Gynecological Visceral Manipulation

April 28-May 1, 2022
Day 1 Thursday: 8-5:30 pm *Registration begins at 7:30 am. Course starts at 8:00 AM.
Day 2 Friday: 8–5:30 pm
Day 3 Saturday: 8–5:30 pm
Day 4 Sunday: 8–3:30 pm



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Course Description

This unique four-day course is designed to educate participants on the anatomy, mobility, and motility of the pelvic viscera. Specific focus will include the bladder, rectum, uterus, ovaries, and an introduction to the kidneys. Video and patient demonstration will focus on examination and intervention strategies. Internal pelvic techniques will be presented from Jean Pierre Barral's advanced pelvic class that, to date, has only been taught in France. Wetzler has obtained special permission from Barral to teach this material for the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. You will also learn how the internal techniques can enhance your intervention outcomes for bladder, uteral, rectal, and pelvic floor dysfunctions.

Prerequisites: None. However, we recommend students have some orthopedic/musculoskeletal coursework in their curriculum prior to attending the course

Pre-Readings: Pre-readings will be provided electronically to course participants for completion prior to the course. An electronic lecture manual will be provided in the online Learning Center along with the post-course final exam, survey and a Course Completion.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able:

1) To evaluate Anatomy/Physiology of the pelvic cavity organs through mobility and motility assessments.
2) To explain and implement V.M. techniques for chronic pelvic pain, urogenital dysfunction, incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunctions, infertility, pre-menstrual and post-menopausal symptoms, dysparunia, dysmenorrhea and articular mobility dysfunction.
3) Understand pelvic visceral relationship to the lumbar spine, pelvis, and lower extremities.
4) To recognize the relationship of visceral restrictions to load transfer.
5) Apply techniques of V.M. on Diastasis Recti and abdominal wall rehabilitation.
6) To design a home program relating organs to breathing/relaxation techniques, exercise programs, M/S re-education and conditioning.

About the Instructor

Gail Wetzler, PT, DPT, EDO, BI-D, currently owns an integrative physical therapy practice in Denver, Colorado, where they treat orthopedic, fascial/muscular/soft tissue, neurologic, pain,respiratory, digestive, mTBI and women's and men's health issues. After receiving her initial degree in physical therapy, she pursued her first experience in acute orthopedic care at Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach California. Within one year, she became the outpatient clinical supervisor and thus began her journey and desire for continuing education in the science and art of human movement and function. She studied with Travell and Simons, Mennell, Kaltenborn, Maitland, McKenzie, Mitchell, Jones and Greenman in the earlier years of manual therapy education. Inspired by these methods of treatment, she became an assistant teacher to Dr. Janet Travell and later an instructor with the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) developed by Gregg Johnson and Vicky Saliba Johnson.

In a few years, she developed her own private practice, at which time she received a large number of head, neck and TMJ pain patients. This became a driver to learn more about cranial osteopathy, craniosacral therapy and how the fields of physical therapy and dentistry could collaborate to help these patients. As she pursued continuing education classes with Dr. John Upledger, he inspired her to learn more about the different systems in the body and how they all integrated for function. During one of her earlier speaking engagements for the Upledger Institute (Beyond the Dura), she met Jean Pierre Barral DO, who inspired the importance of anatomy, the ability to listen to the body and the specificity of tissue dialogue in manual therapy techniques. She has listened and followed his mentoring into understanding the body's deeper fascial relationship of the viscera, vascular, neurological and manual articular systems since 1989. Gail has been an instructor for the Barral Institute (BI) since 1991 and became the BI Curriculum Director in 2001.

In her career, she has been invited to speak at multiple professional conferences including National and State levels for the APTA, USC Head, Neck and Facial Pain Clinic, University of California, Irvine (UCI), Beyond the Dura Research Conferences, 'Hope' Head Injury Organization, and was the keynote speaker in Italy for the Fascial Manipulation Research Conference presented by Antonio, Carla and Luigi Stecco. She is the Past Director of Physical Therapy for the Integrative Medicine Center at UCI. She is currently part of the Research Team for the Upledger Foundation for their recent studies on Post Concussion Recovery She currently teaches for the Women's Health Section of the APTA 'Gynecological Visceral Manipulation'

Gail earned her Diplomate from the Barral Institute in 2005. She earned her Equine Diplomate in Osteopathy from Vluggen Institute of Equine Osteopathy in 2009, and she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago, in 2013.


Day 1 Thursday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm *Registration begins at 7:30 am. Course starts at 8:00 AM.
Day 2 Friday: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Day 3 Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Day 4 Sunday: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

A light breakfast is provided each day, 7:30-8 am. Two 15-minute breaks will be provided each day; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. A lunch break will be provided.



Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus


1st Floor Conference Center, Rooms WH-01A & WH-01B
18200 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77094

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Hotel Accommodations

Courtyard Houston I-10/Park Row

18010 Park Row
Houston, TX 77084


Distance .4 miles

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Who Should Attend

This course is only open to licensed Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants.


30 contact hours.