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32nd Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference

SC07--PT&RT: Getting to the Core of Continence for Adults & Children With CF: New Strategies for Physical Therapists

Oct 17, 2018 3:30pm ‐ Oct 17, 2018 7:30pm


This presentation was not recorded at the request of the presenters.

The breathing and postural demands of the trunk muscles are often compromised in people with cystic fibrosis, leading to secondary impairments such as postural deficits, stress urinary incontinence (SUI), pain and other functional impairments. This hands-on course will introduce clinicians to an innovative clinical model that incorporates neuromuscular-based core recruitment strategy, driven by external cueing of both the pelvic floor and the diaphragm. Linking the pelvic floor and diaphragm to work as a team, will equip participants to move beyond basic pelvic floor muscle strengthening exercises for SUI to simultaneously address proximal control, continence, breathing mechanics, functional impairments, pain and more through a dynamic foundation of support.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the dynamic core muscles, inclusive of the diaphragm and pelvic floor, and their intertwined role in breathing, continence, proximal control and functional movements.
  • Demonstrate how to assess alignment and function of the dynamic core system (even during a busy clinic visit).
  • Discuss simple intervention strategies appropriate for pediatrics and adults with CF to minimize secondary impairments.

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