Diastasis Recti – it’s not about closing the gap

All new moms! May I have your attention please.. ‼️
Are you struggling with “mummy tummy”(aka DRA – Diastasis Recti Abdominis)❓
This study published in 2016 shows that we need not obsess with “closing the gap” (diastasis recti – mummy tummy) but make the connection stronger.💯
J Orthop Sports Phys Ther: Behavior of the Linea Alba During a Curl-up Task in Diastasis Rectus Abdominis: An Observational Study
This study shows that
✅Efficient Loading ➡️lesser chances for injury during exercises and workouts.
✅when diastasis is made to close using an abdominal curl-up exercise- it doesn’t make Linea alba (the connector) strong but rather distorts it♨️. Hence causing poor load transfer.
✅When Transversus Abdominis ( the main core muscles 🏋🏽‍♀️)is activated, Linea Alba(the connector) distorts lesser and that allows more efficient Load transfer.
The goal in Diastasis Rehab is to make the connector (Linea Alba) stronger rather than trying to “close the gap” and it is important to select the right type of exercise to do so.
What are my recommendations-
➡️reach out to a professional 👤in your area who can help you learn to connect the gap and teach you optimal loading strategies when you work out.
➡️see a pelvic health expert physio 👍 if you have symptoms of incontinence💦, prolapse, and/or back pain.
➡️Get a pelvic health check-up at 8-12 weeks postpartum.
By- Anshul PT
Anshul is a Registered Physiotherapist with a special interest in Women’s Health and Cancer Rehab.
To Book an appointment with Anshul, please call 519-373- 4464 or email at physiocareowensound@gmail.com
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retrieved on Sep 29, 2020
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