Diastasis Recti: What is it?

Diastasis recti is a separation of your outermost abdominal muscles . A diastasis is caused by continuous stretching of the connective tissue. This stretching can be caused by pregnancy, certain exercises that can increase your abdominal pressure like pilates or crunches, any activities where you can arch your back, weight gain primarily in the abdominal area, or abdominal surgery.

What is the function of my abdominal muscles?

The main job of these muscles is support of your back and organs. Running down the center of the recti muscle is your connective tissue or linea alba. The function of the linea alba is to maintain the recti muscle at a certain proximity to each other. In the case of long-lasting increased intra-abdominal pressure, the linea alba widens and stretches becoming a clear transparent film, resembling saran wrap. If you have a diastasis, your recti muscle is weak and open and your connective tissue is stretched resulting in your organs being held in by thin, weak saran wrap like connective tissue. In order to properly support your back and organs your recti muscle and connective tissue must be brought back together and strengthen.

How do I know if I have it?

Do you suffer from any of the following problems?

  • Urinary incontinence with any activity
  • Lower belly pooch you just can’t seem to get rid of
  • Still look pregnant (when you aren’t)
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Have an outie belly button when it was once an innie
  • Multiple pregnancies (Diastasis can get larger with each pregnancy which is why you look pregnant faster after the first pregnancy)
  • Lower back pain you can’t seem to fix.
  • a foot ball like bulge when you lift your head off the floor
  • Constipation, bloating with eating or GI issues.

If you said yes to any of these then you could have a diastasis! Sign up now for a Free Belly check

How can I fix it?

Rehabiliation of your diastasis non surgically can be possible no matter what stage you are in. ZipCore is proud to be offering Tupler Technique® program. This is a research based program that can strength and flatten your stomach non surgically.

During this program:

Because no two people are the same, neither are your health needs. On the first visit, I will work with you to give you an individualized plan that best suits you.

The Tupler Technique® program has proven that the Tuplar researched binder approximating the recti muscle helps to increase blood flow and repair the connective tissue. During your initial visit, you will be correctly fitted and shown how to put on your splint safely and accurately.

You will be guided and supported through a week by week program to teach you how to safely protect your connective tissue and abdominal muscles so you can go about all your activities of daily living and in week 6 you will be guided how to safely restart your exercise program.

You will also learn a series of isometric seated exercises to safely engage and strengthen your transverse muscle. With a closed recti muscle and healed connective tissue, and you no longer need the binder these exercises will ensure that your recti muscle and connective tissue stays closed and strong.

You will meet with me every three weeks to document your progress, learn different isometric exercises to be able to fine tune areas of your muscles to strengthen as you advance with the program. I will also answer any questions you may have. During the times we are not meeting, you will be supported and coached every step of the way via text, email or calls.

You will start to see results within the first 3 weeks!!