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Diastasis Rectus Abdominus

May 21st, 2019

Diastasis Rectus Abdominus

May 21st, 2019 / Nicki Chick

by Laura Ham, Specialist Women’s Health Physio at Parsons Green, 21st May 2019.

  • Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (DRA or RAD) refers to excessive prolonged widening of the mid-line abdominal connective tissue, called the linea alba.


  • Everyone, including women who have not had a baby, have some degree of separation of the linea alba. This is a normal anatomical feature of the body, that becomes further affected by the necessary stretching of the abdominal tissues during pregnancy.
  • Risk factors for DRA are thought to include multiple pregnancies, heavy or poor lifting techniques (e.g breath hold) ¬†genetic predisposition, chronic straining (including coughing, vomiting and constipation), and excessive abdominal loading with exercise.
  • When we assess DRA, we are looking not only at the width, but also the depth of the separation.
  • A women’s health physiotherapist is the perfect person to assess and create a management plan regarding diastasis.

Everyone’s tummy is different and thus a unique treatment plan is required for each Mummy.

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