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HOW TO REPAIR DIASTASIS RECTI
Effective Diastasis Recti treatment is a whole body fix, not an isolated or ‘one’muscle’ one.
Excessive pressure is created when your body is not aligned correctly, so to fix a diastasis, as well as identifying, engaging and strengthening the right muscles deep in your abdomen and pelvis, you also need to re-align your body to relieve the pressure!
Isolated Pilates exercises, wrapping things around your waist or doing hundred of repetitions of any ‘abdominal exercises’ won’t work long term because they are simply addressing the symptoms not the cause. To focus just on ‘the gap’ is missing the point.
And it may not close completely. Which is OK, provided you have adjusted the pressure and strengthened the midline.
In the vast majority of cases, a diastasis can be narrowed without surgery, and it can always be improved by shifting your alignment and getting a core that functions.
Good nutrition is also vital to your body’s ability to heal and build collagen to re-strengthen the mid-line of a Diastasis.
Age, genetics + time passed since you had your baby are all relevant. This is healing, like any other healing process in your body, and many factors affect how efficiently or completely your body will heal.
SHOULD I USE A BINDER TO DRAW THE 2 SIDES TOGETHER?
MUTU System programs have never advocated splinting or binding to narrow the gap, and this has been borne out by very recent research from globally respected Physiotherapist Diane Lee.
[Lee D & Hodges PW, 2014] Closing the gap is not the holy grail – restoring function and tension to the midline of your trunk is.
MUTU System’s whole-body approach to restoring alignment and core function is the anatomically correct approach according to this research.
MUTU System programs are endorsed by pelvic physical therapists and physio’s worldwide as safe and effective for healing a diastasis, as well as whole core and pelvic floor function.