Online Course
Overview of Female Pelvic Floor Muscle Anatomy and Physiology
Gain insight into the synergistic relationship between the pelvic floor and other parts of the body

1-1.5 hours





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Ibukun Afolabi
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Ibukun is an experienced physiotherapist serving in the space where pelvic floor health, childbirth, and perinatal rehabilitation meet

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The pelvic floor is part of a complex system that works synergistically with a range of other structures in the body, such as the ankle / foot complex, the thorax and respiratory complex, and the central nervous system. The term pelvic floor refers to the area at the bottom of the pelvis, and all of its contents and associated structures. Because the body is a dynamic, interrelated, biotensegral system, it is important that pelvic health physiotherapists understand not only the anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor, but also its relationship to other systems.


This course aims to introduce the anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor muscles.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.2 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • list the structures of the pelvic floor
  • discuss the anatomy of the pelvic floor
  • identify the specific muscles included in each layer of the pelvic floor
  • describe the physiology of the pelvic floor, focusing specifically on the 9 S’s

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. My particular interest is in physiotherapy women's health, and recently, I have started working with a gynaecologist. This course is informative as it is the second course I have done here. I feel confident and understand more about women's health, especially pelvic floor muscle anatomy and physiology.
South Africa
An excellent overview of the anatomy and functioning of the pelvic floor. A good starting place or a great review if you have studied it before.
Sarah Jones
South Africa
This course was fantastic! So much information but all essential and helpful in understanding the patients.
Katrina Kerr-Bridglalsingh
Trinidad And Tobago
Excellent review of the anatomy with good visuals.
Laura Blake
Brilliant! You must do the entire thing to gain the benefit!!
Helga Fourie
South Africa
This topic is timely in today's physiotherapy practise focusing on women's health. It should be the goal of the world physiotherapy practice to help women suffering from pelvic floor disorder.
Amani Kiriama
The anatomy and functioning of the pelvic floor muscles are explained excellently via 9 S. Best way to remember it!
Rajakumari Rajendiran
Having a platform for professionals to sharpen their knowledge shared by certified experts and from the comfort of our homes is the best thing that anyone could ask. I am forever grateful for this experience! I will keep on taking more and more courses.
Nasiba Sa'eed