Debbie Seery, who runsMisFit Mamas, is a postnatal specialist and Holistic Core Restore A[R] coach who comes across diastasis recti regularly.
As a rough guide, poor exercise choices like sit ups, planks, running, make diastasis recti a lot worse.
Key words: Diastasis recti, inter recti distance, postpartum.
Diastasis recti, a common musculoskeletal condition, commonly found during and after pregnancy,1-3 is a separation of the two bellies of the rectus abdominis muscles along the linea alba,1 creating a ridge that runs along the length of the abdomen.4 Pregnancy can distend the abdomen and cause an actual separation of the two rectus abdominis.
Therapeutic exercise in the reduction of diastasis recti have been promoted in a number of studies.9-11
With a tone that's both authoritative and personable, Bowman explains the issue with admirable clarity, particularly notable since there is no current consensus among researchers regarding what constitutes a diastasis recti.
By making the material understandable, approachable, and achievable, Bowman offers an outstanding and necessary guide to diastasis recti and many other abdomen-related issues.
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Chiarello CM, Falzone LA, McCaslin KE, Patel MN, Ulery KR (2005) The effects of an exercise program on diastasis recti abdominis in pregnant women.
McPhail I (2009) Abdominal aortic aneurysm and diastasis recti. Angiology 56: 736-739.
Doctors say that most cases of diastasis recti
do not re quire surgery.
In a case such as Clark's, for instance, in which the diastasis recti
isn't healing, a trained PT can prescribe the proper set of exercises and measurements to turn things around.