PELVIC FLOOR BASCIS - For Yourself & Your Clients

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Course Description

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a common issue affecting many people. One in three women and one in six men will experience a pelvic floor disorder in their lifetime. Although not every clinician may desire to specialize in the pelvic floor, all clinicians must possess knowledge of the fundamental aspects of pelvic floor function and dysfunction, and when to refer to a specialist.

Take this course if you want to:

  • Learn pelvic floor anatomy and physiology in relation to  posture, core, urination, defecation, and sexual dysfunction.
  • Gain knowledge of evidence-based conservative, non-pharmacological and non-surgical interventions you can implement immediatly for self and clients.
  • Acquire the proper technique for executing a pelvic contraction in order to instruct your clients effectively.
  • If you are unsure about being a pelvic floor specialist but recognize the increased demand, this course is a good starting point. 

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Statistics of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

    • General A & P of the Female and Male Pelvic Floor and Function

    • Effects of Core and General Exercise on the Pelvic Floor, Precautions and Contraindications

  2. 2
    • Types and Definitions of Incontinence

    • Stress, Urge and Mixed Incontinence and Overview of Conservative Treatment Interventions

    • Definition of Prolapse; Uterine, Rectal, and Bladder

  3. 3
    • Sexual Dysfunction and Pelvic Pain

    • Sexual Dysfunction and Conservative Interventions

    • Pelvic Pain and Conservative Interventions

  4. 4
    • Identifying and Treating Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

    • Side effects of pelvic floor dysfunction seen in other diagnoses: cancer, anxiety, neurological conditions, postpartum, obesity, menopause, orthopedic, trauma or surgery

  5. 5
    • Screening Tools for Incontinence and Pelvic Pain

    • Creating an Open Environment for Clients to Express Symptoms/Concerns of Bowel, Bladder or Sexual Dysfunction.

    • Basics on Trauma-Informed Care/Screening

    • When to Refer to a Specialist - A Multidisciplinary Approach to Care

  6. 6
    • Lab focuses on positioning and mechanics with therapeutic exercise, education, and behavioral modifications to reduce pelvic floor dysfunction.

    • How To Do A Pelvic Floor Contraction

    • Breathwork and Effects on the Pelvic Floor

    • Behavioral modification techniques to reduce urinary urgency

    • Bladder Diary and Use for Differential Diagnosis of Urge and Stress Incontinence

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is designed for healthcare practitioners, including but not limited to OT, OTA, PT, PTA, RN, LPN, NP, PA and PCP's

  • What is the course format?

    The course content is a self-paced learning modules, with multiple choice quizzes,

  • What are the certificate requirements?

    To earn a certificate of completion you must complete the self-paced curriculum, achieve 80% or better on all quizzes and complete the course evaluation. After all requirements are met your can download your certificate of completion.

  • My state is not listed under approved CEUs, what should I do?

    Continuing Education requirements are complicated and often change. Please check our CEU section for specifics. If you do not see your state listed, please either check with your individual state for reciprocity or contact us directly:



Lisa Marshall

With more than 33 years of healthcare experience, Lisa has focused primarily on oncology for the past 28 years. In 2002, she founded Specialty Rehabilitation Inc. (SRI), where she developed and provided oncology programs and services -- prehabilitation through palliation -- for all cancer types. Lisa's areas of expertise include the management of breast cancer, oncology lymphedema, cancer-related fatigue, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, cancer-related cognitive impairments, cancers of the head and neck, and oncology pelvic floor dysfunction. She is lymphedema certified, a national presenter, and a regular presenter at major healthcare institutions and universities. Today, SRI provides oncology education and consulting for; individual healthcare professionals, cancer centers, community hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and home care agencies.

Course Objectives

  • The participant will identify two components of the male and female pelvic floor that can contribute to dysfunction in urination, defecation, and sexual function.

  • The participants will identify three signs and symptoms of urinary stress and urge incontinence for differential diagnosis.

  • The participant will verbalize performance of a pelvic floor contraction in sitting, supine and standing position for patient education.

  • The participant will select 2 appropriate screening tools to identify the need for specialist referral for pelvic floor dysfunction given a simulated patient case.

Continuing Education Approval


This course has been approved by the Maryland State and Texas State  Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 3.0 contact hours 

Maryland approval #2023:0027 Expires 12/31/2023

Our current polices and standards meet criteria for approval within the individual state and/or grants reciprocity with most states except: Montana, Louisiana, Indiana, New York, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Vermont. If you are licensed in a non-reciprocating state and would like to take the course please reach out to us for further information. 

Individual state boards and/or organizations may change their practice act/rules and regulations at any time. It is ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to confirm that the course meets criteria for contact hour approval.