Diastasis is not for women alone!
Most people associate Diastasis Recti with pregnancy. Now although pregnancy is definitely a precursor and major cause of this condition, a growing uterus is not the only culprit.
Diastasis Recti is caused by forward forceful pressure on the rectus abdominis. So…if a big belly with a baby can cause the muscles the separate, couldn’t a beer belly? Well if it looks like a duck and quacks like one…….. But there’s more! Doing abdominal exercises incorrectly can also put too much load on the recti causing the muscles to go their separate ways. Take a look at the image here. Obviously this man never had a baby, so why is there a big space in the middle of his abdominals? Why is his six-pack not together?
It is for this very reason, that I am beginning to see more men come forward. And it’s usually those who have been told that they have a herniated abdomen or they see their insides come out when they are doing crunches. Remember, the role of the rectus abdominis is support for the back and organs. If the muscles aren’t together, don’t go do activities that are going to push your organs to the outside!