What is Diastasis Rectus Abdominis?
Diastasis Recti Abdominis (or DRA) is a condition in which the left and right bands of the abdomen separate. This occurs naturally during pregnancy as the abdominal muscle separate gradually to accommodate the growing baby. The resultant gap that occurs will shrink spontaneously in some women. But in others, the gap remains, resulting in a protrusion in the belly.
Consequences if Diastasis Rectus Abdominis is not corrected
If a DRA is not corrected, it may result in the following:
weak abdominal /core muscles
low back pain
stress incontinence (leakage of urine when you cough or sneeze)
abdominal hernia ( bulging of abdominal organs through the muscle wall)
How can physiotherapy treat Diastasis Rectus Abdominis?
Physiotherapy can certainly help to treat a DRA. The physiotherapist will assess the extent of the separation of the abdominal bands. A carefully planned core exercise programme, individually tailored to specific needs will be drawn up.
The physiotherapist will also guide in the safe progression of these exercises. Also important for DRA recovery is postural education, which includes advice on how to modify functional mobility patterns to facilitate healing and prevent further straining of the already weakened abdominal muscles.
The physiotherapist can also suggest postnatal advice related to baby and mother care, e;g. nappy changing, feeding/nursing positions).
Our physiotherapist, Magesh is incredibly experienced with women's health and has treated Diastasis Rectus Abdominis conditions.