/ February 27, 2023

Here’s What You Need to Know About Hormones and Diastasis

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Diastasis recti is the separation of the abdominal wall due to overstretching and damage to the connective tissue that runs directly down the center of your abdominal wall (the linea alba).  There are many contributing factors involved in how this damage occurs, and how it can be prevented and repaired. We address this in detail at The Tummy Team and through our online functional core rehab programs, but hormones and hormonal imbalances also play a role in diastasis recti.

The best way to understand hormones is to think of them as “chemical messengers.” They are secreted from a gland and circulate through the bloodstream until they finally reach the organ intended, where it exerts its effect. The body is constantly communicating to itself; it is the way we regulate and control our body function. So while the hormones are communicating in one direction, your body is communicating back to those hormone-producing glands. This means that part of the healing process is not to remove or replace hormones, but rather improve the communication to better regulate what is being circulated in your body. Understanding the influence of certain hormones can be essential to the diastasis recti rehabilitation process.

In the video blog below, we are going to focus on four hormones that have the most direct effect on connective tissue.

I hope this information was encouraging to you and helps equip you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions during your rehabilitation journey. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them below.

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