Are you suffering from separation of your abs? If you're experiencing abdominal separation or a belly bulge after pregnancy, you're not alone. According to the Cleveland Clinic, Diastasis Recti can affect up to 60% of pregnant women and as many as 40% will still have Diastasis 6 months postpartum. However, with the correct treatment and exercise, your ab separation can be repaired, and diastasis can be resolved.
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Diastasis Recti typically occurs during pregnancy due to the hormonal and physical changes your body undergoes. Factors such as multiple pregnancies, carrying a large baby, or even improper exercise postpartum can contribute to this condition. Our goal is to empower you with knowledge about these factors, helping you make informed choices during and after pregnancy
What is Diastasis Recti?
What Causes Diastasis?
Diastasis Recti is a common condition among pregnant and postpartum women, involving the separation of the abdominal muscles. As your body accommodates your growing baby, the connective tissue between the rectus abdominis muscles stretches, causing a gap or bulge in the midline. This separation, often referred to as Diastasis Recti, can impact the strength and stability of your core.
Diastasis Recti Symptoms
Diastasis rarely, if ever, causes pain in the abdomen. However, it can cause pain in other areas of the body, as well as impact your ability to function maximally in daily life.
A noticeable gap or separation of the abdominal muscles, often visible as a bulge or indentation along the midline of the abdomen.
The appearance of a bulge or cone-shaped protrusion in the abdominal area, especially during certain movements like sitting up or doing abdominal exercises.
Changes in the shape or appearance of the belly button, which may become more pronounced or distorted.
Discomfort or pain in the lower back, possibly due to weakened core muscles and altered body mechanics.
Alterations in posture, such as an increased arch in the lower back or a swayback appearance.
Diastasis commonly accompanies an array of pelvic floor issues such as urinary incontinence or difficulty controlling bowel movements.
A feeling of fullness or bloating in the abdominal area, even in the absence of excessive food intake.
Sensation of weakness or lack of stability in the core muscles, affecting daily activities and exercise.
Comprehensive In-Home Pregnancy Physical Therapy Treatments
Start your journey to healing with our comprehensive treatments tailored to address diastasis recti. Our staff of female Physical Therapists service Broward County, Miami, Palm Beach County, and Tampa. We travel to you, and provide private in-home treatment and convenient scheduling.
A thorough examination involves assessing you on your back during a curl-up, coupled with abdominal palpation to measure the distance between the contracted abdominal muscles. We also assess your abdomen in multiple positions to ensure every aspect of your movement is considered.
Learn optimal body mechanics to support your recovery and prevent further strain on your abdominal muscles.
Experience the benefits of hands-on care, including massage, myofascial release, stretching, and joint mobilizations, all designed to enhance your body's natural healing process.
Engage in specially designed exercises that focus on strengthening your core while accommodating your unique pregnancy and postpartum needs.
Receive personalized lifestyle recommendations that complement your diastasis recti treatment, fostering a holistic approach to your well-being.
Understand the importance of proper posture in diastasis recti recovery through our detailed postural assessments.
Discover the benefits of targeted bracing techniques to provide additional support to your abdominal muscles during the healing process.
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