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diastasis of the rectus abdominis muscles

La diastasis of the rectus abdominis muscles, o diastasis rectiis a condition that affects about one third of women after childbirth. In it, the rectus abdominis muscles they separate because the linea alba, a thick, narrow, dense fibrous cord that connects them at the centre of the anterolateral wall of the abdomen, becomes frayed and thin. This is referred to as diastasis of the rectus abdominis muscles when the distance between the rectus muscles exceeds 2.5 cm. The diastasis recti tends to progress and worsen over time: the muscles become increasingly separated and can no longer contract properly. This has profound repercussions on all the muscular structures that delimit the abdominal cavity: among them, in particular the internal oblique and transverse abdominal muscles, the paravertebral muscles and the pelvic floor muscles are compromised. I symptoms of diastasis of the rectus abdominis muscles include intractable and worsening low back pain, meteorism, digestive disorders, urinary incontinence and, in a fortunately small percentage of patients, faecal incontinence. Very frequently affected by this condition are women who regularly engage in sporting activity and overweight and obese patients.

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