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2015 Combined Sections Meeting

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Experience CSM 2015!

The Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) focuses on programming designed by all 18 of APTA’s specialty sections. CSM brings together more than 9,500 physical therapy professionals from around the nation for 5 stimulating days of exceptional programming, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall filled with products and services at the Indiana Convention Center, JW Marriott Indianapolis, and the Westin Indianapolis.

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Indianapolis Convention Center
Friday, February 6th, 2015
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM



Champions Sports Bar
Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
350 W. Maryland Street
Friday, February 6th, 2015
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM



Join SOWH at Slippery Noodle Inn!

Indiana’s Oldest Bar
Downtown Indianapolis
372 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Friday, February 6th, 2015
9:00 PM – Midnight
$50 per ticket

*To register, select it when you register for CSM 2015 or call 855.585.6003

Therapeutic Yoga: The Integration of Pain Science and a Yoga Therapy Model into Physical Therapy Practice.


Neil Pearson, PT, M.Sc., BA-BPHE, CYT, RYT500

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Recent advances in pain science suggest that physical therapy outcomes could be enhanced by including yoga, and components of therapeutic yoga into our practices. Since more and more of our patients are hearing of the benefits of yoga, it is equally important for PTs to recognize how our patients should integrate PT care into their yoga practice.


Neil is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, and instructor for five yoga therapy training programs. Neil is the first physical therapist to win the Excellence in Inter-Professional Pain Education Award from the Canadian Pain Society. Over the past 2 years, he has worked for the British Columbia Medical Association, teaching pain management to primary care MDs and specialists. He is founding Chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, a Board member of Pain BC, and author of many open access resources for people in pain.

Addressing the? Psycho-sexual? Components of Chronic Pelvic Pain in Physical Therapy


Talli Rosenbaum, M.Sc., PT, CST, IF

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Physical therapists (PTs) treating women with pelvic floor disorders, engage with their clients in one of the most intimate areas of their lives. In addition to addressing physical aspects of pelvic floor dysfunction, PTs often must address psycho-social and sexual concerns that arise in treatment. This day long course is designed to provide information taught in a frontal method, regarding the basics of sexual function and dysfunction. Participants will also be provided with tha opportunity to process their own values, attitudes and feelings regarding talking about sex, and clinical tools for sensitive sexual intercourse, with particular attention paid to sexual expectations in traditional society. Finally, an integrative mindfulness based approach to addressing penetration pain and anxiety will be introduced.


Talli Rosenbaum, M.Sc., PT, CST, IF, earned a Masters in Clinical Sociology and Counseling and a certificate in Mental Health Studies from the University of North Texas in Neve Yerushalayim. She also has a bachelors degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University.?  Talli is the only AASECT certified sex therapist who is an individual and coupes therapist as well as a pelvic floor physical therapist and is an internationally recognized expert on the treatment of sexual pain disorders. She has authored over 20 peer reviewed journal articles and several book chapters on sexual health, unconsummated marriage, and sexuality and Judaism. She is a full member of the International Academy of Sex Research and she serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Sexual medicine. She has also been awarded status of ISSWSH Fellow.

Schedule of Sessions

Tuesday February 3rd, 2015

Therapeutic Yoga: Integration into Physical Therapy Practice (Neil Pearson)

Wednesday February 3rd, 2015

Beyond the “Physical”: An integrated psycho-social model for addressing sexual issues in pelvic floor practice (Talli Rosenbaum)

Thursday February 5th, 2015

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Sex is an ADL too (Talli Rosenbaum)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • CaSh and Compliance (Nancy Beckley, Sarah Haag, Ann Wendel)
  • Resurrecting Hope: Developing a Toolkit for the Treatment of Persistent Pelvic Pain (Carolyn VanDyke, Nelly Faghani, Marie Josee Forget)

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

  • Enhance Clinical Outcomes with Positive Pain Education, Mindfulness (Neil Pearson)
  • Facilitating Pelvic Floor Strength, Suppleness and Coordination in Men: Explore the Floor of the Core (& more) (Bill Gallagher, Richard Sabel)
  • Optimization of Labor & Delivery Through the Application of Manual Physical Therapy (Pamela Morrison Wiles)

Friday February 6, 2015

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

  • SOWH Complex Cases in Men’s and Women’s Health
  • Untamed Memories: The Role of Past Trauma in the Development of Chronic Pain

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • ? Women Leading in PT: Does our profession welcome us when we “Lean In”?
  • The Effect of Lower Extremity Dysfunction on Pelvic Pain and Incontinence

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

  • SOWH Section Business Meeting

Saturday February 7, 2015

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Strategies for Individualized Nutrition for Patients with Pelvic Pain
  • Exercise and Pregnancy: Who, Why, How to Prescribe and the Controversial

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Visceral Manipulation: Fact and Fantasy
  • SOWH Platforms

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

  • Building Female Athletes from the Inside Out
  • Obesity in Pregnancy: PT Interventions to Reduce Risks and Improve Outcomes


To Preview All APTA Platforms, please visit here.

Poster & Platform Guidelines:


Saturday, February 7th, 2015

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Moderator: Pamela Downey, PT, DPT, WCS

Self-reported rehabilitation needs and physical therapy utilization of breast cancer survivors? 

Authors: Ann Marie Flores, PT, PhD, CLT; Jason Nelson, MPH

Presenter: Ann Marie Flores, PT, PhD, CLT

Obturator Internus and Pelvic Floor Function

Authors: Elizabeth DeLozier, SPT; Kimberly Harter, SPT; Stephanie Johnson, SPT; Christine Plotts, SPT; Jessica Swartz, SPT; Lori Tuttle, PT, PhD
Presenter: Elizabeth DeLozier, SPT

Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Urinary And Colorectal Distress Incidence And Relationship To Quality Of Life And Birth Mode

Authors: Lori Walton, PT, DPT, PhD, CLT; Christine Abreu, SPT; Amy Trautwein, SPT; Shenya Xavier, SPT; Elienai Jeffus, SPT

Presenter: Lori Walton, PT, DPT, PhD, CLT

Effect of an 8-week nutrition and physical therapy education program on pelvic and colorectal pain, prolapse, incontinence, and nutritional intake on quality of life for prenatal and postpartum women
Authors: Lori Walton, PT, DPT, PhD, CLT; Maggie Hernandez, RD, MPH; Gretchen Krivak, MS, RD; Cherisse Buddy, SPT, SPT; Rose Vargas, SPT
Presenter: Lori Walton, PT, DPT, PhD, CLT

Pelvic Girdle Pain and Postpartum Depressive Symptoms in the First 12 Weeks after Delivery: A Pilot Study
Authors: Adrienne Simonds, PT, PhD; Cheryl Hill, BS, MS, DPT, PhD; Ming-Shun Samuel Cheng, PT, MS, ScD; Karen Abraham, PhD, PT

Presenter: Adrienne Simonds, PT, PhD

A Survey of Running Habits and Injury in a Postpartum Population

Authors: Elizabeth Chumanov, PhD, DPT; Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD

Presenter: Elizabeth Chumanov, PhD, DPT

Inter-recti Distance is Improved with an 8 week Deep Abdominal Training Program

Authors: Elizabeth Chumanov, PhD, DPT; Mikel Stiffler, BA; Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD

Presenter: Elizabeth Chumanov, PhD, DPT

Health Concerns of Women in the Postpartum Period: A Qualitative Study? 

Authors: Karen Abraham, PhD, PT; Ashley Alkire, PT, DPT; Jennifer Dyson, PT, DPT; Sarah Messick, PT, DPT; Patricia Richardson, PT, DPT; Andrea Fergus, PT, PhD: Karen Abraham, PhD, PT

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