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GI Dysfunction in the Immediate Post-Partum Era

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GI Dysfunction in the Immediate Post-Partum Era

GI Dysfunction in the Immediate Post-Partum Era

This course includes
This course was recorded in May 2020


Why should health care providers care about GI dysfunction in our post natal clients?

There is an alignment pelvic health bowel dysfunction in the recovery from pregnancy – but what about all of the other neurophysiologic implications.  Exercise choices can actually worsen GI symptoms.  It is time to widen the screen and look at the convergent neurological factors that link autonomic and spinal nerve dysfunction to bowel health.  

Discussion of current research evidence and clinical guidelines to help all of us recognize the implications of neuro/hormonal/chemical physiological drivers. Strategies will be presented to ensure recognition of red flags and understand when to treat and when to refer.  A clinical algorithm will help us make informed choices for effective interventions.


  • Describe the changes in the GI system from pregnancy to post-partum
  • Recognize dysfunction in the GI system including red flags for referrals
  • Understand the implications of change in the GI system and its effects on post-partum healing, hormonal balance and return to exercise
  • Plan and design interventions using breath, exercise for optimal recovery
  • Utilize support and nutrition for improving GI function in the post-partum era – from pregnancy to one year post-partum


Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Midwives, Fitness Professionals

The instructors
Susan Clinton

Susan is an award-winning physical therapist in professional achievement and the owner of LTI Physio in Sault Ste. Marie, MI (former co-owner of Embody Physiotherapy & 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/mentor of post-professional education in women’s health (including GI issues in women), orthopedic manual therapy, health/wellness coaching 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 and ASPIRE.  She is also an active author in research and blog posts, 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.

How to contact Susan:

People can find me at - my online courses are listed on the website as well as my live courses - check back in for updates


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Course Material included in this course
  • Presentation
  • Welcome and Slides
  • Introduction and GI Physiology
  • Impact of Pregnant Physiology
  • Neurophysiology of the GI System
  • What Goes Wrong - Post Natal Pt1
  • What Goes Wrong - Post Natal Pt2
  • The Systems Approach
  • Food Sensitivities and Nutrition
  • Exercise and Athletics
  • Feedback
  • Q&A
  • Questions
  • Questions that were not answered during the webinar
  • Feedback
Patient Education included in this course
  • Better poop positions using the Squatty Potty
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