Diastasis "gap" is a hot topic right now. Every new mum will have had one at some point, and if she's been really lucky it will have returned to normal post baby. However much of the time women are left with a gap which can impinge on function.
Remember the foot in the rib whilst pregnant? The pain around your thoracic spine and ribs from expanding tummy? That is what leaves you with a diastasis. The muscles are weakened. The rectus abdominus is mostly responsible for allowing expansion of the baby, as well as obliques and transverse abdominus, the deep binding muscle near the pubis. On top of this, the diaphragm and intercostal muscles are shortened and tightened, pulling apart your diastasis and inhibiting a return to normal posture and function.
Using soft tissue massage techniques around the ribs and diaphragm, iliac crest (around hip bones) and often a painful pubic mound from c-section clients will release the "stuck" tissues and aid realignment.
Post natal exercise is also extremely important to ensure that everything within the abdominal area and pelvic floor is switched on again and functioning at a good, if not excellent! level once more.
Pre and Post Natal Remedial Massage with Burrell Education