Abdominal Separation - will my muscles ever come back together?

Abdominal separation, rectus abdominis diastasis (RAD), diastasis rectus abdominis muscle (DRAM) and diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) are all different ways of saying exactly the same thing. You’ll see them used interchangeably in the literature. What is it? The rectus abdominis muscle is the most superficial layer of muscle on our abdomen. It is our “6 pack”. There are 3 more layers underneath – the external oblique, internal oblique and tranversus abdominis muscles. Transversus abdominis is the deepest layer and, together with the diaphragm, multifidus and pelvic floor muscles, forms our deep core stability unit. Each of these muscles has a right side and a left side that come together i


Welcome to the innovative world of pelvic floor strengthening! PeriCoach is the latest and greatest gadget to assist you in achieving your pelvic floor goals. Linking 3 biofeedback sensors on the discrete vaginal probe via Bluetooth to your free smartphone App (Android or IOS) PeriCoach gives you real-time audio-visual feedback on how well you are performing your pelvic floor exercises. It is the only biofeedback unit on the market that also stores your data to document your progress. With your permission, your Pelvic Health Physiotherapist can view your data via the Clinician Portal and adapt your programme to suit your specific needs thus helping you to achieve your goals in the most effi

Aquaflex Vaginal Cones

Aquaflex Vaginal Cones are a clinically proven, simple and effective system of weights used to retrain the strength and endurance of your pelvic floor muscles. This work can help to relieve the symptoms of urinary leakage and mild prolapse, and restore normal muscle tone following childbirth. As seen on “Embarrassing Bodies” Back in 2009, on the first episode of the UK series “Embarrassing Bodies” a group of women with pelvic floor weakness tested 3 different techniques for strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. Using EMG biofeedback before and after the trial period to objectively measure pelvic floor muscle strength, the Aquaflex Vaginal Cones came out on top with a 60% improvement in pe

Runner's Trots

Do you get gut problems when you run? Research tells us that abdominal symptoms are incredibly common amongst endurance athletes, especially runners, with the incidence ranging from 30-90%. Officially known as exercise induced gastrointestinal disturbance, symptoms include: nausea, belching, abdominal discomfort and/or cramps, vomiting, reflux, diarrhoea, blood in your stools, faecal incontinence and flatulence. Symptoms range from mild (no effect on performance) to severe (needing hospitalisation). It is a significant reason for race withdrawals. What causes it? This bit is still a work in progress. Research has identified a number of different factors that may present in isolation or tog

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