Diastasis Recti

Diastasis Recti, or abdominal separation is when your abdominal muscles splitting esp. after pregnancy.

Diastasis Recti
Diastasis Recti
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Your Guide to Understanding Diastasis Recti

What is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis recti, also known as abdominal separation, is the condition characterized by the parting of the left and right abdominal muscles, resulting in a visible midline bulge. This separation occurs due to the stretching and weakening of the connective tissue, often occurring during pregnancy or as a result of excessive intra-abdominal pressure.

Proper diagnosis and targeted exercises under the guidance of healthcare professionals can aid in the management and potential resolution of abdominal separation. It's worth noting that abdominal separation is treatable by physiotherapy, and surgical repair is rarely required.

How can Physiotherapy help treat Diastasis Recti?

Physiotherapists assist in treating diastasis recti by creating tailored exercise programs to strengthen the abdominal muscles and improve functional abilities. They guide patients through appropriate exercises and techniques, aiding in both functional improvement and postpartum recovery.

What causes Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis recti is typically caused by the stretching and thinning of the connective tissue between the rectus abdominis muscles, which can occur during pregnancy, rapid weight gain, or repetitive heavy lifting.

What treatments might help Diastasis Recti?

Treatment for diastasis recti often involves targeted exercises prescribed by a physiotherapist to strengthen the core muscles and promote proper alignment of the abdominal wall. These exercises may include pelvic tilts, abdominal compressions, and specific movements to engage the transverse abdominis.

Moreover, wearing an abdominal support garment or binder may provide external support during the healing process, and in severe cases, surgery may be considered to repair the separated muscles.

Signs of Diastasis Recti:

Diastasis recti may manifest with symptoms such as a visible protrusion or "doming" of the abdomen, especially during exertion; a weakened core and pelvic floor; lower back pain; and poor posture.

Symptoms of Diastasis Recti:

The symptoms of diastasis recti may include lower back pain, poor posture, and difficulty performing certain movements like sit-ups or planks due to weakened abdominal muscles.

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When is the right time to see a Physiotherapist for Diastasis Recti?

It may be beneficial to consult a physiotherapist for diastasis recti approximately six weeks postpartum, as they can provide tailored exercise programs and guidance to aid in recovery and improve core stability. However, the time required to see significant results from physiotherapy for diastasis recti can vary depending on individual circumstances and the severity of the condition.

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Brittany Pereira

Brittany Pereira

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Registered Physiotherapist with a degree from the University of Toronto

Brittany enjoys working with patients across age groups and backgrounds to help them move better, get stronger, understand their bodies and ultimately, feel more confident. She combines her knowledge and clinical experience to best serve her patients.

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