Diastasis Recti Explained & How to Fix It

Hi, I'm Doctor Jo, a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy. I hope you enjoy my video demos of stretches & exercises for common injuries and syndromes. Be safe. Have fun. And I hope you feel better soon.

A diastasis recti happens when your rectus abdominal muscles or your “six pack” ab muscles separate vertically. This can happen to women or men, but it is most common in women who are pregnant.

A diastasis recti happens when your belly expands from pregnancy or being overweight, and the connective tissue gets stretched out, pulling the rectus abdominis apart.

Often people try to correct this by doing a lot of crunches, but if you are already stretched out in that area, traditional crunches can make it worse.

Dr. Jen helps me show you not only how to check to see if you have one, but also a great and easy way to strengthen those muscles in a safe and correct way to help reduce that space.

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