CSM 2016

The Effects of Cervico-thoracic Stiffness on the Lumbopelvic/Pelvic Floor Region
Section: Women’s Health
Session Code: WH-3C-3512
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Room: 201 A

Speaker(s):   Susan Clinton, PT, DScPT, COMT, OCS, WCS

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Multiple Level

Look beyond the traditional regional approach of pelvic floor physical therapy and understand how addressing dysfunctions of the thoracic/cervical spine and TMJ region can positively affect lumbopelvic dysfunction. This session will expand your current practice through evidence-based and biological plausible methods of examination and intervention of upper quarter dysfunctions to the lower quarter region. Learn how the effects of intra-abdominal pressure with trunk/cervical/TMJ dysfunction results in decreased performance and fatigue of the pelvic floor musculature. The concepts of how upper quarter regional dysfunction influence musculoskeletal dysfunction will include the effects on diastasis rectus abdominus, episiotomy, prolapse, incontinence, GI dysfunction, and lumbo/abdomino/pelvic pain. The speakers will review the anatomy and physiology of the system, from the glottis to the pelvic floor, with links of clinical reasoning for expanding intervention of manual therapy, movement, and exercise.

Learning Objectives:
1 . Define normal abdominal and thoracic pressures and how these pressures are increased with normal postures, positions, and activities.
2. Review the anatomy and physiology of the glottis to the pelvic floor, including the anatomical changes with prolonged postures.
3. Examine the physiology behind the literature on the effects of the prolonged seated posture.
4. Outline various changes in intervention techniques to reduce the effects of increased abdominal pressures and epiglottis considerations with pelvic floor, transversus abdominis, multifidus, and diaphragm training from low-level to high-level activity.

CEU: 0.2

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