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PowerTalk : Diastasis - rehab strategies to improve outcome

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19:00 - 21:00


The abdominal wall stretches in all women during pregnancy and the inter-recti distance (IRD) widens universally by the third trimester.  Over half recover by six months but many remained widened at 1 year. Diastasis of the rectus abdominis (DRA) potentially disrupts the mechanical contribution of the abdominal wall to thoracolumbopelvic function and has cosmetic consequences that are a concern for many women.

It is clinically noted that strategies of traditional rehabilitation that narrow the IRD often increase the distortion of the linea alba. Loss of tension of the linea alba can compromise control of both the abdominal contents and the thoracolumbopelvic region.  Alternately, strategies that increase tension of the linea may widen the DRA, but enhanced tension of the linea alba has advantages for thoracolumbopelvic function. 

In this PowerTalk we will discuss:

  • Why therapeutic intervention should not focus only on training strategies that reduce the IRD
  • What the clinical implications are of IRD widening by TrA contraction and how this can improve functional and cosmetic outcomes


  • Understand the anatomy of the abdominal wall: abdominals, rectus sheaths and linea alba and whats happening during pregnancy and postpartum period.
  • How to classify the severity of DRA.
  • Present an assessment protocol for those with DRA to determine prognosis with training
  • Present why exercises which widen the gap and reduce distortion may yield better outcomes than those which narrow the gap and increase distortion.


Diane Lee

Diane Lee has worked all her life in the field of rehabilitation medicine.  She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (CAMT) 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 Canada.

She has been a keynote speaker at many conferences and postgraduate courses, has contributed chapters to several books and self-published the book Diastasis Rectus Abdominis.  She is also the author of two other books, The Pelvic Girdle (translated into multiple languages) and The Thorax – An Integrated Approach (released in 2018).


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4 pt PQK


66€ (excl btw)


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