According to RYC’s source covering diastasis recti testing, diastasis recti can be a difficult experience for many women to endure. Diastasis recti can be confusing and worrisome if you know very little about it. However, the people at Restore Your core are experienced movement therapists who have designed a program for women by women to ensure a knowledgeable and personal healing experience.
In their most recent source, RYC covers what is diastasis recti and how to test for it. Diastasis recti is a common abdominal separation of the 6-pack muscles. Although ranging from a minor to moderate separation in most cases, there are many symptoms and common factors that can help someone determine whether or not a diastasis recti may be present.
A diastasis recti may look different from person to person. RYC believes that each person presents their own difficulties regarding core health due to the uniqueness of body type and activity. However, when addressing what diastasis recti looks like, they have found some similarities. According to the source, a diastasis recti may present itself as an abdominal bulge or a stomach “pooch” that appears more commonly around the belly button, but can range from the pubic area to the base of the ribcage. Another common symptom of diastasis recti is a gap between the ab muscles – ranging from 2-10 finger widths in minor to severe cases.
Testing for a diastasis recti can be performed at home. RYC offers a simple explanation of how to test yourself, but recommends consulting with a physical therapist or a general practitioner in order to receive a conclusive assessment. The image above helps illustrate how a self-test might be performed. While lying on your back in a sit-up or crunch position, slowly lift your head (supporting it while your free hand) while keeping your fingers close to your belly button. As you rise, if you notice a gap inbetween your contracted muscles, RYC states that a DR is most likely present.
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Discovering the presence of a DR may be quite alarming. However, RYC offers a fantastic outline of how to prepare yourself for recovery and the necessary steps to take in order to close the gap. According to the source, pregnant women should consider proactive prehab and postpartum women should consider a mindful rehabilitation program. Regardless of gender, noticing a DR will both require rest and intelligent, mindful exercises and rehab in order to heal properly and for you to experience a lasting recovery.
Their program Restore Your Core, is designed to challenge your body in a healthy, helpful way while training your core to act functionally and correctly. RYC helps you recover in a personal and strategic way.