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Ultimate Bowel Course: GI and Pelvic Floor – Dallas, TX

June 22, 2019, 8:00 amJune 23, 2019, 5:00 pm EDT

$582 – $682

Instructor: Susan C. Clinton PT DScPT OCS WCS FAAOMPT

Dates: June 22-23, 2019

Location: Dallas, TX area (Plano, TX) Texas Woman’s University 5500 Southwestern Medical Ave Dallas TX 75235

Parking is free in the garage next to TWU.   We will be in room 5608. ​

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.

Course Hours

Registration: 7:30 am – 8 am

Day 1: 8 am – 5 pm

Day 2: 8 am – 5 pm


This course is both lecture format and includes practical labs with anorectal palpation.


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

  • 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 towards 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!

Susan C. Clinton PT, DScPT, OCS, WCS, COMT, FAAOMPT received her Physical Therapy degree from Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and a Masters of Health Sciences at LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed her Doctor of Science degree at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and graduated with her NAIOMT fellowship in orthopedic manual therapy in 2013. She was accepted as a Fellow by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists in 2014 and serves as a clinical faculty and specialty course faculty for NAIOMT. As a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Manual Therapy, Orthopedics and Women’s Health, she has been actively treating patients with pelvic floor, urinary, bowel, reproductive, oncology, persistent pain, sports injuries and post-surgical diagnoses. She currently practices in Sewickley, Pennsylvania and is the co-owner and founder of Embody Physiotherapy and Wellness, LLC. Susan is active in teaching and research as an adjunct instructor for the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham University. Additionally, she is an international instructor and presenter of post-professional education in women’s health and orthopedic manual therapy and a certified Total Control® Instructor. Her research activities include publications on chronic pelvic pain and clinical practice guidelines for the APTA Section on Women’s Health and Orthopedic Section. Susan is active with the American Physical Therapy Association, serving in governance as a local delegate and alternate delegate, and as the Chair of the Clinical Practice Guidelines steering committee for the Section on Women’s Health. She is the past secretary on the Section on Women’s Health Board of Directors and the former President of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the Orthopedic Section of the APTA. She has served as an item writer and case reviewer for the WCS board certification examination and is a member of the credentialing committee with ABPTRFE. Susan is proud to serve as an inaugural board member of the Women’s Global Health Imitative (GWHI) and she concurrently serves on the board for the Association of Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support (APOPS). Susan has received awards for outstanding research in pelvic girdle by AAOMPT and Outstanding Clinical Educator by Chatham University. She is the 2016 winner of the Elizabeth Noble Award from the Section on Women’s Health.

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.

7:30-8:00 am: Registration

8:00-8:30 am: Introduction

8:30-10:30 am: Functional Lower Gastrointestinal Disorders Abdominal, GI Anatomy and Physiology, Pelvic GI Anatomy and Physiology, Functional Constipation: Symptoms, Types, Differential Diagnosis and Rome III Criterion, IBS: Symptoms, Types, Differential Diagnosis and Rome Criterion, Fecal incontinence: Symptoms, Types, Differential Diagnosis and Rome Criterion

10:30-10:45 am: Break

10:45-11:30 am: Anatomy of the GI System continued

11:30 am -12:45 pm: PT Examination and Treatment Pelvic Lecture, Differential Diagnosis of Muscle, Fascia, BFT, and Posture of Defecation – Introduction of Hypo and Hypersensitive patient

12:45-1:45 pm: Lunch – Bowel Radiology – Manometry and Functional MRI with Dr. Vikhas Shah

1:45-2:30 pm: Lab #1 Pelvic (internal/external) exam and Interventions for dyssenergia, rectal pain and coccydynia – soft tissue techniques, neural mobilization and motor control

2:30 – 2:45 pm: Break

2:45-4:30 pm: Lab #2 Lab #1 continued and Advanced Biofeedback and functional position lab (Assessment of Defecation)

4:30-5:00 pm: Balloon Catheter Demonstration, Instruction in Catheter Manipulation

8:00-9:30 am: Lab #3 – Balloon Catheter – application and intervention for the hyper and hyposensitive patient

9:30-9:45 am: Break

9:45-11:30 am: PT Thoracoabdominal Region Treatment: Red Flags, Intraabdominal Pressure Changes, Abdominal Massage, Integration of Anatomical Relationships with Treatment
Adjunct Considerations of Physical Therapy Examination and Treatment: Activity, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Sleep, Stress, Gut microbiome and the HPA axis – includes differential diagnosis for referral

11:30-12:00 pm: Lunch break

12:00 -2:00 pm: Lab #4 Abdominal Anatomy and Intervention Lab: Anatomy and Palpation skills, Abdominal Examination, Differential Diagnosis and Intervention: Abdominal Region, Respiration, Fascial Mobilization

2:00-2:15 pm: Break

2:15-3:15 pm: Medical Testing for GI Dysfunction

3:15-4:30 pm: Questions/Discussions: Abdominal and Pelvic Assessment and Treatment Case Studies and Case Study Presentations (comprehensive case studies – includes differential diagnosis, multifaceted treatment strategies and referral), Review and Discussion of the hyper vs. hypo sensitive patient

4:30-5:00 pm: Final Questions and Summary, Review of Available Self Study Tools


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 you’re unable to attend the course you purchased, you can also transfer to the same course offered later in the year (if available) for a $25 fee. Course transfers need to be done at the time of request and must be directly into a course that already exists (i.e. we can’t just keep it out there waiting for another course that might be scheduled next year). Transfers must happen within 1 year of the dates of the course that participant is transferring out of.

There is a $50 transfer fee to transfer to a different course (and price variations between the two courses may need to be addressed). Course transfers need to be done at the time of request and must be directly into a course that already exists (i.e. we can’t just keep it out there waiting for another course that might be scheduled next year). Transfers must happen within 1 year of the dates of the course that participant is transferring out of.

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.

What is the balloon catheter training like for The Ultimate Bowel Course?

This is a full lab with full practice for use and intervention with your lab partner.

Is it okay if I use a breast pump during the course?

Yes. We may not be able to provide a private room for you, but we will accommodate you however possible. You are also free to use your pump during the course to avoid missing any of the information.


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Parking is free in the garage next to TWU.   We will be in room 5608. ​

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

Meet these requirements? Fill out the form HERE. Let us know what courses you’d like to host!


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June 22, 2019, 8:00 am EDT
June 23, 2019, 5:00 pm EDT
$582 – $682


Texas Woman’s University
5500 Southwestern Medical Ave
Dallas, TX 75235 United States
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