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Lower Back Pain and Diastasis Rectus Abdominis

December 10, 2019

Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) is the separation of the rectus
abdominus abdominal muscles. While Diastasis Rectus Abdominisis common
in women post-childbirth, it also happens to women of any age, even if
they have never been pregnant.

So, who can get Diastasis Rectus Abdominis and what causes it?

Two
thirds of pregnant women will end up with a Diastasis Rectus Abdominis.
Sometimes, newborn babies can be born with it, but it usually goes away
on its own.

Any person who is obese is at greater risk of
Diastasis Rectus Abdominis, because the excess fat deposits put
additional pressure on the stomach muscles.

Incorrect exercise form, especially weightlifting or doing sit ups incorrectly can cause Diastasis Rectus Abdominis.

How does Diastasis Rectus Abdominis cause lower back pain?

Lower
back pain is a common side effect of having Diastasis Rectus Abdominis.
The abdominal wall muscles work with the pelvic floor muscles to help
stabilize the lower back. When Diastasis Rectus Abdominis is present and
the abdominal wall integrity is lost (typically due to increased
intra-abdominal pressure), the muscles of the lower back muscle work
harder to keep the body stabilized. This added strain results in lower
back pain.

How can a Diastasis Rectus Abdominis be fixed?

Doctors
will sometimes recommend surgery to fix Diastasis Rectus Abdominis.
However, there is a lot that can be done to reduce a Diastasis Rectus
Abdominis without going under the knife.

Maintaining a proper
body weight is essential for all women, especially those with Diastasis
Rectus Abdominis. If you are overweight, losing weight can have the
simple effect of decreasing the intra-abdominal pressure, which caused
the muscles to separate in the first place.

Don’t strain when on the toilet. This can increase intra-abdominal pressure.

Be cautious when lifting anything heavy.

Train
your pelvic core with Pelacore. Core training exercises focuses on
restoring the timing and sequencing of the deep muscles. For the
lumbopelvic region, these muscles include the transverse abdominis,
multifidus, the pelvic floor and breathing diaphragm.

Which exercises should I avoid when I have Diastasis Rectus Abdominis?

Any
exercise that increases the intra-abdominal pressure should be avoided
when one has Diastasis Rectus Abdominis. Crunches, sit-ups, pushups,
press-ups and front planks can all make abdominal separation worse.

How do I know if I have abdominal separation or Diastasis Rectus Abdominis?

If
you feel or see a separation, make an appointment with your primary
care physician or physical therapist for a proper evaluation and
treatment recommendation.

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