What is Diastasis Recti?
It’s common for the 2 muscles that run down the middle of your stomach to separate during pregnancy. This is called diastasis recti, or divarication.
The amount of separation can vary. It happens because your growing womb (uterus) pushes the muscles apart, making them longer and weaker.
Around 33 to 66% of pregnant women will have diastasis recti at the end of their pregnancy.
During pregnancy, the muscles of the abdomen weaken, which enables the stomach to stretch. Normally the abdomen will strengthen and return to normal shortly after pregnancy.
Typically, it takes about eight weeks for the stomach muscles to shrink back down and for your stomach to flatten. With Diastasis Recti however those muscles don’t shrink back down, and it can look as though a woman is still pregnant.
How Can I Tell if I Have Diastasis Recti?
For those that are worried that they have Diastasis Recti, you can check for yourself in a few easy steps. The first thing you want to do is lay flat on your back. Once in that position bend both knees while having your feet flat on the floor.
From there, simply exhale and lift both your head and shoulders off the floor then take one hand and place it behind your head for support. Take your fingers and press them onto your abdomen area. In other words, you should be essentially in a position as if you were about to do crunches.
Normally in this position, if you place your fingers on your stomach you will feel that your midsection is firm. If, however you feel a gap that is roughly the size of at least two fingers then you may have Diastasis Recti.
What Can I do About Diastasis Recti?
Once your connective tissue gets stretched out, it can be difficult to rebuild your core strength. Doing traditional exercises can even make your condition worse! Crunches tend to make those muscles tighter, pushing them further apart and the additional stretching can cause the connective tissue to get even thinner and weaker.
Isometric workouts with the traverse abdominis, as well as strength training and cardiovascular exercise have proven to eliminate diastasis recti. However, scheduling and making time to commit to a traditional exercise program is often difficult, especially for a new, super-busy mom!
One of the best and newest ways to rid yourself of Diastasis Recti is by completing a series of Emsculpt NEO treatments.
Along with improving muscle tone and burning fat, Emsculpt NEO is a revolutionary treatment that can also be used to help treat Diastasis Recti. It offers the first non-surgical method for improving this condition which typically affects women after pregnancy.
How does it do work?
The EMSCULPT NEO technology uses high-intensity, focused electromagnetic energy (or HIFEM) that triggers supramaximal contractions. These types of contractions cannot be achieved with ordinary, voluntary muscle action. EMSCULPT NEO is also FDA-cleared for “the improvement of abdominal tone, development of a firmer abdomen and strengthening of the abdominal muscles”.
EMSCULPT NEO results are backed by 7 clinical studies that consistently demonstrate 30% fat loss, 25% muscle mass gain, 19% reduction in abdominal separation, and a 5.9 cm (2.3 inches) reduction in waist circumference.
Emsculpt NEO at Health & Aesthetics Clinic
As a multi award-winning clinic, we are one of the first UK clinics to introduce Emsculpt NEO. If you are looking to change your body for the better, then we have the experience and know-how to help you succeed.
To find out which of these treatments is suitable for your own body goals, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01252 933 133.