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  • Writer's pictureKristine Godsil

Understanding Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA)

Whether you're a new mom or a seasoned one, you may have noticed a bulging in your core when getting out of bed or working out. Does this sound familiar? This bulging is known as Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA) – a term that describes the separation of the abdominal muscles, specifically the "six pack muscle" called rectus abdominis, which stretches during pregnancy. To get this muscle back to functioning properly, you'll need expert guidance.


Experiencing DRA is common during the postpartum period, but it's not something you have to accept as the new normal. The key is to ensure proper healing of tissues and start regaining tension in the muscle fibers. The separation can occur anywhere along the midline of the rectus abdominis, so it's crucial to consult with a qualified professional and follow a personalized exercise plan based on your needs.


Examples of different types of diastasis recti abdominis

While a bulging core is a typical symptom, there are other things to consider. Low back pain, hip pain, constipation, and incontinence can be linked to DRA. When there's reduced tension in the abdomen, it can affect daily activities like posture, sneezing, and lifting objects.


Did you know? It's a common myth that DRA only affects pregnant people. While prevalent in the postpartum community, it can happen to anyone with a rectus abdominis. If you notice any bulging in your abdomen during specific movements, reach out to us!


At Sparq PT, you'll get one-on-one personal attention. We'll create a plan tailored to your needs to help you feel better in fewer visits. Together, we can manage your symptoms and bring back your quality of life!


Please note that the thoughts and ideas presented in this article reflect the author's viewpoint, unless stated otherwise. This content should not be considered as individual medical guidance. The details shared are designed to assist readers in making well-informed choices regarding their own health and well-being.


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