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Pelvic Floor Health

3/30/2019 to 3/31/2019
When: March 30-31, 2019
8:00 - 5:30 pm
Where: Western University of Health Sciences
309 E Second Street
Health Science Center (HSC) Building
Pomona, CA  91766
United States
Presenter: Lindsey Liggan, PT, DPT, WCS, PRPC and Daniel Kirages, PT, DPT
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782 x105

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Saturday, March 30, 8:00am-5:30pm

Assessment and Treatment of the Female Pelvic Floor: Everything You Need to Get Started

Course Description

This one day course combines lecture and hands on lab experience to provide an introduction to common female pelvic floor diagnoses, assessment strategies, and treatment options.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify the female pelvic floor musculature and associated visceral structures
  2. List the functions of the pelvic floor musculature
  3. Identify conditions commonly associated with pelvic floor muscle weakness (e.g. urinary incontinence and prolapse)
  4. Identify conditions commonly associated with pelvic hypertonicity (e.g. chronic pelvic pain, vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis)
  5. Demonstrate the ability to safely perform internal and external assessment of the pelvic floor musculature and associated structures

Sunday, March 31, 8:00am-5:30pm

Don’t Be Afraid of the Male Pelvic Floor: These Guys Need Your Help

Course Description

Come join us for a chat about Male Pelvic Health in PT. With 6-12% of men suffering from chronic pelvic pain and 4-21% of men experiencing urinary incontinence the role of physical therapy for men’s health issues has never been more important. Whether the symptoms are pelvic region pain in a younger group or bladder control problems in an older group, either way we as physical therapists play a large part in their recovery. Please join us so we can guide you through several clinical presentations of men’s health issues throughout the lifespan. You will see both low-tech and high-tech methods of investigation and intervention to assist with proper clinical decision making. This population needs you and this course will be a link towards adding them into your daily appointment schedule.


Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Classify common concepts in male pelvic health:
    a. Incontinence related to prostatectomy and cystectomy
    b. Pelvic pain syndromes
  2. Recognize anatomical and physiological mechanisms that potentially contribute to male pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions.
  3. Establish competence in examination, evaluation, and intervention of common male pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions using sEMG, manual therapy, behavioral techniques, and therapeutic exercise.
  4. Recognize the existence of male pelvic health issues within a typical outpatient musculoskeletal setting and why we should embrace learning more about this population.
  5. Appraise ongoing research efforts to determine useful screening and intervention tools to enhance the effectiveness of physical therapy evaluation and intervention.


Saturday, March 30

7:45-8:00 am
8:00- 8:30
8:30- 9:30


Registration and coffee
Introductions and Background information
Female Pelvic Anatomy and Function
Diagnoses associated with pelvic floor muscle weakness and treatment strategies

11:15-12:15 pm
1:15- 2:15

3:30- 4:30

  Lab 1: External assessment, internal palpation, and exercises focused on pelvic floor muscle up-training
Lunch (on your own)
Diagnoses associated with pelvic floor muscle hypertonicity
Assessment and treatment strategies for pelvic floor muscle hyper function
Lab 2: External assessment, internal palpation, and exercises focused on pelvic floor muscle downtraining
Questions and wrap up


Sunday, March 31

7:45-8:00 am
Noon-1:00 pm
  Registration and coffee
Lecture: pelvic floor anatomy/physiology/function/dysfunction
Lab 1: interviewing
Lecture: behavioral techniques / conservative management
Lab 2: awareness training (palpation, biofeedback, cues)
Lunch (on your own)
Lab 2 cont.: awareness training (palpation, biofeedback, cues)
Lecture: pelvic floor muscle therapeutic exercise
Lab 3: pelvic floor muscle exercises
Lecture: pelvic pain
Lab 4: interventions regarding pelvic pain (manual therapy, system quieting)
Wrap up, questions and answers

Speaker Bio

Lindsey Liggan, PT, DPT, WCS, PRPC is a licensed physical therapist in the states of California and Oregon. She has dedicated her time and her clinical practice to help people heal from sexual dysfunction and various pelvic pain conditions.

Lindsey earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science from California State University Long Beach. She then went on to receive her clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy form Western University of Health Sciences. She is one of 400 physical therapists in the nation that hold a board certification in women’s health physical therapy (WCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and an advanced clinical certification in pelvic rehabilitation (PRPC) from the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

Lindsey began her teaching career shortly after graduating from physical therapy school. She now holds a faculty position within the Department of Physical Therapy Education at Western University of Health Sciences where her teaching responsibilities include Pathophysiology, Anatomy, and Screening for Medical Referral coursework.

Lindsey’s research interests include pelvic floor rehabilitation, the impact of pain and disability on sexuality, and health care disparity within the LGBTQIA+ community. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the study of Human Sexuality, which allows her time to focus on her research endeavors.

Daniel Kirages, PT, DPT is an Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy. He has a hybrid schedule of both clinical practice and academic teaching within the private practice of the Division, USC Physical Therapy Associates, where he attends to a diversified patient load, addressing orthopedic and pelvic health disorders. While in the classroom, for both the residential and hybrid programs, he serves as course director for Integrated Patient Management Clinical Skills which is in the third year of the DPT curriculum.

Dr. Kirages is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). He is significantly involved with advanced professional education through his teaching and clinical mentorship within the USC Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. He is also a primary faculty member of the USC Orthopedic Boot Camp Series which is a comprehensive series of post-professional seminars that enables the participant to attain high level skills in examination and intervention procedures for common musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr. Kirages may also be found researching topics associated with pelvic health.



One Day: 7.5 contact hours or 0.75 CEUs

Two Days: 15 contact hours or 1.5 CEUs

Instruction Level: Basic
Format: Lecture and Lab
Lab Attire: To be determined

Target Audience: PTs, PTAs and Students


Registration received by March 16, 2019


One-Day Registration fee

$300 APTA PT members
$200 APTA PTA members
$100 APTA Student members
$480 Non-members

Two-Day Registration fee

$500 APTA PT members
$300 APTA PTA members
$200 APTA Student members
$800 Non-members


Add $100 for late registration.
No on-site registration, please.


All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds after March 16, 2019.


Western University of Health Sciences

Physical Therapy Clinical Skills Lab II

Health Science Center (HSC) Building
309 E Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766


Free Parking


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