/ April 13, 2023

Swimming and Diastasis Recti

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As a physical therapist that specializes in core rehabilitation, I get a lot of questions about swimming and diastasis recti. Many of our clients were told swimming is one of the many exercises that should be avoided. When I was struggling to heal my own diastasis, I also was told by many physicians that swimming would make diastasis recti worse. I swam competitively for years and to be told I couldn’t, was a little heartbreaking.

swimming and diastasis recti
Kelly Swimming the 50 Fly after healing diastasis recti

As a PT and a competitive swimmer, I soon realized this is not the case! Swimming naturally elongates your core and allows you to engage the transverse muscle. I’ve healed my core and returned to swimming on a competitive team and not only is my diastasis still closed, but my core is stronger than ever. So this vlog is for all the swimmers out there (not just competitive athletes) who want to swim but are concerned about conflicting information about swimming and diastasis recti.

If you are in need of core rehabilitation to help reconnect to your deep core muscles and close your diastasis, we’d love to work with you! We have very comprehensive and effective online core rehab programs and we offer virtual appointments.