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Diastasis and the Abdominal Wall




Diastasis of the rectus abdominus (DRAM) has hit the spotlight in recent years. There has been an explosion of research. There has also been an explosion of people trying to treat it, not only in clinics, but in gyms, in Pilates studios and even on social media.

What we have realised over the years is that in order to treat Diastasis well, you need to understand what an optimal abdominal wall should be.  So expect to learn about all things abdominal wall and how to make them as optimal as possible. 

Here are the key points of what you will learn

  • A summary of the latest research surrounding diastasis in women

  • Detailed abdominal wall and linea alba anatomy review, including fascial connections

  • How to asses a diastasis and how to assess abdominal wall function using both finger palpation

    and real time ultrasound.  This includes measuring IRD, rating the depth, tension and LA integrity. 

  • How to assess all muscles of the abdominal wall, not just TA.  This includes assessing the infrasternal angle and understanding its relevance.

  • Manual therapy techniques including release of external oblique, diaphragm and any muscles required in the thorax. 

  • How to create an exercise program to treat not just diastasis but abdominal wall dysfunction,  This can be helpful for all of your patients, not just Diastasis patients. 

  • How to know when exercise won’t help and a surgical review is required.

  • Our thoughts on how you may be able to prevent a diastasis in the first place in pregnancy. 



Time: 8am-12.30 pm Friday 25th March 2022.   Theory content will be presented via zoom.  You will then get access to videos on assessment and treatment.  

Practical will be 2 hours long, performed in small groups on Friday the 8th of April in Sydney,  Note: if this date doesn't suit then let us know, we may be able to organise an alternative.


NON members - $450 including GST. 

Members - $350 including GST.

*** If you are not planning on attending the practical date then we can offer a discount of $350 for the course.  If this is you, please use the "member" button below to claim that discount.   

To book, click below and scroll through the cliniko calendar to the 25th March 2022. 


Was there any part that you particularly enjoyed?


  • "All aspects were great, good interaction between participants for the research areas"

  • "Looking at the images and each others stomachs to assess gripping patterns"

  • "Prac session and exercise! So great to see a course with the emphasis on what we can learn to take to our own patients. Not all theory/studies etc."

Was there anything that challenged your current thinking? "


  • "Didn’t think about the prevention prior to this - thought you couldn’t do much but this makes sense "

  • "That the diastasis needs tensioning to adapt - so obvious in hind sight!

  • "Exercise prescription - after the Hodges/Lee article I was afraid to give isolated TA postpartum"

Will what you learnt today enhance your practice? 

  • "Give me a way to better explain this to patients as well as give more directed and specific treatment"

  • "Rib angle is not something I had previously considered"

  • "A great deal, much more confident with assessment and use of ultrasound"

  • "I will actually assess the abdominal wall properly now"