Today, I am going to talk about the things that we want to avoid if you have symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction or diastasis recti.

The first one is the front plank. In this position, there’s a lot of pressure that’s pressed down on the muscles at the abdominal wall. Especially if those muscles are weak or have a lot of separation, it’s going to make that problem worse.

The next one that is really common is a full sit-up. In this position, we have a lot of pressure where the rib cage is coming forward, having a smaller space where we have higher intra-abdominal pressure. That also can make those weak tissues have too much force too soon.

Also, the abdominal bicycle. There’s many different words for this one but, we have that kind of cross-pattern motion, where we have high force that’s in that diagonal plane. If those tissues have been weak or have gone through a lot of trauma with obesity, pregnancy, connective tissue disorders, it’s just too much too soon and too much force to be placed.

The last one is a full crunch. Crunches are recommended in so many different programs, because it tends to isolate the muscles of the upper portion of the abdomen, or that rectus abdominis. When we’re trying to build and repair that muscle group, that’s one that we want to avoid, because it’s going to put too much force on those healing tissues.

So if you have any questions about why you shouldn’t be doing these exercises or when you can actually move into those exercises, once you’ve healed this, Dr. Monique and I have created a 30-day program that goes into all those details. So click the link below for more information on our Abs, Core and Pelvic Floor  program.