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Diastasis Rectus Abdominis & the Implications for Low back & Pelvic Health: What’s the Solution? – Live-Online Course: July 2020

July 17, 2020
Registration Information
  • Register before
    June 5th, 2020
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after June 5th, 2020


Diane Lee


Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health


Diane is a UBC graduate in the field of rehabilitation medicine.  She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (CAMT), certified practitioner of intramuscular stimulation (Gunn IMS) and certified by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association as a clinical specialist in Women’s Health. She was an instructor and chief examiner for CAMT for over 20 years. Diane is also the owner, director, and a practicing physiotherapist at Diane Lee & Associates, a private multi-disciplinary physiotherapy clinic in South Surrey, BC, Canada. In addition, she is the principle instructor of Learn with Diane Lee (www.learnwithdianelee.com).

She has been a keynote speaker at many conferences, has contributed chapters to several books and self-published the book Diastasis Rectus Abdominis – A Clinical Guide for Those Split Down the Middle (www.learnwithdianelee.com).  Her book, The Pelvic Girdle, was first published by Churchill Livingstone in 1989, is now in its 4th edition (2011) and has been translated into multiple languages. The new edition of The Thorax – An Integrated Approach was released in 2018 by Handspring Publishing. She holds the North American patent for two sacroiliac belts, The Com-Pressor, and The Baby Belly Pelvic Support. With respect to research, she continues to investigate the behaviour of the abdominal wall in women with diastasis rectus abdominis.

Please note:

To register for this course, please download the following registration forms in pdf format and email it to info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca or fax it to 888-653-4533

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DRA Diane Lee July 2020


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.

This live-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:
    • anatomical integrity
    • motor control
    • 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.

Recommended Resource Book and DRA Video Subscription Information:

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 www.learnwithdianelee.com website at the moment – it is self-published and not available on Amazon at this time.

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 this 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. This is a $200 Canadian funds gift.


Open to anyone who trains women during and after pregnancy and are interested in evidence-informed training for the abdominal wall.


No prerequisites required


Friday July 17 from 5-9pm PST (Vancouver, Canada)

Friday July 24 from 5-9pm PST (Vancouver, Canada)

Loved this course and immediately implemented the techniques into my practice. It complemented Diane Lee’s DRA book really well.  She provided excellent and clear videos and demonstrations. The breakout rooms were informative as well. I feel much more confident with my skills for DRA assessment and treatment.

– Lana B

Diane Lee classes never fail. She’s a wealth of knowledge & she shares it with clarity, humour, and practical tips. There was detailed background information of the abdominal wall anatomy & biomechanics pre & post DRA.

She gave enough information on the ISM model to understand the treatment approach for DRA. I also enjoyed the breakout sessions with the tips to evaluate the abdominal wall when using telehealth.

The treatments progressions were very helpful!

– Kathy T