Diastasis recti (also known as abdominal separation) is a common condition for postnatal women. Individuals with diastasis recti often suffer from lower back pain, poor stability and poor pelvis alignment due to weak stabilisation muscles.
Diastasis recti is a separation of the outermost abdominal muscles. The tissue which runs vertically down and joins the left and right abdominal muscles together is known as linea alba. Diastasis recti is caused by this connective tissue stretching sideways and becoming thin and weak. The abdominal muscles play a vital role in supporting the body’s internal organs and also the back. This separation of the muscles causes a weak core and minimal protection for the internal organs.
Pilates has proved to be an effective form of rehabilitation for diastasis recti. Pilates Rockhampton offers one-on-one and small group ‘Post Pregnancy’ classes that focus on:
• Core stabilisation
• Improving posture and learning how to position your spine and pelvis correctly for exercise, lifting and daily movements
• Learning how to use your breathing to engage the transverse abdominals and pelvic floor muscles
• Strengthening exercises designed to bringing the left and right sides of the abdomen back together, and allowing the connective tissue to begin the healing process.
Pilates provides a safe, effective and friendly environment for rebuilding strength and body alignment, for the individual.