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Integrating Meditation, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Imagery, and Other Mind-Body Strategies into Rehabilitation and Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pelvic Pain

2015 Dates Pending

Presented by: Jeannette Tries Ph.D., OTR, BCB-PMD,

Course Description:
Neural processes that contribute to central pain sensitization are now thought to play a role in the maintenance and/or exacerbation of chronic pelvic pain. This one day course will provide a basic definition of central pain sensitization and outline a rationale for how this process affects pain syndromes that workers in pelvic floor disorders often encounter.

Various behavioral strategies have been used to treat pelvic pain other than biofeedback and physical rehabilitation. These strategies include hypnosis, Paradoxical Relaxation, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, and Mindfulness Meditation as well as other relaxation and cognitive restructuring techniques. The evolving theory of neural plasticity and inhibition may provide a rationale as to how these different techniques can reduce pain. 

The many mind-body strategies listed above have important similarities and differences that clinicians should be aware of when either considering providing such treatment in their clinic or when referring to other specialties. This workshop will summarize some of the current literature in central sensitization as it relates to pain and the behavioral strategies that have been shown to improve pelvic pain. A critical analysis of the different mind-body strategies will be presented so that participants develop an understanding of the most salient components of these methods as they might influence clinical problems. Participants will be taken through various exercises to demonstrate the differences in technique. Examples of how these strategies can be integrated into a Pelvic Floor clinic will be given in the form of case presentations. Finally resources will be provided so that participants can further explore these potentially useful adjuncts to the treatment of chronic pelvic pain syndromes.


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Jeannette Tries Ph.D., OT received a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1978, a MS in clinical psychology in 1989 and a PhD in Educational Psychology in 2000 from Marquette University. She has worked in the field of incontinence and pelvic floor disorders since 1986 and has published in numerous scientific journals and medical textbooks. She has consulted on national and international policy boards interested in the problems of incontinence and pelvic floor disorders and contributed to the Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research Clinical Practice Guideline on Urinary Incontinence. Dr. Tries has been a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, College of Medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago where she directed therapy services within the Colon-Rectal Surgery Department for over 15 years. She has worked with Eugene Eisman, PhD in developing new measurement methods to assess pelvic floor muscle function in pediatrics and adults. Currently, Dr. Tries directs rehabilitation treatment at The Aurora Women’s Pavilion’s Center for Continence and Pelvic Floor Disorders in Milwaukee, WI. She is a senior fellow of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance and is certified in pelvic muscle dysfunction biofeedback.

Course Schedule and Content:Friday,
(8:30 AM-5:30 PM)

8:30AM Continental Breakfast


12:00-1:00 LUNCH


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