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Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Health Course

Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Health Course

Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Health Course

This course includes
6:55:21 of Course Material (View)
Patient Exercises (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion


Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) can include overactive and weak pelvic floor muscles. It is not all about Kegels! How can you tell if your patient is over-recruiting their pelvic floor if you cannot do an internal exam?

Not all clinicians want to perform this type of exam, or it may not be in your scope of practice. However, if your patients have a pelvis you should understand the implications of pelvic floor dysfunction and the implications when seeing patients with Low Back Pain (LBP), SIJ dysfunction, Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), and hip pain.

Learn what the evidence says about linking pelvic floor dysfunction to chronic low back pain, pelvic girdle pain and hip pain, and learn what you can do about it in your practice.

Help your patients to regain control of these important muscles. Sexual function and bladder/bowel function are arguably some of the most important activities of daily living!

Don’t let your discomfort be the barrier to your patient’s recovery; we will make it fun and non-threatening!


Video Overview:


In This Online Course, You Will Learn:

  • The relevance of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) when treating orthopedic conditions-specifically LBP, SIJ dysfunction, PGP and hip pain
  • The basic anatomy of the pelvic floor musculature and physiology of the lower urinary tract system (LUTS).
  • Pelvic floor conditions as they relate to a weak pelvic floor and an overactive pelvic floor.
  • How to tactfully ask patients important questions about sexual function.
  • Simple non-internal management strategies for pelvic floor retraining that you can use in the clinic right away.
  • How to create a prescription and progression of pelvic floor exercises for an overactive and underactive pelvic floor.
  • Behavioural techniques to help retrain a variety of dysfunctions of the urinary and bowel system.
  • Externally driven techniques for assessing and treating pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • When to refer to a specially trained physiotherapist for incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain.


What’s Included In This Online Physiotherapy Course?

  • More than 6 hours of video lessons.
  • Bite-sized information: All of the content is broken down into bite-sized chunks, so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch, or for a few minutes at night.
  • Lifetime access. You can return to this course at any time. If any material is updated or added, you will have access to the new content.
  • Certificate of completion. Once you've completed the course, you will receive a certificate for your professional portfolio.
  • Downloadable slides/workbook so you can follow along as you take the course.
  • Access to this course is through Embodia, and although some of the content may be downloadable (such as a workbook or slides if included), the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the Internet.
  • Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
  • There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
  • You will be sent a receipt as soon as you purchase this course. This receipt can be used for education grants and for tax purposes.
  • A special coupon for 15% off any other online course on Embodia Academy when you’ve completed this course!
  • 11 patient exercises that can be shared with your patients electronically through Embodia with a $15/month subscription. This allows your patients to access what you send them on a mobile or web app, track their progress and receive push notifications to remind them to do their exercises. Click here to learn more about Embodia Home Exercise Program


Who Is This Course For? 

This online course is for all rehabilitation professionals, including physiotherapists/physical therapists, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, athletic therapists, massage therapists, exercise therapists, medical doctors, nurses, midwives, kinesiologists among others. This course is also relevant for movement specialists, yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and those interested in learning more about pelvic floor health and wellness.


Can I Share a Course with a Friend or Colleague? How does the Group Discount Work?

Each course purchase is for a single viewer only, and may not be shared. If you are interested in group/staff viewing, please contact us at to arrange a group discount code specifically for your group. The larger the group, the larger the discount. Each individual must purchase separately with the discount code, and agree to the terms and conditions (legal). This provides each participant with their own copy to review at their pace, in addition to the opportunity to interact with colleagues as you all work collectively through the material.



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This online course is open to all health care professionals. No prerequisites are required.

Massage therapists – Please note that this course falls into Category A of the CEU requirements and guidelines set out by the CMTO. The CMTO does not pre-approve courses for CEU’s but you are welcome and responsible for evaluating the criteria and determining how many CEUs can be obtained by completing this course.

The instructors
Pelvic Health Solutions

Pelvic Health Solutions (PHS) is an evidence-based teaching company that aims to educate and empower physiotherapists, healthcare professionals, and everyday people about pelvic health. PHS was founded in 2010 out of the need to develop pelvic health resources in Ontario at a time when it was an under-serviced health concern. PHS provides continuing education courses, mentoring, and clinical resources for a variety of practitioners with the goal of equipping them to deliver evidence-based, biopsychosocial assessment and treatment of pelvic health problems in our province and abroad. Our company also exists as a way to connect people experiencing pelvic health concerns to pelvic health physiotherapists in their area. PHS has ultimately blossomed into a community of curious people who are committed to providing hope and healing to those who suffer from pelvic health issues.
Course Material included in this course
  • Introduction
  • Downloadable Resources
  • Introduction
  • Inclusivity and Online Resources
  • Consent, the Trauma Informed Lens, and Pelvic Floor Function
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Anatomy Review
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Function
  • Continence
  • Anatomy & Physiology Questions
  • Pelvic Floor Anatomy Tutorial Video
  • Feedback
  • Incontinence
  • What About Incontinence?
  • Prevalence of Incontinence
  • Risk Factors
  • Pregnancy and Prostate Cancer
  • Feedback
  • Engaging the Pelvic Floor
  • The Basics of the Underactive Pelvic Floor
  • Palpation, the Core Strategy, and Rectus Diastasis Abdominus
  • Lab 1 - Posture and Breathing
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Training
  • Labs 2 & 3 - Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and Eccentric Lengthening
  • How to Instruct Pelvic Floor Engagement
  • Questions about Engaging the Pelvic Floor
  • Sexual Function of the Pelvic Floor
  • The Diaphragm and Our Internal Pressure System
  • Clinical Practical Guidelines
  • Implications
  • Questions and Discussion
  • Visceral Sensitivity and Overactive Pelvic Floor / Girdle Muscles
  • Breathing Labs
  • Assessment / Treatment
  • Using Outcome Measures
  • Feedback
  • Managing Incontinence
  • Measuring Urinary Incontinence
  • Education
  • Bowel Function
  • Feedback
  • Assessment and Treatment Options
  • Assessment of Myofascial Tension
  • Urgency and Pelvic Pain
  • Muscle Tension
  • Feedback
  • Case Studies
  • Case 1 - Bernie
  • Case 2 - Linda
  • Feedback
  • Wrapping Up
  • When to Refer to a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist
  • Closing Questions Pt1
  • Closing Questions Pt2
  • Feedback
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • Strengthening of the Weak Pelvic Floor
  • 8-Minute Core Challenge
  • How to Use a Stick Roller
  • Acuball - Gluteal
  • Pigeon Stretch
  • Face the Day - Dynamic ROM Exercises
  • Obturator Internus Lengthening
  • Acuball - Abdominal Wall
  • Acuball - Hip Flexor
  • Cat/Dog Stretch
  • Piriformis Stretch
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