Virtual & In-Person, ConnectTherapy™, the Pelvis & the Abdominal Wall, Australia

Find the Driver & Treat the Whole Person with ConnectTherapy™ & the Thoracic Ring Approach™


  • Please note this course is split into two components. The first component is the Online Virtual ConnectTherapy™ , the Pelvis & the Abdominal Wall Course and the recordings must be watched prior to the In-Person portion, these are provided upon registration and access to the recording are available for 12 months.
  • This is an excellent course to take as an introduction to ConnectTherapy™.
  • If you’ve taken courses with LJ in the past, this is also an excellent opportunity to focus on your Pelvis Driver & Abdominal Wall assessment & treatment skills.

Low back pain and pelvic girdle pain are common problems experienced by patients seen in clinical practice, from postpartum women to elite athletes. A challenge for therapists and patients is that often these problems are recurrent and chronic, and research evidence to indicate what the most effective treatment protocol for these injuries is often contradictory and leaves the responsible clinician with more questions.

Furthermore, the physiotherapist may have several patients with the exact same presentation of “SIJ pain” or “SIJ instability” but who do not respond to the same treatment and training interventions. Why do some patients respond to treatment of the low back, pelvis and hip region but others do not? 

The answer lies in understanding not only the function of the pelvis, abdominal wall, and low back, but also how these regions behave in the context of whole body, meaningful movements. By understanding the connections of the pelvis to the rest of the body. The pelvis may be symptomatic, but may not be the underlying cause of the symptoms. 

Effective rehabilitation of any problem facing patients requires consideration of how loads are transferred through the entire body during tasks that have meaning for the patient. An important consideration is that the location of pain does not always correlate to the underlying cause of the problem. That is, dysfunction in other areas of the body, whether painful or not, may be the true underlying cause, or “Driver” of the patient’s problem. The ConnectTherapy™ model provides a total body assessment and treatment framework to connect dysfunctional areas to the painful problem and determine the most effective treatment approach.

This course teaches you the skills to determine when the pelvis is the true Driver for the patient’s problem, or a victim from a Driver elsewhere.

On this 4.5 day course you will learn and practice:

  • observational and hands-on skills needed to determine if the pelvis is optimally or non-optimally transferring loads during whole body functional tasks related to daily activities and sport in Meaningful Task Analysis (MTA) (Lee LJ 2008)
  • assessing for imbalanced Intra-Thoracic & Intra-Abdominal pressure and different zones of a “pressure belly”
  •  the diagnostic tests to determine if the pelvis is the patient’s Primary Driver, and the signs and skills to determine where to go next. You’ll use the Drivers Diagnostics Chart™ clinical reasoning algorithm, unique to ConnectTherapy, that enables you to clearly see the connections throughout the body. 
  • the different patterns of non-optimal behaviour of the pelvis and how these correlate to common symptoms in the pelvis, including how to diagnose excessive compression versus poor control of the SIJs
  • the different patterns of neuromuscular imbalance that are possible in Pelvis Drivers, and the treatment plan and exercises required to train each different type of Pelvis Driver
  • the role of the pelvic floor and when you should consider a referral to a pelvic health physiotherapist for an internal assessment. 
  • when you need to specifically prescribe recruitment, or “brain training”, for the Transversus Abdominis, deep multifidus and pelvic floor, and when this is unnecessary
  • how to assess Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) and determine the most efficient & effective treatment program to restore balanced abdominal wall function
  • understand why “core stability” exercises help some patients with pelvic girdle pain, and hinder other patients – or make them feel worse
  • techniques to effectively treat Pelvis Drivers, including neuromuscular release techniques to 3-dimensionally balance the pelvis
  • the ConnectTherapy Exercise Prescription Framework & principles to learn how to take the rehabilitation program from the acute stage to restoring full return to sport and activity.

The purpose of this evidence-based course is to enhance your hands-on and clinical reasoning skills to determine the role of pelvis dysfunction in a range of common recurrent problems and to more effectively treat pelvis Drivers.

You’ll also come away from this course with a clear understanding of the influence of other body regions on the pelvis, including Dr. LJ Lee’s innovative proposals from the Thoracic Ring Approach™. Learn about the connections both anatomically and neurologically that underpin thoracic-driven pelvic girdle pain and how the thorax drives abdominal wall problems like Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA), pelvic organ prolapse and other pelvic floor symptoms. 

This course has three components:

  • over 11 hours of self-paced, Online Virtual content– lectures and demonstrations that you have access to for 12 months from your registration date; you can watch these at your own pace but need to complete them before the In Person component
  • 2.5 days of In-Person learning with LJ & the Assisting Team in Sydney, Australia, to learn the hands-on assessment and treatment skills that will change your practice 
  • access to a Resource Library of practical videos that illustrate the practical techniques and concepts that you have access to for 12 months from the completion of your In-Person course.

This new course format gives you lots of time to review and process all the lecture content online before joining LJ for the practical skills in person. Our high instructor to participant ratio at our In-Person courses ensures that you will get lots of hands-on feedback to ensure your success and application in the clinic. From there, the online video library access supports your application of the material into the clinic. Our aim is to support your clinical success!

To register, please download and complete the accompanying registration form and send to:

Note: If you have already taken the Virtual component — the Online Virtual ConnectTherapy™ , the Pelvis & the Abdominal Wall Course and wish to register for the In-Person course in Sydney,  please email for details/ registration form.

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  • Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Date(s):
    INPERSON: FEB 23-25, 2024
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Cost: $2190 (incl 10% GST) AUD



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