Brave New World: Integrating Pelvic Floor Function Into Clinical Practice for Children with Sensory and Motor Challenges
18 Nov - 18 Nov 2017 @ Duke Energy Convention Center
The concept of trunk and pelvic control as a foundation for functional movement has been widely discussed in children with neuromotor challenges. The term “core stability” has gained popularity in paediatrics, modelling the research and programming with adult populations. The pelvic floor is a key player on the core stability team, and conversely the rest of the team is critical to the function of the pelvic floor. When linked to the diaphragm and the abdominals, the pelvic floor acts as a powerful stabilizer of lumbosacral and pelvic-hip joints promoting trunk and pelvic control. The neuromuscular control of the pelvic floor and its interconnection with the pressure system also make an integral contribution to continence. This session seeks to provide the pediatric therapist with an understanding of the mechanism of core stability based on recent literature, the inter-relationship between the pelvic floor and the rest of the inner core team, and how it is impacted in children and adolescents with sensory and motor challenges. External, functional assessment tools and treatment strategies for integration of the pelvic floor into clinical programs for babies, children and adolescents will be discussed.
1. Identify the members of the inner core team and explain how they are a major contributor to lumbosacral and pelvic-hip joint stability, based on the current literature.
2. Identify the connection between alignment, breathing pattern, pelvic floor activation and pressures.
3. Identify movement strategies in children with motor and sensory challenges and use these observations to infer how the pelvic floor is contributing to lumbosacral and pelvic-hip stability.
4. Choose appropriate intervention strategies targeting pelvic floor function for babies, children vs. adolescents to promote lumbosacral and pelvic-hip stability for improved balance and gross motor function.
This event is part of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapists Annual Conference. For more information, click here.