Do you have diastasis recti?

The standard test for DR involves lying on your back with your knees bent, lifting up your head and palpating the midline to feel for a gap.

Most people stop there…they measure the gap based on fingerwidths and use that as a measure of success.

But it’s also important to assess how DEEP the gap is (is there muscle tone underneath), how the core responds during exercise, and the difference in the gap along different areas of the midline.

Try assessing your DR while doing loaded core exercises like leg lowers, while doing functional movements like squats, and static moves like planks. Are you able to close the gap and engage the muscles underneath with good breathing and movement patterns?

All these things are important and success is measured in more than just ‘closing the gap’

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