What is Diastasis Recti?
Diastasis Recit is an unnatural stretching/thinning of the connective tissue called the Linea Alba. The Linea Alba is what I like to call the Grand Central Station of the core. It is where the major core muscles (Rectus Abdominis, External Obliques, Internal Obliques, and Transverse Abdominis) all attach creating this precious fibrous sheet of connective tissue which runs down the midline of the abdomen from the xiphoid to the pubic bone.
There are different severities of Diastasis Rectus (DR). The width of the separation and the depth of the separation are used to measure the severity. Most women are more concerned with width and want to close the gap, but depth is actually more important, because the deeper the DR is the more tissue damage has been done. It is most commonly noticed after having babies however, DR can occur in anyone, it does not discriminate!! Diastasis Recti is actually a whole life, whole body issue that presents its self once the tissue load has reached its capacity....Something has to give. Your life long daily habits creates (ideal or non ideal) loads on the body. When you do not regulate your intra abdominal pressure you create imbalances. What shows up, DR, prolapse, & hernias (Inguinal, Umbilical, or Hiatal).
Can you heal Diastasis without surgery?
The majority of people can definitely heal a diastasis naturally without invasive procedures like surgery (there are those rare cases where the tissue damage is too extensive to heal naturally and surgery is needed).
The reason we have a Diastasis or a pelvic floor dysfunction becomes very individualized and it takes a little bit of detective work to pin point the cause. For example Sally who has DR might be a shallow breather with an Anterior Pelvic Tilt (APT) while Jane who also has DR has good pelvic alignment but a super tight chest (years and years of computer work) causing her to have a kyphosis (a hunch back) so to fix the looks of it, Jane became a rib thruster, therefore disrupting the balance of the rib cage by pulling it forward and taking muscles with it (where ever the rib cage goes, so do the muscles). So you can see we would need to correct these individual imbalances for you to have a success with healing your DR. Remember, diastasis doesn't just happen over night, it is a life long movement pattern you've adopted, but you can fix it!!!