Chiropractic & Physiotherapy

Diastasis Recti

Diastasis Recti is the partial or complete separation of the rectus abdominis, or “six-pack” muscles, which meet at the midline of your stomach. Diastasis recti is very common during and following pregnancy. This is because the uterus stretches the muscles in the abdomen to accommodate the growing baby. This condition varies each time with each individual and is vital to keep it in check to prevent other complications that may arise.

Another method to diagnose Diastasis Recti would be heading over to your primary care physician, OBGYN, physical therapist for a definitive diagnosis. Confirmation of rectus diastasis can be made using computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging, or ultrasound but these tests are usually not necessary.

What are the types of treatment?

Firstly, Diastasis Recti usually resolves on its own within the period of 6 to 12 months.  However, there are some treatment options that might help with a faster recovery. Most commonly, alternative treatments are prescribed. In some studies, preventative exercise protocols include walking and abdominal core strengthening or corrective exercise protocols that include core strengthening, aerobic activity, and neuro-muscular re-education is beneficial with closing the gap.

There are also various surgical methods that are prescribed according to the severity of the condition, and is usually based on the symptoms and physical findings. Many patients with diastasis recti will have discomfort at the level of the defect that is aggravated by movement. In addition, the appearance of the abdominal wall is noticeably distorted in patients with diastasis recti especially when there is contraction of the rectus abdominis muscles.

Over here at Healthworks, we have experienced chiropractors and physiotherapist to help you with this condition. If you have any questions regarding this article, feel free to contact us at or call/ WhatsApp us at 018- 982 8539.