What is Diastasis Recti (DRAM)

What is DRAM?

DRAM, which stands for Divarication of Rectus Abdominis Muscles is also known Diastasis Recti.

It is a separation between the left and right sides of the Rectus Abdominis – popularly known as the ‘six-pack’ muscle at the front of your stomach.

Drawing of a normal abdominal muscle
Normal Abdominal Muscles

The separation can be from a 1-finger-width to even bigger than a 8-finger-width. It may look like a dome around the belly button and you may notice the gap when you bend down. You may also feel a bit more 'squishy' when you press down around the stomach.

This separation causes the spreading and weakening of the abdominal muscles as well as the connective tissue at the stomach midline – the linea alba.

A major muscle group affected by this separation is the transverse abdominal muscles - these are the deep muscles of the stomach and help to support our internal organs. They act as a corset and in stabilisation of the spine and core.

In the next article, we will look at the normal muscular changes in pregnancy and its effect on the development of DRAM.

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