Conditions We Treat

Diastasis Recti Abdominis

Description

Once you have had your baby your body should start to 'knit' back together, but in some cases it doesn't and you are left with a tummy gap, this is know as a Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA). DRA is the stretching of the Linea Alba (connective tissue) down the center of your Rectus Abdominis ('6-pack') muscle during pregnancy.

A DRA is due to the tightening, shortening and muscle imbalance of your rectus abdominis and surrounding abdominal muscles. It becomes a problem as it creates a weakness in your tummy muscles and core stability muscles. Therefore you are not strong enough or able to do the things you used to without pain or discomfort in your tummy, back or pelvic floor. Contrary to popular belief sit ups and crunches will make this worse.

Manual physiotherapy followed by an exercise program has been shown to help reduce the tummy gap and thus improve your strength and reduce pain. At Physiotherapy Ltd, after a thorough examination, we will be able to identify the cause of your DRA and why it has not healed. We will then provide a bespoke treatment plan to get you back to all of your activities.