Diastasis recti is a common condition among women who have undergone pregnancy, or anyone who has had a previous episode of dramatic weight gain. Diastasis recti is a state in which the two halves of the abdominal muscles become separated, resulting in a distended tummy that can be difficult, if not impossible, to resolve without the help of surgery. However, when it comes to improving your midsection after pregnancy or weight loss, there are a few pointers you should know.
Exercise Can Help Repair Separated Abdominal Muscles
Exercises you can do at home in which you slowly contract your abdominals while maintaining proper posture, known as elevator exercises, as well as splinting and head lifts can all help draw your abdominal muscles closer together over time. However, you also need to avoid certain other exercises, such as crunches, that can make the separation even more pronounced. Be sure to consult with an expert for guidance, as improper exercise practice can worsen the condition and make healing diastasis recti without surgery virtually impossible.
How Tummy Tucks Help
While some exercises can help improve diastasis recti, a tummy tuck is the best approach for complete repair of the abdominal wall. For men and women with particularly pronounced muscle separation, abdominoplasty may be the only way to effectively draw your abdominals together for a fitter looking stomach.
In addition to tightening your abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck removes excess stomach skin that often accompanies diastasis recti. Abdominoplasty can also eliminate lingering fatty tissue, and when combined with liposuction, you can further contour your midsection for a sleeker, more youthful look.
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