What is Diastasis Recti and Why Should You Care?

What is Diastasis Recti and Why Should You Care? 2017-10-20T15:28:57+00:00

A diastasis recti is a separation of your abdominal muscles at the body’s center connection tissue line (called linea alba). The jobs of these muscles (called the rectus abdominals, oblique, and transverse muscles), are to support your back and your organs, stabilize you when sitting, standing, and during most of your large body movements. When one or more of these muscles are not firing properly or not being used on a regular basis, the other abdominal muscles and/or other muscles in the back need to do the work, which over strains those muscles. A diastasis can be closed on anyone at any time. It does not matter when you had your baby or even if you haven’t had a baby at all!

Closing a diastasis is all about healing the connective tissue (linea alba) and using functional movements that reduce the intra-abdominal pressure on the connective tissue. Intra-abdominal pressure movements put a continued stretch on the connective tissue, slowing down the healing process. Everyone’s connective tissue will heal at a different rate. Being successful in closing the gap and keeping it closed depends greatly on the condition of your connective tissue, the amount of intra-abdominal pressure movements you remove, and neurologically connecting with the cylinder of your body (the diaphragm, the transverse, and the pelvic floor). The weaker your connective tissue the longer it will take.

Everyone’s situation and lifestyles are different so these programs are designed to meet you where you are and more importantly, get you where you want to be!

All programs and workshops include six weeks of on-line education and exercise videos along with tracking and educational sheets. You will have 12 weeks access, so if you need 14 days in one or more of the weeks that’s fine.

Surgery should be your very last resort! If you decide on surgery, your abdomen should be strengthened beforehand to maintain the integrity of the sutures. The recovery from this surgery is very difficult.

The programs and exercises included in these programs do not replace the diagnosis or prescription given by a doctor. Before beginning this or any new exercise routine, check with an attending physician or OBGYN. If postpartum always follow up with a 6 week evaluation after giving birth. The Corrective Core Foundation and Prenatal Programs and Workshops are intended for healthy individuals. The content included in the programs, workshops, and this website are for informational purposes only and not to be taken as a diagnosis or treatment.