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Pregnant Belly

Prenatal Physiotherapy:

Building Maternal Capacity

through the Trimesters

Prenatal Physiotherapy is an evidence-informed course that guides you through initial prenatal assessment, trimester-specific prenatal care, birth preparation, postpartum follow-up, and ongoing care. Feel right at home with Jessica Bergevin, an experienced and respected physiotherapist in the world of pelvic health, as she takes you through the basics of prenatal and postpartum care. Course content includes physiotherapy’s evolving role in prenatal care, a toolkit for physiotherapists offering prenatal care, key components of the five phases of optimal care, and considerations for designing group prenatal classes. This course is intended for physiotherapists who currently work with the prenatal population or those looking to expand their practice confidently to this area of practice. Physiotherapy students/assistants and allied health professionals are also welcomed to attend. Jessica Bergevin includes an extensive handout highlighting for participants to easily refer to and incorporate into their practice.

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Clinical Pilates

with a Pelvic Health Perspective

Pilates is a functional form of exercise that integrates breathing principles, spine alignment, postural strength, and pelvic floor function. Pilates is a safe form of prenatal exercise and pelvic floor rehabilitation when positional cues and modifications are integrated. Additional pelvic health populations that can benefit from Pilates practice are individuals with persistent pain, abdominopelvic surgery, athletes, and men’s pelvic health. Clinical Pilates teaches the foundations of Pilates, pelvic floor cueing, prenatal techniques, and modifications post-partum considerations such as pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, and diastasis rectii. Resources provided in this course are applicable to musculoskeletal, pelvic health, and community-focused physiotherapists and allied health professionals.

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Next In-Person Course Offering: May 2024

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Assessment and Treatment in Pregnancy for the Orthopaedic Physiotherapist

This evidence-informed course will teach assessment considerations for physiotherapists working with pregnant individuals presenting with orthopaedic symptoms or exercise inquiries. Course content includes precautions/contraindications, prenatal assessment, a review of clinical practice guidelines, exercise prescription, and patient education. Prior experience in prenatal care or pelvic health is not required.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Integrate a prenatal assessment tool into clinical practice.

  2. Select and prescribe appropriate treatment techniques for the prenatal population.

  3. Access patient and clinician resources for prenatal physiotherapy care

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for the Equestrian Population

Horseback riding requires considerable pelvic mobility and strength. The pelvis is where the rider and the horse meet. Riders can present with muscular imbalances that affect the advancement of their riding. Enjoy this unique and thought-provoking course by Jessica Bergevin where she shares her experience working with the equestrian population. This online course is intended for both orthopaedic and pelvic health physiotherapists with an interest in assessing and treating the equestrian population. Course content blends the evidence base with clinical experience and provides specific case examples. Previous experience with riding not required!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe movement patterns and functional limitations during horseback riding.

  2. Identify orthopaedic and pelvic health dysfunctions in the equestrian population.

  3. Select treatment strategies and prescribe individualized exercises for the equestrian population.

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