Treating Male Pelvic Pain: A Biopsychosocial Approach in Asheville, NC

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Course Faculty: Dr. Susie Gronski, DPT, PRPC, WCS, WHC


Treating Male Pelvic Pain: A Biopsychosocial Approach is a comprehensive course designed to make you the expert in helping men recover from pelvic pain. This course integrates the multifaceted complexities of male pelvic pain, combining neuroscience with a hands-on approach, giving you practical knowledge and training to help your patients get on the road to recovery. You’ll learn advanced assessment and manual treatment skills that will increase your confidence and comfort treating men with pelvic pain. This course includes live male models. Previous pelvic health experience is highly recommended.


Registration: 8:30 – 9 am

Day 1: 9 am – 4:45 pm

Day 2: 9 am – 5 pm


This course format is lecture and practical labs, including male models.


Pelvic Guru has applied for CEU’s in North Carolina. If you are coming from another state, please check with your state on reciprocity for CEUs.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define and recognize pain as both a sensory and emotional experience
  2. Define the categories in the classification system used to categorize male pelvic pain
  3. Differentiate between prostatitis and non-inflammatory chronic pelvic pain syndrome
  4. List key medical diagnostic procedures for male urologic and pelvic pain conditions
  5. Understand the importance of using a biopsychosocial approach (multimodal treatment approach) in the treatment of male pelvic pain
  6. Utilize motivational interviewing and targeting questioning in order to establish a comprehensive treatment plan
  7. Recognize and list sexual dysfunction conditions related to male pelvic pain
  8. Understand the psychological impacts of male chronic pelvic pain
  9. Demonstrate use of appropriate linguistics when treating men with chronic pelvic pain in order to shift neurobiological response and reconceptualization of pain
  10. Identify anatomy of male urogenital, nervous, musculoskeletal and fascial systems as related to male pelvic pain
  11. Choose appropriate validated outcome measures in a meaningful way that accurately reflects patient’s concerns to help guide treatment plan
  12. To accurately screen for sleep disorders and make sleep hygiene recommendations as deemed appropriate
  13. Understand how gut health may impact pelvic pain
  14. Provide general dietary guidance for pelvic pain if diet is suspected as a trigger
  15. Perform a thorough male pelvic floor assessment which includes obtaining consent and identifying one’s own comfort level treating male genitalia
  16. Perform an external and internal pelvic floor assessment on a live male model
  17. Perform external and internal treatment male abdominal and pelvic floor treatment techniques on a live male model
  18. Perform nerve assessment and treatment of pudendal n, lumbar plexus, posterior femoral cutaneous n, and sciatic n
  19. Perform myofascial assessment and release techniques on the prostate
  20. Design a treatment plan based on a “top-down, inside out” or “bottom-up, outside in” biopsychosocial approach
  21. Apply graded exposure and activity dosing principles in relation to pelvic pain
  22. Understand the importance of pain biology knowledge as therapy
  23. Implement strategies to calm an overly sensitive nervous system
  24. Understand the physiological and neurological mechanisms by which manual therapy works
  25. Utilize multimedia materials and resources to facilitate patient’s learning and assist in their ability to apply pain knowledge and coping strategies during future painful episodes

Dr. Susie Gronski is a licensed doctor of physical therapy, a board certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner and women’s health clinical specialist, and a certified health coach. Dr. Susie is the author of the #1 New Release In Men’s Health, Pelvic Pain: The Ultimate Cock Block and the creator of a unique hands-on training program helping men with pelvic pain become experts in treating themselves.


Any licensed healthcare professional with internal pelvic health training and experience.


Day 1

9:00-9:30 Introduction, Course Objectives

9:30-10:00 Male Pelvic Pain Defined

10:00-10:45 Psychosocial Impact of CPPS

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Male Pelvic Floor Anatomy

12:00-12:30 Interview Process (Gather Information + Build trust)

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Male Pelvic Assessment (including live demo)

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:15 Lab 1: Male Pelvic Assessment (with male model)

4:15-4:45 Wrap-Up, Questions

Day 2

9:00-9:30 Questions

9:30-10:00 Review Biopsychosocial Treatment Approach

10:00-11:00 Inside Out, Top Down Treatment Approaches

11:00-11:15 Break

11:00-11:30 Outside In, Bottom Up Treatment Approaches

11:30-12:30 Lab 2: Connective Tissue Mobilization, Obturator Internus/Foramen Release

Bladder Mobilization (including demo)

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 Lab 3: Lumbar Plexus, Inguinal Canal, Pudendal Nerve, Posterior Femoral

Cutaneous Nerve (including demo)

2:30-2:40 Break

2:40-3:40 Lab 4: Spermatic Cord, Perineal Body + Prostate Release, Penile Fascia +

Connective Tissue Release, Perineal Membrane, Perineal Global Release,

Bulbospongiosus (including demo + male model practice)

3:40-4:40 Lab 5: Internal Treatment Techniques (including demo + male model practice)

4:40-5:00 Wrap-Up, Questions


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Riegel, B., Bruenahl, C., Ahyai, S., Bingel, U., Fisch, M., Lowe, B. (2014). Assessing psychological factors, social aspects and psychiatric co-morbidity associated with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) in men – A systematic review. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 77, 333-350.


What is the refund policy?

Refunds are honored up to 30 days before the course and may be subject to a $75 administrative fee. Within 30 days before the course, refunds will not be provided.  

If the course does not reach a minimum number of students up to 30 days before the course, the course may be canceled, and a full refund will be provided.

What are the course hours?

Most Pelvic Guru Academy courses last two full days, typically from 8 am to 5 pm. Please review the course registration hours for specific hours for the course you are taking.

Will I get CEUs or a certificate?

Pelvic Guru Academy applies for PT/PTA CEU credits for each course we host in the state where the course is taking place. We will make a note at the top of the course registration page once CEUs have been approved for each course. If you are coming from another state, please check with your state on reciprocity for CEUs.

What if I have to leave class early, will I still get CEUs?

In order to get full CEU credit for the course, you will need to attend all hours of the course for each day. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly. Having stated that, we are aware that sometimes there are circumstances in which you have to leave a little early on the last day of the course. Please let the instructor know during the course and put your sign out time on our forms. We may need to adjust education credits and will do this on a case by case basis.  

Will there be a printed course manual or workbook?

Pelvic Guru does not print workbooks or course manuals for our in-person courses. All attendees will receive slides and any additional materials from the instructor prior to the course. If desired, attendees can print these and bring along to class or bring a laptop, tablet, or mobile device to follow along and take notes.

If you have additional questions, please contact for more information.


Airport Information

Asheville Airport

Lodging Nearby

Haywood Park



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