Diastasis recti is a condition that affects many people, especially women who have recently given birth. It is a condition where the rectus abdominis muscles (ie. The “abs”), which run down the front of the abdomen, separate. This separation can result in a bulge or a protruding belly, and it can also cause other complications such as back pain and poor posture. In this article, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for diastasis recti.
Causes of Diastasis Recti
Pregnancy, particularly numerous pregnancies or pregnancies that result in big infants, is the most frequent cause of diastasis recti. The expanding uterus presses against the abdominal muscles during pregnancy, causing them to strain, over-stretch and detach. Obesity, heredity, and certain activities that place too much stress on the abdominal muscles are other variables that might cause diastasis recti to develop.
Obesity is another common risk factor for diastasis recti because the excess weight can put excessive pressure on the abdominal muscles, causing them to weaken and separate. Genetics may also play a role in the development of diastasis recti, as some people may be born with weaker abdominal muscles that are more prone to separation.
Certain exercises, such as crunches and sit-ups, can also contribute to the development of diastasis recti by putting excessive strain on the abdominal muscles especially after the abdominal muscles have already been weakened by pregnancy etc.
Symptoms of Diastasis Recti
The most common symptom of diastasis recti is a bulge or protruding belly that doesn’t go away even after losing weight. Other symptoms may include lower back pain, poor posture, and constipation. Some people with diastasis recti may also experience urinary incontinence, due to weakening of the pelvic floor as well.
It’s important to note that not everyone with diastasis recti will experience symptoms. In fact, many people may not even be aware that they have the condition until it is diagnosed during a physical examination.
Diagnosing Diastasis Recti
Diagnosing diastasis recti involves a physical examination by a doctor. During the examination, the healthcare provider will check the distance between the rectus abdominis muscles and assess the severity of the separation. In some cases, an ultrasound or MRI scan may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.
It’s important to note that not all bulging bellies are caused by diastasis recti. Other conditions, such as a hernia or excess fat, can also cause a protruding belly. Therefore, it’s important to seek medical advice if you are experiencing symptoms such as a bulging belly or lower back pain.
Treatment for Diastasis Recti
Treatment for diastasis recti depends on the severity of the condition. In very mild cases, exercises that strengthen the abdominal muscles, such as pelvic tilts and Kegels, may be recommended. These exercises can help to improve muscle tone and reduce the size of the separation.
In more severe cases, surgery may be needed to repair the separation. During the surgery, the abdominal muscles/ ligaments are repositioned and stitched back together. However, surgery is usually only recommended for severe cases of diastasis recti that do not improve with non-surgical treatments.
Non-surgical treatments for diastasis recti are becoming increasingly popular, especially in Singapore. M Aesthetic Clinic offers MediSculpt, a non-surgical treatment for diastasis recti.
Medisculpt from Biotec Italia, is a non-surgical treatment that effectively targets Diastasis Recti, a common condition where the abdominal muscles separate during pregnancy or weight gain.
The treatment uses Focused Electro-Magnetic (EM) technology to stimulate deep muscle contractions and increase blood flow to the abdominal area, promoting muscle growth and strengthening.
With consistent treatment sessions, individuals can experience a reduction in the separation of their abdominal muscles and an improvement in core strength.
In addition to addressing diastasis recti, Medisculpt also helps individuals regain their body confidence. The treatment can improve the appearance of the abdomen, reduce excess fat and tighten loose skin, resulting in a more toned and contoured physique.
As a non-invasive procedure, there is no downtime required, allowing patients to return to their daily activities immediately following their treatment.
Prevention of Diastasis Recti
There are several things that you can do to prevent diastasis recti. Firstly, it is important to maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly to keep your abdominal muscles strong. If you are pregnant, it is important to practice good posture and avoid exercises that put excessive strain on the abdominal muscles, such as crunches and sit-ups. You should also avoid carrying heavy objects and be mindful of your movements during daily activities, such as getting in and out of bed or getting up from a chair.
Consultation with M Aesthetic Clinic
It’s crucial to get medical help if you have diastasis recti symptoms like a swollen tummy or lower back discomfort. A variety of non-surgical diastasis recti treatments are available at M Aesthetic Clinic to help strengthen and tighten your abdominal muscles. Our team of skilled healthcare specialists will collaborate with you to create a customised treatment plan that takes into account your particular requirements and objectives. Take the first step towards a healthier, more confident self by getting in touch with us right now to arrange a consultation.
In conclusion, diastasis recti is a common condition that can cause a range of symptoms, including a bulging belly and lower back pain. It is most commonly caused by pregnancy, but can also be caused by other factors such as obesity and genetics. Depending on the severity of the issue, diastasis recti may require surgery to heal the separation or strengthening workouts for the abdominal muscles.