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Diastasis Rectus Abdominis

Some conditions associated with this kind of core dysfunction are:


   - Diastasis Rectus Abdominis   

- Although the definition of diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) suggests separation of the rectus    abdominis muscles due to stretching of the abdominal wall in pregnancy, it’s important to remember that stretching occurred along the entire circumference of the abdominal wall. In the post-partum period, the remaining laxity in the connective tissue and lack of re-training of the deepest abdominal muscle,  makes it difficult for the body to consistently respond to changes in intra-abdominal pressure which results in “bulging” of the abdominal wall during activity. 


    - Urinary Incontinence
   - This is where weakness in the pelvic floor makes it easier for urine to leak during times of elevated intra-abdominal pressure such as sneezing, coughing, laughing, lifting, exercising.


    - Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Fascial laxity in the connective tissue holding up the pelvic organs combined with pelvic floor weakness creates the ideal scenario for the pelvic organs to descend into the vaginal space when there is a rise in intra-abdominal pressure. To learn more about pelvic organ prolapse speicifically as it relates to exercising, click here.  

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