Diastasis recti is a condition in which the connective tissue between your abdominal muscles stretches and separates. If you have abdominal pain due to diastasis recti, Oluwayeni Abraham, PT, DPT, and Josephine Duncan, PT, at Triggered Physical Therapy in Arlington and Ft. Worth, Texas, can help. They offer specialized physical therapy treatments to help the tissues heal and relieve your symptoms. Call to find out more or book an appointment online today.
Diastasis recti is a common disorder affecting the abdominal muscles that many women develop during their childbearing years.
As a baby grows within you, your uterus expands, putting stress on the surrounding muscles. The main abdominal muscle — the rectus abdominis — has two sides divided by the linea alba, a thick piece of connective tissue.
Sometimes the way your uterus expands during pregnancy weakens and stretches the linea alba, resulting in separation of the right and left sides of your rectus abdominis muscle. This is diastasis recti.
Diastasis recti is most likely to develop during your second or third trimester when fetal growth is most rapid.
Diastasis recti symptoms include:
You may also develop pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, resulting in problems like incontinence.
Your abdominal muscles provide postural support, play a role in movement and breathing, and help protect your internal organs. Weakness, discomfort, and postural changes resulting from diastasis recti could have a significant impact on your quality of life and affect your ability to care for a new baby.
Physical therapy helps relieve your diastasis recti symptoms and improve muscle function. Triggered Physical Therapy creates a personalized treatment plan for you that may contain:
Postural control is key when treating diastasis recti pain. Your physical therapist helps you learn to stabilize your core using other muscles, such as your pelvic floor and the transverse abdominis, and avoid overusing your rectus abdominis muscle.
Some of your muscles may tighten when others weaken. Stretching exercises help you ease tension in those stiff or knotted muscles.
You might benefit from taping or bracing your lower back and abdomen to support your muscles during the early stages of treatment.
The team at Triggered Physical Therapy can also show you what exercises are safe and those, like crunches and sit-ups, that aren’t.
Triggered Physical Therapy specializes in treating disorders of the pelvic region and helping women recover from childbirth. If you have symptoms of diastasis recti, call the office or book an appointment online today.