Did you know that Diastasis recti in babies is an unusual muscle condition which heals on its own once the muscles has developed? Yes! Its true! Have you ever heard that saying - you must crawl before you can walk. Well same thing. A baby cannot sit up until they have established proper movements to heal the diastasis recti so they can adaquently sit up on their own. In infants, the condition is most easily seen when the baby tries to sit up. When the infant is relaxed, you can often feel the edges of the rectus muscles. Diastasis recti is also commonly seen in women who have multiple pregnancies.
If you think you may have Diastasis recti you may need a physical examination. This can be done by lying on your back and bending the knees with the feet to the ground, and the head raised for the chin to rest on the chest. This leads to tensed muscles, which makes it possible for a licensed professional to place fingers on the raised portion of the area and take the measurement. A gap that accommodates two or more fingers (2.7 cm) is diagnosed as Diastasis Recti. There is no treatment for Diastasis recti except for physiotherapeutic exercises.
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