As a pelvic physiotherapist, I meet MANY women who are concerned about their bellies after giving birth. For most, it is the “appearance” of their abdomen that is the focus of their attention and for a greater number, they want nothing more than for me to help them “close the gap”! Being a woman and a mother of two…I understand the esthetics of the affectionately termed “mommy tummy” (hint: a woman will never feel affection from this label being used to describe their abdomen). And for many years, there was an eternal quest to “zip the zipper”.
Well ladies, in the words of Diane Lee (Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health), there has been a “world-wide paradigm shift” in how we treat women with diastasis recti. And “closing the gap” should not be the aim of therapy. Diastasis recti (DR) is the stretching of the midline found in between the abdominal muscles. It can result from pregnancy or improper use and loading of the abdominal muscles over time. Research has shown that there are no clear risk factors for DR and there are no “tricks” that can be done during pregnancy to prevent a DR from occurring.
The abdominal wall is an incredibly important part of our body’s “container” and poor function may result in low back pain, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, and incontinence. Just as a diastasis can look differently on different women, the treatment may also differ. The pelvic physiotherapists at The A Body In Motion Pelvic Physiotherapy Centre, have the skills and expertise necessary to treat you, and your DR, as an individual and help you achieve a functional core. Visit our website to learn more about us at www.abodyinmotion.ca.
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