How to treat Diastasis Recti?

How to treat Diastasis Recti?
How to treat Diastasis Recti?

How to treat Diastasis Recti is a common question we get as Women’s Health Physical Therapists.

Treating Diastasis Recti involves a combination of exercises, lifestyle changes, and, in some cases, medical intervention.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to treat Diastasis Recti:

  1. Consult a Healthcare Professional: If you suspect you have Diastasis Recti, it’s essential to consult a healthcare provider, such as a physical therapist for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.
  2. Physical Therapy: A physical therapist can guide you through exercises and techniques tailored to your specific needs.
  3. Core Strengthening Exercises: A physical therapist will guide you through a progressive core strengthening program based off of your presentation.  These exercises can include pelvic tilts, transverse abdominis engagement and pelvic floor exercises.
  4. Avoid Straining: Be mindful of your movements to avoid activities that strain your abdominal muscles, such as heavy lifting or crunches.
  5. Posture Correction: Maintain good posture throughout the day to prevent further stress on your abdominal muscles. Sit and stand tall with your shoulders back.
  6. Bracing Techniques: Consider using abdominal braces or splints, as recommended by your healthcare provider, to provide support to your abdominal muscles as they heal.
  7. Nutrition and Hydration: A balanced diet rich in nutrients can aid in the healing process. Stay well-hydrated to support tissue repair.
  8. Gradual Progression: As your core strength improves, gradually introduce more challenging exercises, but only under the guidance of a healthcare professional.
  9. Surgical Intervention (if necessary): In severe cases, when conservative methods don’t work, surgery may be considered as a last resort to repair the separation.


Remember that every individual’s Diastasis Recti is unique, and the treatment plan should be tailored to your specific condition.

Always consult with a pelvic floor physical therapist before starting any treatment regimen, and follow their guidance closely to ensure a safe and effective recovery.

Treatment options for diastasis recti

Pelvic floor physical therapy is valuable for those who experience symptoms of diastasis recti. It can significantly improve quality of life and help individuals regain control and confidence in their core health.

At PhysioFit of NC, we have the expert team in pelvic floor physical therapy to help you to the fullest.

We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Women’s Health Program.  This includes manual therapy and exercises to improve conditions related to the pelvic floor muscles.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today so we can help you!