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Yoga for Pelvic Pain

Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute

Format(s):   Live Seminars
Discipline(s):   Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy
Contact Hours:   14.5
Registration Fee:   $495

Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the evidence supporting the use of yoga for rehabilitation of hip, back, and pelvic pain conditions.
2. Teach 8 types of pranayama, which can be used as an adjunct tool in the treatment of pelvic pain.
3. Teach 8 warm ups to increase pelvic girdle awareness and decrease lumbopelvic and thoracic stiffness.
4. Teach 8 yoga postures with appropriate modifications for pelvic pain and associated movement dysfunctions.
5. List contraindications to specific postures as they relate to pelvic pain diagnoses.
6. Create a therapeutic yoga home program for clients with pelvic pain.
7. Describe the neuroscience of yoga and mindfulness as they apply to patient education and therapeutic programs.
8. Evaluate community resources and be able to refer patients to appropriate yoga instructors who can meet the needs of your client who has pelvic pain.

Target Audience
This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.

Day One:
7:30 Registration 8:00 Introductions, goals, objectivest 8:30 Lab: home program example for coccydynia 9:00 Yoga as an ancient rehab tool 9:30 Anatomy of Yoga 10:30 Break 10:45 Role of pranayama in pelvic floor dysfunction 11:15 Lab: pranayama 12:00 Lunch 1:00 Lab: home program example for PBS/IC 1:30 Neuroscience of yoga and mindfulness 2:30 Break 2:00 Asana for pelvic pain (part 1) 2:30 Break 2:45 Asana for pelvic pain (part 2) 4:45 Break 5:00 Case Study 5:30 Questions 6:00 Adjourn

Day Two:
8:00 Questions 8:30 Lab: home program example for vulvar pain/hip pain 9:00 Applying the evidence 10:00 Break 10:15 Yoga within the medical model 10:45: Creating your home yoga program 11:30 Lab: home program example for pudendal neuralgia 12:00 Lunch 1:00 Yoga teaching experience 2:30 Questions 3:00 Adjourn

This two-day experiential continuing education course, developed by Dustienne Miller CYT, PT, MS, WCS offers participants an evidence-based perspective on the value of yoga for patients with chronic pelvic pain. This course will focus on two of the eight limbs of Patanjali’s eight-fold path: pranayama (breathing) and asana (postures) and how they can be applied for patients who have hip, back and pelvic pain. A brief history of yoga and yoga principles will be introduced, and research relating to the neuroscience of yoga and mindfulness will be presented.

A variety of pelvic conditions will be discussed including interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome, vulvar pain, coccydynia, hip pain, and pudendal neuralgia. The course will describe the role of yoga within the medical model, discuss contraindicated postures, and in how to incorporate yoga home programs as therapeutic exercise and neuromuscular re-education both between visits and after discharge. Learning will be gained through lecture, demonstration, and in small group practice. Participants will be able to demonstrate newly acquired knowledge on the second day of the course by creating home programs, allowing the clinician to integrate yoga home programs immediately upon returning to work. In addition to learning how to create yoga interventions for patients who have pelvic pain, the therapist will learn how to evaluate community resources for yoga and make appropriate referrals for ongoing yoga classes.

While no prior experience with teaching yoga is required, all participants must possess a working knowledge of pelvic pain conditions and foundational rehabilitation principles. Current evidence from fields of pain research, neurophysiology, and complementary and alternative medicine will be applied throughout this course. Patient education and home program handouts are supplied within the course manual and these documents will prepare the participant to incorporate specific yoga techniques into current pelvic rehabilitation practice.

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