Diastasis recti is a condition affecting the most superficial muscular layer of the abdominal wall (rectus abdominis aka the 6 pack muscle) causing separation along the midline of the muscle. I will usually encounter this when treating women during pregnancy or in their postpartum recovery. I definitely enjoy working with women in the earlier stages of their pregnancy because we get to work together to help protect the abdominal wall and prevent or minimize any abdominal separation. In this population, DRA is usually occurring due to increased tension across the abdomen to accommodate their growing belly and if left untreated, can lead to core weakness, back pain as well as pelvic floor issues including urinary incontinence, constipation and painful sex.
A Common Postpartum Issue Is Diastasis Recti, or Ab Separation. This is a condition that needs to be addressed to ensure you restore your core therefore it can protect your joints throughout your life
Hi, my name is Dr. Allison Felt, and I'm a physical therapist and owner of Body Motion Physical Therapy. So, I wanna start by saying going want to talk a little bit about the diastasis recti. And so that's the split abdominal wall and I've touched on this on other videos. But really what I wanna focus on here is that you really don't have to even get one, this is something that can be prevented. Honestly, I think the minute you find out you're pregnant, you should head on over to the physical therapist and they can help you a lot. Identify the muscle that can help prevent you from splitting your abdominals throughout as you grow through pregnancy.
Author: Allison Feldt
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