What is Diastasis Recti?
Diastasis Recti is a condition in which the large abdominal muscles separate. These muscles, called the rectus abdominis, are a pair of long, flat muscles that run vertically down each side of your abdomen (six-pack muscles). They are divided by a band of tissue called the linea alba that runs down the middle. This group of muscles hold in your internal organs and stabilize your core.
Diastasis Recti is a common occurrence in pregnant women, particularly those who deliver a high birth weight baby or have multiple pregnancies. As your uterine expands during pregnancy, the abdominal muscles are stretched, and the linea alba thins and pulls apart. This band of tissue gets wider as it’s pushed outward. Diastasis recti usually develop in the third trimester since the baby is growing quickly during this time, increasing pressure on the abdominal wall. Any movements or exercises during pregnancy that place added pressure on your pelvic floor will aggravate the problem.
Why is it important to correct Diastasis Recti?
Correcting Diastasis Recti is important for several reasons besides wanting a flat stomach. When the abdominal muscles are weakened and moved aside, there is only a thin band of connective tissue left in front of the organs, leaving them unprotected. This results in organ destabilization and in rare cases the tissue may tear, and organs may poke out of the opening causing a hernia. Diastasis Recti will also cause lower back pain, high blood pressure, pain during sex, constipation or urine leaking when sneezing or coughing since the muscles cannot contract properly.
How is Diastasis Recti Corrected?
Diastasis Recti can be corrected with different techniques, depending on your specific condition. Along with Diastasis Recti often comes different issues such as sagging skin or the storage of excess fat. These must also be addressed in order to receive the best results. A consultation with our specialist would be required to assess the width, length, and depth of the abdominal separation, as well as muscle strength, loose skin, and visceral and subcutaneous fat accumulation. A specific treatment plan will then be determined that is right for you, including the number of sessions recommended. This may include radio frequency, electrostimulation, and cryo gel. Exercise and breathing techniques are also helpful, as oxygenation promotes muscle cell growth and strength. Treatment may also include vitamin supplements as amino acids help build muscle.
Diastasis Recti Correction may start no sooner than 1 month after a vaginal birth, and 4 months after a C-section birth.
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