Diastasis Recti – Is surgery the only treatment?
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been contacted by moms who’ve read or been told that exercise won’t do anything to treat diastasis recti and surgery is the only treatment option. One important part of my job as a perinatal exercise specialist is to correct misinformation and educate moms on how to safely and effective use exercise to reach their health and fitness goals. Treating diastasis recti is one topic in particular that I regularly talk to concerned moms about and get the opportunity to teach them exercise-based, non-surgical treatment options.
The good news is that for the large majority of moms with diastasis recti, the separation CAN be corrected with simple recovery exercises and a few lifestyle modifications. The exercise-based option does require commitment for a few weeks on the mom’s part. It’s not an overnight fix but it IS A FIX that is simple to implement.
A little background in case you’re not familiar with diastasis recti. Diastasis recti is a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle that can occur during pregnancy or delivery. Most women with this separation notice it at some point after delivering and describe it as a “bulge” or “gap” in the abdominal area.
Diastasis recti in and of itself is usually painless, but it often leads to back pain as the abdominal muscles are lacking in strength and aren’t fully able to do their job of stabilizing the spine. The back pain might not trigger a new mom to think something else is going on, as many new moms complain of back pain, regardless of whether or not they have diastasis recti. As an aside, there are many exercise options to help moms with back pain…check out this post for information.
I encourage all new moms to check themselves for diastasis recti and in the event that a separation is present, take the necessary steps to correct the separation. The video below will show you how to check yourself for diastasis recti. If you find that you have a separation, contact us to get started on correcting it. One main thing that sets us apart from online diastasis recti correction techniques is that we personalize every single recovery program. Every mom is different and often can’t get the separation corrected with a one-size-fits-all program. Or, moms using these online programs might temporarily resolve the issue but after stopping, find that the separation returns. We give our moms a maintenance plan so they know how to keep the separation from returning.