Pelvic Pain Puzzle

Event Info


Sunday, May 21, 2023
Sunday, May 21, 2023

Pelvic pain is a common, yet challenging area of practice. The contributing factors can be multiple and the presentation a complex puzzle. Patients are often embarrassed to speak about their symptoms. Allied health practitioners have a unique opportunity to spend more time with the patient to develop the rapport and trust required for this intimate area.

In this course you will review the embryology, anatomy, physiology and common presentations of the pelvic region to help unravel the pelvic pain puzzle for your patients.

Learn about the normal function of the female pelvis and organs and how dysfunction presents clinically. Conditions covered include pudendal neuralgia and visceral pain such as dysmenorrhea and endometriosis.

The Pelvic Pain Puzzle follows on from Liz's popular Pain & Pregnancy course. To find out more about visit


  • Embryological review of the pelvis to understand normal functions such as walking, waste elimination and reproduction
  • Normal sensory, motor and visceral function and the influence hormones have on the tissues of pelvis and perineum, including the skin
  • Perineal functions and key clinical symptoms in the history to indicate when referral is required
  • Pudendal neuralgia - managing musculoskeletal triggers; nerve glides; home care. Applicable to male and female patients
  • Visceral pain (dysmenorrhea or endometriosis) - visceral hyperalgesia concept and how to manage with manual therapy, education and home care


Liz Howard has over 25 years of experience as an Osteopath and has worked at the Women’s Health & Research Institute of Australia for over 10 years. Her main focus is the holistic management of complex pelvic pain with the interdisciplinary team, working closely with Professor Thierry Vancaillie (Gynaecologist and Pain Medicine Specialist). In 2020 she was one of only 5 practitioners to be awarded the title of Advanced Pain Management Osteopath by Osteopathy Australia.

Her roles include Osteopathic care, pain education, clinical specialist in sacral neuromodulation and facilitating group education for pelvic pain. Liz was intimately involved in helping manage the women suffering from pelvic pain after mesh surgery for prolapse or incontinence at WHRIA and the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick.

Liz has been involved in clinical research at WHRIA and in conjunction with the Royal Hospital for Women since joining WHRIA including numerous poster presentations and studies published in major journals.

Her teaching experience ranges from lectures and technique in Undergraduate and Master’s Osteopathic programs (University of Western Sydney, Southern Cross University), clinical supervision of Osteopathic students (UWS, SCU, SportsMed Mumbai), Osteopathy Australia National Conference presentation, Pelvic Floor Seminars, GP education evenings, allied health events and online CPD.

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