Diastasis Recti is the medical term for separation of your belly muscles, or abdomen. It is characterized by seeing your skin “puff out” along the midline of your belly. It is common after pregnancy, change in weight or after heavy lifting.
Can it get better or do I need surgery?
The good news is that many people improve with conservative management, which includes Physical therapy! If Physical Therpay doesn’t help, your MD may recommend surgery
What should I expect in a PT evaluation for Diastasis Recti?
Your Physical Therapist (PT) will check your back and stomach muscles for strength, range of motion (ROM) and separations. If you do have a separation of your abdomen wall, your PT will measure it during your initial evaluation/consult so that you can see your progress.
What does PT treatment for Diastasis Recti look like?
Your PT will design an individualized program just for you! This will be based on your initial consultation/evaluation and may include approximation exercises, progressive abdominal strengthening and progression of activities.