Five Interesting Facts About ‘Rectus Diastasis’ Or ‘Abdominal Separation’

1. Rectus Diastasis / Separation / Abdominal Separation occurs in pregnancy and refers to the increase in distance between the two bellies of the Rectus Abdominus muscle.

2. Research has demonstrated an incidence rate between 70-100% for Rectus Diastasis.

3. Women most commonly experience discomfort in the 2nd and 3rd trimester along the midline of the Rectus Abdominus due to the increased stretch of both the abdominals and the connective tissue between the two bellies of the Rectus Abdominus.

4. Abdominal support devices (such as Tubigrip, Recovery Shorts or Abdominal Binders) are encouraged post-natally for those women with large separations, particularly those with > 4 fingers or 50mm widths.

5. Appropriate exercises and advice prescribed by your Women’s Health Physiotherapist are an important part of recovery to help with abdominal separation through knowing what and what not to do. Abdominal crunches have been shown by research to be an appropriate exercise post-natally if there is a narrowing of the connective tissue between the two bellies of the Rectus Abdominus when examined.

If you are pre- or post-natal and would like your Rectus Diastasis checked comprehensively then come and see Bonnie, our Women’s Health Physiotherapist at Bend + Mend Physiotherapy in Sydney’s CBD.


Bonnie Broomfield

About Bonnie Broomfield

Bonnie graduated in 2013 from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Masters of Physiotherapy. Born and raised in Sydney, she loves her sport, particularly Netball, and is always keen to try new sports and other outdoor activities - her latest being Golf with her Golf Pro fiancé. Bonnie has a special interest in Women's Health and has completed post graduate courses through the Women's Health Training Associates (WHTA). Bonnie has also progressed her learning and skills with courses in Clinical Pilates, including Matwork, Equipment and Pre and Post Natal Pilates, Titleist Performance Institute Certification Level 1, Sports Level 1 and Dry Needling. She is passionate about helping people get back in control of their own bodies and reach their goals through using both manual therapy techniques and exercise.

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