Pelvic Floor and Diastasis: What You Need to Know About Pressure Management

Part 5: Diastasis

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Welcome to Part 5:


In today's video, you'll learn:

Core anatomy and function
The role of external and internal obliques in diastasis
How diastasis and prolapse are pressure problems
Finding a balance in core strength

What is the PCES course?

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist Course is leading a movement in women's fitness and healthcare. This certification focuses on pregnancy modifications, postpartum timelines, limitations, and special considerations. You will learn proven corrective exercises that progress pregnant or postpartum clients with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (leaks, tightness, and prolapse), Diastasis Recti, SI Joint Pain, and Low Back Pain into high-intensity exercise.
PCES Certification

CEUs Available! Up to 34 hours of credit.

The PCES Certification helps you

Master the whole-body approach to women's health and fitness

Expert Instructor

Learn from one of the leading Physical Therapist in the field of postpartum rehab and fitness. Dr. Sarah has over 15 years of experience with extensive training in orthopedic and women’s health.

Flexible Schedule

Set your own study schedule. Each week a new series of lessons will appear in your account, view them whenever is most convenient for you. If you have a busy week, no problem, just catch up when it’s convenient for you. It’s a self-paced learning style.

Become Certified

After the full course, you’ll become a certified pregnancy and postpartum corrective exercise specialist.

Learn Cutting Edge Approaches

This course is backed by evidence and clinical experience with a cutting edge whole body approach to recovery.

Learn From Anywhere

This course can travel anywhere your laptop or tablet can. It’s open to participants in any part of the world.

Get Referrals

After completion of the course, your name will be added to a directory so new clients can easily locate you.

Business Growth

Learn how to market yourself as a Pregnancy and Postpartum Specialist and gain insight on how to best grow your business and attract the clientele you’re looking for.

Guest Experts

Learn from the best in business with guest lectures from other experts in the postpartum field.


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Dr. Sarah Ellis Duvall, PT, DPT, CPT, CNC

Dr. Sarah has rehabbed thousands of women with pelvic floor issues, diastasis recti, SI joint dysfunction and low back pain. With a doctorate and over 15 years of experience in the health and wellness field, she has both the extensive training and experience to bring you a cutting-edge, evidence-based course.

As a mom of 2, she knows personally what it takes to fully recover from having a baby. Her passion lies in helping women be stronger after baby and training those that help women. She is the creator of several online postpartum recovery programs and currently works with women and professionals all over the world. She feels strongly that becoming a mother should not hold women back from living life to the fullest.

Dr Sarah Duvall Pregnancy and Postpartum Expert

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