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Abdominal Separation (diastatis recti)
The revered six-pack in medical terms is called the Diastatis. That’s doesn’t sound as impressive as having a six-pack, but it’s a workhorse because our abdominal muscles are the very core of good physical health. Diastasis recti is a complete separation of the diastasis or six-pack muscles between your two rectus muscles. It is very common during pregnancy because the uterus stretches muscles in the abdomen to make room for the growing baby. Yet, the condition isn’t limited to pregnancy and can affect anyone – from babies to young men. Sometimes, it can occur after lifting heavy weights or by doing unsafe and excessive abdominal exercises.
The most common symptoms are lower back pain, poor posture, bloating and constipation. Especially after pregnancy you might notice a bulge or ridge develop in your belly, right above the belly button. A persistent diastatis can lead to core instability, pain, and lack of flexibility. Our physical therapists’ will check for the condition by using a measuring tool called a caliper and this will give them an accurate measurement. Once you are diagnosed, first line therapy programs for Diastatis Recti include the Tupler Technique and Keller’s Dia Method.
The Tupler Method is a combination of using transverse muscles correctly while breathing and strengthening them with elevator and contracting exercises where the pelvic floor muscles play a large role in pushing. Keller’s Dia Method has both prenatal and post-natal exercises designed specifically to work on the core abdominal muscles while simultaneously opening and relaxing the pelvic floor because pelvic-floor dysfunction is also caused by Diastatis recti. We will also teach you what not to do. It’s important not to do certain abdominal core exercises like crunches and sit-ups because you can actually make the problem worse. We will also work on teaching you good posture and the correct way to carry or lift heaving items without causing problem.