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Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy in Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum

Alicia MacDonald

Speaker Bio
Dr. Alicia MacDonald (she/her), Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Manual Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Dr. MacDonald is originally from Florida and received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Central Florida and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and Manual Therapy Certification from the University of St. Augustine. She has taken multiple Pelvic Health specific continuing education courses through Hermann and Wallace, as well as worked in a Pelvic and Women’s Health Specialty clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas for over 4 years.

Dr. MacDonald moved to Portland, OR in 2020 and started her own business, Max Q Performance, within Evolution Healthcare and Fitness. She provides physical therapy and personal training services to clients of varying ages with pain/injury anywhere from head to toe, as well as clients whom just have a goal of getting stronger. She has a passion for working with pregnant and postpartum clients, as well as clients with pelvic health issues including pelvic pain, bladder dysfunction, bowel dysfunction, etc. She enjoys working with pregnant and postpartum clients to keep them active before birth and get them back to their desired activity level postpartum. She finds it imperative to include pelvic health and proper core/pelvic stability in with all of her clients.
She has been giving educational presentations on the importance of pelvic health physical therapy to varying populations in the past couple of years and enjoys sharing her passion for pelvic health with others.

Course Description
What is pelvic health physical therapy and how can it help my patients? Pelvic health physical therapy can be beneficial for those patients who have diagnosed dysfunction of the pelvis, but it can also be helpful for individuals without dysfunction or pain, trying to stay active and be informed about their bodies. At the end of this presentation, attendees will have a further understanding of pelvic health physical therapy and the common treatments and benefits for patients; pre-conception, during pregnancy, and postpartum.

Learning Objectives
1. Describe what pelvic health physical therapy is and why is it important to see a specialist instead of just taking care of it on your own.
2. Screen a patient for pelvic floor dysfunction, so that they understand one component of determining when a patient is appropriate for pelvic health physical therapy.
3. Describe how pelvic health physical therapy can benefit patients pre-conception, during pregnancy, and postpartum.
4. Understand what a treatment plan looks like for pelvic health physical therapy.

CEUs Offered: 1 CE

Course Expiration: October 5, 2024