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Introduction to Pelvic Bowl Pain and Disorders for the Massage Therapist

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Functional issues within the structures of the pelvic bowl are often overlooked by massage therapists both during intake and treatment. More knowledge is needed to associate pain patterns with pelvic bowl structures and conditions. As more medical professionals begin to diagnose and treat pelvic bowl and organ disorders, we will identify where massage therapists fit into the course of treatment and our scope of practice in this area. 

During this 4-hour class, attendees will learn:

  • the anatomy and physiology of the pelvic bowl to include muscles, nerves, organs and how they contribute to issues with pain, digestion, and reproduction.

  • discuss how to establish rapport with clients to facilitate clear communication with clients about their bodies.

  • discuss how this information translates to appropriate interventions for common pelvic health issues, as well as how and when to collaborate with or refer to additional practitioners.

At the conclusion of class, attendees will be able to:

  • Clearly explain, identify and self-palpate abdominopelvic anatomy

  • Interpret medical histories and conditions that relate to the pelvic bowl and weave that information into their general medical history client intake

  • Clearly discuss pelvic bowl disorders and formulate discussions with clients in the context of a massage therapy session

  • Be able to identify and discuss the bio-psycho-social components of pelvic bowl disorders and their context within a massage therapy session

  • Demonstrate how to label and (when possible) self-palpate the female/male anatomy in the abdominopelvic cavity

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to associate pelvic related medical conditions with the appropriate anatomy and stay within the scope of practice

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how abdominopelvic anatomy relates to the rest of the body 

  • Demonstrate the awareness of when to refer out to other health care professionals and how to discuss collaborating with other health care professionals

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