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sEMG Assessment and Treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorders

presented by Cynthia E. Neville, PT, DPT, WCS

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Financial: Cynthia Neville is the owner of Neville Know-How, Inc., an education consulting company and an employee of Mayo Clinic Florida. She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Cynthia Neville has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 46 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 21 Minutes

Because the pelvic floor muscles are hidden from view inside the pelvis, surface electromyography (sEMG) is an effective and evidence-based tool for direct measurement of pelvic floor muscle activity. This course will describe how sEMG is used for the evaluation of certain pelvic floor impairments. Physical and occupational therapists will gain insight into how sEMG is used in rehabilitation treatment of pelvic floor disorders and its efficacy at improving rehabilitation outcomes.

Meet Your Instructor

Cynthia E. Neville, PT, DPT, WCS

Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) Neville is an assistant professor of physical therapy at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a women's health clinical specialist (WCS), board-certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Her outpatient clinical practice at Mayo Clinic Florida primarily serves women and men with pelvic floor disorders.…

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1. Basic Principles of Surface Electromyography

This chapter will explain the basic principles of sEMG measurement of muscle activity. Techniques of sEMG measurement of pelvic floor muscle function will be described and demonstrated.

2. Interpreting sEMG Data in Pelvic Floor Muscle Assessment

This chapter will explore factors that influence the measurement of muscle activity with sEMG. Participants will learn how to interpret sEMG activity patterns that are characteristic of different pelvic floor disorders.

3. sEMG Treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorders

Treatment of pelvic floor disorders using sEMG biofeedback will be explained in this chapter. The evidence supporting sEMG interventions will be summarized.

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