Julie Wiebe: Elevate Your Game
This is an interview with Julie Wiebe, a physical therapist who specializes in returning women to fitness after injury and pregnancy. Her online courses are available on Embodia.
1. Tell us a about your clinical practice/business.
I wear a few hats, juggling both a niche clinical practice while providing educational opportunities for professionals both live and online.
My focus in both roles is to provide integrative strategies to bridge the gap between pelvic health and ortho/sports medicine rehabilitation and return to fitness. In addition, I teach alternative postural control strategies that are inclusive of breath mechanics and pelvic health as a gateway to central stability in neurological populations.
But isn’t every patient a mix of all of those populations?
Treating from a systems perspective and understanding that “it is all connected” is one of the foundational principles I share with my patients and course participants.
My focus is on neuromuscular strategies that use breath mechanics as a gateway to automatic participation of the central stabilizing system (aka “core”).
This makes an accessible foundation for movement, function, and fitness for all populations-neuro, pediatrics, ortho, sports medicine, and pelvic health.
Treating from a systems and strategy approach addresses the needs of the client simultaneously as a connected whole-pelvic health, musculoskeletal, neurological movement efficiency, and performance.
2. What's the best continuing education course/conference you've ever taken (this can be clinical, business, webinar, live)?
The courses that had the most profound impact on how I treat patients were anything I took from Shirley Sahrmann (I sort of followed her around like a groupie) and Gary Gray. Both taught me to look at the whole picture and treat functionally.
3. What's your favourite book?
Personal Resource: Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton
"I'm tired of helping others enjoy God. I just want to enjoy God for myself." With this painful admission, Ruth Haley Barton invites us to an honest exploration of what happens when spiritual leaders lose track of their souls. Weaving together contemporary illustrations with perceptive insight from the life of Moses, Barton explores topics such as facing the loneliness of leadership, leading from your authentic self, reenvisioning the promised land and more.
Professional Resource: Pub Med
PubMed comprises more than 27 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
4. What's your favourite blog, podcast or online resource?
I am terribly behind on every podcast I subscribe to…but one of my faves is the PTPintcast. Favorite blogs include Chris Beardsley, and Sweat Science. Love Ryan Smith’s movement’s of the day (MOD’s).
5. What advice would you give to your 25 year-old self?
- Change is an evolution, not a revolution. Be patient, and stand strong even when you are swimming against the tide.
- Never stop learning.
- Stop cursing like a sailor (hasn’t happened yet!)
- Stop dating that guy….wait for the Canadian (my hubby is a proud Canadian)
6. What's something you've recently learned that you're really excited to implement?
I gained some tips on stroke and bike modifications for tri-athletes at a recent conference. Just need a tri-athlete on my schedule!
7. Why did you decide to join the Embodia Instructor community?
The online platform is such an incredible way to get information into the hands of folks that don’t readily have access to continuing education or need the convenience of self-paced learning.
It has beautifully expedited the dissemination of information, rather than waiting years for an instructor to make their way to your town, the info is at your fingertips now.
I have been so impressed with Maggie and her Embodia team have been endeavoring to do, and the skill level with which they have to pursued it.
How perfect is it to have a Physio who understands the rehab piece and con ed, teamed with a techie partner who understands building platforms and delivering content?
I leapt at the chance to partner to bring info to more folks!
Here's a short taste from Julie's course, The Pelvic Floor Piston: Foundation for Fitness
Julie Wiebe PT, MPT, BSc.
Julie Wiebe, has over 20 years of experience in both Sports Medicine and Pelvic Health. Her passion is to return women to fitness and sport after injury and pregnancy. She advocates for the awareness of pelvic health issues in fitness and promotes innovative solutions for women through her blog, videos and social media. She shares her evidence-based, integrative approach internationally with both professionals and women through live and online educational programs.
Her Diaphragm/Pelvic Floor Piston Science concepts have been successfully incorporated by rehab practitioners and fitness professionals into a variety of populations. Julie is a sought after speaker to provide continuing education courses and lectures internationally at clinics, academic institutions, professional organizations, state and national professional conferences.
Find out more and connect with Julie at www.juliewiebept.com or via social media Twitter/FB/IG JulieWiebePT.