Despite its inclusion in most definitions of the core, few rehabilitation or fitness programs integrate the pelvic floor into strengthening or neuromotor training. An integrated clinical model of the pelvic floor requires a broadened definition of pelvic floor function beyond merely maintaining continence. When linked to the diaphragm, the pelvic floor acts as a powerful stabilizer of lumbosacral, sacroiliac, pubic symphysis, and pelvic-hip joints ensuring efficient LE and UE mechanics. The dynamic interplay of these muscular elements, along with the abdominals, also balance and harness the intra-abdominal pressure systeas a component of the stability system.
Clinicians will be introduced to an innovative, clinical model that incorporates a neuromuscular-based core recruitment and IAP balancing strategy, driven by external cueing of both the pelvic floor and diaphragm in optimized alignment. This provides a sturdy, yet flexible foundation that is responsive to the demands of function, movement, fitness and sport. Regardless of age or sport of choice, building programs that maximize results without compounding common women’s health issues such as incontinence, and organ prolapse is a critical clinical skill for all clinicians who treat females.
Session participants will have the opportunity to experience the material themselves through exercises that integrate the diaphragm/pelvic floor piston into core exercises, postural muscle patterning, gait, fitness and sport specific activities.
Additional course content information here.
Course is intended for practitioners working in adult orthopedic, sports medicine, neurologic, geriatric and women’s health populations.
For more information please contact : Tanya Gutierrez : or Gabrielle Carrier :
Julie Wiebe PT, MPT, BSc
Julie Wiebe, PT, MPT, BSc has over 18 years of clinical experience in sports medicine and women’s health. Her Los Angeles based private practice specializes in the return of women to fitness and sport after injury and pregnancy. She lectures internationally on pelvic floor and diaphragm integration into postural and neuromuscular control programming for orthopedic, sports medicine, pediatric, neurological and pelvic health populations. She writes about and advocates for awareness of these issues on her blog and through social media.
Event hosted by : Clinique Pelvi-Santé
Upon completion of The Diaphragm/Pelvic Floor Piston for Adults: Part One, participants will be able to:
Identify anatomy and function of the “anticipatory core” to balance IAP and neuromuscular control for optimized central stability in all populations (Diaphragm, pelvic floor, transverse abdominis and multifidus).
Discuss effects of pain and dysfunction on “anticipatory core” function and contribution to subsequent musculoskeletal dysfunction, movement pattern deficits, return to fitness, balance, pelvic health issues , breathing mechanics and performance.
Evaluate the function of each element of the “anticipatory core” through postural alignment assessment, observation of dysfunctional motor strategies, and external palpation.
Identify differences between traditional musculoskeletal “core exercise” driven by the abs and anticipatory neuromuscular “core strategies” driven by the brain, sensory system, diaphragm, and pelvic floor.
Discuss training modifications and considerations for women and men with possible pelvic floor dysfunction (postpartum, pregnancy, injury, etc).
Train each element of the “anticipatory core” for concentric/eccentric central stability with external facilitation exercises leading to dynamic and task specific recruitment within function.
Build exercise programs that reconnect the fully integrated “anticipatory core” with larger postural muscle groups (postural synergies/slings) to promote pain-free functional movement patterns, empowered gait, aligned posture, and return to fitness and sport activities.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
We ask each participant to bring a Yoga mat and a pillow .
Cancellation policy : no refund after the 20th of January 2015
Fees include 2 Am and Pm snacks per day (sorry we cannot accommodate any food allergies )