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Diastasis Recti Rehab

Diastasis Recti Rehab Physiotherapy in Sheffield

Our WomanKind Diastasis Recti Rehab service helps women with the management of their recovery from a Diastasis Recti, also known as a Diastasis Recti Abdominus, in a safe and supportive environment.

What is Diastasis Recti Rehab?

Diastasis Recti is where the two muscles that run down the middle of your stomach separate during pregnancy, and can vary depending on the rate at which your baby grows.

Diastasis Recti Rehab Physiotherapy is a programme dedicated to managing your recovery from Diastasis Recti, created by specialist women’s health Physiotherapists who can help you retore your abdominal and core function safely.

Who is Diastasis Recti Rehab for?

Diastasis Recti Rehab Physiotherapy is suitable for women from 2 to 4 weeks postpartum and beyond. Before booking your first appointment, we ask you to check with your consultant if they think this treatment is suitable for your stage of recovery, as all pregnancies and deliveries are different, and can result in different complications. If you are discharged from your consultant or are 6 months postpartum this may not be necessary.

How Can Diastasis Recti Rehab Help?

Diastasis Recti Rehab includes multiple in-depth assessments to help determine your recovery plan such as:

  • Postural screening
  • Scar assessment (if applicable from having a C-Section)
  • Screening for any adhesions or restrictions that contribute to the condition.
  • All of these assessments are combined with a conditioning exercise programme specifically tailored to your body to improve your pelvic floor and core strength as well as implementing manual therapy to correct any imbalances in your core muscles.
  • Breathing & Core Screening
  • ovement Screening

What to expect from your Diastasis Recti Rehab?

For your first Diastasis Recti Rehab Physiotherapy appointment, it is helpful, but not compulsory, to undress to your underwear to make the assessment easier. Our qualified Physiotherapists will ask to feel around your stomach in order to make the correct judgments for your treatment plan, but if you feel too uncomfortable to undress, then please wear something similar to a vest top and shorts.

During the Diastasis Recti Rehab appointment you will also be asked to perform a series of movements to test your range and restrictions at that particular point in your recovery. In addition to this, your Physiotherapist will touch and assess any scars to make sure you are recovering properly.

If you find that this is too sensitive or painful, our Physiotherapists will work with you to find a way to make the assessment more comfortable, and teach you methods to desensitise your scar tissue. We will also measure your Diastasis Recti and assess it for any issues such as herniation to ensure we are tailoring your programme to your recovery needs.

If a pelvic floor examination is required, we tend to leave this until after your first appointment so you are more comfortable with your physiotherapist, and are completely aware of your rehabilitation plan. When this part of the assessment takes place you will be asked to undress to your underwear from the waist down, and a cover will be provided to protect modesty. A chaperone can also be provided if necessary.

At the end of your Diastasis Recti Rehab Physiotherapy appointment, you will leave with a unique management plan, including strategies to improve the strength of your core. This can include a retraining programme, home stomach massages, and a rehabilitation plan to get you back to your pre-pregnancy desired level of activity. We may also recommend having a scar massage with our MLD therapist and explore our scar therapy treatments too.  Scar Therapy


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Rebecca Gould
Rebecca Gould
I saw Emily for quite a few months after the birth of my baby and she was amazing. I honestly couldn't have been better looked after by her. She was so reassuring and gave me a plan for getting rehab and getting back into fitness. Emily is also so lovely to deal with and I really enjoyed our sessions. She is really knowledgeable and you just know you are in safe hands. I used to have regular massages with Hannah and James who were both excellent. I only stopped because we moved out the area. The Diamond package for monthly massages is well worth it. I also went to the baby and me Pilates course, which was really well led with great corrections.
Steven Gibson
Steven Gibson
Great overall experience! I went in and did a taster session, loved it so much that i now attend every week. The place is really friendly, well organised and i am progressing nicely. Big thanks to everyone at Katie Bell.
Jill Rackham
Jill Rackham
Fantastic Pilates sessions with amazing instructors. Would highly recommend!
robert addenbrooke
robert addenbrooke
Friendly, personal attention from all the staff, nothing too much trouble. Glad to have found such an enjoyable place to keep fit.
Roscoe Neil
Roscoe Neil
I’ve had 3 sports massages over past few months with James and I’ve been really pleased with the service each time. The practice is clean and calming and all the staff are lovely. Would recommend to anyone!
Justin Parfitt
Justin Parfitt
What a friendly and professional team at Katie Bell - I have thoroughly enjoyed my pilates classes so far and am already feeling the benefits - great to come across such a well run organisation that exceeds expectations.
Tarandeep Rallowal
Tarandeep Rallowal
Amazing service and treatment plan, helped me resolve a long running chest injury with speed and efficiency!
Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez
Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez
Great pilates, yoga and staying fit. I have been attending the strength and conditioning classes for the last 3 months and can feel the difference.
Matthew Robinson
Matthew Robinson
Excellent service, had a strain in my back and they made me an appointment the same day. All staff were great, the consultation and sports massage was so beneficial and really helped, good tips and advice as well. Well worth it and would recommend to everyone.