Diastasis Recti | Emsculpt and Other Cures for AB Separation
Diastasis Recti, also known as abdominal separation, is a common condition afflicting 33% to 60% of pregnant women. Ab separation can become a cosmetic concern and lead to health problems for many women after giving birth. Read on to learn more about this condition and discover treatments for Diastasis recti.
What is Diastasis Recti?
Diastasis recti occur when the rectus abdominis—the two vertical muscle groups that make up a “six-pack”—separate, pulling away from their attachment in the center of the abdomen.
The rectus abdominis is the largest of the abdominal muscles. They help transfer weight through the lower back and pelvis region. Furthermore, the rectus abdominis forms a section of the abdominal wall. This section supports the intestines, the uterus, and other organs.
What causes Diastasis Recti?
Diastasis recti occur during pregnancy, typically in the last term. The growing baby places pressure against the abdominal wall. This causes the rectus abdominis muscles to stretch, thin, and eventually separate from the tissue that connects the abs together.
Diastasis recti are more common in women with previous cesarean sections, women pregnant with multiples, or women who have previously given birth.
Abdominal Separation Symptoms
For some women, Diastasis recti heal on its own, typically within one to two months after giving birth, as the muscles repair themselves and return to normal.
Sometimes, Diastasis recti do not heal on its own. In fact, a recent survey revealed 45% of new moms reported mild cases of diastasis six months after giving birth.
When diastasis does not heal, it may create cosmetic concerns. Many women are left with a “ridge” or protrusion from the midline. The ridge is more prominent under strain.
Severe cases of diastasis may lead to chronic pain in the lower back, pelvis, or hips. It may also cause constipation, urinary incontinence, or pain during intercourse.
What Treatments Correct Diastasis Recti?
For mild cases of diastasis, women can strengthen the rectus abdominis with physiotherapy of the deep stomach and pelvic floor. This consists of special exercises for improving separation. Typical ab exercises, like sit-ups or crunches, can make a diastasis worse. Therefore, many women consult a medical professional for instruction on how to strengthen their core after ab separation properly.
Surgery, such as a tummy tuck, is an option for severe cases. Unfortunately, most insurance companies consider surgery for ab separation a cosmetic procedure and refuse to cover the operation.
Emsculpt, a new body contouring treatment, is clinically proven to improve diastasis recti. Emsculpt stimulates abdominal muscles using High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy. The current safely stimulates muscle contractions that strengthen existing fibers and initiates the creation of new tissues.
While Emsculpt is primarily designed to improve the appearance of the abdomen cosmetically, clinical data highlights the therapeutic benefits of this novel technology. Emsculpt strengthens the core, remodeling the tissue of the rectus abdominis. This leads to significant improvement in ab separation, making Emsculpt a popular treatment among women after giving birth.
Emsculpt Near Me
If you suffer from ab separation after pregnancy, Emsculpt can help. Learn more about this new body sculpting treatment by contacting Aura Dermatology to schedule a free consultation. Reach out to Aura Dermatology online or call (609) 415-3376 today.