Understanding Diastasis Recti Symptoms
Understanding Diastasis Recti: A Holistic Approach to Healing
Simply put, it's when the connective tissue called Linea Alba that binds
the two halves of the Rectus Abdominis - the muscles making up your
"six-pack" - parts ways slightly. This is completely normal.
As a matter of fact, every single woman will experience some level
of this separation when she gives birth. It's part of the natural
journey of childbirth.
As your pregnancy progresses and your body makes room for your growing baby, the connective tissue nestled between your rectus abdominal muscles gets thinner.
After you've had your little bundle of joy, sometimes that separation between the muscles doesn't heal on its own. For a lot of new moms, this gap heals itself naturally. But for some women, the separation does not close, but instead stays that way for months or even years after they've given birth. This is what we refer to as Diastasis Recti.
Identifying the Symptoms
Here are a few Diastasis Recti symptoms to look out for:
- Your stomach has maintained a "pregnant" look long after delivery.
- A continuous ache in the lower back, often the result of the weakened state of the abdominal muscles.
- A distinct bulge or raised section that becomes visible every time an abdominal "crunch" or similar exertion is undertaken.
- The struggle to regain abdominal strength, despite engaging in dedicated exercises.
- Issues with the pelvic floor causing involuntary urinary leakage when coughing or sneezing.
Each of these can be a clear indicator of Diastasis Recti. Recognising these signs is the first step towards management and healing. Always consult with a healthcare professional if these symptoms appear.
Addressing Diastasis Recti Symptoms with Hypopressives
Hypopressives, a unique technique targeting core muscle toning and reducing
intra-abdominal pressure, can potentially reverse Diastasis Recti symptoms.
This approach focuses on holistic core rehabilitation, incorporating breathing,
core and back muscles, and postural control.
This practice, which enhances body-wide synergy, especially involving the pelvic floor muscles, can be highly effective for fixing Diastasis Recti.
It involves special breathing and postural techniques that stimulate key core muscles, strengthening the linea alba, and leading to a stronger, flatter core. Starting this journey can seem daunting, but with patience, consistency, and correct Hypopressive poses, notable improvements can be achieved. Mastering the apnea breathing technique is the first step, followed by introducing exercises to improve Diastasis Recti, such as Low Pressure Fitness poses.
The first step is mastering the Apnea technique. Simone will be on Zoom with you every
week - think of it as your personal guided tour through all the technique's steps,
with feedback thrown in to ensure you're on the right path. And don't worry if it
takes some time to get it right. Some clients, especially those with a bit more
tightness in their ribs and thoracic spine, might need a little extra patience.
And here's the golden rule - for impactful change, Simone recommends at least three 15 to 20-minute workouts per week. Consistency is your best friend on this journey towards wellness.
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