Continuing Education, Free Resources & Training

At ABSOLUTE.PHYSIO we strive for improved access to education for both the general public and health and fitness professionals.

We regularly run information events for the public. Patrick and Gráinne also deliver continuing education courses for Physiotherapists in their specialist fields. This includes live course and online E-Learning.

They co-deliver real-time ultrasound training for both musculoskeletal and pelvic health applications. Gráinne also delivers training in diastasis recti.

Check out our upcoming courses and the online modules currently accessible by navigation through this section. If you are interested in hearing more about our public or professional workshops, or if you want to organise one of our events please get in touch at

Available CPD, Free Resources & Training

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Diastasis Rectus Abdominis - Patient Handbook

Evidence based evaluation and management

This much desired resource was created after a significant volume of requests for an information booklet to inform and guide women with diastasis rectus abdominis. With very little evidence informed information out there, confusion and conflicting messages fill the web space. This downloadable e-book was created with both clinicians and patients in mind. 

Clinicians can signpost their patients to quality information and patients can seek and find a trusted resource.

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Diastasis Rectus Abdominis - Factors to Consider

Illustrative video education

An illustrative and engaging video offering insight into diastasis rectus abdominis and important factors to consider. This downloadable video was created with the patient in mind. 

Useful resource for clinicians to signpost patients/clients with diastasis rectus abdomins to and quality information for patients to access.


Develop your knowledge and skills in the comfort of your own home by signing up to our online courses. Learn at a time and pace that suits you with e-learning by ABSOLUTE.PHYSIO.

Current online courses include:

Upcoming Workshops and Courses

For more information or to book a place on any of our upcoming courses please email

28/03/20 Fife, Scotland - Physiotherapy Management of Diastasis Rectus Abdominis

29/03/20 Glasgow, Scotland - Physiotherapy Management of Diastasis Rectus Abdominis

(Cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic, available as online e-leaning option)

Date TBC London, UK - Introduction to ultrasound imaging in pelvic health physiotherapy

1:1 and group online mentoring sessions 1:1 and group online mentoring sessions

Do you want to avail of bespoke continuing education or professional mentoring?

Would you like to undertake specialist educational seminars for pelvic health physiotherapy by an experienced physiotherapist in the field?

Online presentations with live discussion on topics of your choice.
Available as 1:1 or small group sessions

For more information please email

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Returning to Running Postnatal Guidelines

Guidelines for medical, health and fitness professionals managing this population

Proposed guidelines for health professionals managing this population. Musculoskeletal pain, stress urinary incontinence, and abdominal separation are prevalent conditions among postpartum runners (Blyholder et at 2016). Awareness and understanding for the importance of optimal postnatal recovery in the prevention and management of these "common but not normal" conditions is increasing.

This proposed guideline has been created by the dedicated work of Grainne Donnelly (ABSOLUTE.PHYSIO) Tom Goom (AKA the Running Phsyio) and Emma Brockwell (AKA Physiomum UK).

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Examples of Excercise Progression in the Postnatal Runner

Return to running is not advisable prior to 3 months postnatal or beyond this if any symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction are identified prior to, or after attempting, return to running.

We therefore recommend that a low impact exercise timeline is followed within the first 3 months of the postnatal period, followed by a return to running between 3-6 months postnatal, at the earliest.

Download our quick reference guide of low impact excercise progression that we recommend for postnatal runners to get you back doing the sport you love.

Featured podcasts

Check out the podcasts that members of ABSOLUTE.PHYSIO have featured on:

Gráinne Donnelly sat down with the wonderful Michelle Lyons to talk all things Diastasis Rectus Abdominis as part of her #asktheexperts series

Gráinne Donnelly featured on the Womens' Health Podcast led by Antony Lo and Marika Harte to further discuss what the evidence can inform us about Diastasis Rectus Abdominis

Gráinne Donnelly was joined by fellow pelvic health colleague and friend Emma Brockwell to discuss the Returning to running postnatal guidance on the Women's Health Podcast

Gráinne Donnelly, Emma Brockwell and Tom Goom sat down with Australian Pelvic Health Physiotherapist Lori Forner on her Pelvic Health Podcast to discuss the reasoning and methods behind the Returning to Running Postnatal Guidance

Gráinne Donnelly speaks with Kathryn Meadows on The Mother of All Movement Podcast about returning to running postnatal and she returns for an update podcast with co-author of the guidance Emma Brockwell. Catch episodes 39 and 45

Gráinne Donnelly joined Mark Harris on the podcast he delivers alongside Karen Hall, Sprogcast, to talk about the role of pelvic health physiotherapists and break taboo. Tune in here 

Gráinne Donnelly catches up with the wonderful Lori Forner again on her podcast "The Pelvic Health Podcast to discuss the role of ultrasound imaging within pelvic health physiotherapy. Tune in here

Gráinne Donnelly discusses all things Diastasis with Jena from Heal at Home Moms. Tune into Episode 19 here

British Journal of Sports Medicine Blog on returning to running postnatally

By Gráinne Donnelly, with input from Emma Brockwell and Tom Goom. They cover the importance of adequate recovery following childbirth and discuss the "Returning to running postnatal guidelines" (free to download in our resource section) as well as offering evidence based recommendations.

BJSM Infographic publication May 2021

Gráinne and colleagues published an infographic with narrative to guide medical, health and fitness professionals to support women in returning to running postnatally. Access here


A powerful infographic tackling a crucial topic - thanks to @ABSPhysio @SportsMedNI @drhbomb @tomgoom @emma_physiomum...

Posted by British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) on Saturday, May 16, 2020

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy feature


An infographic based on the guidance for postnatal return to running produced by three physiotherapists has been aligned with the Chief Medical Officer’s physical activity guidelines.

Posted by Chartered Society of Physiotherapy on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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