Nutting out men's health physiotherapy
Men's pelvic health is a relatively new scope of practice for physiotherapists. It covers genito-urinary disease, dysfunction and surgery as well as pelvic pain.
In this course, participants will learn 'man management', from communication strategies through to pelvic floor retraining, general exercise, nutrition and mental skills to empower men to improve their quality of life after a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Physiotherapists are well placed to deliver positive and effective programs for these men and this course will get you started on a strong evidence based footing.
A/Prof Craig Allingham has worked in this space for more than 15 years, treating men for urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, erectile dysfunction and other conditions often linked to the treatment of their prostate cancer. He has written two books for men on prostate cancer recovery and management and developed an exercise/lifestyle program that has helped thousands of men to regain their continence and function.
- Understand how male clients receive and transmit health related information and how to improve effective transfer from therapist to client.
- Describe the normal anatomy and function of the male urogenitary system
- Understand prostate gland disease, diagnosis, treatment pathways, side effects and the role of physiotherapy in retraining continence and general fitness
- Learn to clinically evaluate pelvic floor muscle function or dysfunction from the clinical interview and physical examination
- Deliver an effective pre- and post-prostatectomy rehabilitation program for men undergoing surgery for prostate cancer
- Perform physical assessment for mechanical origins of male pelvic pain and appropriate mechanical treatment options (manual therapy and exercise)
- Describe the common causes of erectile dysfunction and how physiotherapy can help in its own right and as part of a multi-disciplinary approach
- Reflect on the effective delivery of men's pelvic health in their own practice or department
- This course is available to qualified and AHPRA registered physiotherapists and may be also available to other AHPRA registered practitioners.