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WHAT IS DIASTASIS RECTI?
The Rectus Abdominis muscle is the vertical one that runs from breastbone to pubic bone and shows as a 6 pack… if you have a 6 pack. DIASTASIS RECTI refers to what happens when this muscle stretches and weakens at its connective midline.
This connective tissue also known as Linea Alba is stretched as the 2 parts of muscle move farther apart.
All of your ab muscles meet at this connective midline, so when the outer Rectus muscle separates, it takes the fascial meeting point of the entire abdominal muscular wall with it.
The result is that your back and your organs are no longer supported, causing low back pain and a pronounced tummy.
WHAT DOES A DIASTASIS LOOK + FEEL LIKE?
Your organs may protrude through the gap, as only this thin layer of connective tissue supports them. This may appear as a cone shape, a ‘bread loaf’ shape or as a protruding, pregnant looking belly. You’ll notice this most when you come up from lying flat on your back.
Your belly button may pop out, instead of in. Your stomach will bulge more when your digestive system is full of food, gas or a bit of both, and so many women find it appears to get progressively worse throughout the day. A severe diastasis may reveal a ‘pulsing’ of your digestive system working underneath.
You may have back pain, especially when lifting, as your spine is bearing all the weight of your body, it may feel vulnerable or tender to the touch, and it will be most pronounced of all when you attempt a crunch type movement or get up from a lying or low position on your back.