Why Fixing Abdominal Separation Needs A New Broader Approach
When it comes to fixing abdominal separation, gone are the days when I can just say:
Focussing solely on your mid-section and training just your abdominal muscles in an effort to ‘fix’ any distension in your tummy muscles is what’s called ‘spot reducing’.
Put simply, ‘spot reducing’ is where you focus on just one muscle group, one body part, or just one area of your body and try and tone the hell out of it!
And if you’re doing sit ups and suspect you have abdominal separation – they aren’t the answer - in fact, sit ups will make abdominal separation worse.
The human body is made up of hundreds of muscles and bones. And if the muscles in your body can find an easy way of doing something – they will.
And, they’ll do it over and over and over again until a nice little muscle imbalance has found its way in there.
Have a think about your habits as a new mum…
How do you think these everyday mummy movements affect your overall alignment?
- Always holding baby with your dominate arm
- Winding baby over the same shoulder all the time (colic anyone ?)
- Sitting slumped over feeding baby...for hours and hours and hours...
- Propping baby up on one hip,
- Pushing a buggy uphill with your arms out-stretched and shoulders lifted
- Carrying that car seat on your forearm.
These things all create muscular imbalances, don’t they?
If even one of your muscles is tight, weak or stretched, does it make sense that other muscles will try and compensate?
Because this is what they do. Your body is great at adapting to what you need it to do, but often this leads to pain sites and general tightness or discomfort.
There are many reasons why postnatal women suffer with diastasis recti after birth
But the great news is there are many ways of fixing abdominal separation.
Education is key here particularly when it comes to discovering the ‘cause and effect’ of abdominal separation – and all of your other postural traits.
Here are some points I consider when treating you for abdominal separation:
- Is this your first/second/third/fourth baby?
- Do you suspect you had abdominal separation that went untreated if it’s not your first baby?
- What exercise did you do prior to getting pregnant?
- How’s your posture right now?
- Can you breathe correctly?
- Do you actually have any ‘core’ strength?
- What muscles are really tight for you?
- Which muscles dominate your entire system, without you realising it?
- What tasks are you doing with a newborn that might be attributing to your abdominal separation?
- Is your pelvic floor ok, or do you need help with that too?
Can you see what I mean, it’s a complex number of factors that build up over time.
Assessing, treating and rehabilitating a new mum for abdominal separation needs to move away from just doing tummy exercises.
It needs a broader, full-body approach to get your system working and functioning in a more optimal way.
What’s also encouraging is that there’s a 7 Steps to Fixing Abdominal Separation method I follow for clients with this condition.
It’s based on a whole-body approach, that gets everything working in the right way to get results!
Take a look at the Diastasis Detective programme?