This recently extended workshop is designed to enable the registered physiotherapist to examine and manage a woman with common pregnancy related lumbo-pelvic problems. The workshop, which takes place over 2½ days, is aimed at physiotherapists already working in women’s health as well as the physiotherapist working in a musculoskeletal outpatient setting. It is also suitable for people new to this area of and for those requiring revision or updating in current best practice.
The content will include: review of normal anatomy and physiology of the lumbo-pelvic complex and changes in pregnancy, the theory of normal movement and pregnancyrelated changes, the assessment and examination of the lumbar spine and pelvic girdle and the management of lumbo-pelvic pain in pregnancy including functional advice, therapeutic exercise and manual therapy.
To enable the participant to examine and manage a woman with common pregnancyrelated lumbo-pelvic problems.
By the end of the workshop the participant will be able to: • Understand the physiological changes in pregnancy relevant to the physiotherapy management of pregnancy-related lumbo-pelvic problems • Understand the neuromusculoskeletal structure and function of the lumbopelvic complex • Describe and understand the pregnancy-related altered biomechanics of the lumbo-pelvic complex • Discuss the aetiology of common pregnancy-related lumbo-pelvic dysfunction • Have an awareness of the psychosocial influences and emotional needs of the woman during the child bearing years • Adapt assessment and examination techniques of the lumbo-pelvic complex for the antenatal and postnatal woman • Develop and adapt a range of skills including manual techniques and exercises for the lumbo-pelvic complex for the antenatal and postnatal woman • Apply clinical reasoning and analysis to direct physiotherapy intervention • Understand and promote the physiotherapist’s role within the multidisciplinary team particularly with regard to birth