Sat., Nov. 21 | Physiocare Physio & Rehab Center

Abdominal Wall after Pregnancy

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Abdominal Wall after Pregnancy

Time & Location

Nov. 21, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – Nov. 22, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
Physiocare Physio & Rehab Center, 1400 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Z 7L8, Canada

About The Event

It is well known that the abdominal wall plays a key role in function of the trunk and that pregnancy and delivery can have a significant and long lasting impact. Postnatal suboptimal strategies for the transference of loads through the trunk can create pain in a multitude of areas as well as affect the urinary continence mechanism and support of the pelvic organs. These suboptimal strategies are highly variable, individual and task specific and thus require individual assessment and training. For some, the individual muscles of the abdominal wall require attention (release and/or isolation training) prior to training while others do not.

Diastasis rectus abdominis is very common in the obstetric patient. While most women recover both form and function of the abdominal wall in the postnatal period, persistent separation of the rectus abdominis muscles occurs in some. Rehabilitation has traditionally focused on exercises to ‘close the gap’ and reduce this separation. New data, and a controversial new interpretation, (Lee & Hodges 2016 JOSPT) support exercises that increase tension in the linea alba (regardless of what this does to the midline gap) to optimize the transfer of force between sides of the abdominal wall.


This course is open to physiotherapists and other health disciplines who treat/train postpartum women and personal trainers who want to learn more about the early rehabilitation of women’s abdominal walls including Personal Trainers, Kinesioloigsts, Pilates and Yoga instructors. Course number is limited to 30 people.

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