Ever wonder why you seem to have developed a diastasis recti postpartum after sailing through pregnancy intact?

Author: Carolyne Anthony

One reason may be if you have had a C-section.

A C Section, whether emergency or planned, can have an adverse effect on the fascia of the linea alba (the midline between the rectus abdominus). The fascia connecting into the top of the pelvis is cut, resulting in the effect of the fascial line through the anterior abdominal wall, pelvic floor and posterior abdominal wall “giving”. This may cause a DR either below the navel or above the navel. 

Can this heal? In most cases, yes. In some extreme cases, surgery may be necessary. With C sections as with any surgery, time must be allowed for the body to heal. In this respect the healing will include scar tissue formation. This is normal and should not be released too soon. However, it is important to have the adhesions from surgery released at some point, as these can cause restrictions through the fascial system and could ultimately lead to a misalignment of the muscular system. This in turn may create an environment necessary for a DR to occur.

Once again, it is imperative to seek out professionals who are trained in some aspect of the rehabilitation of diastasis recti. These professionals can range from your exercise instructor, your nutritionist, your therapist, your doctor and mainly your women’s health physiotherapist. DR is a whole body mind experience and concentrating on just the exercise portion may not yield results you want.

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