What Is Diastasis Recti and How Physiotherapy Can Help   

If you recently had a baby, or you work out frequently, you may have heard about diastasis recti. You might have even experienced it and were confused by the diagnosis as many physicians don’t fully understand the condition or what can be done to make it better. If you are confused about what diastasis recti is and how you can treat it, keep reading as we are going to share with you some news about this condition, what causes it and how physiotherapy can help.

What is diastasis recti?

Diastasis recti is the separation of the outermost abdominal muscles. The function of these muscles, called rectus abdominis, is to support your back and your organs and when the muscles separate, the connective tissue joining these muscle stretches sideways causing pain and discomfort. The muscles also begin to weaken and they aren’t able to support your back and organs leaving your core susceptible to injury.

Who can get diastasis recti?

Anyone can get a diastasis including both men and women, and children as well. Some people don’t even know they have diastasis recti until they are diagnosed during a medical exam of the midsection.

What causes diastasis recti?

Diastasis recti is caused by the continuous stretching in both a forward and sideways direction of the connective tissue that joins the outermost muscles. Everything from pregnancy and weight gain, to abdominal surgery and overuse of the muscle group can be a factor in causing diastasis recti.

What are some of the effects of diastasis recti on the body?

Diastasis recti can cause back pain, abdominal hernias, poor posture, pelvic floor problems and gastro- intestinal disturbances like constipation and bloating. These are all symptoms of diastasis recti, but you should consult your physician if you believe that are suffering from the condition.

How can Physiotherapy can help?

Physiotherapy can help patients suffering from diastasis recti by creating an exercise program that focuses on improving pelvic alignment and toning and flattening the abdominal wall. Effective physiotherapy works to shorten muscle fibres and develop dynamic stability which can improve the function between the external and internal layers of the abdominal wall.

If you believe that you are suffering from diastasis recti, consult a physiotherapist and let them examine your torso and properly diagnose your condition before providing an effective course of treatment than can relieve your symptoms and strengthen your core.

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