The Physiotherapy Assessment of Breastfeeding Related Conditions:
(course in English)
This is a 2 day course, registration is open to all physiotherapists
and can be taken in conjunction with the following course:
|Mercedes Eustergerling BKin(Hon), MPT, MHM|
About the Professor:
Mercedes is a lifelong learner. She received a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2008, a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2010, a post-graduate certificate in pain management from the University of Alberta in 2014, and a Master of Health Management from McMaster University in 2018.
Other professional development includes a certificate in acupuncture and advanced courses in pelvic health.
Mercedes has unique experience in physiotherapy for breastfeeding support. She completed the BreastEd series of courses and has done hundreds of hours of shadowing and volunteering at the Riley Park Breastfeeding Clinic. In 2018, Mercedes was invited to speak at the Pelvic Health Solutions Symposium in Toronto.
This two-day course will teach participants to assess and manage lactation related conditions of the breast. Women’s health goes beyond the pelvis and physiotherapists can contribute a unique set of skills to this field. Participants will learn about breast anatomy and physiology, stages of lactation, mechanical and chemical causes of inflammation, clinical problem solving, and intervention options.
No previous experience in breast health is required and registration is open to all physiotherapists. Labs include breast palpation and manual techniques.
- -Understand the importance of breastfeeding for women, children, and society
- -Outline the physiotherapist’s role in breastfeeding support
- -Learn the physiology and anatomy of the lactating breast
- -Develop clinical reasoning skills for the assessment of breastfeeding issues
- -Practice a physiotherapy evaluation of the lactating breast
- -Review clinical guidelines for mastitis and breast pain
- -Establish an evidence-based, individualized treatment plan for breast conditions
- -Practice physiotherapy techniques for treating the lactating breast
- -Learn to measure outcomes and when to refer to other healthcare providers
- -Review hygiene, protection, and safety for handling bodily fluids
Day 1, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Day 2, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm