Pelvic Floor Rehab Skills for the Outpatient Therapist in Orlando, FL

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External Pelvic Floor Rehab Skills for the Outpatient Therapist

Blending Methods to Manage Incontinence, Constipation, and Chronic Pelvic Pain with Low Back Pain, Balance, and Hip Dysfunctions

Course Faculty: Dr. Heather S. Rader, PT, DPT, PRPC, BCB-PMD


This two-day seminar will introduce pelvic floor dysfunctions to the outpatient therapist and their clinical impact on conditions commonly seen in clinical practice.

Urinary and fecal incontinence, overactive bladder, constipation, and chronic pelvic pain syndromes are statistically more prevalent in patients with orthopedic and sports injuries, neurological disorders, and medical conditions such as COPD, diabetes, and cardiac conditions.  For example, a study examining young to middle-aged women seeking therapy for low back pain found that 78% of them had incontinence (Eliasson, 2008).  

With co-morbid occurrences this high, today’s therapist must possess the skillset to 1) screen for pelvic floor dysfunctions, 2) refer complex pelvic floor cases to the most appropriate healthcare practitioner, and 3) include pelvic floor dysfunctions into differential diagnostics, clinical decision-making, and treatment planning.


Registration: 7:30 – 8 am

Day 1: 8 am – 5 pm

Day 2: 8 am – 4:30 pm


This course will include 8 lecture modules with a corresponding lab.  Lab activities will include creating a comfortable interview atmosphere, external pelvic observation and palpation skills, biofeedback application, a documentation and coding choice writing lab, how to combine pelvic floor treatments with back, balance, and hip disorders, and how to modify fitness and sports to be “pelvic floor safe”.

Labs will be geared toward external rehabilitation techniques of the pelvic floor and pelvic girdle. For the best learning experience, some labs will require at least partial exposure of the external aspects of the pelvic floor, which may include the pubic, groin, and perineal regions.  Respect will be given to self-determined boundaries of exposure when participating in lab.

Please wear lab attire to the course.  Loose fitting shorts would be optimal attire.   


An application for PT CEUs is being filed in Florida. If you are coming from another state, please check with your state on reciprocity for CEUs.

  1. Explain the difference between pelvic floor rehabilitation and Kegel exercises
  2. List the movement system related structures and functions of the pelvic floor region
  3. Describe the 3 muscular layers of the pelvic floor and their interaction with the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex
  4. Describe personal and co-morbidity risk factors for pelvic floor dysfunction in the outpatient population
  5. Integrate urological, reproductive, and intestinal systems review into outpatient interviewing, history taking, and outcome measurement
  6. Observe and palpate external pelvic floor and pelvic girdle movements
  7. Perform pelvic floor and pelvic girdle tests and measures  
  8. Apply external pelvic floor surface EMG sensors and determine proper pelvic floor exercise prescription based on assessment of pelvic floor muscle performance
  9. Combine basic pelvic floor treatment strategies into outpatient treatment plans for low back, balance, and hip dysfunctions
  10. Prescribe appropriate lifestyle and ”pelvic floor safe” fitness modifications for patients with pelvic floor dysfunction

Heather S. Radar

Heather S. Rader

Dr. Heather S. Rader, PT, DPT, PRPC, BCB-PMD has been a physical therapist since 1994.  She holds certifications in pelvic rehabilitation and pelvic muscle biofeedback.  She is passionate about making pelvic floor rehabilitation available to every patient in need, whatever the clinical setting.  

She graduated from the University of Miami with her MS in Physical Therapy and she completed her doctorate in PT at the University of St. Augustine.  She is the author of VHI’s Exercise Kit for Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Disorders and was a subject matter expert and question writer for the Pelvic Rehab Practitioner Certification examination.   She has been a pelvic floor rehab educator since 2011 and is the author of multiple pelvic floor continuing education courses to include Geriatric Pelvic Floor Rehab, The Functional Pelvic Floor, and External Pelvic Floor Rehab for the Homecare Team.

She is the social media facilitator of “Team Pelvic Floor”, which posts articles and facts about pelvic floor dysfunctions.  She provides consulting and mentoring for clinics and practitioners who wish to expand their pelvic floor rehab programming. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and continues to treat patients with pelvic floor and pelvic girdle dysfunctions in clinical practice at Sher Pelvic Health and Healing.  She can be contacted by email at PelvicPT@gmail.com.

This course is intended for PT’s, PTA’s, OT’s, and COTA’s in outpatient clinical practice.  No previous pelvic floor experience or coursework is required.  

Day 1

8 –  8:30 | 30 min | Lecture 1.a – Introductory Concepts

Dr. Kegel and the history of pelvic floor rehab

8:30 – 9:30 | 60 min | Lecture 1.b – The Pelvic Floor Region

Structure and Function

9:30 – 10 | 30 min | Lab 1 – Verbal and Tactile Cuing Skills Lab

Teaching Pelvic Floor Movements to Patients

10 – 10:15 | 15 min – AM BREAK
10:15 – 11:45 | 90 min | Lecture 2- Bladder and Bowel Structure and Function

Storing-Controlling-Emptying: The Bladder and Bowel Movement Functions

11:45 – 12:15 | 30 min | Lab 2- Interviewing Skills Lab

Asking Patients and Caregivers about Bladder and Bowel Movements

12:15 – 1:15 | 60 min – LUNCH BREAK
1:15 – 2:45 | 90 min | Lecture 3 – Prolapse, Pain, and Prostate Conditions

Effects of Pelvic Disorders on Bladder and Bowel Movements

2:45 – 3:15 | 30 min | Lab 3 – Interviewing Skills Lab

Asking Patients and Caregivers about Pelvic Pain and Discomforts

3:15 – 3:30 | 15 min – PM BREAK
3:30- 4 | 30 min | Lecture 4- The Zone Approach to Pelvic Rehabilitation

Examining the Pelvis as a Whole

4 – 5 | 60 min | Lab 4 – Posture and Movement Assessment

Tests and Measures for the Pelvic Girdle and External Pelvic Floor

Day 2

8 – 9 | 60 min | Lecture 5 – Common Pelvic Floor Co-Morbidities and Personal Factors

In the Outpatient Population-Back, Balance, and Gait Connections

9-10 | 60 min | Lab 5 – Critical Thinking and Documentation Skills Lab

Assessing the Need for Skilled Pelvic Floor Rehab

10 – 10:15 | 15 min – AM BREAK
10:15 – 11:15 | 60 min | Lecture 6 – Biofeedback

The Electronic Mirror

11:15 – 12:15 | 60 min | Lab 6 – sEMG Skills

Utilizing Biofeedback for Pelvic Floor Movement Dysfunction in the Home

12:15 – 1:15 | 15 min – LUNCH BREAK
1:15 – 2 | 45 min | Lecture 7 – Patient Education

Modifiable Habits and Behaviors and their Impact on Pelvic Dysfunction

2 – 2:45 | 45 min | Lab 7 – Instructing Skills Lab

Teaching Patients to Optimize Bladder, Bowel, and Genital Functions

2:45 – 3 | 15 min  – PM BREAK
3 – 3:45 | 45 min | Lecture 8- Combining Co-Morbidities in Treatment

Every Patient has a Pelvic Floor

3:45 – 4:30 | 45 min | Lab 8- Movement Medicine: Treatment Options and Intervention Order Skills

Lengthen – Strengthen – Function – “Pelvic Floor Safe” Fitness Modification


Orlando International Airport (MCO) or Sanford International Airport (SFB)

Recommended Hotels 

The Alfond Inn

Sheraton Orlando-Maitland

Homewood Suites Orlando-Maitland

What is the Pelvic Guru refund policy?

Refunds are honored up to 30 days prior to the course and may be subject to a $75 administrative fee. Refund requests within 30 days of the course will not be provided. If the course does not reach the minimum number of registered students up to 30 days before the course, the course may be canceled and a full refund will be provided.


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Early Bird$527.00Early bird pricing ends May 28, 2018! Please be sure to provide contact information for each attendee if purchasing multiple tickets.

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