Hello, I would like to know if I have Diastasis Recti?
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How to diagnose Diastasis Recti
Picture would help. Ultrasound or CT scan will confirm a Diastasis. Transversus abdominis exercises can help reduce Diastasis. But won't cure it. Crunches and similar exercises will make a Diastasis worse.
How to find out if you have diastasis recti
Hello and thank you for this interesting question.
Yes it is possible you have diastasis recti - quite often your plastic surgeon will be able to detect it by simply examining you and palpation; it is more difficult if the thickness of the fat is great.
It can also be definitively detected and the degree of diastasis more accurately determined by a scan such as an MRI scan. All ladies who have had children have this to a greater or lesser degree but I have also seen it in women who have never been pregnant and also in some men.
If you have diastasis recti this cannot be improved by any amount of exercise as it is made of fibrous tissue and cannot be narrowed without surgery; exercise can still help generally as obviously good muscle tone will help you in so many other ways - posture, support for the spine and so on.
I hope that you found this information helpful.
my very best wishes.
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