Abdominal Wall Tear (Rectus Diastasis)

What it is

A separation in the rectus abdominis, also known as the “6-pack” muscle. It most often occurs during pregnancy. Sometimes it will spontaneously correct following birth, but it does not always. This condition can weaken your abdominal wall, and can contribute to pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence.


If you lift your head while lying on your back and the center of your belly protrudes out, you may have a rectus diastasis.


Pelvic Physical Therapy for an abdominal wall tear include specific corrective exercises and other therapies.