Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRAM)

What is Pregnancy Diastasis Rectus Abdominis?

Pregnancy Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRAM) or or “tummy gap” is a condition characterised by the separation of the two parallel bands of abdominal muscles, known as the rectus abdominis muscles. This separation occurs along the linea alba, the connective tissue running down the centre of the abdomen.

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of Pregnancy Diastasis Rectus Abdominis may include:

  • Visible Gap: A noticeable separation or bulge along the midline of the abdomen.
  • Core Weakness: Reduced strength and stability in the abdominal muscles.
  • Lower Back Pain: Discomfort in the lumbar region.
  • Posture Changes: Altered posture due to weakened abdominal support.
  • Digestive Issues: Occasional difficulty with digestion or elimination.
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: Possible correlation with pelvic floor issues.

How Can Physiotherapy Help?

Physiotherapy is instrumental in managing Pregnancy Diastasis Rectus Abdominis by:

  • Tailored Exercise Programs: Designing customised exercises to target and strengthen the abdominal muscles.
  • Education on Body Mechanics: Providing guidance on proper posture and movement patterns.
  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques to assess and address muscle imbalances.
    Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation: Incorporating exercises to support pelvic floor function.
  • Individualised Care: Creating a personalised plan based on the individual’s specific condition and needs.

Physiotherapy offers a comprehensive and non-invasive approach to managing Diastasis Rectus Abdominis, promoting recovery and enhancing the overall strength and function of the abdominal muscles. It is essential to consult with a healthcare professional, including a physiotherapist, for a thorough assessment and personalised treatment plan.

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