Anyone know anyone who provides personal training or therapy for this? Other resources? Are instructions or videos designed for post-partum women sufficient?

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You've probably found your answer to this already, however, for the benefit of others I will post this response...

As you know this is a separation of the abdominal muscles due to tearing of the connective tissue that hold those muscles together. Generally, this is found in women due to pregnancy, massive weight loss or similar strained situations of the muscle.

This is a muscoskeletal issue and proper tissue and muscle support can be provided through a customized training with a certified trainer, and health and repair support can be provided through natural, whole food supplements formulated specifically for muscoskeletal issues.

We can help! We have a nutritional health test which identifies if the muscoskeletal system is weak, stressed, or in balance. Once we know, the results of the test recommend specific practitioner-grade whole food supplements which will bring your body into balance.

We also have an on-site personal trainer who uses very customized routines geared to the individual. These workouts/training are low-impact from the standpoint of strain, but high-impact as to results.

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We also provide acupuncture, which can help your body in the healing process by addressing pain or discomfort caused by diastisis recti. It also helps to maximize the healing potential.

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I have the same issue, and spent about 6 months doing physical therapy to help strengthen my abs.  Depending on who you listen to, it's either impossible to fix, or possible to slightly improve, depending on the severity.  Certainly you can at least add some strength back, and learn how to not make it worse...  (And while it's VERY common in women during pregnancy (30% or so), it's also reasonably common in men, particularly those who do a lot of heavy weight lifting.)

 

My therapist was at hte Presbyterian Healthplex (near San Antonio and I-25).  Her name was...Linda something.  Can't remember.  But she specialized in this type of thing, and I would suggest her as a starting point. 

 

Whatever you do, first get the advice of a therapist who specializes in this sort of thing.  Pretty easy to make it worse, and even if you find a DVD geared toward this, you may not know if you're really doing the moves properly.  I found the different between "correct" and "incorrect" to be fairly subtle.

 

For the record, after 6 months of therapy and many more of continuing on my own, I was able to somewhat reduce my separation (which had been 2-3 fingers wide, and about 9" long), and add a reasonable amount of strength.  However, visually, it's still fairly obvious and I have nowhere near my pre-pregnancy core strength.  Only way to do much better is surgery, which insurance basically never covers (even when deemed medically necessary by a doctor, except in some cases of extreme hernia...)

 

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