Recti Divarication

Our woman’s health physiotherapist, Noelia Mendoza shares some information about this condition that can affect woman after pregnancy…

The recti divarication, also called diastasis rectus or separation of the abdominal wall, occurs when the rectus abdominis muscle separates during pregnancy and they do not come back to their correct position 4-8 weeks after the delivery. The abdominal muscles and ligaments stretch throughout pregnancy under the influence of the hormones progesterone and relaxin.

Recti divarication results in weakness in the abdominal or tummy muscles meaning they do not support the organs or stabilise the pelvis and lower back, causing pain and dysfunction.

HOW PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN HELP?

Your women’s health physiotherapist can help you assess the distance between the muscles and will teach you specific abdominal exercises to strengthen these muscles. The aim is to shorten in the muscles and close the gap between them.
Kinesiology tape and tubular bandage can help during intense activities to give you extra support.
Physiotherapy will teach you about precautions you should take during exercises as well as things to avoid that could prevent the recovery or even increase the separation.

WHAT IF THE RECTI DIVARICATION DOES NOT IMPROVE?

The gap will not get completely closed but up to 1’5-2’5 cm of separation is safe. If the separation does not improve then your physiotherapist will contact your GP to refer to a consultant who may consider surgery.

DEEP ABDOMINAL EXERCISES

Strength is key to improving symptoms to recti divarication – here are some exercises that your Physiotherapist might teach you to improve your symptoms.

If you’d like to book an appointment with Noelia our specialist woman’s health physiothearpy call the clinic today on 0118 9462299.