Before You Refer - Busting Pelvic Health Myths
Join Athletic Therapist Ashley Burr and Physiotherapist Jenny Telfer-Crum as they discuss the three most common core and pelvic floor myths you’ll hear in your practice from your female clients. They will outline how you can help your clients address these concerns as a practitioner who does not perform internal exams.
Given that, at least ⅓ of women experience 𝐛𝐥𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠, and 1 in 10 of them experience 𝐩𝐞𝐥𝐯𝐢𝐜 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐥𝐯𝐢𝐜 𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐩𝐬e, you’re likely going to have clients who have these concerns. Ashley and Jenny will outline how you can 𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞 and 𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 your clients while they pursue their health and fitness goals from the outside, using the knowledge and skills that you already have, as well as when to refer out or expand your clinical knowledge base to optimize results.
In this online course, Ashley and Jenny will:
Discuss common pelvic health myths around diastasis, prolapse, stress incontinence, and internal pelvic exams.
Address barriers to external therapists providing care for female clients.
Provide actionable steps that can help you feel more prepared to help your female clients now.
By the end of this online course, you will:
Understand why three common myths about diastasis, prolapse and internal exams may not be true, and how you can better educate your clients who have these concerns.
Identify common barriers that external therapists face when providing care for female clients, and acknowledge which may apply to you.
Have actionable strategies to implement more pelvic health care into your practice immediately.
Have a clear plan for when to refer out and/or seek additional training.
This course is for external therapists such as Athletic Therapists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists and Naturopathic Doctors who are new to addressing Pelvic Health Concerns like stress incontinence; pelvic organ prolapse; guiding clients through pregnancy; postpartum and menopause; and diastasis rectus abdominus.
BSc.(KIN), CAT(C), Certified Athletic Therapist
Ashley has been working as a Certified Athletic Therapist at Arora Family Chiropractic in Winnipeg, Manitoba since 2014. After the birth of her son (2016), she gained a special interest in the pregnant and postnatal population and began expanding her knowledge and skillset in pelvic health. Ashley works with clients to guide them towards confidently reaching their pain, movement, and exercise goals.
Outside of the clinic, Ashley enjoys teaching and working various sporting events throughout the year. Ashley is co-author and presenter of ‘External Approaches to Pelvic Health: Education, Exercise, Empowerment’ with Jenny Telfer-Crum BSc (HK) MSc (PT), and the author and presenter of ‘Introduction to Myofascial Cupping’. She has been working as the Athletic Therapist with Kelvin High School Football since beginning her university practicum placements in 2010.
Growing up, Ashley experienced many injuries. This piqued her interest in movement and how the body works. She was heavily involved in swimming, softball, gymnastics, and army cadets. She enjoys running, spending time with her family, and coaching her son’s various sporting adventures.
BScHK (Hons), MScPT
Jenny is an Educator and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist out of Ontario, Canada. Jenny is co-author and presenter of three courses: "External Approaches to Pelvic Health: Education, Exercise, Empowerment" with Ashley Burr, CAT(C) on Embodia and In-Person; "Pessaries: Clinical Integration and Management of POP/SUI" and "Clinical Update: SUI and POP Research and Management Review" with Cara McDougall, PT through Pelvic Health Solutions.
Women’s pelvic health has, unfortunately, been considered a taboo topic and has historically been overlooked in health education, our medical system, and our culture as a whole. This means that concerns about bladder leaking, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual pain or pelvic/low back pain have been overlooked or considered “normal” with aging or after having children. Although pelvic concerns are being talked about more on social media, this can also lead to conflicting messaging from a variety of sources that may leave female clients feeling more confused and unsure of what to do next.
Jenny's goal through these courses is to share current and practical information so that providers can affirm, empower and support their female clients throughout the lifespan. Jenny has been working as Senior Teaching Assistant with Antony Lo on his Female Athlete series of courses, as well as being a Teaching Assistant with Pelvic Health Solutions, since 2018.
Clinically, Jenny works collaboratively with people experiencing pelvic health concerns so that they can understand their bodies, stop worrying, and confidently progress towards their fitness or lifestyle goals. She strives to provide compassionate, inclusive, and trauma-informed Physiotherapy and Pessary care that revolves around her client’s goals and fits into their lifestyle.
Jenny's work with client's includes external and internal assessment, manual therapy, pessary use if indicated, and exercise prescription, as well as exploring other contributing factors with her clients such as their personal health history, stress management, sleep habits, foundations of nutrition, and movement preferences.
Jenny has always pursued various forms of exercise herself, from jogging to CrossFit, from yoga to belly dancing. Apart from being a completely average gym goer, she also enjoys reading fiction and spending time outdoors with her husband, Sho.
Course Material included in this course
Before You Refer - Busting Pelvic Health Myths
Is a certificate of completion included with this course?
Once you have completed the course, a certificate of completion (including learning hours and course information) will be generated. You can download this certificate at any time. To learn more about course certificates on Embodia please visit this guide.