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Online via ZOOM - From your own home!


Part 1: July 17 5pm – 9pm PST (Vancouver time)

Part 2: July 24 5pm-9pm PST (Vancouver time)


Diane Lee


Impairments of abdominal wall anatomy and function have been implicated in multiple conditions associated with pregnancy and delivery including low back and pelvic girdle pain, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA). DRA is a common occurrence in pregnancy and postpartum, it does not completely recover in some, and the current evidence has not clarified the risk factors for this condition, nor provided direction for treatment.

Course Description

This online course is divided into two parts (4 hours each).

Part 1 will cover theoretical constructs and:

  1. present the current research evidence on the prevalence, risk factors known/not known and the course of recovery of DRA,
  2. define and suggest a classification model for subgrouping women with DRA both for research and clinical practice,
  3. discuss the anatomical variations of the upper, middle and lower abdominal wall, particularly the aponeurotic extensions of the lateral muscles in all three regions and how they form the linea alba,
  4. discuss the role of the abdominal wall in function of the thorax, lumbar spine and pelvic girdle,
  5. present the research (Lee & Hodges 2016) that led to a world-wide paradigm shift in the goals for training women with DRA (hint – don’t aim to close that gap!!)
  6. discuss the clinical findings that suggest that surgery is the best option for optimal recovery of both form and function of the abdominal wall
  7. discuss other demographics in which DRA is found

Part 2 will cover the practical constructs for both assessment, treatment and training of DRA including:

  1. assessment of the three levels of the abdominal wall profile (in standing) and the response of all of the abdominals to a verbal ‘connect cue’ intended to recruit the deep system.
  2. video demonstration of the clinical tests for determining if the individual’s strategy for transferring loads through the thorax, lumbar spine and pelvic girdle is optimal (i.e. is their motor control strategies and force closure mechanisms optimal for function),
  3. clinically reasoning of the load transfer test findings to determine which level/region of the abdomen (upper, middle lower) requires further assessment,
  4. how to evaluate the lateral and midline abdominal muscles as well as their connective tissue connections to determine if the myofascial system can transfer loads. These tests consider the following parameters for function:
    1. anatomical integrity
    2. motor control
    3. strength and endurance capacity,
  5. a review of the current clinical thoughts on who should be referred for surgical repair and who should respond to treatment/training
  6. the 3 stages of motor learning training (cognitive, associative, and automatic) for the abdominal wall and how to progress this training for strength, endurance and function.

Who Can Attend

This course is open to physiotherapists and other health disciplines who treat/train postpartum women.

Course Host

This course is hosted by Pelvic Health Solutions.

Click this link for more information on cost and registration: Pelvic Health Solutions

From your own home!

Two part online course via ZOOM

Recommended Reading

Diastasis Rectus Abdominis: A Clinical Guide for Those Who Are Split Down the Middle is a recommended book for this class.  This guide is only available through the website at the moment – it is self-published and not available on Amazon at this time. Click the link to be taken to the correct page of the website.

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1 Year Subscription Access to the Training Videos – Chapter 6

Included in your tuition for this course 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 Chapter 6 of the DRA clinical guide. 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.  You will see a sampling of these videos on the online course.

This is a $200 Canadian funds gift.


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