The word diastasis means separation. Diastasis recti is a separation of the rectus abdominus or the outermost abdominal muscles. The force that can cause this separation includes a growing uterus during pregnancy, weight gain in the abdominal area, and using abdominal muscles incorrectly during heavy lifting and intense abdominal exercises.. Not having your abdominal muscles acting as your body’s natural corset can cause imbalance and pain.
Some associated symptoms can include:
- Low back pain
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
- “Mummy Tummy”
- Umbilical hernia
- Bulging or “pouch” with abdominal activation
Physical therapy for diastasis recti includes postural assessment and education, examination of the abdominal muscles for a baseline assessment of muscle separation, manual therapy to improve fascial mobility, and individualized exercise program.
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