Rectus Abdominus Diastasis, commonly referred to as RAD is one of the most common problems seen in pregnant and post-natal women. As many as 2 in every 3 women have some degree of abdominal separation, which can mean the abdominal muscles become weak and their function is compromised.
A RAD occurs when the rectus abdominus, or “the 6 pack muscles” separate at the midline during pregnancy to accommodate the growing uterus and baby. These muscles often remain separated after birth, and this is when abdominal support of the trunk is reduced, which in turn can cause ongoing low back pain, pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction or hernias.
If you have had a RAD in the past or are unsure, you can be assessed by the experienced physios at Miami Physio and Lakelands Physio. We can test your abdominals to determine the size of your abdominal separation and design you a specifically tailored treatment plan depending on the severity of your separation.
So, to determine the severity of a RAD, lay on your back with your knees bent up and feet on the floor. Place your fingers in the midline just above your belly button. As you continue to breathe normally, gently tuck your chin to the chest and lift your head and shoulder blades off the bed, feeling for a gap between the edges of the abdominal muscle.
A gap of 3 of more fingers width means the separation is significant and you will need to see a physiotherapist at Miami Physio or Lakelands Physio for a tailored approach to managing the problem. Treatment will include specific strengthening exercises for the core muscles, pelvic floor muscles and abdominal muscles. It will also focus on postural awareness and correction and a brace or compression garment may also be required to provide your abdominals with some support whilst you are building up your strength. This combination of compression support and a tailored program will achieve the best results possible.
So, if you’ve read this or watched this video and realise that you need help to assess or treat your RAD, click on the book now button or give us a call and book a consultation for a thorough assessment at Miami Physio – Falcon Ph95344111 or Lakelands Ph95429999.