What is a Diastasis Recti?

A Diastasis is a separation of the abdominal wall.  This separation can leave you with a gap, resulting in a bulging belly near or around your belly button.

It is very common in women who have been pregnant due to their abdominal muscles being stretched outward within a short period of time. Many women feel that they still look pregnant several months after giving birth. This is the first sign that they may have a Diastasis Recti.

It is also very common in middle aged men. Men who believe they just have a "beer belly" may have an abdominal separation that is mimicking what a beer belly looks like. 

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What are the symptoms of a Diastasis Recti?

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  • A bulging tummy

  • low back pain

  • digestive problems

  • prostate issues

  • incontinence

  • organ prolapse

  • general weakness/soreness

  • hip pain

  • upper back pain

 

What causes a Diastasis Recti?

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  • chronic poor posture

  • incorrect breathing

  • bracing and bearing down during strenuous activity

  • crunches or sit ups

  • pregnancy