Coventry University is demonstrating a pioneering approach to men’s health, physiotherapy and rehabilitation at a major international conference.
Gerard Greene, a senior lecturer in physiotherapy from the university’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health has been invited to speak at the first ever focused symposium on men’s health physiotherapy at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress.
The conference takes place from Sunday 2 July until Tuesday 4 July.
Physiotherapist Gerard will highlight the benefits of using social media in education and communication.
Facilities such as a Facebook group has helped peer support, mentoring and educational opportunities across a global network.
Gerard will also discuss his experiences of establishing a men´s health physiotherapy service and the challenges involved.
In addition to presenting at WCPT 2017 he has been invited by the South African Physiotherapy Association to present one of the first ever courses in men’s health on male pelvic pain and prostate cancer rehabilitation.
He has also been invited by the British Association of Urology Nurses to deliver a course on male pelvic floor rehabilitation prior to their 2017 national conference in Glasgow in November.
“Men´s health is a global issue. It involves diverse conditions including a variety of continence disorders, sexual dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain. There is growing awareness of the potential role of physiotherapy but there are challenges. Assessments, treatments and knowledge cannot be directly applied from women’s to men’s health. Men´s health is 30 years behind women’s health. It is great to see the international recognition that men’s health needs to be a special interest area of the profession.”