Diastasis Detective Program

Module 1: Intro

Where does abdominal separation occur?


Diastasis recti occurs at the abdominal raphe which consists of three components: the linea alba and two linea semilunaris.

Linea alba = the central line down the middle of the abdomen present above and below the umbilicus.

Linea semilunaris = the two vertical lines either side of the linea alba which indicates the lateral or outside border of the rectus abdominis where it meets the internal and external obliques.

Abdominal raphe = the ‘seam’ of tissue structures that form the meeting point of the 2 sides (right and left) of all the core musculature.

Because ALL of these muscles: transversalis, internal and external obliques, and rectus abdominismeet at this central midline, the function of all of them are compromised when diastasis recti occurs.

This lack of protection and stability affects the whole body, not just the abdomen due to their attachments too (xyphoid process and sternum).