What Is Diastasis Recti?

What Is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis recti is the partial or complete separation of the rectus abdominis, or your ab muscles, which meet at the middle of your stomach that can result in your belly sticking out because the space between your left and right ab muscles have widened.

The abdominal muscles work alongside the pelvic floor muscles, so women may experience pelvic floor dysfunction or urinary incontinence from diastasis recti. Diastasis recti is most common during or following pregnancy because the uterus stretches the muscles in the abdomen to accommodate a growing baby.

It may be time to come see us if you are experiencing any of the following diastasis recti signs and symptoms:

  • Pooch or bulge in your stomach
  • Lower back pain
  • Poor posture
  • Constipation
  • Bloating

How Is Diastasis Recti Treated?

How Is Diastasis Recti Treated?

Unfortunately, diastasis recti is usually treated only with invasive surgery. Many medical providers don’t know how to strengthen your abdominals safely, without tearing your abdominals even more.

When it comes to treating diastasis recti, many medical providers are quick to tell you that surgery is your only option or that nothing can be done. For many patients, this can be a costly mistake, leading to years of embarrassment and suffering.

Postpartum Diastasis Recti Treatment:

  • Pelvic floor strengthening exercises
  • Deep stomach muscle exercises

Pre-pregnancy Diastasis Recti Prevention Practice:

  • Strengthening your core
  • Abdominal exercises
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Oblique muscles strengthening

It’s important to see a diastasis recti physical therapist, as there are exercises you want to avoid that could make your condition worse.

Our Diastasis Recti Treatments

Our Diastasis Recti Treatments

  • Biofeedback- A technique that uses a specialized tool to monitor a patient’s muscle contractions in the pelvic region. This tool helps patients learn how to perform pelvic floor contractions and strengthening exercises correctly.

  • Joint Mobilization- You will perform joint mobilization exercises to help loosen the joints and ease the symptoms and help you perform core strengthening exercises correctly. Your diastasis recti physical therapist may also mobilize the joints manually, which can speed up the joint mobilization process.

  • Relocation, Stretching, & Myofascial Release- Your diastasis recti physical therapist will guide you through stretching exercises where you will practice special breathing techniques to further decrease tightness. They may also use a manual massage technique called myofascial release to break up tight muscle tissue.

  • Core Strengthening Exercises- our diastasis recti physical therapist will guide you through exercises that are specifically designed to strengthen the weak muscles in your pelvic floor and core.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Diastasis Recti

Frequently Asked Questions About Diastasis Recti

Of course, That is why we are here! We have helped 100’s of patients just like you suffering from diastasis recti and other pelvic floor issues effectively and permanently!

Sometimes you can check yourself for diastasis recti but it’s best to see a pelvic floor specialist. However, if you have low back pain,  pelvic pain, sacroiliac joint instability, pubic bone pain, collapsed posture, digestive issues, pelvic floor issues, a protruding tummy, an odd-looking belly button, you likely are suffering from functional core weakness and possibly diastasis recti.

This is not something you want to just live with or hope goes away. Our treatments can help you regain your core strength and confidence again!

Diastasis Recti is a very common but underdiagnosed condition, in fact, one study found that up to 60% of women may experience diastasis recti during pregnancy or postpartum.

This is mostly because there has traditionally not been a great treatment plan for the condition. That is no longer the case with our core strengthening rehabilitation and prevention programs.

Our programs can effectively treat diastasis recti help eliminate the common pain and instability symptoms associated.

Diastasis recti is caused by a repetitive forward force on the connective tissue that runs down the center of the abdominal wall.

Usually, this occurs post-pregnancy as the uterus stretches the muscles in the abdomen to accommodate a growing baby.

This pressure can also be from repetitive movements including:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Crunches
  • Sit-ups
  • Planks
  • Bracing or bearing down.