Repairing a Diastasis Recti or Postpartum Diastasis of the Rectus Abdominal Muscle
Q:What IS Diastasis Recti (DR)?
A: Diastasis Recti, also referred to as Divarication of the Recti or Rectus Distension, is the widening of the gap between the 2 sections of the Rectus Abdominis (or 6 pack) abdominal muscle at the Linea Alba (mid-line connective tissue) at the front of the abdomen.
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Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD), also referred to as Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) describes pain in the joints that make up your pelvis. They include the symphysis pubis joint (SPJ) at the front +/or the sacroiliac joints (SIJ) at the back. The result is pain felt across the front or back of the pelvis, which can range from mild discomfort to severe pain.
If your SPD / PGP is causing you pain, … [Read More...]
Exercise after c-section: What got cut? What does it mean for the strength + the look of your tummy? What exercises will help + how soon can you start?
What Happened In There?
Just because lots (that's millions) of women have a c-section, that doesn't mean it's not major surgery. Don't underestimate the physiological trauma your body has undergone, + don't let anyone make you feel like it's no … [Read More...]
What are the Ten Best Ab Exercises for Moms who want to lose their mummy tummy for GOOD? Probablyly not the ones you’d expect! The traditional sit-up, crunch, or plank is NOT the best way to tone your abdominal muscles. For mums especially (even not-very-new mums), these ab exercises are a big no-no, on the basis that they push you out in all the places that you should be sucking in... + can make … [Read More...]
Searching for information on Diastasis Recti online, you are likely to find the MuTu® System website (that's this one!) as well as others.
There many physical therapists, physiotherapists, specialist trainers (+ surgeons!) providing useful information... the Internet is a big place! One question I am often asked is 'What's the difference?'
Important: This article is NOT an analysis or critique … [Read More...]
Diastasis Recti is the separation of the Rectus Abdominis (or 6 pack) abdominal muscle, as the Linea Alba (mid-line connective tissue) is stretched + weakened at the front of the abdomen.
This diastasis recti image shows what happens to your abdominal muscles when diastasis recti occurs.
Diastasis Recti occurs as a result of excessive intra-abdominal pressure or loading, + is common in the … [Read More...]
Your post-pregnancy body, even your very postpregnancy body, looks + feels different.
But when is different "normal" + how do you know when something is just not right?
Is your tummy supposed to look like that? Is going to the toilet supposed to feel like that? Is that always going to stick out / hurt / feel funny?
Firstly, more often than not, the childbirth part doesn't go quite as we … [Read More...]
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is not just for old ladies :( In fact it is estimated that 50% of women of childbearing age will experience some level of Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
Astonishing then that it is rarely discussed, frequently fobbed off as 'just the way it is after you have babies' or incorrectly attributed to being a direct result of pregnancy, old age or 'a weak pelvic floor'.
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What exercises will work to close a Diastasis Recti or abdominal separation? Many commonly prescribed exercises (even a number of Pilates moves) will actually make a diastasis recti WORSE, so you need to be very careful when exercising with a diastasis.
Cardio? A bit, to lose some extra flab maybe, but it won't address the root problem.
Pilates? You could certainly borrow a few core + … [Read More...]
Is there an average time it takes to lose your baby weight? If your youngest is at school, can you really still blame the jelly belly on your babies?
How long does the 'post natal' (or post partum if you're reading this in the middle of my night) bit last?
Well in my experience (+ my clients'), a correctly prescribed postnatal exercise programme will put your body back to where you want to … [Read More...]