- Julie TuplerYes, men can get a diastasis also! The culprit is abdominal crunches and a beer belly! It becomes a problem if a man stops exercising and gets a beer belly. The situation is similar to a woman who starts her pregnancy with a diastasis from doing abdominals incorrectly. The beer belly, like the pregnancy belly, will make the diastasis larger. Men with a diastasis will get the same football protrusion that women who have a large diastasis get. The effects on the body will also be the same....... a weakened support for the back and the belly causing low back pain and the guy gut. If there is trauma to the abdominal area and the weakened connective tissue comes away from the muscle, a hernia will occur and surgery will be required.
I get asked this question all the time! Here is my answer: Research has shown that 100% of pregnant women will develop some degree of diastasis recti. A diastasis is a lateral separation in the abdominal wall between the recti or “six pack”, due to a stretching of the midline connective tissue or “linea alba”. Although some diastasis will heal postpartum, in many cases a separation will remain without restorative exercise. Distention from DR will present as a doming in the midline. Women who heal a diastasis spontaneously or through restorative exercise may still find that their abdomens are distended, particularly after a meal and/or at the end of the day. If there is no diastasis, why is this? This abdominal distention does not occur in the midline, but rather across the entire abdominal wall. This is due to a weakened hypotonic TVA- transverse abdominis muscle. The TVA is the deepest anterior abdominal muscle, wrapping around the midsection like a girdle, with a left an