Diastasis Recti: what is it?

Updated: Mar 15


What is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis means separation

Recti refers to the Rectus Abdominus muscle. This is a pair of muscles running vertically along the midline of the body. It extends up from the area of the pubic crest in the pelvis to the base of the sternum and ribs 5-7. The muscles are joined by a band of connective tissue called Linea Alba.

Diastasis Recti refers to the separation (partial or complete) of the right and left sides of the Rectus Abdominus muscles (think six-pack muscles) which meet along the Linea Alba, located at the midline of front of your lower torso, under your ribs.

What is the job of the Rectus Abdominus?

The Rectus Adbominus has three meaningful jobs. (This image shows the Rectus Abdominus without Diastasis Recti, where the muscle is connected to the Linea Alba)

1) Important postural muscle

It is responsible for lumbar flexion

example

** bringing the ribs toward the pelvis = moving from lying on your back to sitting up

** bringing the pelvis toward the ribs =pelvic lift

2) Assists with breathing

particularly during a forced exhale

example

** heavier breathing after exercise

3) Assist in keeping organs in tact through intra-abdominal pressure

examples

** during exercise

** when lifting heavy objects

** forceful pooping

** childbirth

50% of pregnant women

develop Diastasis Recti

and 50% of those women,

do not recovery spontaneously.

Diastasis causes

muscle weakness and imbalance

throughout the core with

increased risk for injuries

in the back and pelvis (1) (2)



To learn more about our Diastasis Recti Recovery Program with a supportive Home Program, check out our Post-Birth Moms page and reach out with your questions.


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Please note, I am not a doctor. All Post-Birth Moms who have given birth recently need provider permission before starting a Pilates program. This article is for purposes of information, not intended to be medical advice. It is my personal recommendation Post-Birth Moms complete a Recovery Program while also in relationship with their primary provider and (ideally) a Chiropractor who is trained to work with the needs of Post-Birth Moms.

References:
1. Boxer et al 1997; Toranto 1990; Oneal et al 2011; Spitznagle et al 2007. 2. Spitznagle TM, Leong FC, Van Dillen LR. Prevalence of diastasis recti abdominis in urogynecological patient population. Uroggynecolo J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2007; 18:321-8. via http://www.corerestorephysio.com/the-core/

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