Who is this Course For?
So you’ve closed your clinic and moved your services to Telehealth. How do you assess the Abdominal Wall without your hands, through a screen and if you have one, without your ultrasound imaging machine! I’ve been doing remote consults locally, nationally and internationally for 2 years now and have developed keen observational skills to determine:
- Is the person’s posture impacting the performance (recruitment strategy) of the abdominal wall muscles?
- How to tell if the deep system (mainly transversus abdominis) is integrated and responding to the recruit, or connect, cue? for whatever task you are evaluating?
- Is there balance, or over-activation, between the superficial abdominals (external oblique, internal oblique, and/or rectus abdominis) and if not, is the recruitment strategy creating excessive intra-abdominal pressure and possibly overloading the pelvic floor and pelvic contents (uterus and bladder)?
- Is the integrated whole abdominal strategy optimal for transferring loads between the thorax, low back and pelvis in standing, sitting and supine tasks?
- Does the individual have a diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) and with the strategies they are using to recruit the abdominal muscles are they able to generate tension in the fascial sheaths of rectus abdominis and the linea alba to effectively transfer load across the midline. In other words can they rotate well?
This pre-recorded webinar will cover:
- Brief anatomy review of the 3 levels of transversus abdominis – this is critical to know for what we will be looking for in the assessment of recruitment strategies
- Brief anatomy review of the fascia of the rectus sheaths, aponeuroses of the lateral abdominals and how they form the specific structure of the linea alba – this is critical to understand for knowing why recruitment of transversus abdominis is so critical for restoring function for trunk rotation
- Standing assessment for recruitment strategies of the abdominal wall – video examples of different strategies will be shown
- Basic tests of how they transfer load in standing (squat and single leg standing) and how we can ‘see’ when regions are functioning well – video examples of both less optimal and more optimal strategies will be shown
- How to assess the response of the trunk to a single, then double, leg loading task to determine what the deep and superficial abdominals are doing for thoraco-lumbar-pelvic global control.
- How to visually assess the short head and neck curl-up task and note the impact of different cuing on the performance of the abdominal wall
- Review stages of training (motor control through to strength and conditioning training) in principles format only
If there is sufficient interest in a followup webinar, I will develop one for self-releases of the superficial trunk muscles (abdominals and long back extensors), how to tell if the various connect cues for the upper, middle or lower abdominals are effective, necessary, or not (not everyone needs to train the deep system), and also we can group practice some of the exercises together! My Akasha studio is empty at the moment so I will be in self-isolation as I do these webinars.
Would really love to help you conduct awesome Telehealth sessions for your postpartum moms who still need our help in this time when the kids are home full time and their loads are unimaginable.
Recommended Resource Book
Diastasis Rectus Abdominis: A Clinical Guide for Those Who Are Split Down the Middle is required reading for this class. This guide is only available through my website at the moment – it is self-published and not available on Amazon at this time. Purchase a copy here.
As a webinar participant, my gift to you is a 1 year free subscription to provide access to up to 20 of your clients at any one time to 38 of the training videos in this clinical guide. This way you will be able to assign the exercises you want your clients to do and they will have the videos to guide them for as long as you provide them access. You are in control of who sees the videos and for how long. This is a $200 Canadian funds gift which literally makes your webinar free!
This clinical guide, complete with over 130 online videos, will present an evidence-based approach (current available research combined with clinical expertise) for clinicians and trainers working with postpartum women who aim to improve the function and appearance of their abdominal wall.More Info
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Here is the research that has challenged the myth that we need to ‘close the gap’ between the recti to restore form and function of the abdominal wall. When the gap gets wider, it is often a sign of improvement! Click on the link to download a copy of this article.
Lee, D. & Hodges, P.W., 2016. Behavior of the Linea Alba During a Curl-up Task in Diastasis Rectus Abdominis: An Observational Study. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 46(7), pp.580–589.
New perspectives from The Integrated Systems Model for Treating Women with Pelvic Girdle Pain, Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, and Diastasis Rectus AbdominisMore InfoFREE
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