It is common to have separated abdominal muscles after pregnancy or an extensive weight loss. As well as causing aesthetic concerns, the rectus diastasis can be a reason for other trouble.
Pain in the back, feet or hips
When the abdominal muscles separate, it will result in a lack of support in your tummy. When the stomach muscles can’t support your torso in their usual way, it can affect your core strength. This can result in your feet or hips trying to compensate, which will strain them in a way you’re not used to. Sometimes rectus diastasis can make it harder to move normally.
Separated stomach muscles will also bring more lack of support to your spine, causing the body to collapse and putting you in a strained position contributing to an achy lower back. The lack of support in the spine as well as the pelvis may also lead to constipation or incontinence.
A bulging tummy
A separation of the stomach muscles will often cause the internal organs to fall forward and create a “pooch” in your tummy. This might not only be an aesthetic issue, but could be painful when the pressure on the core intensifies. Read more about why the abdominal muscles may separate here.
Another common thing that’s directly connected to separated abdominal muscles is excess skin on the belly. It can be hanging loose around the tummy, sometimes causing an “apron” when falling over. Not only can this make people feel very self-conscious, but when the excess skin develops deep creases or folds, these areas can be prone to irritation, rashes or even infection.
Are you having any issues with your tummy, and are wondering what could be done about it? Read our guide How to restore separated abdominal muscles and remove excess skin or feel free to contact us at the Aesthetic Institute in Dublin, Ireland, to get more information!