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 later stages of pregnancy, particularly second or subsequent pregnancies. The ‘gap’ narrows naturally in the days & weeks following childbirth, but often doesn’t come back together completely on its own, resulting in instability & weakness of the core & a ‘pooch’ stomach or ‘mummy tummy’.
But the Rectus Abdominis is only 1 of 4 layers of abdominal muscles: the Transverse Abdominis (deepest muscle layer) the Interior & Exterior Obliques (next 2 layers) that form your waist, & then the Rectus Abdominis is on the outside.
Unfortunately when the 2 parts of the muscle separate as a result of this increased pressure, the connective mid-line is stretched & weakened as it takes all other muscular & fascial support structures along with it. This leaves the front of the abdomen unsupported & unstable.
Important: Diastasis Recti is a symptom of excessive intra abdominal pressure, the same state that creates other pelvic & abdominal problems including hernia & prolapse. DR should therefore be treated as part of an integrated program designed to restore, re-connect & then strengthen the entire core musculature, rather than be addressed in isolation (& rather than focussing only on ‘closing the gap’).
A diagram is always easier to understand – so MuTu System have created one that explains the condition of Diastasis Recti as simply but accurately as we can – I hope it helps!
*Please note that the above image is owned by & copyright of MuTu System (registered trademark) / mutusystem.com & so whilst you are welcome to use it on your blog website, it must remain in its complete form with accreditation. To discuss use in printed, off-line or any commercial materials, please contact us. Thank-you!