Rectus diastasis refers to the separation between the two sides of the rectus abdominal muscle which runs down your stomach from your breastbone to your pubic bone. During pregnancy, these muscles are stretched to accommodate the growing baby. This can cause the two sides of the muscles to pull apart creating a softening or “gap”. Ladies may notice a bulge, or ridge along their midline when doing activities that use the abdominal muscles such as sitting up out of bed. Alternatively, your midwife or obstetrician may perform a specific assessment of your stomach to diagnose the rectus diastasis.
If you have noticed a separation in your abdominal wall whilst pregnant or after giving birth, physiotherapy can help. A tailored exercise program along with specific advice on caring for your abdomen can reduce your rectus diastasis and improve your core strength.
Book in with Lauren at Tyack Health today. Call 3249 5333 to make an appointment.