September 28, 2017: The list of physical changes a woman experiences during pregnancy and childbirth is long, and includes a condition referred to in Latin, diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA). While it may sound a little scary, it is pretty common, and can be treated with physical therapy.
Diastasis rectus abdominis is the separation of the abdominal muscles, which typically happens in women during and following pregnancy due to the stretching of the abdominal wall. It is often the culprit behind the dreaded “mummy tummy.”
In today’s episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist Carrie Pagliano discusses DRA, misconceptions about the condition, and how women can work with physical therapists to correct the condition.
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Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, is an adjunct professor at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and instructor of clinical rehabilitation medicine at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She also is founder of the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) PM&R Pelvic Floor Program and the MGUH Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency. She speaks nationally in the areas of pelvic pain, pain science, and integrative models of practice in orthopedic and pelvic physical therapy.