Diastasis Recti in Men: Possible Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Tips

Julie Tupler, RN was featured in a Doctors Health Press article. Make sure to read 'Diastasis Recti in Men: Possible Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Tips' by clicking here!

Here is a snapshot summary of the article:

Diastasis recti in men

  • Diastasis recti is a condition in which the two sides of the rectus abdominis (the six-pack muscles) separate.
  • It is more common in women after pregnancy, but it can also occur in men.
  • The most common causes of diastasis recti in men are:
    • Excess weight or obesity
    • Incorrect exercise
    • Medical conditions such as abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
  • Symptoms of diastasis recti in men include:
    • A bulge in the abdomen
    • Constipation
    • Urinary incontinence
    • Lower back pain
    • Difficulty breathing
  • Diastasis recti can be diagnosed by a doctor during a physical exam.
  • There is no cure for diastasis recti, but it can be treated with a combination of exercises and lifestyle changes.
  • Exercises for diastasis recti in men should focus on strengthening the core without putting too much strain on the abdominal muscles.
  • Lifestyle changes that can help improve diastasis recti include:
    • Losing weight if necessary
    • Avoiding exercises that put stress on the abdominal muscles
    • Eating a healthy diet
  • Diastasis recti can be a frustrating condition, but it is possible to improve with time and effort.

Here are some additional tips for men with diastasis recti:

  • Talk to your doctor or a physical therapist about the best exercises for you.
  • Start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts.
  • Listen to your body and don't push yourself too hard.
  • Be patient. It takes time to heal from diastasis recti.

With consistent effort, you can improve your diastasis recti and get back to feeling your best.

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