What is Diastasis Recti?
Women lose a lot of tone in their abdominal muscles during pregnancy. About two-thirds develop what’s known as diastasis recti, a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle along the center of the belly. This condition can contribute to lower back pain, constipation, and urine leaks, as well as that stubborn postpartum stomach pooch that may last for months to years. Diastasis recti cannot be fixed with crunches or sit-ups. In fact, these exercises can make the problem worse. Instead, the condition requires special strengthening exercises that focus on the deeper transverse abdominal muscles. Your therapist can teach you how to do these exercises at home.
If you are experiencing symptoms of diastasis recti, please contact Physioactive Physical Therapy & Wellness Center today for an evaluation.