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Why Surgery Isn’t the Answer for Diastasis Recti Abdominus

My latest contribution to the Core Expectations blog:

Surgery is often suggested to repair a Diastasis Recti (separation of the rectus abdominal muscles). My clients often ask me if they are candidates for surgery, and there is both a short and a long answer to this question. The short answer is “unlikely.” In my experience, surgery for a Diastasis is a rare case scenario. 

What determines the small percentage of women who require surgery to repair a Diastasis Recti?

The inability to create any tension in the linea alba with proper core cueing may be a surgical situation – with no functional core support the system is weak and vulnerable to injury – but it is still a long process to say that definitively. 

Here’s the long answer.

If after teaching a client effective cues to recruit the core 4 muscles (diaphragm, pelvic floor, transverse abdominis and multifidi), she is unable to generate tension in the linea alba, more work is prescribed as homework in the hopes that with practic…