June 8, 2018

Rectus Diastasis Can Happen to Men As Well: Don’t Ignore the Abdomen Buldge

June 8, 2018

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You may have thought that rectus diastasis usually happens to postpartum women, but this condition can also affect men. In fact, it can affect anyone. 

Examples of what a rectus diastasis looks like :

DiastasisRecti rectus diastasis in man

How do you check for rectus diastasis? 

You can perform a self-check following the steps below:

1. Put your fingers where your belly button is. While trying to do a sit-up, you will feel a gap deep in your midline.

2. When doing a sit-up, there is a sausage-like bulge on the abdomen.

3. If you are a fairly lean person and careful with your diet and exercise but have a bulge on your abdomen or a “pregnant looking bulge” that does not go away, these point toward possibly separated abdominal core muscles. You may have a rectus diastasis problem.

The best is still to make a proper consultation with a plastic surgeon to confirm your problem.

So what does rectus diastasis mean? 

Rectus refers to the abdominal or core muscles.

Diastasis means separation gap. 

Rectus diastasis means there’s a gap between the left and right abdominal muscles or a separation in the midline of the core muscles. The separation gap can be larger than 2 cm. 

rectus diastasis diagram

How can this happen to men?

This rectus diastasis can happen to anyone, for example:

  • Improper weight management: It can happen to those who go back and forth in weight gain and loss. 
  • Poor exercise technique: It can also result from improper way of doing exercise or workout routine, particularly strength training exercises. It can also occur from poorly managed sit-ups or weightlifting exercises.
  • Idiopathic: This means anyone can get it at any point in their life.

If you think you might be having this above problem or want to know about the above treatment, call us at 65-6464 8075 for an appointment.