Diastasis Detective Program
Link between diastasis and pelvic floor dysfunction
LINK BETWEEN DIASTASIS RECTI AND PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTION
Studies* show that 66% of women who have diastasis recti also report some form of pelvic floor dysfunction.
If you come across a client who has both of these conditions, take it as a red flag, because her pressure gradient system and alignment is way off.
Spend time getting her to breathe correctly, fix her faulty alignment mechanics and decrease the pressure off of the pelvic floor and you’re on to a winner.
*There is little research on this condition; Boissonnault & Blaschak (1988) found that 27% of women have a DRA in the second trimester and 66% in the third trimester of pregnancy. 53% of these women continued to have a DRA immediately postpartum and 36% remained abnormally wide at 5-7 weeks postpartum. Coldron et al (2008) measured the inter-recti distance from 1 day to 1 year postpartum and note that the distance decreased markedly from day 1 to 8 weeks, and that without any intervention (e.g. exercise training or other physiotherapy) there was no further closure at the end of the first year. In the urogynecological population, 52% of patients were found to have a DRA (Spitznagle et al 2007). 66% of these women had at least one support-related pelvic floor dysfunction (stress urinary incontinence (SUI), fecal incontinence and/or pelvic organ prolapse). (Spitznagle et al 2007)