Abdominal diastasis is relatively common and physiotherapy is very effective in reducing the gap. It is important that you seek advice early to maximise your recovery. At Physio.co.uk, there are specialist women’s health physiotherapists who will give you a comprehensive assessment and decide the best treatment options to suit you.
What are the causes of pregnancy related abdominal diastasis?
Although pregnancy related abdominal diastasis is common during pregnancy, there are a number of risk factors that may increase the chances of you experiencing it. Risk factors include:
- Older women
- Larger babies
- Greater weight gain
- Caesarean section
- Multiple pregnancies
- Having more than one baby at the same time (multiparity)
- Weak abdominal muscles
What is the physiotherapy treatment for pregnancy related abdominal diastasis?
There are a variety of treatment options for pregnancy related abdominal diastasis. Your physiotherapist at Physio.co.uk will work with you to decide the most appropriate physiotherapy programme to suit you. Physiotherapy treatment may include:
- An assessment of the size of the gap between the rectus abdominals (rectus check)
- Pelvic floor strengthening exercises
- Transverse abdominal strengthening exercises
- Advice on movements and exercises to avoid
- Gradual return to normal activities of daily living
- Provision of abdominal support if necessary
- Advice on positioning
- Progression of all strengthening exercises when appropriate
Pregnancy related abdominal diastasis is a condition in which the rectus abdominal muscle separates during pregnancy or labour. The main symptoms include pain, weakness and difficulty in carrying out your normal activities of daily living. The specialist physiotherapists at Physio.co.uk will provide you with a full assessment and treatment programme to optimise your recovery and prevent any further complications in the future. Please call Physio.co.uk on 0330 088 7800 to arrange an appointment today! You can also book appointments online