According to RYC’s most recent blog regarding what is diastasis recti, they address the stages of a diastasis recti, the causes of a DR, how and who most likely develops it, and various options in learning how to take steps to potentially prevent a DR, how to test for it, and how to safely and effectively treat core issues.
According to the source, diastasis recti is a core muscle separation issue. It occurs as a result of the connective tissues in the midline of the core becoming weak, stretched, or damage which allows for the abs (6-pack) muscles to become separated. This leaves a noticeable gap in the midline of the core. This can happen in both men and women and can be easier to notice during core exercises.
RYC desires to separate the occurrence of diastasis recti from only being understood as a gender-specific issue. In fact, according to their learn hub, it is not uncommon for athletes, bodybuilders, and even those who are inactive to develop a diastasis rectus. RYC explains that this is a result of either overly toned abdominal muscles, or due to increased pressure within the belly causing the core tissues and muscles to become weak.
Although diastasis recti is not a gender-specific issue, RYC has noticed a greater inclination for postpartum women to develop a diastasis recti. This, they believe, could be a result of the core weakening and expanding while childbearing, the rapid gain and loss of weight carrying and birthing the child, and the substantial amount of increased pressure the woman’s abdomen undergoes. This, however, RYC wants to make clear, is completely natural. All pregnant and postpartum women will experience ab separation and connective tissue stretching during and after their pregnancy, however, if the separation continues to be present for an extended period of time it is considered a diastasis recti.
To learn more about diastasis recti and RYC, visit their website: https://restoreyourcore.com/learn/diastasis-recti
The representatives of Restore Your Core encourage their readers by stating that developing a diastasis recti can be prevented as well as easily treated with mindful exercise and bodily awareness. According to the source, engaging your core in a mindful and safe way, practicing healthy breathing patterns, good posture, and freeing the abdomen of unnecessary pressure are beneficial ways to help protect and maintain a healthy, functional core.
Treatment for a diastasis can be found through their program Restore Your Core. RYC offers a 3-month program that covers the basics of postural awareness, helpful exercises to encourage and regain a function core, and more information on what diastasis recti is, how it develops, and how to protect your body while pursuing a healthy and active lifestyle.