Vestibulodynia: A Pelvic-Ortho Approach

Become an expert on all the V’s beyond the vagina.
Vulvodynia can be so much more specific. So much more.

October 12-13, 2024

1991 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713
Tucson, Arizona

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Course Description:

In this course, we deep dive into all the V diagnoses: vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, vaginismus and vulvar/vaginal atrophy and you will learn why it is important to be specific in your assessment and treatment. As physical and occupational therapists, we can hit a plateau in progress without fully understanding the medical interventions that would benefit the patient. This course presents the current research that is being utilized in current practice by leading sexual medicine providers. Learn how to assess for vulvar dermatoses such as lichen sclerosus and lichen planus, to distinguish differences between the many different causes of vulvodynia, including the biggest aggravator to dyspareunia, the true culprit: vestibulodynia. 

This course has it all. Heavy in pelvic floor treatment strategies while also looking at the lumbopelvic region with a discerning orthopedic approach to provide comprehensive care to these patients. Vestibulodynia: A PelvicOrtho Approach was Alcove Pelvic Health Education’s very first course 8 years ago and we are excited to be sharing this important information. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to elevate your assessment and treatment skills!

This course is a lecture format with demonstration and lab with printed course materials provided. 
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Enroll today and elevate the quality of care in your clinic for the benefit of your patients. 


Dr. Kelli Wilson


This course will empower you to:

  • Discuss and understand evidence-based nomenclature surrounding vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, various subtypes of pelvic pain including dermatological conditions.
  • Discuss and understand the prevalence of dyspareunia and frequent comorbidities
  • Identify vulvar and pelvic floor anatomy involved in various disorders of pelvic pain with attention to spine, nerve, tissue and end organ pain aggravators.
  • ​​Develop advanced skills in external and internal manual therapy techniques, including palpation of the vulvar and perineal region, connective tissue manipulation, pelvic floor muscle lengthening, hip mobilizations, lumbar mobilizations, and rib cage functional mobility treatment.
  • Discuss and understand the various treatment options available for treated vulvar disorders, including psychological, physical therapy, medical, and surgical treatments​.
  • ​​Assess and conduct a medical history and physical examination that can help determine the etiology of genitourinary syndrome of menopause.
  • Foster a deep understanding of the orthopedic approach in managing vestibulodynia, highlighting the integration of orthopedic and pelvic health principles to improve patient outcomes and enhance the quality of care.
  • ​​Streamline pelvic obliquity assessment and treatment with a blended biomechanical and functional application to honor the weighted musculoskeletal system with input from many manual therapy ideologies.


This course welcomes novel and experienced medical providers that have and want to treat the cis female population. Depending on the foundational background, we attempt to balance the orthopedic and pelvic health components for everyone to walk away with many golden nuggets.
This course does include internal and external manual therapy skills surrounding the genital region.This course content is not intended for use by any participants outside the scope of their license or regulation. You will need to check with your practice act for what is within your scope. 
For Medical providers that work with the female population in pain. Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, all Students are welcome.  
Continuing Education Credit:
Physical therapy and occupational therapy credit will be offered in the state the course is hosted.