First of all, sources have explained that diastasis recti is the separation of the rectus abdominis muscles (also known as the 6-pack muscles). This occurs when there is a disproportionate amount of tension and pressure within the abdomen. A lack of tension is a sign of the linea alba being stretched or damaged and an increase of pressure in the abdomen causes the abs to separate. RYC notes that this separation and core weakness can range from the pubic area to just below the ribcage.
Diastasis recti most commonly rids the core of strength and support. According to RYC, this can cause digestive issues, prolapse, urinary issues, and back pain. Furthering the discussion of symptoms, RYC notes that some of the most common symptoms of a diastasis recti may include: a bulge in the center of the belly, feeling of bloating or expansion in the core, pelvic floor issues in women, core muscle gaping, poor posture, and even constipation.
According to sources, some symptoms men or women may experience may not necessarily indicate the presence of a diastasis recti, yet, the presence of an abdominal bulge is one of the primary indicators of a diastasis recti. A bulge in the abdomen occurs as a result of the lack of support in the abdomen. Although at times unnoticeable in a resting state, the bulge can become more apparent during sit-ups or core exercises.
Although not entirely common with a diastasis recti, RYC does note that the presence of a diastasis recti may cause digestive issues such as bloating, food intolerances, stomach pain, and difficulty in having a bowel movement. One possible way to overcome such symptoms would be to resolve the diastasis recti. In RYC’s blog article, they note that some women notice resolved digestive issues once their diastasis recti has healed.
According to sources, there is a possibility for complications to arise with a diastasis recti. In a case such as this, surgery may be the only option for healing. However, RYC warns against pursuing surgery without going through a proper core restoration program. If after at least a year of corrective exercises does little or nothing toward healing your diastasis, it may be time to begin considering surgery as an option.
To learn more about diastasis recti and its symptoms, visit RYC’s website: https://restoreyourcore.com/learn/diastasis-recti
However, they do not leave their readers hopeless. Furthering the discussion, RYC addresses how treating diastasis recti should be done with functionality focused exercises and rehab while setting aside flat belly culture. Healing does take time and each person presents a different time frame for proper healing. Lauren states in her blog that:
“Many of my clients have completed my Restore Your Core program while still having a belly pooch, yet they have a functional core. Connective tissue heals slowly and each body heals differently. There is no universal way or magic trick to the way healing works. Although the success rate of a diastasis recti healing is high, it still takes time and dedication. Rehab is the best option for strengthening your core and regaining core function while also addressing any difficult symptoms you are experiencing.”