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Diastasis Recti services offered in Bellevue, WA


Diastasis recti is a common result of pregnancy that you can reverse with specific abdominal exercises. At Serenity Rejuvenation Center in Bellevue, Washington, Dr. Stephen O’Connell, and his team treat diastasis recti with Emsculpt® Neo, a procedure that contours your body by inducing muscle contractions. To schedule an appointment, call Serenity Rejuvenation Center or book an appointment online today. 

Diastasis Recti Q & A

What is diastasis recti?

Diastasis recti is a condition that can affect you post-pregnancy. It’s the separation of the abdominal wall muscles from stretching as your belly grows larger. Your six-pack ab muscles migrate farther away from each other over the course of your pregnancy, which can cause several ambiguous symptoms:

  • Low back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • A visible bulge on your belly
  • Trouble lifting heavy objects
  • Softness around your belly button
  • A coning or doming belly when you bend forward
  • Poor posture

Fortunately, diastasis recti is treatable, and you can reverse these symptoms. The condition doesn’t cause pain in your abdomen, but its symptoms can be inconvenient or difficult to live with daily. 

Does everyone who gets pregnant get diastasis recti?

No, diastasis recti doesn’t happen in every pregnancy. There are certain risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing it, including:

  • Having multiples
  • Having a particularly large baby
  • Being over 35
  • Having a vaginal delivery
  • Being naturally petite
  • Having multiple pregnancies

The team at Serenity Rejuvenation Center diagnoses diastasis recti with a physical examination and a discussion about your medical history. During a treatment consultation, they can also tell you if you’re a good candidate for professional diastasis recti treatment. 

How is diastasis recti treated?

Some people can improve diastasis recti with abdominal exercises and gentle movements. However, before starting any exercise program with the goal of improving diastasis recti, you should check with a medical provider. 

Serenity Rejuvenation Center offers Emsculpt® Neo, a body sculpting treatment that works by heating and melting body fat while stimulating intense muscle contractions to build muscle mass and strength. By targeting your abdomen with Emsculpt, you can do all the work of exercises for diastasis recti without having to go to the gym yourself.

The time it takes to treat diastasis recti varies based on numerous factors. You can expect to need multiple sessions with Emsculpt neo to fully repair your abdominal muscles and improve symptoms of diastasis recti. For long-term results, the team may suggest scheduling two treatment sessions every three to six months. 

For more information on diastasis recti and treatments available for it, call Serenity Rejuvenation Center or book an appointment online today.

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