Diastasis Recti Defined
Diastasis Recti (DR): a separation of the abdominal muscles
Functional Core Weakness (FCW): The inability of the muscles of the core to effectively function and support the body for everyday physical demands without pain or dysfunction
While Diastasis Recti is a diagnosis, it is also a symptom of a much larger issue known as Functional Core Weakness. It is possible to suffer from functional core weakness without having diastasis recti. But you cannot have diastasis recti without having functional core weakness.
We can treat both of these conditions with Functional Core Rehabilitation.
How It's Caused
Diastasis Recti is a midline separation of the right and left sides of the abdominal wall. It can happen to men and women, regardless of age, weight, or fitness level. It is caused by consistent forward and forceful pressure against the abdominal wall – which is usually a compensation pattern we use when we have a functionally weak core. This pressure can be from chronic poor postures, traditional abdominal exercises like crunches, sit-ups, or planks, chronic constipation, and habitual bracing, or bearing down.
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 the risk of a hernia. Because the abdominal muscles help support the back and organs, a separation will cause your support system to be weakened, leading to instability and pain. The overall Functional Core Weakness also contributes to digestive tract issues, menstrual cycle issues, prostate issues, and pelvic floor problems for men and women. Pregnant and postpartum women tend to be more susceptible to developing Diastasis Recti due to the extreme stretching of the abdominal wall combined with the effect of relaxin hormones on the connective tissue that occurs during pregnancy.
How We Treat It
Both Functional Core Weakness and Diastasis Recti are treated the same way. Unlike what most people are told, diastasis recti does not require surgery and can be corrected with functional core rehabilitation. You will be amazed at how rehabilitating your core will affect your entire body. Our Functional Core Rehabilitation will strengthen the core, minimize movements making it worse, reconnect you to your body, close the separation, flatten your belly, relieve back pain and other symptoms, as well as retrain your body mechanics, posture, and alignment for long-term success.
The Tummy Team will help you regain neuromuscular 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 living life.