June 20, 2018 3 min read

I had a friend message me the other day about a comment I posted on her Instagram page. I had liked her photo. The photo was of her and her son on her bed laughing. It was a for a shoot for No Mummy Tummy. In her caption, it read: “Did you know that if you don’t close your abdominal separation, it will continue to get wider and wider every year, just by the way that we move in our daily life? It’s never too late to close your Abdominal Muscle Separation, no matter how many years postnatal you are!”

This resonated with me. I haven’t exercised in about a month and a half, and I haven’t gone to Barre. I have put on a few kgs (where all human ok!), and I have noticed that just under my ribcage, that my skin is sticking out a little bit more than normal. I believe (and I’ve done the NMT training, so I know) that my Abdominal Muscle Separation has probably increased; just by the way I move, pick up my kids and generally don’t practice the exercises any more. Whilst I like to blame the Tim Tams that I am constantly consuming, I know that if I measured myself, my Abdominal Muscle Separationwould probably be around four centimetres again. 

So what should I do about it? Well, I need to start implementing the four steps to reduce my Abdominal Muscle Separation. 

A key part of Abdominal Muscle Separation treatment is the positioning of the recti muscles; taking off the stretch from the connective tissue. This is done by using the abdominal splint provided with the No Mummy Tummy program. The diastasis is worn 24/7 (except when bathing) to ensure that it is positioned properly to allow the healing of the Abdominal Muscle Separation to continue even when we are continuing our daily activity. 

Protection of the muscles is another key Abdominal Muscle Separation treatment which is integral to the program, and ultimately the reduction in your diastasis recti separation. To reduce the stretch of the connective tissue, we must ensure we stop activities which put a stretch on the connective tissue; particularly in a forward or sideways direction. Even activities such as pilates 100’s, roll-ups, bending over to pick something off the floor or yoga positions will place a stretch on the connective tissue. 

You would be surprised how many activities of daily living we are doing which is making our Abdominal Muscle Separation worse! Let's take me like a bad case example. I bend over to pick up my kids- this is a big no-no! I should be using my legs and staying in an upright position as to not put pressure on my connective tissue. I am an avid plank’er. I love my planks. Again, for someone with an Abdominal Muscle Separation-this is a bit no-no.Knowing the proper exercises (and order) to do will assist in either the maintenance, or reduction in your Abdominal Muscle Separation. 

Abdominal Muscle Separation; or Diastasis Recti, is a medical condition and thus needs to be treated this way. Our No Mummy Tummy programs can help to reduce or eliminate any chance of getting an Abdominal Muscle Separation. We have Diastasis Recti Abdominal Muscle Separation programs suitable for pre and post-pregnant women. You can start any No Mummy Tummy diastasis recti treatment program at any age, regardless of when you had your children.

If you have any questions on what Diastasis recti treatment No Mummy Tummy could provide to assist with the reduction of your Abdominal Muscle Separation, please contact us on 1300 217 372 or email hello@nomummytummy.com.au