I have been meaning to write this article for months....I take a lot of different classes in the community and this is by far the most common mistake I see amongst fitness/yoga enthusiasts. We are overtraining our abdominals and not in a good way.
We are such good humans, we listen and take direction very well, especially in a fitness/yoga class because there is a belief that if we do what they tell us to do we will look better, reach our goals, feel better about ourselves, fit into an outfit, or whatever your reason is for being there.
The problem is; that we often don’t assess whether these movements are right for our bodies. We don’t ask does this feel good? Is it working the right muscles, do I have pain in my body when performing this exercise. The reason for this is we all share a common belief: NO PAIN, NO GAIN. Hey, trust me, I am not gonna say this is BS, because in reality when you want to achieve a goal, perform a feat, or do something different, at the very least, you gotta g...
Diastasis Recti is the separation of the rectus abdominus muscle( our 6 pack muscle). Let me first state that this muscle is in fact two distinct muscles separated by a line of connective tissue called the linea alba. So, for all intensive purposes this muscle is technically already separated. The condition Diastasis Recti occurs when the normal separation becomes larger than it should. > 2.7cm or 2 finger widths.
This separation is found in:
- Postnatal populations
- People who overtrain their abdominals
- And others
In pregnancy it is normal, due to the growing uterus. In Peds it can be seen during the early months and then is gone.
Other clinical symptoms can present like:
- Back pain
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Uterine/bladder/rectal prolapse
- Stress incontinence
- Shoulder/neck pain
- Tension Headaches
- Hip/pelvic stability issues
To test if you have a DR is in this link
Once you confirm your DR, I want you to retest yourself an...