Diastasis screenings, c-section scars, and general core health: appointments available Nov. 11 from 9 to noon
“Diastasis” is a little bit of a scary word, especially among pregnant and postpartum people. We treat a lot of patients who are a little panicked when they see a coning or doming in their abdomen, but we don’t want you to be afraid! Diastasis is very common and also very treatable.
Though diastasis is most common in pregnant and postpartum people, it can also happen if you’ve had a significant change in weight, or if you participate in strenuous weight-lifting activity.
Join us for a special event on Saturday, November 11th, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., where you can schedule a 15-minute one-on-one meeting with one of Well + Core’s doctors of physical therapy. In just 15 minutes, we will check you for diastasis, give you information on proper breathing and supportive exercises, and discuss further treatment ONLY if necessary.
Understanding Diastasis Recti
What is Diastasis Recti?
Diastasis recti, often referred to as "abdominal separation," is a common condition that occurs when the two large parallel bands of muscles that run down the front of your abdomen, known as the rectus abdominis, separate. This separation creates a noticeable gap and can lead to various uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms.
Often a diastasis has a visible doming or coning look down the center of your abdomen, though sometimes it’s not as noticeable.
Who Can Get Diastasis Recti?
While diastasis recti is often associated with pregnant women, it can affect anyone. Pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss, heavy lifting, and improper exercise techniques are some common causes. Even men can develop diastasis recti, particularly if they engage in activities that put excess strain on their abdominal muscles.
Recognizing the Side Effects
Diastasis recti can manifest in various ways and lead to several distressing side effects:
Bulging Abdomen: A visible protrusion in the abdominal area, which can be especially prominent during activities like sitting up or standing.
Lower Back Pain: Weakened abdominal muscles can lead to increased stress on the lower back, causing discomfort and pain.
Digestive Issues: Diastasis recti may affect core stability, leading to digestive problems and bloating.
Poor Posture: A weakened core can result in poor posture, which can lead to further discomfort and even injuries.
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: Diastasis recti is often associated with pelvic floor issues, such as incontinence and prolapse.
The Importance of Treating Diastasis Recti
Treating diastasis recti is essential for several reasons:
Pain Relief: Correcting diastasis recti can significantly reduce or even eliminate discomfort, including back pain.
Improved Core Strength: Restoring core strength enhances overall stability, balance, and posture.
Enhanced Quality of Life: Addressing diastasis recti can lead to improved confidence and a higher quality of life.
Preventing Complications: Neglecting diastasis recti can lead to further complications, including hernias, that may require surgical intervention.
Why Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists Are Uniquely Qualified
When it comes to the screening and treatment of diastasis recti, the expertise of a pelvic floor physical therapist is invaluable. We possess specialized training and skills that make us uniquely qualified for addressing diastasis recti and related issues. Here's why we stand out:
In-Depth Knowledge: Pelvic floor physical therapists have an extensive understanding of the complex interactions between the abdominal muscles, pelvic floor, and core. This knowledge allows us to comprehensively assess a diastasis and its impact on pelvic health.
Holistic Approach: We take a holistic approach to your well-being, considering not only the diastasis itself but also any associated pelvic floor concerns. This ensures that your entire core system is evaluated and treated.
Specialized Techniques: We employ specialized techniques and exercises tailored to your specific needs. These techniques are designed to restore core strength and balance while addressing any associated pelvic floor dysfunction.
One-on-One Attention: Just like the upcoming event, pelvic floor physical therapists provide one-on-one attention. This personalized care allows for an accurate assessment of your condition and the development of a personalized treatment plan.
Non-Invasive Solutions: Many individuals prefer non-invasive approaches to healthcare, and pelvic floor physical therapists excel in providing non-surgical solutions for a diastasis. We focus on improving your condition without the need for invasive procedures.
Preventative Measures: Beyond treatment, pelvic floor therapists educate patients on preventive measures and lifestyle changes that can maintain core health in the long run. This proactive approach can help you avoid future issues.
By seeking the expertise of a pelvic floor physical therapist, you can be confident that you are in the hands of a professional who not only understands diastasis recti but also considers its impact on your overall pelvic and core health. Our unique qualifications and commitment to personalized care make us an ideal choice for those seeking to address diastasis recti and its related concerns. Don't miss the opportunity to consult with one of our pelvic floor physical therapists at our upcoming event on November 11th, 2023.
Join Us on November 11th
Schedule a 15-minute one-on-one session with a skilled physical therapy doctor to screen for a diastasis. During your session, you'll find out if you have diastasis, learn core contraction techniques, and receive guidance on basic exercises. If further treatment is needed, we will help you develop a personalized plan for a healthier, pain-free future.
Taking control of your core health is a vital step toward a more comfortable and fulfilling life. We're here to provide you with the knowledge and resources to help you on your journey. Join us on November 11th, 2023, and let's make a positive change together. Your well-being is worth it!