Diastasis Recti

electromagnetic therapy for Diastasis Recti

Diastasis Recti or known as DR is defined as a gap larger than 2.7cm or a gap of about 3 fingers between the two sides of the rectus abdominis muscle. This is caused by the stretching of a connective collagen sheath and most frequently occurs in pregnant or postpartum women.

During pregnancy, the growing uterus stretches the rectus abdominis and leaves a gap at the midline after childbirth. This is often accompanied by stretch marks. Treatment should commence soon after childbirth.

Orchard Clinic’s method includes a proprietary physical therapy programme designed for Diastasis Recti that prevents the further widening of the midline (libea alba). This is combined with electromagnetic therapy for muscle toning and shockwave therapy to reduce stretch marks.

60% of women suffer from Diastasis Recti during or after pregnancy

Preventing DR is possible before pregnancy

8/10 do not seek appropriate help

What are the common symptoms?

  • Bulge or pooch in the belly 
  • Lower back pain
  • Poor posture
  • Constipation
  • Bloating

Diastasis Recti can lead to the following complications:

  • Compromised trunk stability and mobility
  • Back pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Damage to your posture
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Constipation
  • Hernia, in extreme cases
diastasis recti symptom - pooch in the belly can be treated with postnatal exercise
Who is this treatment for?

Postpartum women who have the common symptoms of Diastasis Recti (DR) can seek treatment soon after childbirth. Diastasis recti is very common during and following pregnancy. This is because the uterus stretches the muscles in the abdomen to accommodate your growing baby.

Treating DR is also important in preparation for the next childbirth. With DR, the abdominal muscles separate and the uterus, bowels and lower structures supported by the pelvic floor muscles are compromised, making vaginal delivery more difficult.

When is a good time to start treatment?

Pre-pregnancy strengthening and therapy of the pelvic floor, abdominals and side oblique is a good way to prevent DR.

I’m not pregnant yet. Can I start treatment?

Pre-pregnancy strengthening and therapy of the pelvic floor, abdominals and side oblique is a good way to prevent Diastasis recti.

How soon can I see results?

Results depend on the individual, but most see effective results in 6-8 sessions. 

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