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Healing a Diastasis

So now that we have spoken about what a Diastasis is, we have figured out how to measure it, lets see what we can do about it…. I approach this differently with each client depending on their abilities, their fitness levels, what they did prior to pregnancy and what they are looking to do fitness wise going forward. You also want to take into consideration any other pelvic floor problems and address them one at a time.

So, firstly – what not to do: Heavy Weightlifting – front squats, back squats – heavy weighted movements that place a lot of pressure down the front of your stomach. Situps, crunches, planks, pull ups, toes to bar etc – again, movements that require a lot of core strength to do, and place pressure down the front of your stomach. In short, movements that when preformed cause the internal pressure of your stomach to push outwards – thus opening the Diastasis. These movements are counterproductive to closing the gap.

So what can I do? Remember everyone’s symptoms are different, so the approach for one, wont be the same for another…. But you have some great options. Gentle anti-rotational exercises, breathing work, core work that targets the transverse abdominal muscles, offset movements that engage your core (suitcase carries, waiters walks etc)

For more information just ask…

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