Online Course
Diastasis Recti Abdominis and Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction
Confidently manage your patients with midline separation of the rectus abdominis and pelvic floor problems

1-1.5 hours





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Deborah Riczo
Course instructor

Dr Deborah Riczo is a specialist in pelvic girdle /sacroiliac dysfunction, pregnancy/postpartum issues, women's health, and breast cancer

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In this course, Deborah Riczo will discuss diastasis recti abdominis (DRA) and pelvic floor dysfunction. The signs, symptoms, assessment and treatment options for these two conditions will be covered. It is pertinent for any physiotherapist involved in the management of patients with pelvic girdle dysfunction to have a good understanding of these two conditions.


This course aims to explain the anatomy behind diastasis recti abdominis and pelvic floor dysfunction, the related signs and symptoms, and testing for diastasis recti abdominis. It also discusses when referral for pelvic floor muscle dysfunction is warranted.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify the muscles involved with diastasis recti abdominis and pelvic floor dysfunction
  • describe testing for diastasis recti abdominis
  • select five appropriate treatments for an individual with diastasis recti abdominis and / or pelvic floor dysfunction
  • identify the four main signs and symptoms of diastasis recti abdominis and or pelvic floor dysfunction

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant non-financial relationships disclosed by instructor.
Relevant financial disclosure by Deborah Riczo: is the publisher of both of my books and I receive royalties on book sales.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
Good course! Many women postpartum do not know how to deal with the condition and do not know that DRA and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction exists. With this information, the physiotherapist can inform the patient about their condition and thus treat them in a more precise manner
Irina Karsters
Carla Esmari Barker
South Africa