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The Ultimate Bowel Course: GI and Pelvic Floor – ONLINE – SELF-PACED – with Susan Clinton

June 4, 6:27 pm EDT

Susan Clinton's Ultimate Bowel course for pelvic physical therapists and medical professionals.




Course Description:

A comprehensive approach to gastrointestinal disorders including bowel and digestion dysfunction. This approach allows for the consideration of management of multiple factors s including nutritional, psychosocial, medical-surgical decisions, and physical therapy examination/intervention advanced intervention. A multifactorial approach can often lead to improved management of this complex patient as a varied intervention approach may be required to be successful. A comprehensive understanding of the physiology and symptom manifestation can improve the ability to develop a comprehensive intervention strategy tailored to each patient’s needs throughout the episode of care.


  • This course contains lecture and lab (with options for small-group, online labs).
  • You will receive the pre-course reading, slides, and resources for the course ahead of time.

Equipment/Setting Needed:

Here is what you must have for the optional lab:

  • A partner
  • A surface suitable to do internal work
  • A balloon catheter with stop-cock
  • A few condoms
  • Lubricant
  • Gloves
  • A towel or pad


  • Fun class! I was impressed with the knowledge gained in just the first 15 minutes of the weekend course!
  • Susan has great knowledge and passion for what she teaches. She also has a great calmness in the way she teaches.
  • I LOVED this course! I feel much more prepared to take on patients with fecal incontinence!
  • I have taken several bowel courses in the past and this was by far the most enjoyable!  With most of the basic anatomy and physiology covered in pre-course reading materials, we were able to focus on the practical application of skills, nutrition counseling, learning rectal ballooning, and having great discussions about all things bowel-related.  I have started to think more holistically in my treatment as a result. Thanks!
  • This was hands down one of the best courses I have ever taken. Susan takes such a fluid approach to teaching that leaves you craving more. This is the second time I have taken the course. I learned so many new skills and fine nuances that I did not fully appreciate the first time around. Susan brings so much energy and enthusiasm to the class, making skills practice in the ano-rectal area very approachable and non-threatening. Thanks for an amazing course!

Susan C. Clinton, PT, DScPT, OCS, WCS, FAAOMPT, NBHWC Susan is an award-winning physical therapist in professional achievement and co-owner of Embody Physiotherapy and Wellness in Sewickley, PA. Susan is board certified in orthopedic and women’s health physical therapy, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, and a board certified health and wellness coach. She is an international instructor of post-professional education in women’s health (including GI issues in women), orthopedic manual therapy, and business psychology. She is on faculty at Andrews University in the Doctor of Science in PT program, a Master Coach for the Integrative Women’s Health Institute, and a clinical faculty instructor for the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.  She is an adjunct faculty at many other universities and is an active professional/clinical mentor. Susan is the co-founder and board member for the foundation: Global Women’s Health Initiative. She is also the co-host of the 5 five-star podcast, “Tough to Treat,” the guide to treating complex patients, and “The Genius Project,” reframing the treatment of persistent musculoskeletal pain. Susan enjoys walking / hiking, country line dance and ballroom, and is an avid supporter of music, the arts, and international objectives for women’s health.

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Course Objectives

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

  • Understand and define functional bowel disorders and bowel disease
  • Recognize the latest evidence on the HPA axis and the relationship of the GI system to multisystem physiology in the human
  • Define the multidisciplinary role in the assessment of the patient with gastrointestinal disorders including the latest evidence on specialized testing.
  • Understand and implement a physical therapy examination algorithm for differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal impairments and functional movement dysfunctions of individual with gastrointestinal disorders including the lower GI tract.
  • Identify potential medical “red flags” that warrant referral to the appropriate physician.
  • Recognize the psychosocial and behavioral component as well as the expanded role of physical therapy intervention.
  • Demonstrate appropriate physical therapy examination and intervention techniques for patients with gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Develop and discuss examination and intervention of clients with complex gastrointestinal disorders in a case study format.


This course is open to physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors, nurses, midwives and medical doctors. Internal palpation is required. Experience and training in hands-on pelvic floor treatment – vaginal or rectal are required.

Physiotherapists other healthcare providers that have completed this course are able to perform an evaluation of the musculoskeletal aspect of the GI system (including a focus on the lower GI region), establish and create a treatment plan and it’s progression for GI dysfunction and movement impairments of the abdomen and pelvic region. The interventions will include manual therapy, movement/exercise, respiration and balloon catheter techniques to reduce dysfunction. They also have a foundational knowledge of the GI system including digestive disorders, basic nutritional contributions, abdominal and pelvic floor dysfunction, and psychosocial/behavioral contributions.

We need locations that meet the following requirements:

  • Within 30 minutes of a major airport
  • Have hotels close by
  • Be able to host 30-40 people
  • Have about 15 treatment tables available for pelvic courses.
  • Have space for a yoga class of 30 people for Low Pressure Fitness
  • Have access to a CrossFit box that wants to host for Female Athlete

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