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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: The Missing Link in Persistent LBP?

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: The Missing Link in Persistent LBP?

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: The Missing Link in Persistent LBP?

This course includes
47:11 of Course Material (View)
Certificate of completion

About The Course:

This course is filmed at the San Diego Pain Summit in 2017, Carolyn Vandyken and Pelvic Health Solutions (PHS) will take you on a learning journey that links low back pain to pelvic floor dysfunction. This online physiotherapy course addresses persistent low back pain and pelvic floor by using a biopsychosocial lens to tackle fear, stress, anxiety, and catastrophization.

The pelvic floor is hard-wired into our nervous system as these muscles protect our most vulnerable functions - bowel, bladder, sexuality, and mobility. Pelvic floor problems can also contribute to an underlying biological driver of low back pain that needs to be considered.

Carolyn takes an evidence-based look at persistent low back pain, and how comorbidity in the pelvic floor needs to be addressed.

In This Online Physiotherapy Course, You’ll Learn:

  • LBP: Rethinking the bio in biopsychosocial.
  • About the LBP study and its outcomes.
  • Methods to determine LBP.
  • Pelvic floor tenderness and forced FABER test.
  • How do we need to change our practice?

What’s Included In This Online Physiotherapy Course?

  • More than 47 minutes of video lessons.
  • Bite-sized information: All of the content is broken down into bite-sized chunks, so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch, or for a few minutes at night.
  • Lifetime access. You can return to this course at any time. If any material is updated or added, you will have access to the new content.
  • Certificate of completion. Once you've completed the course, you will receive a certificate for your professional portfolio.
  • Access to this course is through Embodia, and although some of the content may be downloadable (such as a workbook or slides if included), the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the Internet.
  • Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
  • There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
  • You will be sent a receipt as soon as you purchase this course. This receipt can be used for education grants and for tax purposes.
  • Quiz with solutions!

Who Is This Course For? 

This online course is for all rehabilitation professionals, including physiotherapists, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, athletic therapists, massage therapists, exercise therapists, medical doctors, nurses, midwives, kinesiologists among others. This course is also relevant for movement specialists, yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and those interested in learning more about pelvic floor health and wellness.

Can I Share a Course with a Friend or Colleague? How does the Group Discount Work?

Each course purchase is for a single viewer only, and may not be shared. If you are interested in group/staff viewing, please contact us at to arrange a group discount code specifically for your group. The larger the group, the larger the discount. Each individual must purchase separately with the discount code, and agree to the terms and conditions (legal). This provides each participant with their own copy to review at their pace, in addition to the opportunity to interact with colleagues as you all work collectively through the material.


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This lecture was recorded at a multi-disciplinary conference, the San Diego Pain Summit, where clinicians learn how to apply current pain research into clinical practice. Learn more about this conference here:

The instructors
Carolyn Vandyken

Carolyn is the co-owner of Reframe Rehab, a teaching company engaged in breaking down the barriers internationally between pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science. Carolyn has practiced in orthopaedics and pelvic health for the past 34 years. She is a McKenzie Credentialled physiotherapist (1999), certified in acupuncture (2002), and obtained a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2017.

Carolyn received the YWCA Women of Distinction award (2004) and the distinguished Education Award from the OPA (2015). Carolyn was recently awarded the Medal of Distinction from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2021 for her work in pelvic health and pain science.

Carolyn has been heavily involved in post-graduate pelvic health education, research in lumbopelvic pain, speaking at numerous international conferences and writing books and chapters for the past twenty years in pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science.

Course Material included in this course
  • Presentation
  • LBP Study
  • Pelvic Floor Tenderness
  • Changes To Our Practice
  • Questions
  • Quiz
  • Feedback
  • Other Courses That May Be of Interest
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