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.
What are the symptoms of a Diastasis Recti?
A bulging tummy
low back pain
upper back pain
What causes a Diastasis Recti?
chronic poor posture
bracing and bearing down during strenuous activity
crunches or sit ups