This seminar is designed to understand the development of the diaphragm and pelvic floor muscles (PFM) as it relates to core function and continence in children. Special needs children or those with musculoskeletal asymmetries frequently have a weak core, postural compensations and develop poor bowel and bladder habits.
Did you ever consider activating a child’s pelvic floor musculature in order to increase their core strength and control, and improve their functional ability?
Are you able to define what correct core activation is? Learn how to connect the ribcage, the diaphragm and the pelvic floor for proper core activation.
This seminar includes instruction in anatomy and development of the diaphragm and its relationship to the pelvic floor/core.
Focus on assessment and treatment of the core/breathing and the PFM in a school-based setting will be provided. This includes how to identify constipation and/or dysfunctional voiding habits and understanding how managing constipation can improve posture core control and breathing.
The information presented in the course applies to children who have been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, ASD, Hypotonia and more.
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3. Thibodeau, B. A., Metcalfe, P., Koop, P., & Moore, K. (2013). Urinary incontinence and quality of life in children. Journal of pediatric urology, 9(1), 78-83.
The Pelvic Floor, the Diaphragm, the Core and their Role in Postural Development in Children
- 30 min Anatomy of the Pelvic Floor Muscles (PFM)
- 45 min Define the Core-The pelvic floor, diaphragm, the abdominal wall. The development of the PFM and its relationship reactionary and anticipatory core with postural development
- 30 min Constipation -constipation screening and treatment of the core as it relates to constipation limiting the ability of the core to activate correctly for other functional tasks
- 15 min- Q&A
- 30 min PFM visual screen with verbal cues and positioning for successful PFM activation
- 15 min Diastasis Rectus Abdominus assessment;
- 30 min Breathing Assessment belly breathing assessment and treatment
- 15 min Ribcage assessment for proper diaphragm function
- 60 min- Connecting the ribcage, the diaphragm and pelvic floor for proper core activation
- 60 min Patient examples and treatment progressions
- 15 min Q&A
* Times are subject to change based on class size and participation