Rectus Abdominus Diastasis (RAD or Abdominal Separation) is MORE than just a cosmetic issue.
Yes, it's true that aesthetically having a separation can reduce the tension in your abdomen and make you self conscious (particularly when the abdominals are stretched post pregnancy). But RAD can affect you even when you are really fit.
- Reduce the ability to rotate your trunk
- Reduce ability to crunch forward or perform a sit up
- Reduce your overall exercise involvement
- Increase fatigue
- Be associated with poor respiratory patterns, over-activity of the anterior neck muscles and stiffness in the thoracic spine
Melissa has just attended a training session, getting updated on the current research and management of RAD for our patients. The good news is, that the research still supports that guided Physiotherapy input can help to:
- Improve muscle endurance and tension in the anterior abdominal wall
- Over time, improve the aesthetics or 'look' of the abdomen
- Guide you back to moderate or high level exercise
Our Post Natal Check Up is a great way for us to assess you and give you the right rehabilitation for you.