Diastasis Recti Self-Check
Diastasis recti self-check: Belly pooch? Muffin top? Mummy tummy? There are so many names people have come up with, but the condition is real. And it can also affect men or women who have never had any children. The condition that I am referring to is called Diastasis Recti Abdominis, also known as Diastasis Recti.
What is Diastasis Recti?
In medical terms, Diastasis Recti is the separation between the two bellies of the rectus abdominis at the linea alba, so it’s basically your inner ab muscles separating from each other. Some women notice it early on, some don’t even realize they’ve been suffering from the condition for years!
Not many people (including healthcare providers) address the issue or possibility of having diastasis recti, so checking yourself is especially useful.
This condition occurs in many women during pregnancy and after delivery, however, it can also occur in men, women who have never had children before, and even in children. The main cause of diastasis recti for men or women who haven’t had children is if they have been obese or if they were training or doing workouts incorrectly. The good news is that in most cases, diastasis recti can be fixed without surgery.
How to Check
Here is a simple way to check if you have diastasis recti:
*Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor
*Place one hand behind your head, and the other on your abdomen
*Slightly lift your head and neck off the floor
*Press down on abdomen with two fingers as you lift your head, starting an inch or so above the belly button, at the belly button, then an inch or so below the belly button.
Note where your separations are and how large. If you have a finger gap of one finger or less, that is quite normal, anything two or more fingers indicates you have diastasis recti. Larger splits (four fingers or more) between the abdominal warrants a visit with a doctor or physician.
How to Repair
There are several home exercises that can assist in the healing of diastasis recti. There are also many exercises that can make this condition worse. With repairing diastasis recti, one of the most important functions of the exercises is posture and alignment.
Abdominal separation is resolved when either your muscles have pulled back together to less than two finger widths, or when you can feel that your midline has become strong and flexible. Once you reach this point, you will no longer feel a hole anywhere in your abdomen.
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