Pregnancy can be extremely challenging for a mother’s body. Learn to more effectively help women prepare for labour, during their pregnancy and to recover efficiently from delivery or caesarean section.
Liz Howard is one of Australia’s leading Osteopaths with experience in treating the pelvis. Working closely with Pain Physician and Gynaecologist Prof Thierry Vancaillie at the Women’s Health & Research Institute of Australia Liz sees the consequences of difficult births, pregnancies and prolonged labour every day. With the right approach, great clinical results can be achieved for many complex presentations and Liz is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience in this area.
In Pain & Pregnancy, you’ll learn how to best assist women prepare for birth as well as post-partum covering topics such as prolapse, diastasis recti, preventing nerve pain, pelvic girdle pain, post-cesarean care, breastfeeding ergonomics, and more.
Treatment protocols and techniques demonstrated are based on the latest clinical guidelines for reducing pelvic floor delivery trauma, managing pelvic girdle pain, and the prevention of post-partum complications in the short and long term. You will learn useful self-management tips that women can utilize during pregnancy, in birth-planning and the post-partum period.
- Assessment protocols for common complaints during pregnancy including diastasis recti, pelvic girdle pain
- Treatment protocol for pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy, when a belt is indicated and postpartum rehabilitation
- Early detection of pelvic neuralgias via clinical history
- Reducing the risk of prolapse
- Principles of post-partum care including pelvic health, caesarean care, breastfeeding ergonomics
- Birth plan support with a focus on long-term maternal and child health (prolapse, nerve pain, pelvic organ function)
Pain & Pregnancy Course Details
The Pain in Pregnancy course is applicable to all allied health manual therapy practitioners with no prior experience treating pregnancy required. It will include practical examination and treatment protocols you will be able to use with confidence in your practice.
The course will run from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. It includes morning and afternoon tea, e-notes and an e-certificate of attendance for your CPD records. The course can be counted as 7 hours CPD.
After completing this course attendees will have the opportunity to attend Liz Howard’s Pelvic Pain Puzzle course which teaches the management of pelvic and perineal pain.
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Sun, 18 June 2023
Lecture and Hands-on
High Street Holistic
60 High St, Preston,
BAppSc(Clin Sc) BOstSc MScMed(PainMgt) Advanced Pain Management Osteopath
Elizabeth Howard has over 25 years of experience as an Osteopath and has worked at the Women’s Health & Research Institute of Australia for over 10 years. Her main focus is the holistic management of complex pelvic pain with the interdisciplinary team, working closely with Professor Thierry Vancaillie (Gynaecologist and Pain Medicine Specialist). In 2020 she was one of only 5 practitioners to be awarded the title of Advanced Pain Management Osteopath by Osteopathy Australia.
Her roles include Osteopathic care, pain education, clinical specialist in sacral neuromodulation and facilitating group education for pelvic pain. Liz was intimately involved helping manage the women suffering from pelvic pain after mesh surgery for prolapse or incontinence at WHRIA and the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick.
Liz has been involved in clinical research at WHRIA and in conjunction with the Royal Hospital for Women since joining WHRIA. In addition to numerous poster presentations, her work in major journals includes:
- Topical treatment of vulvodynia, dyspareunia and pudendal neuralgia: A single clinic audit of amitriptyline and oestriol in organogel. Ruoss, C., Howard, E., Chan, K., Stevenson, P., Vancaillie, T. (2021). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
- Asherman syndrome: Audit of a single‐operator cohort of 423 cases. Vancaillie, T., Chan, K., Liu, J., Deans, R., & Howard, E. (2020). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
- Pain after vaginal prolapse repair surgery with mesh is a post‐surgical neuropathy which needs to be treated–and can possibly be prevented in some cases. Vancaillie, T., Tan, Y., Chow, J., Kite, L., & Howard, L. (2018). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
- Sacral neuromodulation for pelvic pain and pelvic organ dysfunction: A case series. Vancaillie, T., Kite, L., Howard, E., & Chow, J. (2018). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 58(1), 102-107.
Elizabeth Howards womens health cpd and myofascial release cpd course remain some of our most popular osteopathic cpd coursesHer teaching experience ranges from lectures and technique in Undergraduate and Master’s Osteopathic programs (University of Western Sydney, Southern Cross University), clinical supervision of Osteopathic students (UWS, SCU, SportsMed Mumbai), Osteopathy Australia National Conference presentation, Pelvic Floor Seminars, GP education evenings, allied health events and online CPD.