Orthopedics and Pelvic Health

Many clinicians harbor the mistaken impression that female and male pelvic issues always require internal examination and treatment. Dr. Colleen Whiteford explains that orthopedic physical therapists typically do not perform internal pelvic techniques, nor seek such training. Yet research shows that many patients present with issues assigned to both “specialties,” causing patients to choose management of one or the other. Full and sustainable recovery for both populations may be compromised by such artificial compartmentalizing.

Research supports that a key component of this regional interdependence is the myofascial network, which promotes a relationship between the organs, nerves, lymphatic/circulatory vessels, skeletal, integumentary, respiratory, and myofascial structures of the lumbopelvic segments and lower limbs. The phenomenon of referred symptoms and central/peripheral sensitization may also be explained by this seamless network. Participants will be exposed to evidence-based methods for approaching the body globally and externally to effectively treat pelvic and orthopedic connective tissue dysfunctions including Fascial Manipulation-Stecco®, exercise, dry needling, and patient education.

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