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Season 1 - Episode 11

Diastasis Assessment Tutorial

10 min - Tutorial


Shannon shares a talk and tutorial on diastasis—what it is, what aggravates it, and what helps it.

See attached .PDF that goes along with this class.

What You'll Need: Mat, Square Bolster

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Nov 27, 2018
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Hi Shannon,
Thank you for this informative video!
I have a question about the invagination of the linea alba, without haven given birth, I feel the tissue of the LA doming inwards a little during the exploration in your video.
To what extend can this be called 'normal' and when would it be diastasis recti? I also understand we can have DR without giving birth, correct?
Many thanks!
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Great questions Anne - thanks for posting them here.

Yes, it is possible to have DR without giving birth, but it is less common for sure.

It is normal to feel the difference of the tissue -- where the rectus abdominis muscles meet the linea alba and for sure many people feel a slight descent or doming inward there.

The only way to be 100% certain if you have DR is to see a pelvic floor physio. I feel like this is such an informative visit for anyone with a body. Then you can have an expert palpate your linea alba with no movement and with movement.

Let me know if this helps or if you have further questions.
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Hi Shannon, thank you for your reply!
I am definitely curious to visit a pelvic floor physio after your reply and listening to you talk about the pelvic floor in some other videos.
Thanks again :)
Wonderful Anne - I learn so much every time I go see the pelvic floor physio.
Hello Shannon! Thank you for this great video! I have a diastasis. Are there postures that can help it, and some that can aggravate it? 
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julie -- there are 4 things to watch for when doing movements with diastasis (I also have dealt with this since the birth of my 3 children).
1. Are you able to breathe continuously during this movement?
2. Do you like this movement?
3. Is there any doming or reverse doming at the linea alba and
4. is there pressure felt on the pelvic floor

The other postures in the videos that I share in here are great ones to help to strengthen your core 4, which will help.

If you can breathe continuously, like the movement and if you can manage the pressures to the linea alba and linea alba -- then I would say go for it!

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