Diastasis Recti Abdominus (DRA) is gaining a lot of media attention these days. It is characterized by a larger than normal separation between the vertical abdominal muscles (rectus abdominus, or “six pack”). It occurs during pregnancy to allow the abdomen to accommodate the growing fetus and change in organ position.
There seems to be greater concern over the condition after pregnancy due to changes in abdominal shape, tension, and function. For many, the condition is accompanied by pain in the back or hips, bloating and digestion complaints, and other postpartum body changes. It can also cause fear to return to movement/exercise which can contribute to the previously described symptoms.
In most cases, DRA is a sign of abdominal weakness, poor pressure management, and altered muscle coordination. In treatment we address movement and breathing strategies, how to properly distribute intra-abdominal pressure, and postural modifications to get you moving on day one.
At Gaia Women’s Physical Therapy and Wellness we do all this with a steady introduction and progression of core and total body exercise based on your movement desires.