Diastasis recti abdominis (DRA) is a condition where the two muscles that run vertically down the abdomen separate, creating a gap or bulge. Physical therapy can be an effective treatment for DRA by strengthening the muscles around the abdominal area, improving posture and alignment, and providing education on proper body mechanics.
Here are some ways physical therapy can treat DRA:
Strengthening exercises: The physical therapist will work with the patient to develop an exercise program that targets the muscles around the abdominal area, such as the transverse abdominis, obliques, and pelvic floor muscles. These exercises help to improve core stability and support the weakened abdominal muscles.
Posture and alignment education: Poor posture and alignment can worsen DRA. The physical therapist will teach the patient proper posture techniques and body mechanics to help reduce stress on the abdominal muscles.
Manual therapy: The physical therapist may use hands-on techniques such as massage, myofascial release, or stretching to help release tension and improve blood flow to the abdominal muscles.
Breath work: The physical therapist may also teach the patient diaphragmatic breathing techniques, which can help to improve the strength and coordination of the abdominal muscles.