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Heather Rader

PT, DPT, PRPC, BCB-PMD

Dr. Heather Rader is the owner of Rader Pelvic Physical Therapy, a practice devoted to the treatment of pregnancy-related pain and dysfunction, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and complex pelvic pain in all genders.

A physical therapist since 1994, she graduated from the University of Miami with a master's degree in physical therapy, and she completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2011. She has been board-certified in the use of biofeedback for pelvic muscle disorders since 2006. She was awarded the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification in 2014 and served as a subject matter expert and question writer for the PRPC examination.

She is on faculty with the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, teaching courses in the Pelvic Floor series and Pregnancy series, and is the author of the Geriatric Pelvic Floor and the Home Health Pelvic Floor courses.

Her mission as an educator is to assist in the national expansion of qualified pelvic floor therapists and promote awareness of pelvic floor dysfunction to medical professionals and the community at large. She runs a social media site on Facebook called "Team Pelvic Floor," which posts articles and facts about pelvic floor rehab while promoting a team approach to treating pelvic dysfunction. She is a practice consultant and mentors therapists wishing to incorporate pelvic rehabilitation into their practice. In 2019, she presented a TEDx Talk called "How to Save Someone from a Pelvic Floor Muscle Attack."

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Functions and Dysfunctions of the Pelvic Girdle and Pelvic Floor

Presented by Heather Rader, PT, DPT, PRPC, BCB-PMD

Functions and Dysfunctions of the Pelvic Girdle and Pelvic Floor

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Video Runtime: 84 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 32 Minutes

This course will explore the anatomical relevance of the pelvic girdle and pelvic floor structures and functions of common movement dysfunctions seen in rehabilitation. The pelvic girdle articulates with the spine and lower extremities and houses the pelvic floor region, making its anatomy relevant to all rehabilitation practitioners. An overview of dysfunctions of the sacroiliac joint, pubic symphysis, and coccyx will be explored, as well as bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunctions created by pelvic floor dysfunctions.

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Orthopedic Connections to Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Presented by Heather Rader, PT, DPT, PRPC, BCB-PMD

Orthopedic Connections to Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

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Video Runtime: 68 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 47 Minutes

This course will focus on connections between common orthopedic dysfunction seen in clinical practice to pelvic floor dysfunctions. Orthopedic conditions such as back pain, hip pain, orthopedic trauma and surgery, and diastasis recti abdominis cluster with pelvic floor dysfunctions, such as incontinence and pelvic pain syndromes in clinical practice. Understanding the reasons why these comorbidities cluster together will assist the clinician in recognizing the orthopedic connections between dysfunctions of the pelvic floor with dysfunctions of the spine, hip, and abdominal wall.

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Evaluation Strategies for the Pelvic Floor

Presented by Heather Rader, PT, DPT, PRPC, BCB-PMD

Evaluation Strategies for the Pelvic Floor

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Video Runtime: 60 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 39 Minutes

Most rehabilitation professionals lack understanding of basic skills in screening and evaluating for pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, despite high prevalence in most therapy settings. This course will introduce multiple methods to determine the health of the pelvic floor region and its muscles, focusing on external strategies. Participants will also learn how to identify pelvic floor dysfunction risk factors from the patient's history and integrate basic pelvic floor assessment into clinical practice.

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Treatment Strategies for the Pelvic Girdle and Pelvic Floor

Presented by Heather Rader, PT, DPT, PRPC, BCB-PMD

Treatment Strategies for the Pelvic Girdle and Pelvic Floor

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Video Runtime: 61 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 46 Minutes

Most rehabilitation professionals lack understanding of basic skills in treating simple pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, despite high prevalence in most therapy settings. This course will assist the participant in integrating basic external treatment strategies for pelvic floor dysfunction, including muscle weakness, incontinence, overactive bladder, and constipation, into clinical practice.

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