Rectus Diastasis

Rectus Diastasis is the separation of the vertically placed rectus abdominis muscle into right and left halves due to stretching of Linea Alba, commonly seen in multiparous women or during postpartum period. A few of the causative factors include: Stretch weakness of these muscles after multiple pregnancies; large baby or excessive abdominal exercises after the first trimester. Studies show that certain physiotherapy exercises like core contraction, seated squeeze, head lift in lying position, upright wall push ups, squat against the wall, squat with squeeze are very effective to regain the tone and strength of the rectus abdominis muscle. Few researchers also advocate doing static abdominals in quadruped position (cat and camel exercise) for best results.

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