Pelvic Floor Level 1

Des Moines, IA US
November 4, 2016 to November 6, 2016


  • SOWH Members
    • Advanced registration (ends September 4): $650
    • Regular registration (begins September 5): $725
  • Non-Member
    • Advanced registration (ends September 4): $750
    • Regular registration (begins September 5): $825
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Course Description

The Pelvic Health Level 1 course is a 3-day live event focusing on the basic skills necessary to treat patients with pelvic health dysfunction with primary emphasis on under active pelvic floor muscle conditions. The focus of the labs will be on external and internal vaginal examination. The student-to-teacher ratio will be 8:1 to ensure adequate supervision during the labs. Lectures will cover anatomy of the pelvic girdle,physiology of micturition,dysfunctions of the lower urinary tract and pelvic muscles as well as patient history examination, and testing and treatment interventions for the patient with under active pelvic floor muscle conditions. Urogynecologic surgeries,medication, prevention of pelvic floor dysfunction and documentation will also be discussed. 

Target Audience

Licensed Physical Therapists, and Student Physical Therapists in their final year of school. PTA’s are no longer eligible to participate in any SOWH Pelvic Floor continuing education programs.

Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly.  Deduction of CEU certificate hours and ineligibility to participate in the CAPP process will occur for participants who leave the course early.  You will need to initial and submit this electronic Attendance Agreement form prior to your arrival at the course.

Complete information on the attendance policy is included here.


Day 1:7:30 am – 5:45 pm
Day 2:7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Day 3:7:30 am – 3 pm



  • Identify and examine the anatomy of the pelvic girdle
  • Describe the function of the lower urinary tract and female pelvic organs.
  • Demonstrate proper infection control techniques involved in pelvic floor muscle examination.
  • Perform an external evaluation of the female genitalia verbally identifying bones, ligaments,muscles and other structures.
  • Perform an internal pelvic examination identifying muscles, ligaments, bony prominences with identification of pelvic floor muscle origins and insertions.
  • Demonstrate proper technique in testing muscle strength of the levator ani muscles.
  • Demonstrate proper technique in testing for pelvic organ prolapse.
  • Demonstrate proper use of handheld EMG biofeedback to assess pelvic floor musculature.


  • Differentiate between under active pelvic floor muscles and overactive pelvic floor muscles.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of bladder tests and measurements (bladder diary, urodynamic testing, pad testing, etc.) that are used in the process of differential diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to compose a plan of care including functional goals, prognosis and length of care for the patient with under active pelvic floor conditions.
  • Explain red flags related to treatment of the pelvic floor and understand when to refer to another healthcare provider.
  • Understand urogynecologic surgeries and their effect on prognosis and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.
  • Demonstrate understanding of various medications and their effects on the bowel and bladder and identify how that may affect prognosis for a patient with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.


  • Explain the effects of pelvic floor under activity and proper technique of pelvic muscle exercises for rehabilitative purposes.
  • Explain the relationship between the abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor muscles as they relate to activities of daily living.
  • Describe the various interventions available to strengthen the muscles of the patient with an under active pelvic floor and clinically reason when and why the various interventions might be used.
  • Demonstrate proper use of a handheld pelvic floor muscle electrical stimulation unit and explain its appropriate uses for a patient with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.
  • Describe techniques that can be used to train (retrain) the bladder and when each intervention might be used.


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Continuing Education Hours

  • CEUs: 2.3  
  • Direct Access Hours: 1.5 Participants are responsible for ensuring this meets individual state requirements.


Required pre-reading is to be completed prior to the course. All pre-reading is available at this link.

Lab Participation Requirements

Participants will be working in groups of 2 during labs.This course includes extensive labs with intra-vaginal & intra-rectal assessment & examination. All participant smust participate in labs as both “clinician” & “patient.” Participants who cannot participate as lab subjects are required to provide their own lab partners. Failure to participate as a lab subject, or to provide required lab partner if needed,will result in forfeiture of course completion and registration costs. Participants that MUST provide their own lab partners include (but are not limited to):

  • ALL Male participants
  • Pregnant women (except with written physician permission for FULL participation)
  • Active vaginal infections
  • Active STD or herpes lesions
  • Active bladder or rectal infections
  • Severe pelvic/vaginal/rectal pain that inhibits examination
  • Lack of prior vaginal exam by a physician
  • Active OB/GYN cancer


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Welcome to Des Moines

In Des Moines, you can experience the excitement of the city and explore rural Iowa’s charming beauty. Connecting with your peers, shopping, food and activities make great memories.  This affordable, cosmopolitan city has an impressive blend of world class art and premier attractions, such as the Science Center of Iowa and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.  Miles of trails to walk or cycle allow you to see the city and the beauty of its rivers and parks ~ just steps away from the conference.  Bicycles are available for rent through the BCycle program!  When it comes to dining, our city offers incredible food prepared by talented chefs.  You will experience some of the finest tasting pork to Tai pizza.  Another added benefit is downtown’s four-mile, climate-controlled skywalk system (the largest skywalk system per capita in the world), our booming suburbs, and unique shopping in the East Village. Greater Des Moines is a growing metropolis with an array of attractions and entertainment in a setting that boasts a rich history, a thriving present and a very bright future, all while maintaining a special charm that touches all who visit.  Learn more about Des Moines at the following websites:


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 23.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/04/2016 - 7:30am CDT
Event ends: 
11/06/2016 - 3:30pm CST
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Academic Center Floor 2
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 23.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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