Yes you can! Sorry, but so many women are told that they can’t or shouldn’t do crunches if they have diastasis or core weakness. Diastasis has several factors to consider, width and depth being the first 2. But there is also the matter of appearance versus function. Some women look to have lots of wrinkly, saggy skin and to be almost 5 months pregnant. Others barely have a slight pooch or dome. However, that is NO indication of how well either of those women can use their abdominal muscles or what their current strength is. That’s a huge part of why I encourage women to get checked by a pelvic physical therapist after delivery – so you can have the confidence of knowing what your body is currently capable of and how to get it to the level you want it to be!
It really boils down to connecting to your breath and how well you can control your different abdominal muscles. Guess what? We can teach you how to breathe and reconnect to those layers. And chances are it’s not as bad as you think! We will check the width and depth of the separation and evaluate your strength so that you know exactly where things are and what you need to do to get back to the activities you love!
You can reach us at 623-226-4002 if you have any other questions or would like your own free discovery session! Also if you have a group you’d like me to come speak to, give us a call and we can get something scheduled!
These videos are meant to be educational and instructional. They are not able to diagnose or treat a specific issue and are definitely not a substitute for a professional evaluation.