Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA): Mind the Gap

June 10, 2019

Diastasis Recti also known as DRA and often referred to as “Mommy Tummy” has been a hot topic so I will share some insight with you.

DRA is when the rectus abdominis muscles widen at the linea alba, which is the midline of your 6 pack muscles. If there is a 2 finger or greater width/gap then this is classified as DRA. This can occur above, below and at the level of your belly button and can be mild, moderate or severe.

Recent evidence suggest that this happens in 100% of pregnant women, as the abdominal muscles are stretching to accommodate the growing baby and this is normal and healthy during pregnancy.

Majority of women will have spontaneous recovery of DRA within the first 6-8 weeks post partum, however it can take some women several months to heal. Women with DRA have an imbalance with their posture and/or pressure system. So while examining for DRA you must look at posture and pressure to effectively heal your DRA.

To assess your DRA you want to examine the width, the depth, length, and tension. The tension (muscle activation) is the most important factor to look at and is more important than the gap, or width of your DRA.

You need to generate sufficient muscle tension and power in your core to be able to support your body for your daily activities. If you notice a gap or doming in your abdominal wall, experience back pain, or you are not able to perform your pre pregnancy activities then seek the help of a women’s health/pelvic health physiotherapist to guide you on your healing journey.

Have other questions? Send me a message or email 🙂

Sherry xo

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