Diastasis Recti Treatment Singapore
Understanding Post-partum Diastasis Recti Body Conditions & Treatments
Diastasis Recti: Understanding the Condition & its Treatment
Diastasis recti is a common condition where the abdominal muscles separate along the midline, resulting in a widened space down the midline of the abdomen +/- a bulge in the middle of the belly. This separation is caused by the stretching of the connective tissue (linea alba) and the abdominal muscles. It is often seen in women after pregnancy.
However, it can also occur in men and non-pregnant women, especially those who have a rapid increase in weight or have been engaging in repetitive activities that put pressure on the abdominal muscles.
Causes of Diastasis Recti
Pregnancy: During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles, ligaments and skin stretch to accommodate the growing uterus, leading to a separation of the rectus abdominis muscles. The separation can range from minor to severe, and can persist even after delivery.
Other Risk Factors in pregnancy include:
- Having multiple pregnancies / having twins or more
- If the baby is heavier / larger
- Later age of pregnancy (> 35 years old)
- Weak abdominal muscles
- Vaginal delivery due to repeated increase in abdominal pressure during pushing
Rapid weight gain: When the abdominal muscles are subjected to rapid weight gain, they may become overstretched, leading to diastasis recti. This is more commonly seen in people who have undergone significant weight loss and gain over a short period.
Repetitive activities: Certain activities that put pressure on the abdominal muscles, such as heavy lifting, repetitive crunches, or pushing motions, can lead to diastasis recti.
Age: As people age, their muscles and connective tissues become weaker and less toned, making them more susceptible to diastasis recti.
Symptoms of Diastasis Recti
- A bulge or protrusion in the abdominal area
- A noticeable gap between the abdominal muscles
- Weakness or instability in the abdominal area
- Back pain due to instability of the abdominal wall
Diagnosing Diastasis Recti
Diastasis recti can be diagnosed through a physical examination, where the healthcare provider will check for a separation between the abdominal muscles.
A separation of more than 2 cm between the abdominal muscles is clinically diagnostic for Diastasis Recti.
When to seek professional help ?
If your Diastasis Recti persists for more than 8 weeks after pregnancy, it is unlikely that it will recover on its’ own and will require medical treatments to improve the condition.
Treatment of Diastasis Recti
Treatment for diastasis recti depends on the severity of the condition and the individual’s specific needs.
Targeting the deep Transversus Abdominis muscle is crucial in the treatment of Diastasis Recti as it helps to pull the abdominal muscles together thus narrowing the gap of Diastasis Recti.
Undergoing treatments such as the MediSculpt Body Slimming treatment is a non-surgical treatment that strengthens and tones the abdominal muscles (both deep and superficial), helping to close the gap caused by diastasis recti and restore the body to its pre-pregnancy shape.
The treatment uses Focused Electro-Magnetic (EM) technology to stimulate muscle contractions and increase blood flow to the abdominal area, promoting muscle growth and strengthening. With consistent treatment sessions, patients can experience a reduction in the separation of their abdominal muscles and an improvement in core strength.
Lifestyle modifications: Making changes to one’s lifestyle, such as losing weight, avoiding activities that put pressure on the abdominal muscles, and practising good posture, can help improve the condition and prevent it from worsening.
Prevention of Diastasis Recti
Diastasis recti can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding repetitive activities that put pressure on the abdominal muscles, and practising good posture.
– Heavy lifting
– Exercises that increase abdominal pressure: sit ups, crunches etc
The M-Aesthetic Difference
Here at M-Aesthetic Clinic, we utilise different treatments to target every single layer of tissue that has been affected by Diastasis Recti.
- Tightening of the overlying loose abdominal Skin
- Targeting the gain in Fat/ Adipose tissue
- Strengthening of the Abdominal muscles
- Strengthening of Pelvic Floor muscles
All these conditions are treated in the SAME session so as to maximise each session and so that results can be achieved in the quickest and most efficient manner.
There is no downtime and all our patients are able to resume normal activities immediately.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Diastasis Recti
Can diastasis recti be treated without surgery?
Yes, diastasis recti can often be treated without surgery through exercises that target the abdominal muscles. Treatments such as Medisculpt have been shown to be effective in treating diastasis recti.
When is surgery recommended for diastasis recti?
Surgery may be recommended in severe cases of diastasis recti where non-surgical treatments have not been effective.
Can diastasis recti cause any long-term health problems?
Untreated diastasis recti can cause long-term health problems such as chronic lower back pain, poor posture, and urinary incontinence. It can also lead to hernias or other complications if left untreated.
How long does it take to see results from diastasis recti treatment?
The time it takes to see results from diastasis recti treatment can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the type of treatment used. Non-surgical treatments such as physiotherapy and exercise can take months and even then results are often sub-optimal, while surgical treatments will require months of recovery time before results can be seen. Medisculpt Body Toning may require several sessions to achieve optimal results, with noticeable improvement usually seen after the first few sessions.