Abdominal separation (rectus diastasis) is a common condition which can occur in pregnant or post-partum women. The six pack muscle (rectus abdominis) is joined by the linea alba in the middle, but this stretches causing a gap between either side of the muscle. It often becomes more visible when doing a sit up or straining the abdominal muscles and it bulges upwards (doming). A small amount of widening of the mid-line occurs in all pregnancies but for many, the gap remains too wide post-partum and can cause problems.
Pilates has been shown to be an effective treatment for women who have abdominal separation. By working the deep core muscles, pilates is a safe way of helping to reduce this gap in the rectus abdominis muscle. Women who have had several children, carrying more than 1 child, have poor core strength or poor posture are at greater risk of abdominal separation.
Its also important for pregnant women to remember that this can be prevented by doing pre natal pilates and NOT over-straining the six pack muscle while pregnant but working the deep core muscles instead.
At Reform Physiotherapy and Pilates, Anne is a Chartered Physiotherapist with specialised training in pre/post natal pilates. She will ensure that you exercise safely and effectively to treat (or prevent) abdominal separation. Call 086 358 2911 to make an appointment.