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Diastasis Recti aka “Mummy Tummy”

Author: Meg Henderson

Did you know that your “six pack” is actually a muscle called the rectus abdominis? It has a fibrous connective tissue, called the linea alba, that runs down the center, which divides the muscle in two. When you are pregnant, your abdominal muscles and the linea alba HAVE TO stretch and thin, respectively, to accommodate the growing baby in your belly. There are studies out there that will cite the statistic that 100% of women who are pregnant in their third trimester will experience a diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA). However, it is also important to note that this is completely normal! Even when we are not pregnant or have never been pregnant before, this fascia allows for stretch when we are doing essential things…like breathing! An abnormal diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) that we talk about clinically is one where the gap is greater than 2.7cm at, above, or below the belly button…that is about the width of 2-3 fingers. And...

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Why Women’s Health Physical Therapy?

Author: Meg Henderson

I have been practicing physical therapy in the outpatient orthopedic setting in Charleston, SC since 2008. As a new grad, in a new city, with a new husband I eagerly approached my job as I had been trained in school: evaluate and treat. Help the patient return to their functional activities. Instruct in home exercise programs. Over the years, I became more confident in my skills learning from my co-workers and continuing education courses along the way. I developed meaningful relationships with my patients as I assisted them in their recoveries from surgery, over-use injures, weekend warrior projects, and more.

Physical Therapy can help you respond to the changes in your body.

It wasn’t until I became pregnant with my second son that I became more interested in women’s health PT. I was learning first-hand how important it was to continue my once active lifestyle in order to prepare for the pregnancy-related changes to my body and keeping up...

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