INTEGRATION: Integrating Pelvic Health into Musculoskeletal Practice
Do you want to learn more about pelvic health but you aren’t ready yet to learn how to perform internal assessments?
Do you want to advance your knowledge of both women’s and men’s health?
Do you feel you are missing a piece of the puzzle when it comes to patient care?
Do you treat both female and male patients for general musculoskeletal issues?
To advance participants’ basic knowledge of pelvic, women’s and men’s health.
Provide clinical guidance on integrating this knowledge into musculoskeletal clinical practice.
Provide practical tools that participants can use immediately on return to clinical environment.
NOTE: INTEGRATION teaches you the basics of pelvic health for both males and females as it relates to general musculoskeletal practice; it does not qualify you to become a pelvic floor, or women’s and men’s pelvic health professional.
This course will cover common conditions and issues for both women and men that you see in the clinic. The course covers:
• Pelvic anatomy
• Types of pelvic floor dysfunctions
• How to complete basic screening for pelvic health conditions
• How to externally palpate the superficial pelvic floor muscles safely through clothing
• Exercise during pregnancy and post-partum
• DRAM management
• Lumbar, pelvis, and groin injuries and their relationship to the pelvic floor
• Post-prostate surgery – return to function
• How to initiate training of the pelvic floor muscles
• Adjusting standard physiotherapy care to account for pelvic health conditions
• Respiratory conditions and the pelvic floor
• Pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy
• Sporting women and pelvic floor dysfunctions
• Birthing injuries and ACC
• When to refer onwards to a pelvic health physiotherapist who completes internal examinations as part of their standard assessment and treatment
What are people saying about this course?
A great informative and eye-opening course, plenty of scope and need for pelvic health physiotherapy. Melissa is a great educator and gets all the points across with a cheeky approach and help from family and dogs – Marcel
I wish everyone spoke so candidly about all things vagina! After this course I can’t wait to spread the word to anyone who will listen about how important our nether bits are. This course has truly highlighted the importance of the pelvic floor and has enriched my clinical practice so that I can confidently screen, externally assess and sign-post for many pelvic floor conditions. While strengthening the core remember the floor! – Charlotte
Melissa provided a research-based useful course, with information which can be immediately applied in the clinic, and in general life. I highly recommend her courses to anyone interested in pelvic health – Ilana
The pelvic health introduction course was a fantastic mix of theory and practical. It was a really relaxed setting which made what could be an uncomfortable topic much less daunting. Melissa is a great teacher and very funny, very easy to learn from! With the added bonus of doggie cuddles, it was one of the best courses I have been on! – Laura
It was a very refreshing way to be brought up to date with the statistics, anatomy, and current treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction in a non-threatening and fun way. Loads of information, and I feel more confident to expand my history taking questions to best serve my patients – Elaine
I work with a lot of active sporty post-natal clients who are keen to get back into sport and this course gave me lots of useful info and assessments to help me screen these clients and safely help them to return to what they want to do. Melissa is extremely knowledgeable and a humorous, approachable teacher! – Anesa
I really enjoyed the level 1 Pelvic floor course. It had a good mix of practical and theory, Melissa’s warm presentation style was great and I enjoyed the stories that accompanied it and came away with screening that I could use my very next day in the clinic. I would definitely recommend – Jeannie
Melissa’s programme inspired me to pursue a career in pelvic health, and I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to attend this course – Anna
An excellent introduction into Pelvic Health Physiotherapy. Melissa is a great presenter and hostess. She makes a scary topic fun and non-threatening. We all need knowledge of the pelvic floor, everyone has one and everyone needs it to be working effectively! – Megan
What a wonderful course, Melissa delivered her course in a relaxed setting making learning fun and memorable. I have taken so much away from this course and hope I can now help my patients even more, especially with issues they may not readily seek help for – Laura
The level one into course opened my eyes to how extremely important pelvic health is for every patient not only the ladies. It made me feel confident in discussing this topic with patients and made me want to educate as many people on it as possible on it. The course was very educational and practical – Melanie
A super informative, practical course which will be very easy to integrate into work and current practices. Melissa is a fantastic presenter and very easy to listen to and learn from. I will be following up with the second course – Anna
A fantastic way to ascertain whether you are interested in pelvic health. As well as a way to add another layer of understanding to your patient care – Rebecca
A great introduction to treating pelvic health. I have come away feeling more confident in being able to assess and treat pelvic floor issues interrelated to my musculoskeletal treatment – Grace
Really enjoyable course, Melissa is happy to share her knowledge and provide valuable resources and practical training for use with clients. Each course I come away with a few more gems to incorporate into my practice – Nina
A must do, will leave you wanting to know more – Katherine
Was a great course. Learned enough in a day to help me understand the pelvic floor better and how to incorporate it into my clinical practice – Joannes
Brilliant course, highly recommend! – Catherine
How was the food?
– “Nom nom”
– Absolutely delicious – best food on a course I have been to!!!
– It was fabulous
– Food exceptional
– Delicious thank you and lots of drinks available
– 10! Best lunch I’ve ever had!
– Congrats to Team Melissa
– Appreciative of the different options
– 10+++/10 Excellent, healthy, nutritious, and tasty.
– So healthy but delicious
– 10+/10 Plenty and lots of choice
Dr Melissa Davidson
Specialist Physiotherapist in Pelvic Health
PhD, MPhil, Dip.Physiotherapy, B.Science, Dip.Manipulation,
Post Graduate Certificates in Physiotherapy (Pelvic Floor and Acupuncture)
Certificate in Health Science
Registered with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand under Specialist Scope of Practice
Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand
Female and male health professionals are welcome. If you treat male and female patients, this course is for you.
Health professionals welcome from new graduates upwards. No prior knowledge of pelvic floor, women’s or men’s health needed.
Limited course numbers available on each course.
For the Integration Course, we can offer you a choice of attending in-person, or attending remotely live. This will need to be arranged in advance with us so we can get the ‘tech’ sorted – please contact Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know. The cost for attending remotely is the same as attending in-person.
Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea will be provided for inperson courses. If you have specific food requirements or allergies, we recommend you bring your own food with you.
External palpation of the superficial pelvic floor muscles through clothing will be taught as a group. Both male and female participants will be then split into small mixed groups to practice this technique on each other, with consent. If you are attending online, you will be able to do this technique on someone else at your location (with their consent!) or we will teach you how to assess it on yourself.
Bring yoga mat, water bottle and reusable cup for hot drinks (if you have one), pen and paper for note writing (no desks provided), laptop (if you prefer instead of note paper).
Wear flexible and comfortable clothing. No jeans, shirts, or tight thick pants please.
Bring a sense of humour and your brain; it’s going to be a full on day 🙂
A reading list will be sent out approximately 2 weeks before the course date.