Rectus Abdominal Diastasis & Abdominal Hernias
A common pregnancy related problem known as a 'rectus abdominus diastasis' is where the middle section of a muscle called rectus abdominus muscle tears or splits. This muscle is the outer most layer of the stomach area. Men can also suffer this problem although it is less common. The diastasis can vary from a superficial tear that is only a few centimetres long to a deep, full thickness tear from the chest to the pubic bone. If the abdominal contents then ‘bulges’ through this separation, it is known as an abdominal hernia.