Misconception: Diastasis Recti is healed when there is zero separation left
Truth: Let’s do a very brief anatomy lesson- your rectus muscles are not 1 single muscle. They are two separate muscles. You have a right rectus muscle and a left rectus muscle that are held together by connective tissue (this goes back to truth bomb #1 and how your muscles do not tear with DR). No one actually has ‘zero separation’ because that is not how we are anatomically. When muscles are functional and connective tissue is firm and strong, it can feel like there is no separation, even though there technically is. Having a ‘1 finger’ or ‘2 finger’ separation can be completely normal. This is all relative to each individual. If someone has always had a 2 finger separation between their rectus muscles, got pregnant and had a baby, then read about DR and feel they have a 2 finger separation… is that really a diastasis to be concerned about?
There is so much more to diastasis recti recovery than just simply the width between rectus muscles. What issues and symptoms do you have? How is the connective tissue down the midline? Someone who has a 2 finger separation with no issues and has strength and function vs someone who has a 2 finger separation with urinary leakage, back pain, and doming in the core are in two different categories although if you were to just look at separation between the rectus muscles they would both technically be in the ‘diastasis recti’ category.
Are you starting to see the bigger picture? I hope so! So no, DR is not healed when there is NO separation left. DR is healed when the core is functional, strong, and you have no symptoms that are getting in the way of you living your life!