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Spotlight on Research: Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA): What Are We Missing?
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When: Live Virtual Learning: Second Thursday of Every Month
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: ZOOM Meeting Platform
United States
Presenter: Teri Elliott-Burke, PT, MHS, WCS, PRPC, BCB-PMD
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff, Member Services Manager

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Interested in research? The IPTA’s Research Awareness & Support task force are now offering FREE monthly Live virtual learning webinars that helps our members stay informed about ongoing research efforts, and insight and knowledge on current research and researchers. Plus  - participants can earn continuing education credits (CE).


"Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA): What Are We Missing?

Earn 1 FREE hour of CE!

Join us for this month's Spotlight on Research Virtual Learning course as Teri Elliott-Burke, PT, MHS, WCS, PRPC, BCB-PMD  presents her research on "Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA): What Are We Missing?."


Diastasis recti abdominis (DRA) is a condition that affects many postpartum and older women, typically due to pregnancy-related issues and heavy lifting This presentation is to review the current literature on DRA measurement and treatment. Published research on nonsurgical DRA treatment has primarily focused on exercise to correct or prevent this dysfunction. A survey of women’s health physical therapists identified that visceral manipulation and many other interventions are utilized to treat DRA. However, no literature exists to identify the specifics of visceral manipulation or its effect on DRA. A possible fascial/visceral explanation for DRA will be explored with a brief overview of three case studies related to treatment of DRA with visceral manipulation.


Upon completion of this virtual learning webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss the evidence for diastasis recti abdominis (DRA) evaluation and treatment
  • Explore the role of fascia and viscera in the development of DRA



Teri Elliott-Burke, PT, MHS, WCS, PRPC, BCB-PMD Assistant Professor and Academic Clinic Coordinator at Midwestern University (MWU), received her undergraduate degree from North Central College, an entry-level physical therapy degree from Northwestern University and a master of health science degree from the University of Indianapolis. Ms. Elliott-Burke has more than 40 years of patient care and managerial experience in outpatient physical therapy. Her teaching responsibilities at MWU include administration, management, and men’s and women’s health. She also manages a faculty-based physical therapy outpatient center at the Midwestern Multispecialty Institute. Her research interest is in diastasis recti abdominis and SIJ dysfunction. She is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in Women’s Health, by the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Provider, and by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. She is a faculty member of the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, primary teaching Pelvic Floor 1 curriculum and a frequent community speaker on a variety of physical therapy topics. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the APTA Section on Women’s Health, and the International Pelvic Pain Society. Ms. Elliott-Burke is the former owner of the Women’s Physical Therapy Institute in Lake Zurich, IL from 2000-2017 and had previous administrative and clinical roles in Caremark/Baxter Physical Therapy.



You are encouraged to send questions and comments prior to the event using the IPTA Research Question Box and the IPTA Research Forum. Please note that you must be logged into the site as an IPTA member to submit your questions.

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will also be eligible to earn up to 1 FREE CE by filling out a short evaluation form. You MUST RSVP, prior to the date of webinar, in order to receive the email that is sent out the morning of the webinar with the evaluation link.



Webinar Instructions: 

Topic: Spotlight on Research: Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA)
Time: Oct 11, 2018 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Note to Nonmembers: The IPTA welcome you to register and attend any of our upcoming #THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research educational programming! One of the many benefits of IPTA membership is the opportunity to receive quality FREE CE (Continuing Education) hosted by the Association throughout the year. In free CE opportunities alone, your APTA/IPTA membership can pay for itself! Do the math – we welcome you to explore the various benefits of IPTA membership by clicking here. You too can be a part of your professional association!


The IPTA will only award nonmembers CE certificates for participation during their first TWO free CE events (#THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research).



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