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Pregnancy-Related Diastasis Rectus Abdominis: Bridging the Gap

Pregnancy-Related Diastasis Rectus Abdominis: Bridging the Gap

Pregnancy-Related Diastasis Rectus Abdominis: Bridging the Gap

This course includes
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This course was recorded in July 2019


This online physiotherapy course explores pregnancy-related DRA, drawing on recent controlled studies and practice-based research to help participants develop a cohesive, evidenced-informed approach to pregnancy-related DRA.

The current scientific literature base on the topic of pregnancy-related DRA is evolving, but gaps and discordance still exist.  The lack of coherence in this literature base has many implications for the best conservative management of pregnancy-related DRA. It will be proposed during this course that a broader primary health care perspective is important to ensure the provision of evidence-based conservative care for pregnancy-related DRA at the first point of care in the health care system.



  • Reason One: Learn current up to date perspectives regarding pregnancy-related DRA
  • Reason Two: Enhance your confidence working with women in the perinatal care period.
  • Reason Three: Gain some related clinical pearls regarding caring for women pre and postnatally.


Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the epidemiology of diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) throughout the different phases of pregnancy and the relationship between linea alba (LA) and other structures forming the abdominal manometric system such as the pelvic floor muscles (PFM).
  2. Identify scientific update on evidence (both evidence-based and practice-based inquiry) pertaining to the management of pregnancy-related DRA, including points of congruence and incongruence and review considerations related to appraising different forms of scientific evidence and literature.
  3. Provide current evidence-informed and integrative conservative care principles for pregnancy-related DRA from a primary health care perspective, with an emphasis on the roles of physiotherapists.    


The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Dr. Sinéad Dufour

Dr. Sinéad Dufour is an academic clinician who shares here time between clinical pursuits as the Director of Pelvic Health at the WOMB and academic pursuits in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University. She has been a practicing physiotherapists for 20 years. She completed her MScPT at McMaster University (2003), her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western (2011), and returned to McMaster to complete a post-doctoral fellowship (2014). Her current research interests include: conservative approaches to optimize pelvic floor function, pregnancy-related pelvic-girdle pain, interprofessional collaborative practice models of service provision to enhance pelvic health and perinatal fitness for elite athletes.

Sinéad is an active member of several organizations charged with optimizing perinatal care and pelvic health and has led and contributed many national and international clinical practice guidelines to improve care provision. Sinéad also currently serves as a council member for the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, Canada. Sinéad is a well-recognized speaker at conferences around the world and a sought out expert to consult with companies whose aim to improve perinatal care and pelvic health.

Relevant Links:

IG: @dr.sinead

Course Material included in this course
  • Webinar Recording of Pregnancy-Related Diastasis Rectus Abdominis: Bridging the Gap
  • Introduction
  • Linea Alba and the Canister Theory
  • Efficacy Studies
  • Bridging the Gap Between Evidence-Based and Practice-Based Literature
  • How Can We Best Help?
  • New Research and Closing Remarks
  • Audience Questions
  • Quiz
  • Never Stop Learning (Suggestions)
  • Feedback
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