Diastasis Recti: a separation of the abdominal muscles.
Understanding Your Core Muscles
There is a group of muscles that encircle the core (that area between your pelvis and your rib cage) that are primarily responsible for holding you up. The main muscle in this group – the transverse abdominis – is the only muscle in the body that wraps completely around the body to have a front, back, right and left aspect all in one. It is essentially a natural corset designed to elongate the torso and balance the entire body by securely connecting the upper and lower body. When this muscle is strong and active, it is your largest postural muscle, holding your organs up and in, and providing stability for your spine.
Causes of Diastasis Recti
Diastasis is most common in pregnant and postpartum women due to the extreme stretching of the abdominal wall and the effect of relaxin hormones on the connective tissue that occurs during pregnancy. In addition, chronic collapsed and rounded parenting postures reinforce the conditions that contribute to this separation. However, any consistent forward and forceful pressure against the abdominal wall can create the separation known as diastasis. The most common forms of this intra-abdominal pressure are: bearing down during strenuous activity (such as lifting or exercising) and consistently poor posture that causes the abdominal wall to bulge when in a slumped position.
Because the abdominal muscles help support the back and organs, a separation will cause your support system to be weakened causing instability and pain. With diastasis recti, the connective tissue that runs down the center of the abdominals (the linea alba) becomes thin and your organs push forward, contributing to a bulging tummy and increasing hernia risk. The overall weakness also likely contributes to digestive track issues, menstrual cycle issues, prostate issues and pelvic floor problems for men and women. Diastasis Recti can also impact your pregnancy and delivery. Learn More.
How To Fix It
Unlike most people are told, diastasis recti does not require surgery and can be corrected with core rehabilitation. You will be amazed at how closing your diastasis and rehabilitating your core will affect your entire body. Core rehab will close the separation, flatten your belly, shrink your waist, relieve back pain and improve other symptoms as well.
The Tummy Team will help you regain neuro-muscular control of your abdominal muscles and relearn how to use them correctly in all aspects of your life. We aim for functional use of muscles. Our goal is not to get you stronger for exercises, but stronger for life. Learn More About The Tummy Team Approach.