What is Rectus Diastasis?

Measuring RD

How do we measure rectus diastasis? Who diagnoses it? What is the best method? How wide does the 'gap' need to be?

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Repairing RD

What are the different surgical techniques used to repair rectus diastasis? Which suture is best? What are the recurrence rates?

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Exercise and RD

What evidence is there for healing rectus diastasis with exercise? Is it worth sweating it out in the gym?

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If you have any questions or concerns about rectus diastasis please see your General Practitioner (GP)

How do we treat it?

Current treatment options for rectus diastasis (RD) are limited. We have included some links about surgery, women's health physiotherapy, continence experts, and mental health services available to those living with RD or its associated symptoms. 

Continence Foundation of Australia

The Continence Foundation of Australia is a not-for-profit organisation and the national peak body for incontinence awareness, information and advocacy. Their website is brimming with useful advice for women who may be suffering from urinary incontinence during pregnancy, during motherhood, or later in life

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The Diastasis Project

#TheDiastasisProject is the brainchild of Australian physiotherapist, Antony Lo. He has a passion for accurate women’s health information to be accessible to the public at low cost. #TheDiastasisProject aims to dispel myths around RD and provide clear, accurate, research-based evidence in an easy-to-understand format.

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Surgery for RD

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons provides a list of accredited surgeons that perform abdominoplasty (Tummy-tuck). To Find a Surgeon near you to discuss options, click the link below:

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Aussie Mum's with Rectus Diastasis

This is an advocacy group for Australian mums with rectus diastasis (abdominal separation). Whether you are a mother of singletons or twins, newly post-partum or a long-term sufferer, this is a safe group for you to share information, ideas and provide support to each other. It is also a place where you can become involved in research about this important and often overlooked medical condition.

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Women's Health Physiotherapy

There are numerous physiotherapists around Australia who specialise in women's health. If you are based in South Australia and would like to access a women's health physio service, click the link below.

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Lifeline 13 11 14

Every 30 seconds, a person in Australia reaches out to Lifeline for help. We are a national charity providing all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. We exist so that no person in Australia has to face their darkest moments alone.

Contact Lifeline