Detecting Diastasis Recti; A Step, by Step Guide and the Role of Hypopressives
Diastasis recti which is the separation of the muscles known as rectus abdominis is an occurrence that often happens during and after pregnancy. If not addressed this condition can weaken the core and lead to issues. It is crucial to check for diastasis recti through a self assessment. In this article we will provide you with a step by step guide on how to check for diastasis recti and discuss the importance of both gap width and tension within the gap. Moreover we will explore how Hypopressives, an exercise technique can effectively strengthen this tissue and help restore core strength.
Checking for Diastasis RectiPositioning: To start, lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Find a position and let yourself relax.
Head and Shoulder Lift: Slowly raise your head with one hand while keeping your shoulders slightly off the ground. With your hand, use it to locate the midline.
Locating the Midline: Using your fingertips place them below and above your belly button along the midline of your abdomen. Gently press down while feeling for any gaps or changes in tissue.
Checking for diastasis recti: Start by placing your fingers along the midline and feel if there is any gap between the muscles. Slowly move your fingers both below and above your belly button repeating this process a few times. Pay attention to how narrow or wide the gap feels between the muscles.
The width of the gap is a factor in diagnosing diastasis recti. If the gap measures 2.5 fingers or more in width it is typically classified as diastasis recti. However it's essential to consider the tension in the tissue as this is also a key indicator of diastasis recti.
Tension in the connective tissue: Not only the width but also the tension in the connective tissue matters. If you can press your fingers into that midline area without encountering resistance it suggests weaker connective tissue and muscle tension which may indicate diastasis recti.
Understanding Gap Width and Tension
The width of a diastasis recti is a factor when assessing its severity.
A gap more than 2.5 fingers in width indicates a diastasis recti that
requires attention and specific exercises to improve muscle strength and
support for the connective tissue.
However, equally important is the tension in the connective tissue. Weak or loose connective tissue allows for deeper sinking of fingers into the midline, signalling an inability to provide proper support to the abdominal muscles.
The use of Hypopressives in the rehabilitation of Diastasis RectiHypopressives, a specialised exercise technique, offer an effective approach to rehabilitate and strengthen the connective tissue affected by diastasis recti.
Hypopressives is a combination of breathing exercises and body positions that focus on how the body restores itself from the inside. These postpartum pelvic floor exercises work by lowering intra-abdominal pressure, building core strength from the inside out, and strengthening muscles like the pelvic floor and transversus abdominis.
The vacuum effect generated by this breathing technique not only activates the diaphragm but also engages key deep core muscles such as the transverse abdominis and pelvic floor muscles. Hypopressives help restore core competence and function by promoting the activation of the transverse abdominis and pelvic floor muscles.
Regular self-assessment for diastasis recti is essential, particularly for postnatal women. Understanding both the width and tension of the gap provides valuable information about the condition's severity.
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For the Hypopressives classes it is important that you learn the
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