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Diastasis Recti

Diastasis recti debunked: It doesn’t only affect pregnant women

 

Diastasis recti is a common condition that describes when the connective tissue in the midline of the abdominal muscles weakens and/or widens, leading to a visible bulge in the midsection, commonly known as abdominal ‘doming’. This connective tissue is called the linea alba. While diastasis recti is commonly associated with pregnancy due to the stretching of the abdomen, it can continue to develop postnatally, and can also affect men and women who have never been pregnant. Factors such as obesity, intense abdominal exercises and improper core activation (even in fit & athletic individuals), and abdominal surgeries can contribute to the development of diastasis recti. 

 

Potential complications of Diastasis recti

 

Diastasis recti affects each individual differently depending on the severity of the condition and other impacting lifestyle factors. Depending on these factors and if left untreated, diastasis recti could potentially lead to the following:

 

  • Core Weakness and Instability: Diastasis recti can result in a weakened core, including the abdominal muscles, pelvic floor muscles, and back muscles. This can lead to poor posture, reduced stability, and compromised functional movement patterns.

 

  • Back and Pelvic Pain: The separation of the abdominal muscles can contribute to increased stress on the lower back and pelvis. This can result in discomfort, pain, and potential misalignment. Diastasis recti can also affect the function of the pelvic floor muscles, potentially leading to pelvic floor dysfunction and related issues such as urinary incontinence.

 

  • Digestive Issues: In some cases, weakened abdominal muscles may contribute to poor intra-abdominal pressure regulation, which can affect digestion and lead to symptoms like bloating, constipation, and acid reflux.

 

  • Hernias: The separation of the abdominal muscles weakens the abdominal wall, making it easier for organs or tissues to protrude through the weakened area, potentially resulting in an umbilical hernia or an incisional hernia (in the case of previous abdominal surgery).

 

Seeking proper diagnosis and guidance from healthcare professionals, such as an osteopath, can help manage and mitigate these risks. 

 

How can an osteopath help with Diastasis recti?

 

Osteopaths can provide assessment and diagnosis, tailored treatment plans, exercises, and lifestyle modifications to address diastasis recti and minimise potential complications.

At Wellness Osteo all of our Osteopaths are trained Clinical Rehab & Clinical Pilates instructors. Our osteopaths can design individualised programs that progress gradually, taking into account the severity of diastasis recti and any other individual considerations. Programs might include tailored exercise modifications, core muscle activation exercises, breath control and coordination exercises, postural alignment exercises. We also offer Mums & Bubs Pilates classes to support mother’s postnatally who may be affected by diastasis recti.