Book Your Appointment Online »

Diastasis Recti

Diastasis Recti / Diastasis Rectus Abdominis

Diastasis recti (also known as abdominal separation) is a separation of the rectus abdominis muscles that occurs as the connective tissue between the muscles thins and stretches. This condition can occur during pregnancy and remain in the post-partum period, when the abdominal muscles return and remain separated, leading to complications such as back pain and pelvic organ prolapse.

You may notice a bulge between your abdominal muscles when doing a sit up movement. The belly bulges due to the space between your left and right abdominal muscles and weakness of the deeper abdominal muscles.

If you are experiencing this condition:

You may be at higher risk of injuries when returning to your normal activities.

You can more easily aggravate existing back and pelvic girdle pain.

You might feel self-conscious about the visual aspect of bulging in your abdomen.  

If left untreated:

Diastasis recti decreases the integrity of the abdominal wall strength that serves to protect your organs. It also predisposes a person to:

  • Injury
  • Lower back pain
  • Pelvic instability



At Shift, we have physical therapists who specialize in women’s health. Our therapists have designed specific programs that can help correct these abdominal conditions and improve core strength and postural alignment.

They will also help educate you on daily movements and exercises to avoid in order to speed up your recovery time.

At Shift we believe in treating the patient’s whole body and use integrative approaches.  We work as a team with the patient and offer complimentary therapies such as massage and acupuncture to provide the best possible outcomes.

Benefits of Treatment

  • Improved body confidence
  • More comfortable range of motion
  • Get back to your usual exercise routine
  • Less back and pelvic pain

Studies on Diastasis Recti Adbominis

Diastasis Recti Abdominis: Commentary on Current Research and Our Approach


The Shift Model of Care:

  • Shift treats the whole you—body, mind and spirit because these elements of your health are always connected.
  • Shift uses a collaborative model to inform and empower you with multiple perspectives.
  • Shift is a supportive environment where you are invited to notice your own shifting self-awareness.


95 University Place, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10003

Shift is conveniently located between 11th and 12th Street, just 2 blocks from Union Square. Nearby Subway lines include L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6.

Start Your Recovery Today

Call Now (212) 604-1316


Make an Appointment