Diastasis recti abdominis (DRA) is the widening or separation of the rectus abdominus muscles (6 pack muscles) due to laxity and stretching of the connective tissue (linea alba) that holds them together.
Place your finger between your sternum and your belly button and lift up your head. A properly functioning 3-dimensional core will feel stable and firm throughout the entire mid-section (fig 1), while those with Diastasis Recti might feel squishy, weak, or pushed out (fig 2).
The single most important thing for DRA recovery is being mindful of your posture and body mechanics with everyday activities. The cumulative stress we may place on an already compromised tissue (pressure against the abdominal wall) through poor posture and faulty body mechanics can make a DRA worse! Learning how to activate your deep abdominals for improved abdominal and pelvic girdle stability throughout the day is essential.
Can you safely and effectively contract your abdominal muscles? Real Time Ultrasound provides a window into how your pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles (the inner core) are functioning. Knowing more about your inner core is key to the treatment and prevention of Diastasis Recti.
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