Online Course
The PGM Method – Core Strengthening
Fundamental core exercises to improve your client’s function and pain

1-1.5 hours





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

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Core muscles are involved in maintaining spinal and pelvic stability. Physiotherapists regularly prescribe core strengthening exercises to patients with a variety of dysfunctions and injuries. In this tenth course of the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Methodsm, Deborah Riczo discusses core strengthening and teaches practical methods to progress systematically through various levels of core strengthening.


The aim of this course is to provide relevant and practical information on core strengthening


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts 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 1.2 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:

  • compare the inner and outer core with regards to muscles involved and their function
  • describe the pistoning action of the abdominal canister
  • explain the proper breathing strategy to implement in a core strengthening exercise to activate the inner core muscles to a patient with pelvic girdle dysfunction
  • design an appropriate exercise program for a patient with pelvic girdle dysfunction based on the concept of up and down training in core strengthening
  • choose the correct exercise positions and their progressions used in a core strengthening program

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
I enjoyed the simple, specific and easy to follow approach to this course. I think Deborah Riczo is a great presenter. Many thanks! I find all the courses I have completed to be valuable and interesting and a very user-friendly way of keeping the CPD demons at bay.
Cheryl Moolman
South Africa
Wow!! This course is truly precious and I learned things I have never learned in school from it. Thank you so much for making that possible.
Sara Ali Salahaddin
Saudi Arabia
A must-do course for musculoskeletal therapists!
Murtuza Rangwala
Excellent course and I can't wait to do all the other courses in this series!
Claudia Dixon
Physical Therapist
United States
Excellent presentation!
Lynn-Marie Inniss
Trinidad And Tobago