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Featured Exercise: Tests for Diastasis Recti

These quick and simple tests will help you to check your own abdomen for diastasis recti before your physical therapy appointment.

Curl Up Test:

Lie on your back with your knees bent. Lift your head and shoulders up.

Also, if you notice a bulge or doming of the midline with your curl up, then this test is positive.

Active Straight Leg Test:

Lie on your back with both legs straight. Lift one leg straight up to about 2 inches.

If you notice any of the following with the above tests, then seeking help from a knowledgeable pelvic floor physical therapist is advised:

– Back pain, pubic pain.

– Feel the borders of the rectus abdominal muscles along the midline of your belly. Do you notice a soft gap or separation of these muscles?

– Do you see a bulging or doming of the abdomen?

– Feel the opening of the vagina with one finger. Do you feel a bulging?

Checking for doming of the abdomen

(These instructions are courtesy of Diane Lee and the Physical Therapy Association of British Columbia)

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